About the CANA Annual Fall Meeting

CANA 2023 Annual Fall Meeting
Friday, October 20 – Sunday, October 22

Join the California Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ at their Annual Fall Meeting on October 20 – 22, 2023! 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, keeping you at the forefront of your practice. An opportunity for a hands-on workshop at SMU’s Health Sciences Simulation Center will also be available.

Check back often for program updates!

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 

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Reach key decision-makers in the anesthesiology healthcare industry when you sponsor California Association of Nurse Anesthetists (CANA) educational conferences. Don’t miss this opportunity to show your products and services to the majority of California’s certified registered nurse anesthetists in the state! Download the Prospectus [PDF].

Thank you to our supporters!

Educational Partner


The program is currently being finalized. Please check back often for updates!

POCUS Techniques
W2 to 1099 Survival Pack: How to Begin Your Own Journey
The Future of Anesthesiology: An Executive at One of the Fastest Growing Anesthesia Companies Makes Predictions
Imposter Syndrome
From the Operating Room to the C-Suite: The Mindset and Skills You’ll Need to Succeed
Pharmacology in Anesthesia
Diabetes & Weight Loss Treatment Drugs
Opiod Free Anesthesia

Special Events & Activities

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

POCUS Workshop

With the help of our partners at Samuel Merritt University and the College of Nursing, CANA will be hosting a 3-hour hands-on POCUS workshop in SMU’s Health Sciences Simulation Center.

This workshop is an additional fee. Stay tuned for further information and registration.

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

Check back soon for instructions to book your hotel room!

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.