About the CANA Annual Fall Meeting

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

Join the California Association of Nurse Anesthesiology’ 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. 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
  • The Future of Our Profession
  • Anesthetic Challenges in Zoo Anesthesia
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Anesthesia Forensics
  • Diabetes in Anesthesia
  • Dogma, Traditions: What is the Evidence?
  • New Drugs in Anesthesia
  • and Opioid Free Anesthesia

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 Anesthesiology (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 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

Presented by the CANA Wellness Committee:

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

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

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.

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

Featured REDTalks include:

  1. Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Training Methods and Implementation for Nurse Anesthesia Residents (NARs) – Presented by Alex Duron and Lauren Dabb

Check back often for updates!

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.


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

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

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

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.

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

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.


  • Rachael Blucher, Sr. Counsel, Nielson Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP
  • Justin Fanslau, Owner, Fanslau Government Affairs
  • Missy Johnson, Sr. Director of Government Affairs, Nielson Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP
  • 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

Speaker: Chelsea Rasmussen, RN – Kaiser Permanente

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

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

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.