About the CANA Virtual Fall Meeting

CANA Virtual Fall Meeting 2021
Saturday, October 16 – Sunday, October 17

CANA meetings are an opportunity for you to learn from CRNA experts and peers, while our virtual platform allows you to connect with other California CRNAs, SRNAs/NARs, and our partners to network and learn.

For the Fall Meeting, the CANA Programs Committee focused on 3 key areas: pharmacology, regional anesthesia, and business/professional development. This is your chance to continue to develop your practice, while understanding the possibilities of where it can go and different paths you can take.

Sessions include:

  • The Cost-Effectiveness of Opioid-Free Anesthesia
  • OMg: Magnesium in Anesthesia
  • P_ _ _ _ _ _ _: An overview of Precedex, not Propofol
  • Why We Still Love Ketamine Despite Its Turbulent History
  • Not enough SAID about NSAIDs
  • MMA: GETA with Neither Vapors nor Opioids
  • Suicide Prevention for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs)
  • Entrepreneur, CRNA – From Airbnb Manager to Content Creator, How to Build Your Brand and Find Income Outside of Your CRNA Practice
  • Panel Session: Opportunities for Mission Work and Where to Find Them


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Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia

Arcos Inc.

Medical Dynamics

Envision Healthcare

Somnia Anesthesia



CE Credit:

This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology for 8.25 Class A CE credits.

Friday, October 15

The platform will be open starting on Friday, October 15 at 1:00pm. There are no sessions planned, this is just an opportunity for attendees to view the platform and get familiar with using it before the live event begins on Saturday, October 16.

Saturday, October 16

Welcome remarks provided by CANA Programs Committee Chair, Daniel Bell, RN, CRNA, DNP.

ERAS pathways and opioid sparing anesthesia continues to be a big part of peri-operative management. This presentation serves as an introduction to magnesium and its role in these multi modal pathways.

Presented by: Andy Baum, CRNA

ERAS pathways and opioid sparing anesthesia continues to be a big part of peri-operative management. This presentation serves as an introduction to Dexmedetomidine (Precedex) and it’s role in these multi modal pathways.

Presented by: Andy Baum, CRNA

Ketamine is one of the most widely used analgesics in the world. It has fallen out of and back into favor multiple times over the last century. While it has a rollercoaster past, Ketamine and other NMDA antagonists are finding a place in a world where more and more providers are decreasing their opioid dependancy. Come explore with us the use of ketamine as a pain adjunct in the modern surgical setting.

Presented by: Maricel Reighard CRNA, MSNA, DNAP

Visit sponsor booths in the virtual expo hall or connect with other participants via video and direct message.

During this session, John McDonough will cover the rationale for using MMA techniques, how to coordinate care through the pre-to-post anesthesia period, and outcome data comparison.

Presented by: John P. McDonough, EdD, CRNA, APRN, FRSM

CANA’s lobbyists will provide a legislative update for California, covering the “state of the state”, a recap of activity and outcomes impacting CRNAs in 2021 through the beginning of 2022. Time for Q&A will be provided.

Presented by:

Angela Blanchard, Partner, Political Solutions
As a partner at one of California’s “top 10” lobbying firms, Angela Blanchard manages the effortsof the Political Solutions’ advocacy team. Her expertise centers on health care policy and regulatory issues impacting provider scope of practice. Successful legislative and budgetary campaigns have included removal of treatment caps for cancer patients, extended health and privacy rights for minors, bills improving the California Children’s Services Program, Genetically Handicapped Persons Program, Every Woman Counts Program, and Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program, among others. She specializes in navigating the California State budget process and public health non-profit advocacy campaigns.

Kelly Mac Millan, MPA, Partner, Political Solutions
Kelly Mac Millan has served California through her nonprofit management and advocacy work for over 20 years. Primarily focusing on women’s health, Kelly has been a champion for breast cancer patients, domestic violence and sexual assault victims and California’s underserved. Kelly also has extensive experience in the political and government arena. She served as a Communication and Development Director for the Institute for Local Government, had her own political fundraising firm and served as campaign manager on local, state and federal campaigns.

Monica Miller, Owner & President, Sacramento Advisors, LLC
Monica Miller is the owner and President of Sacramento Advisors, LLC, which she founded after 24 years working in politics. Having worked on campaigns, as a consultant in the Senate and the Assembly and most recently a long-time lobbyist at a top ten lobbying firm in Sacramento, she launched Sacramento Advisors, LLC in order to take her passion for lobbying to another level.  She enjoys helping clients navigate the legislative and budget process and now continues to promote their interests with her new lobbying firm.

Visit sponsor booths in the virtual expo hall or connect with other participants via video and direct message.

All CANA Members are welcome and encouraged to attend this important session. Separate registration is required to attend via Zoom Webinar. Click here to register. Contact info@canainc.org if assistance is required.

Sunday, October 17

Welcome remarks provided by CANA Programs Committee Chair, Daniel Bell, RN, CRNA, DNP.

This brief lecture will touch on the physiology of inflammation, the difference between selective and nonselective NSIADs, side effects, cost, and other considerations for anesthesia providers.

