About the CANA Annual Fall Meeting

CANA 2023 Annual Fall Meeting
Friday, October 20 – Sunday, October 22
Samuel Merritt University
400 Hawthorne Ave., Oakland, CA 94609

CANA meetings are an opportunity for you to learn from CRNA experts and peers. This year’s meeting, hosted in Oakland, CA at the Samuel Merritt University Health Education Center, will feature topics that enhance your skills and technique to keep you at the forefront of your practice. Opportunities for a hands-on workshop at SMU’s Health Sciences Simulation Center, as well as a workshop hosted by Pacira, are available (scroll down for details on the workshop).

The program has been updated! Attendees will be able to enjoy topics like:

  • Leadership in Nurse Anesthesiology and How to Succeed Beyond the Operating Room
  • Anesthetic Challenges in Zoo Anesthesia
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Anesthesia Forensics
  • Diabetes and New Drugs in Anesthesia
  • Dogma, Traditions: What is the Evidence?
  • and Opioid Free Anesthesia

This educational program is designed to meet the requirements for 14 Class A CE credits or up to 20 credits with the hands-on workshops. An application for credit hours is pending. Total hours approved are subject to change.

Transportation between the attendee hotel (The Kissel Oakland – see below) and Samuel Merritt University will be provided daily. Each location is also easily accessible by public transit.

Sponsor the Fall 2023 Meeting 

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Thank you to our supporters!

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The program is subject to change. Check back often for updates!

This workshop is hosted by Pacira and is an additional fee. See details below.

Speaker: Daniel Bell, RN, CRNA, DNP – Kaiser Permanente

During this session, the CANA Wellness Committee will discuss how to take helpful action when a colleague may be diverting drugs.

Presented by the CANA Wellness Committee:

  • Chuck Griffis CRNA (Chair)
  • Carlos Camara CRNA
  • Amanda Farris NAR
  • Dianna Heikkila CRNA
  • Jewell Morris NAR

Based on three decades of experience in higher education, working in the domains of Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing (both undergraduate and graduate levels), and Interprofessional Practice and Education, the speaker will offer her perspective on how current trends in higher education, integrated with those in health care potentially impact the future CRNA workforce. The goal of this short presentation is to inspire CRNAs who work in all practice settings to contribute to a vibrant, diverse workforce for the future.

Speaker: Celeste G. Villanueva, EdD, CRNA – Interim Dean, College of Nursing & Assistant VP, Academic & Student Affairs Associate Professor, Samuel Merritt University

The fundamental skills and traits developed as a novice CRNA and honed over years of practice serve one well beyond the operating room and the wider domain of the nurse anesthesia profession. The path I chose as an academic leader provided me with opportunities to have an impact on healthcare far beyond my expectations. Referencing projects and initiatives successfully completed–and those still imagined—within Samuel Merritt University, a health sciences university setting, culture, and community, I hope to make the case for broadening your sphere of professional influence wherever you are in your journey as a CRNA.

Speaker: Celeste G. Villanueva, EdD, CRNA – Interim Dean, College of Nursing & Assistant VP, Academic & Student Affairs Associate Professor, Samuel Merritt University

Visit with our exhibitors and sponsors or network with other attendees.

We’ll discuss anesthetic challenges across a variety of taxa commonly seen in zoo and wildlife settings, and how we use inventive approaches to provide a high level of care and monitoring. We’ll discuss how we have to adapt our equipment, techniques, and expectations to the variety of species we encounter, and how many of the anesthetic options available in human medicine are used in a zoo setting.

Speaker: Ryan Sadler, DVM, Dipl ACZM, Senior Veterinarian, Oakland Zoo

Network and connect with our meeting supporters and get a chance to win some great prizes!

To help introduce the group to the great good scene in Oakland, CANA will arrange for small group dinners around town. Sign-up at the registration desk! Shuttles will take attendees to their designated location. Individuals are responsible for the cost of the dinner and should arrange payment amongst the group.

