SOLD OUT at The Banff Park Lodge

May 26 - 31, 2019

Banff Park Lodge is now FULL

If you have your own room arrangements elsewhere, we still have seats available in the seminar room, though! Join us if you can -- it's going to be awesome!


Spring in the Canadian Rockies!

Join us as our special guest in the Canadian Rockies -- where earth and water merges  with sky in the purest color blue you've ever seen.

There’s a reason everybody’s heard of Banff. The mountain town's got a lot to love: historic charm, super beautiful natural surroundings, and all the amenities you could ask for. Hit the shops and restaurants in the afternoon on Banff Avenue while wearing your new favorite moose T-shirt. After ice-walking, skiing or sightseeing in the Rockies, visit a brewpub or distillery for a drink and a bison burger. Explore the hotel's history and hauntings before treating yourself at the amazing thermal spa. Ride the Banff Gondola for an unbeatable mountaintop view.

CEUs from lectures by prominent nurse anesthesia leaders

This will be intimate with limited registration and accommodations!

Register early! There's LOTS of interest in this one.

Seminar Overview

  • Up to 20 credit hours can be achieved
  • NBCRNA / CPC Core Module and/or Daily Practice Relevancy
  • This seminar is aligned with the AANA Class A CE Credits requirements

Seminar Details

Location: Banff is a resort town in the province of Alberta, located within Banff National Park. The peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, dominate its skyline.
Drive time to Banff from Calgary is 1 hr 25 mins. As you approach, the majestic Rockies will rise up to greet you. Every turn becomes more breathtaking!
Expected Weather: The average daytime temperature during our time there is around 19°C (65°F) whereas the average minimum temperature during the night is around 5°C (42°F).
Dates: May 26 - 31, 2019
AANA Class A CE Credits: 20
Seats Available: 20
Full Price (all four days): $800
Daily Price (if you wish to attend some, not all, of the four days): $200

Robyn Finney

Robyn Finney, APRN, CRNA, DNAP

Instructor in Anesthesiology
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program

Robyn Finney graduated with her Master’s Degree in Nurse Anesthesia in 2003. Robyn worked in an anesthesia care team model and a non-medically directed practice.  In 2012, she began as a Core Faculty Instructor at Mayo’s Doctoral Graduate Nurse Anesthesia Program.  Teaching is clearly a passion for Robyn; this is reflected in the 2016 distinguished Outstanding Educator Award she received from the Mayo School of Health Sciences.

Robyn is a much-requested speaker at many nurse anesthesia meetings. She has served on the Boards of Directors for the Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists for the past two years, and she also teaches Health Policy and Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management (where?).   Robyn was awarded a DNP of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree from the Mayo Sciences Clinic School of Health in 2018.  Her doctoral capstone project was “The Impact of Perioperative Adverse Events on Anesthesia Providers at a Large Academic Institution in the Midwest”, along with the development of an evidence-based peer support program for anesthesia providers as second victims to adverse events called the HELP Program-Healing Emotional Lives of Peers. 

Erin Martin, CRNA

Associate Director
Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
School of Health Sciences

In addition to her clinical practice and role as Associate Director at the Mayo clinic, Erin is also administrative reviewer for the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.  Erin enjoys working with students and meeting CRNAs from around the country when she presents at CRNA meetings like the Banff Educational Adventure.

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Sharon Pearce, CRNA

AANA President, 2014 - 2015

Sharon has spoken at numerous state, national, and international anesthesia meetings. She served as President of the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists.  She has chaired nearly every committee at the state level. She chaired the Public Relations Committee for three years and produced the video The Best Kept Secret in Healthcare that won North Carolina - AANA Public Relations award and subsequently was adopted by the AANA. In addition, she won the AANA PR award for activities while working for Carolina Anesthesia. She went on to serve on the AANA PR committee for three years. She has served as the AANA Government Relations Chair, Region 2 Director, Vice President, and AANA President from 2014-2015.

Sharon has been involved legislatively for 17 years. North Carolina went through a three-year legislative battle from 2005-2008 and again from 2012-2013 against encroachment on scope of practice for CRNAs.  Sharon worked closely in the legislature lobbying against this intrusion on CRNA practice.  She has brought her knowledge of legislative process and the "unspoken rules in public policy making" to an enlightening and informative workshop for CRNAs.  She later ran for the North Carolina House of Representatives in 2016: one of only three CRNAs in the country to do so.

In addition to her anesthesia speaking engagements, Sharon has spoken to many civic and corporate groups on a subject near and dear to her heart- juvenile diabetes.  As the daughter of an insulin dependent diabetic and the mother of an insulin dependent diabetic, Sharon has extensive firsthand knowledge about diabetes and a day-to-day understanding of living with the disease.

In the community service arena, Sharon served on the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for four years and founded a walk-a-thon raising nearly half-a-million dollars for diabetes research.  On September 5, 2002, The Care for Schoolchildren with Diabetes Act (SB 911) was signed into law.  Sharon was the lead advocate for this bill and chaired an advisory committee to develop this legislation. NC was the fourth state in the US to pass such groundbreaking legislation.  She continues to serve on the Diabetes Advisory Committee to the Governor.

Lynn Macksey, RN, MSN, CRNA

UNC School of Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology

After working in different ICU environments for 23 years, Lynn moved from Orlando, FL to Pittsburgh, PA with a 10 year-old daughter and a 12 year-old son, and a very stunned husband to attend the University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program.  Graduating in 2005, she and her family moved to Raleigh, NC where she worked for seven years on the call-team at Wake Med Raleigh.

While working full-time, she also wrote three AANA Journal articles and four books, including two Pocket Guides, a Surgical Procedures and Anesthetic Implications textbook, and is a co-author of a board review book. She was awarded first place in the 2017 AJN (American Journal of Nursing) Book of the Year Awards in the Critical Care/Emergency Nursing category.

Lynn has worked at UNC for four-and-a-half years.  Her daughter is now 25 and her son 27 – which is amazing as Lynn says she is " . . . only 29 years old."  She lives in Holly Springs with her husband Keith, four cats, and a rescue dog named Toby.