Presented by: Julia Harris, MSN, CRNA, FAANA

Finances is undeniably a predominant factor in shaping healthcare delivery in the United States. A basic premise of implementing institutional change is the ability to communicate in a way that is compelling to facility administrators whose primary focus is cost and profit. This lecture will assist the learner in understanding the fiscal considerations of traditional vs. opioid-free anesthesia (OFA), post-operative pain management techniques, and influential factors of in-patient length of stay. The facilitation of OFA practice and adoption from a systems perspective is also discussed. Billing for OFA is a novel, emerging means of increasing professional fee revenue for OFA providers. Multiple insurance providers are reimbursing for OFA, including Medicare. This lecture will review the current OFA billing statistics, suggest steps to increase OFA reimbursement rates on first attempt and what potential standardization and expansions may be ahead.

Presented by: Julia Harris, MSN, CRNA, FAANA

Visit sponsor booths in the virtual expo hall or connect with other participants via video and direct message.

The CANA Wellness Committee (CWC) will discuss the suicide epidemic as it relates to SRNAs and CRNAs. The presentation will discuss the risk factors for suicidal ideation in SRNAs and CRNAs, warning signs and prevention. Additionally, the resources available on the AANA and CANA websites will be discussed with the audience.

Presented by the CANA Wellness Committee (CWC):

Charles Griffis, PhD, CRNA
Is a former CANA President, and is a member of the AANA and CANA Health and Wellness Committee with many years’ experience as a practitioner, educator and researcher.

Anna Lai Mark, MSN, CRNA
Anna Lai Mark has worked as a CRNA for over three years at an urban Northern California hospital. She is a CANA Wellness Committee member and State Peer Advisor. Prior to becoming a CRNA, her background was in NICU and PICU nursing. She is a guest lecturer at Samuel Merritt University for the nurse anesthesia program and is currently completing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice through Touro University of Nevada. In her (increasingly) spare time, she enjoys baking, cooking, Crossfit, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Emily J. Marsh, AAHCA, BSN-RN
Emily is entering her third year in a Doctorate in Nursing Practice of Nurse Anesthesiology program at the University of Southern California. She is the student representative for the CANA Wellness Committee. Her nursing background was in the CICU at Duke University Hospital and with ICU travel nursing. Her scholarly interests are in pain management, alternative therapies, cultural awareness, and evidence-based practice.

Katie Foster, BSN, SRNA

Lauryn Hopper, BSN, SRNA

Kim Segna, BSN, SRNA

Open conversations with a panel of CRNAs about their experiences with mission work. Where their practice has taken them and how this has made an impact.

Presented by:

Florence Zilko, CRNA

Julia Harris, MSN, CRNA, FAANA

Jeff Cherye, CRNA

Visit sponsor booths in the virtual expo hall or connect with other participants via video and direct message.

You’ve graduated – now what?! Join CRNA, recent graduates, and your SRNA peers for a frank discussion about transitioning from student life to being a full-time CRNA. The group will discuss how to prepare for boards, find a job, and survive the first year out on your own.

Presented by:

Jenny (Jia) Arreola, CRNA

Mario Barandiaran, RN, CRNA

Dawn Johnson, CRNA

Stephanie Tejada, CRNA

Entrepreneur, Content Creator, Influencer, Vlogger – it’s not uncommon to meet multihyphenate professionals these days, but where do you even begin? We’ll be joined by three CRNAs who have been able to use their skills to find other income streams to learn how they got started, how they found success, and the challenges they faced with balancing it all.

This session will consist of a 1 hour panel followed by a 1 hour breakout session to talk with the presenters directly about their experiences.

Presented by:

Aisha Allen, DNP, CRNA

Jason Bolt, DNP, CRNA



Registration allows entrance into all virtual sessions live as well as the recorded sessions for up to 30-days post meeting.

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend the CANA meeting or any separate ticketed event, please email your cancellation to info@canainc.org.

Cancellation Fees:

  • 31 days or more prior to event (September 14): A $25 transaction fee will be deducted from the cost of the registration/ticket fee; the remainder will be refunded.
  • 16-30 days prior to event (September 15 – September 29): 20% of cost will be deducted from the cost of the registration/ticket fee; remainder will be refunded.
  • 15 or fewer days prior to event (September 30 – October 17): no refund will be provided because the expense of your anticipated participation has already been incurred.

All cancellation notices must be emailed to info@canainc.org.

Program Terms & Conditions

Please read CANA’s Program Terms & Conditions to view the expectations from those who attend CANA meetings. To complete meeting registration, attendees must agree to the terms and conditions as outlined. If you have questions related to the Program Terms & Conditions, please contact us at info@canainc.org.

Important Notification:

After careful consideration, due to the ongoing risks and concerns with COVID-19 variants, CANA has decided to move our Annual Fall Meeting 2021 online. We will offer the program in a fully-virtual format on Saturday-Sunday, October 16-17, 2021. We look forward to seeing many of our CRNA, NAR, and RN colleagues online for the fantastic program of educational sessions for Class A CE Credit, as well as the interactive features you’ve come to know and love on the Hopin platform: live chat with other participants, a virtual exhibit hall, networking breakouts, and more. See below for details and to register now for the virtual meeting!

As much as we miss seeing everyone in-person, the health and safety of our community must continue to come first. We are hopeful that we will be able to return to in-person meetings in Spring 2022 and will keep members apprised as details are confirmed. Please note that the CANA PAC fundraiser event in Berkeley will also be postponed to Spring 2022.

Those who have already registered for the Fall 2021 in-person will be contacted directly to transfer or refund your registration, since the in-person meeting option will no longer be offered. Participants are responsible for cancelling their own hotel and travel reservations.