About the Nurse Anesthesia Resident (NAR) Workshop

Nurse Anesthesia Resident (NAR) Workshop
Sunday, February 26, 2023

We invite you to join us for our 3rd Annual Nurse Anesthesia Resident (NAR) Workshop on Sunday, February 26, 2023. NARs will hear from experts and peers about the best ways to manage varying aspects of their CRNA careers.

The workshop will consist of three main topic areas:

  • Tips and tricks to know while in CRNA school.
  • Navigating the transition between school and the start of your CRNA career – whether that’s going into a small private practice, joining a large healthcare institution, or opening up your business.
  • Taking care of yourself, not only while you’re in school, but into the future of a high-stress career.

Fee: This workshop is free to attend for all NARs.

CE Credit: Class A CE credits are not available for this workshop.


Are you an NAR or RN who is ready to register? Just click the “Register Here” button!

CRNA Registration: This workshop is designed for current or future NARs. If you are a current CRNA who would like to attend, we ask that you consider donating to the CANA PAC in lieu of a registration fee. Please click here to donate directly to the CANA PAC. Contact CANA staff at info@canainc.org, if you have questions.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The NAR Workshop will be hosted using Zoom Events. When you click the registration button above, you will be redirected to the Zoom Events page. If you have an existing Zoom account, you may register using your existing account. If you do not have an account, you may register using an email address. Follow the prompts to complete your registration.

To learn more about how to use Zoom Events, click here.

Interested in Sponsorship?

Sponsor the NAR Workshop and support the future of the CRNA profession! Benefits include:

  • Opportunity to show a 2-minute promo video at the beginning of each session.
  • Logo recognition on the event website, email marketing, and during the welcome presentation.
  • Verbal recognition during the event.
  • Post-meeting list of attendees.

Learn more and sign-up as a sponsor here!

Thank you to our current sponsors


Please note that all times are Pacific Time. The schedule is subject to change.

Welcome remarks provided by CANA Programs Committee Member, Kristen N. Roman, CRNA, Cedars-Sinai.

Presenter: Peter Strube, CRNA, DNAP, MSNA, MBA, APRN, Lieutenant Colonel (Retd.)

Presenters: Members of the AANA Wellness Committee

  • Donna Keeney, DNAP, MS, CRNA, APN
  • Kristine Tierney, DNP, CRNA
  • Sarah Forsythe, RN (Student Representative)

Presenter: Paula Belson, PhD, CRNA

Network with other attendees virtually.

Presenter: Peter Strube, CRNA, DNAP, MSNA, MBA, APRN, Lieutenant Colonel (Retd.)

Join us for a special activity by the CANA Wellness Committee:

  • Chuck Griffis, CRNA
  • Dianna Heikkila, CRNA
  • Carlos Camara, CRNA
  • Jewell Morris, NAR
  • Amanda Farris, NAR

Presenter: Rex Eaton, CRNA, Senior BD Manager (M&A), Stryker Orthopaedic Instruments

Network with other attendees virtually.

These breakout sessions will provide an introduction to how to transition from CRNA school to the start of your professional practice. Presenters will provide different perspectives, depending practice type.

Breakout Session Speakers:

  • Rob Cromley, CRNA (academic)
  • Jorge Lopez, CRNA, DNAP (private practice)
  • Justin Martinez, CRNA (small surgical practice)

Working with a preceptor is par for the course for NARs, but how can you find success and confidence with a preceptor who may be more difficult than most. During this session, participants will hear from our panel of current or recently graduated NARs from across California programs to learn ways to thrive while working with a difficult preceptor.

Do you have a situation you’re currently dealing with and are looking for advice? Submit your situation for panel feedback below. All submissions are anonymous. Please do not include any names or institutions in your submission.

Moderator: Eddie Thomas, CRNA (2021 AANA Clinical Instructor of the Year)


  • Meron Admassu, NAR, Samuel Merritt University
  • Stephanie Becker, BSN, NAR, DNP, Nurse Anesthesia Candidate, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Alicia Johnson, NAR, Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia
  • Brian Lin, NAR, Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia
  • Hailey Reynolds, CRNA