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CEUs to Last 4-Years,
Memories to Last 4-Ever!



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September 19 - 25, 2020

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Celebrate the Adventurer in Us All!

Join us as our special guest in the Colorado 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 Telluride. Avid adventurers and ardent fans of the great outdoors call Telluride their spiritual home, nestled at the end of a lush box canyon, where red rocks rise from the canyon floor, and the snowy peaks of the San Juan Mountains loom majestically ahead. You’ll feel right at home with our relaxed mountain lifestyle—and with your professional colleagues.

CEUs from lectures by prominent nurse anesthesia/practitioner leaders

This will be intimate with limited registration and accommodations!

Register early! We'll be there for the Aspen Tree Fall Change!
There's LOTS of interest in this one.

Seminar Overview

  • Up to 36 credit hours can be achieved
  • An early-bird Ultrasound workshop
  • An early-bird AHA ACLS/PALS/BLS certification Workshop
  • NBCRNA / CPC Core Module and/or Daily Practice Relevancy
  • This seminar is aligned with the AANA Class A CE Credits requirements and for the AANP Portfolio

Seminar Details

Location: Telluride, a former Victorian mining town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, is set in a box canyon amid forested peaks at the base of a popular ski-and-golf resort. The San Juan Mountains provide the backdrop for summer arts festivals and camping at Town Park, which also offers Nordic skiing and ice-skating in the winter. features year-round outdoor recreation from rafting along the San Miguel River to links-style golfing, ropes courses and mountain-biking trails in summer. Hiking destinations include Bridal Veil Falls, a waterfall that plunges down 365 feet, and Imogene Pass, a scenic mountain route connecting Telluride and the town of Ouray.
Expected Weather: The average daytime temperature during our time there is around 20°C (68°F) whereas the average minimum temperature during the night is around 3°C (34°F).
Event Dates: September 19 - 25, 2020
Seminar "Learning" Dates: September 20 - 24, 2020
AANA Class A CE Credits: 36 (didactic: 20 hours + Sunday workshops: 16 hours)
Seats Available: 50
Full Price (all four classroom, lecture days): $850
Daily Price (if you wish to attend some, not all, of the four days): $250

(Optional) Sunday Workshops:

That's 36 Class-A Credits for $1,539 (if you take it all)!

Cooper, Katie

Katherine B. Cooper, CRNA

Katie Cooper, MS, CRNA, APRN. Katie currently works as a nurse anesthesiologist for surgery centers and medical offices in Tennessee. She is the owner of Med-Ed, LLC, an American Heart Association (AHA) accredited company dedicated to providing professional and engaging life-saving instruction for health care professionals.

Steve Meyer, CRNA, MSN

Steve graduated from College of Nursing at University of Cincinnati and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army in 1999. He attended the Army Officer Basic Course in San Antonio, TX then was stationed at Madigan Army Medical Center in Ft. Lewis, WA. He graduated from the US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN) in 2006 and served as a CRNA in the US Army for 12 years before retiring in 2019 with 20 years of service.

During his military career, he deployed numerous times with small surgical teams to include the 274th Forward Surgical Team and Special Operations Command in austere environments. Steve was responsible for the assessment, training and evaluation of other special operations anesthesia providers who would also function in austere environments with incredibly limited resources, utilizing primarily TIVA and peripheral nerve blocks.  

Steve was adjunct faculty for Phase II students in USAGPAN at Fort Bragg, NC, and he played an integral role in the training of special operations medics in the areas of airway management, combat sedation and long-term critical care in the austere environment.  

Steve currently practices anesthesia in Boone, NC where he is responsible for the Continuing Education/AANA credits of their practice and is active in international mission work with Samaritan’s Purse, most recently returning from Zambia.  Steve lives with his wife of 15 years and two daughters spending as much time as possible unplugged outside on the slopes of the Appalachian Mountains.

Steve Meyer

Kelly L. Wiltse Nicely, PhD, CRNA

Assistant Professor and Program Director
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University

Dr. Wiltse Nicely has served as a nurse anesthesia educator for twelve years, previously as the Program Director at the University of Pennsylvania, and most recently as the inaugural Program Director for the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She led the program through the initial Council on Accreditation feasibility and capability reviews and welcomed the inaugural cohort of nurse anesthesia students in August 2017. Dr. Wiltse Nicely has maintained an active clinical practice for over a decade, specializing in cardiac anesthesia. Her research interests are in health services research and patient outcomes, with a focus on non-opioid anesthetics in the surgical oncology population, inter-professional education and collaborative practice and advanced practice nursing delivery models. She has been published in journals such as Health Services Research and Academic Medicine.  She served two terms as the President of the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists, been an active member of multiple AANA committees, and currently serves on the AANA Foundation Closed Claims research team.

Heather Rankin, CRNA, DNP

Heather J. Rankin is a CRNA at Children’s of Alabama, located in Birmingham, Alabama where she has practiced since 2006. Heather received her DNP from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The title of her doctoral project was “Perioperative Respiratory Complication in Pediatric Patients Undergoing GU Surgery with Endotracheal Intubation.”  Heather was awarded her MSN from Samford University (2005), her BSN from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2002), and her BS from Birmingham Southern College (2000).

Heather currently serves as AANA Treasurer following two previous years as Region 7 Director and Board liaison to the Council on Accreditation. Heather has also served on the AANA Public Relations Committee and on the AANA Government Relations Committee. She has been active in the Alabama Association of Nurse Anesthetists in many roles since 2007 and was ALANA President 2010 – 2011.

Heather was recognized by Samford University Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing as one of the inaugural Living Legacy recipients in 2012 and serves on the Samford Nursing Advisory Panel.  She received the DNP student award from UAB at graduation.  Heather, her husband, Wes, and their energetic boys enjoy sports, the beach, and spending time together outdoors.

Ken Thompson

Ken Thompson, BSN, MSN, DNP

Ken was born in Chicago, IL, but grew up as an “Army brat.”  He went to Arkansas State University on a 4-year ROTC scholarship, and upon graduation in 1997, was commissioned into the Army as a second lieutenant.  He was accepted to the U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing in 2001.  Only 5 months after graduation, Ken was deployed to the 31st Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad Iraq, where he provided anesthesia for over 500 trauma patients.  After this deployment, Ken was selected to the elite Joint Special Operations Command where he deployed 5 more times.  Badges and awards include the Bronze Star (2), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Medic Badge, the Expert Field Medic Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

Ken has an extensive teaching background.  He was the Senior Clinical Instructor at a USAGPAN Phase II site.  While at JSOC, Ken provided instruction on topics from combat anesthesia to care under fire.  He teaches a trauma lecture at Western Carolina University and is adjunct faculty in the Wake Forest Nurse Anesthesia Program.  Ken’s professional passions include regional anesthesia, anesthesia for breast cancer surgery, and trauma anesthesia.  He now lives in Boone, North Carolina with his wife and son.  Ken has another son who is an RN in Wilmington, North Carolina, and a daughter who is an apparel design and marketer in New York City.

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 with her fellow presenter, Kelly Wiltse Nicely. 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 26 and her son 29 – which is amazing as Lynn says she is " . . . only 29 years old."  She lives in Holly Springs with her husband Keith, and four cats.

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