Featured REDTalks include:

REDTalk: Instagram as an Engagement Tool for Awareness of the Environmental Impacts of Anesthesia – Presented by Amanda Farris, MSN, NAR – USC
The healthcare industry’s climate footprint accounts for 4.4% of global net emissions (Karlinger et al., 2019). Operating rooms generate significant waste; the lack of education and accountability in green practices leads to improper waste disposal. This capstone examines social media as an educational tool to disseminate sustainable anesthesia practices.

REDTalk: Pheochromocytoma and Anesthetic Management – Presented by Martine Gould, RN, BSN, NAR – SMU
Case review of adenoidectomy with a summary of anesthetic management of patients with a pheochromocytoma followed by a review of special patient populations with this diagnosis.

REDTalk: Reducing Postoperative Reintubations Through a Risk Assessment Aid – Presented by Caroline Tan, NAR – KPSNA
Postoperative reintubation is a major anesthetic adverse event that is defined by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP, 2015) as the unplanned placement of an endotracheal tube or similar airway device within 30 days after surgery with general anesthesia. The purpose of this Doctor of Nursing Practice project is to develop a postoperative reintubation risk assessment aid and standardized treatment recommendations (based on the patient’s risk level). Although postoperative reintubation is uncommon, it is associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs. This project will also develop standardized treatment recommendations based on risk level in order to increase awareness and education amongst anesthesia providers. The risk aid will be evaluated with a three-round Delphi study completed by academic and clinical experts in postoperative reintubation.


Speaker: Daniel Bell, RN, CRNA, DNP – Kaiser Permanente

Anesthesia care delivery is being influenced by a supply/demand imbalance of anesthesia clinicians, rising costs of providing health care, and rapidly declining margins for hospitals, health systems, and anesthesia groups. These conditions are pressurizing our clinical and business environment, and therefore, resulting in seismic shifts in anesthesia models and rapidly increasing consolidation of anesthesia groups. These trends will only accelerate in the near and mid-term time horizons. During this session, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Anesthetist Officer of the fastest growing anesthesia management company in the country will share their perspectives and insights into these market conditions and make predictions relative to the future state of the anesthesia business and practice model landscape of the future. More importantly, they will identify the risks and opportunities these conditions will create for the practice of nurse anesthesiology.

Speaker: Randall Moore DNP, MBA, CRNA – NorthStar Anesthesia

Impostor phenomenon (IP) is a multidimensional construct that can impede professional growth and threaten well-being. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologists (CRNA) are at-risk impostor phenomenon; however, little is known about its prevalence and influence in CRNAs. Data from peer-reviewed research in medicine and nursing show prevalence rates as high as 80%. Measuring IP in CRNAs and describing the relationship between IP and select sociodemographic and practice variables will expand the IP literature and provide insight into the effects of IP on the CRNA profession.

Speaker: Jeffrey R. Darna, CRNA, ACNP-BC, DNP – Keck School of Medicine of USC

Are you a current RN?

We invite you to join us in getting some hands-on experience! Skills stations will be set up for you to practice basic airway skills, intubation, & more with equipment you will use on a daily basis when you become an SRNA.

These stations will be guided by SRNAs who will be able to provide you with helpful feedback and advice as to how these skills play out in the clinical arena.

We would also like to help you all network with one another as well as with current SRNAs to help you along your path to becoming a CRNA. In between skills stations you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Visit with our exhibitors and sponsors or network with other attendees OR take a look at what our Nurse Anesthesia Residents are researching and working on.

We are currently experiencing the most disruptive time in the history of healthcare delivery in this country. Therefore, now, more than ever, we need CRNAs in high-profile, high-impact, executive leadership roles in healthcare organizations. Moving into these kinds of roles requires a unique skill set and mindset that can only be developed with intentionality. During this session, we will discuss evolving leadership theory, the importance and impact of mindset, and the daily practices the learner can implement today to begin the journey to become a healthcare executive.

Speaker: Randall Moore DNP, MBA, CRNA – NorthStar Anesthesia

During this session Dr. Peter Strube will cover common pharmaceutical controlled substance errors that occur in anesthesia care and will identify investigating evidence to determine how controlled substances are used.

