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SMU Student Symposium

Friday May, 31, 2024
8:00 am-4:00 pm

 The Norway House 913 Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

You are invited to join Saint Mary's University of Minnesota at the FOURTH annual Student Symposium. This year, we will be featuring our first year of Doctoral Student Presentations.

Date & Location:

Friday May, 31, 2024
8:00 am-4:00 pm

The Norway House 913 Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

This event includes:

  • Doctoral Student Group Presentations (Anticipated 3.5 Class A CE)
  • COMING SOON: Special options to learn ultrasound IV starts and POCUS Gastric Scanning
  • Continental Breakfast, catered lunch, and snacks
  • Gift Card Raffle- You must be present to win!
  • Afternoon cash bar offering beer and wine
The Program is applying with the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) to Offer Class A credits.

All symposium proceeds will go to the Saint Mary's Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesiology Student Fund

You must create a MANA account to be able to register as an attendee.

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

Doors Open (08:00 – 8:30): Registration and Networking

Session 1 (08:30 – 9:30): “Certified Nurse Anesthesiologists in Global Health: A Crash Course with Focus on Anesthetic Equipment and Techniques for Low to Middle Income Countries.” Robbie Giomi, RN, CCRN & Kristen Martens, BSN, RN. Advisor: Rachel Edgerton, DNAP, APRN, CRNA (1.0 Class A CE).

Session 2 (9:30 – 10:00): “Assessing Airway Management Education in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU): A Quality Improvement Project.” Jocelyn Etten, BSN, RN, CCRN, Tenzin Lobsang, BSN, RN, & Ashley Wright, BSN, RN. Advisor: Leah Gordon, DNP, APRN, CRNA (0.5 Class A CE).

10:00 – 10:15 Break/ Visit Vendors

Session 3 (10:15 – 10:45): “Implementation of a Clinical Guide for Student Nurse Anesthetists.”  Jessi Dvorak, BSN, RN, CCRN, Kristen Luebbe, BSN, RN, Melissa Schneider, BSN, RN, & Tara Serra, BSN, RN. Advisor: Julie Gauderman, DNAP, APRN, CRNA, FAANA (0.5 Class A CE).

Session 4 (10:45 – 11:15): “Revision of a Standardized Cardiac OR Handoff Report: A Quality Improvement Project at a Large Urban Hospital in the Upper Midwest.” Matthew Goens, BSN, RN, Ryan Holmvig, BSN, RN, & Chad Johnson, BSN, RN. Advisor: Elizabeth Gerber, DNP, APRN, CRNA (0.5 Class A CE).

Session 5 (11:15 – 11:45): “Optimizing NPO Compliance Prior to Surgery with Revision of Preoperative Education: A Quality Improvement Project.” Carmen Drentlaw, BSN, RN, Ashley Farmer, BSN, RN, Derek Henle, BSN, RN, & Kathryn Huber, BSN, RN. Advisor: Carol Daniel, DNAP, APRN, CRNA (0.5 Class A CE).

11:45 – 12:30 LUNCH

Session 6 (12:30 – 1:30): Anesthetic Management of Patients with Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs) in the Operating Room for Non-Cardiac Surgery: A Course for SRNAs.” Michael Janisch, BSN, RN & Jeremy Leavell, MN, RN. Advisor: Elizabeth Gerber, DNP, APRN, CRNA (1.0 Class A CE).

Session 7 (1:30 – 2:30): “Understanding Second Victim Phenomenon Among Anesthesia Providers: A Case Study at a Level One Trauma Center: Regions Hospital.” Amanda Monson, BSN, RN, Elizabeth Palo, BSN, RN, & Jerrica Schelhorn, BSN, RN. Advisor: Todd Walter, DrAP, APRN, CRNA (1.0 Class A CE).

2:30 – 3:00 BREAK, Final Visit with Vendors and Drawings. End of Regular Sessions


3:00 – 3:30 Ultrasound Basics Gastric Pocus Session 1 (0.5 Class A CE)

3:30 – 4:00 Ultrasound Basics Gastric Pocus Session 2 (0.5 Class A CE)

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