Speaker: Peter Strube, DNAP, CRNA, MSNA, MBA, APNP, APRN, APN, LTC (Retired)

CANA’s lobbyists will provide a general legislative update for California, covering the “state of the state”, including key legislation that should be top of mind and key actions that California CRNAs and Nurse Anesthesia Residents can take to help advocate for the profession. Time for Q&A will be provided.


  • Monica Miller, Sacramento Advisors, LLC
    Melanie Rowe, CRNA

Visit with our exhibitors and sponsors or network with other attendees.

Current CANA Members are welcome to join the spring Board and Members Business Meeting.

Details coming soon!


This workshop is an additional fee. Please see details below.

Speaker: Daniel Bell, RN, CRNA, DNP – Kaiser Permanente

This lecture will review Type 1 Diabetes and the use of current treatment technologies including insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. The presentation further examines current recommendations for perioperative management of these technologies, and discusses considerations for stopping vs. continuing these devices intraoperatively.

Speaker: Chelsea Hubbard, RN, BSN, NAR – SMU

Dr. Peter Strube will go over how to identify evidenced-based practice and how to analyze the actions to either support or dispell current dogma.

Speaker: Peter Strube, DNAP, CRNA, MSNA, MBA, APNP, APRN, APN, LTC (Retired)

During this session, attendees will learn about older pharmaceutical agents that have been reintroduced to promote better patient care and their outcomes, as well as the new technology and advancements that allows the decrease in costs for these pharmaceuticals.

Speaker: Peter Strube, DNAP, CRNA, MSNA, MBA, APNP, APRN, APN, LTC (Retired)

Speaker: Julia Harris, MSN, CRNA, FAANA – Vaporworks Nursing Anesthesia Inc.

Special Events & Activities

In addition to great educational sessions, the following specialty programs will be offered at this year’s Fall Meeting.

Simulation Workshop in Regional Anesthesia

With the help of our partners at Samuel Merritt University and the College of Nursing, CANA will be hosting a 3-hour hands-on simulation workshop in SMU’s Health Sciences Simulation Center on Sunday, October 22, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

This workshop aims to provide a series of simulations and real-world experiences to prepare the practitioner for high-acuity low occurrence events. These include communication skills, advanced airway techniques, and diagnostic ultrasound.

After this workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Diagnose various acute crisis anesthesia scenarios
  • Utilize a variety of personnel and equipment resources to effectively manage acute anesthesia crises
  • Demonstrate a variety of airway techniques for difficult airways including surgical airways
  • Identify anatomical landmarks utilizing ultrasound to be integrated into:
    • Gastric scanning
    • Spinal level identification
    • Vascular access

Hands-on Ultrasound Block Workshop Featuring ESP, Peng, TAP, and Genicular Plane Blocks

In partnership with Pacira CANA will be offering this workshop on Friday, October 20, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM. The workshop will consist of a didactic portion of 10-15 minutes for each block followed by hands-on scanning in which the participant will identify landmarks as well as proper nerve identification, hand placement, and infiltration/blocking techniques. The course will also discuss the use of EXPAREL as it relates to these blocks.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate skill in Ultrasound Guided Interscalene ESP, Tap, Genicular, and Peng blocks, and specific fascial plane block techniques via hands-on practice on live  models
  • Discuss the relevant Anatomy and Sonoanatomy for performing Ultrasound Guided ESP, TAP, Genicular, and Peng blocks in adults
  • Describe the indication, contraindication, and best practice techniques for performing ESP, TAP, Genicular, and Peng blocks in adults

Both workshops are only available to registered meeting attendees for an additional fee. If you would like to add this option, just select the course on the registration form.

Health & Wellness

Start your day off with a refreshing hour of yoga. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats; however, a limited number will be available.

NorCal vs. SoCal Kickball Tournament
Get ready for the Third Annual NorCal vs. SoCal Kickball Tournament! Who will win this year? Join other attendees to see who will take home this year’s bragging rights!

Strolling Dinners

CANA will be arranging group dinners for all of our attendees for Friday, October 20th. Transportation will be provided to each location; however, transportation from dinner and the cost of dinner are the responsibility of the attendee.

Check back soon for details!

Registration Details

The following registration rates are available through Monday, October 2, 2023. After this date, the registration for CRNAs and RNs will increase to $599 and $399, respectively. Registration includes access to all sessions, except the hands-on workshop, meals and breaks provided by CANA, access to the exhibit hall, and yoga and kickball. Transportation is provided to all those staying at the attendee hotel (The Kissel Oakland – see below).

  • Registration Type
  • CRNA
  • RN
  • Nurse Anesthesia Resident (NAR)
  • Retired CRNA
  • Full Conference
  • $549
  • $350
  • $125
  • $125
  • Single Day
  • $250
  • $175
  • $100
  • $100

Location, Location, Location!

It’s always sunnier on the east side of the Bay! With a vibrant food and social scene, including a renowned urban wine trail, as well as hiking beneath the redwoods and opportunities for water sports just minutes away, Oakland’s got a personality all its own. Explore all the fun and unique ways to enjoy the Bay Area with us in Oakland, CA! Not only will you get a unique meeting experience, but CANA has arranged for discounted room rates at the Bay Area’s newest luxury hotel, the Kissel Uptown Oakland.

Hotel Room Block

Located in the heart of the art and entertainment district, the Kissel is a modern hotel with a rooftop bar and lounge, and just steps away from Oakland’s best bars, restaurants, and downtown social scene. CANA has secured a small room block over the dates of the conference.

Room Rate: $229/night
Cut-off Date: September 19, 2023

If you need additional assistance, please contact us at 877-803-7534 or click here to find contact information by Region. If the group rate is no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your dates.

Where to Eat

With downtown Oakland just 1-mile from Samuel Merritt and a block from the Kissel Hotel, you’ll have plenty of options for bars, restaurants, and lounges on your off-hours.

Here are just a few to get you started:

Mua Oakland
Popular tapas-style restaurant. Great for groups!

Drake’s Dealership
Beer garden and great pizza.

Newest restaurant in Oakland, serving Columbian cuisine.

Kingston 11
Jamaican right in the heart of Oakland.

Low Bar
Great cocktails and shareable bites!

Things to Do & See

Visit the Oakland CVB for more ideas!

Oakland Zoo
Oakland Zoo is home to more than 750 native and exotic animals. Learn all about our animals. Come experience Oakland Zoo today! Voted “Top 30 Zoos” in the United States!

Adult (Age 15-64) – Starts at $12
Senior (Age 65-75) – Starts at $10
Child (Age 2-14) – Starts at $10

Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)
OMCA curates art, history, and natural science to tell extraordinary stories of California’s landscapes, human migration patterns, and its unique culture of creativity and innovation. OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area

Adult (18-64) – $19
Senior (65+) – $16
Youth (13-17) and Educators – $12
Children (12 and under) – FREE

Children’s Fairyland
Children’s Fairyland is a whimsical 10-acre park is a magical fantasy world where young children can create, imagine, play, and learn all day long, located on the shores of Lake Merritt in Oakland, California.

Fee: $16

Children 1-year old or younger are free.

Chabot Space & Science Center
Chabot Space & Science Center is a center for science learning featuring interactive exhibits, planetariums, a large screen theater, hands-on activities and three powerful telescopes.

Adults (12+) – $24
Children (2-12) / Seniors (65+) – $19


Redwood Regional Park
A hidden redwood forest lies off Redwood Road just a few miles over the ridge from downtown Oakland.

Joaquin Miller Park
Enter Joaquin Miller Park and you will quickly forget that you are minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city.


Rooftop bar, attached to the Kissel Hotel.

Double Standard
Indoor and outdoor seating.

The Legionnaire Saloon
Karaoke every night!

Two Pitchers Brewing
Oakland’s newest tap room. Offers food through their popup kitchen, Lovely’s.

Town Bar & Lounge
QPOC-owned art deco bar and lounge.