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Preparing for Perioperative Emergencies through Simulation: Simulation Session (1 Class A CE)

Monday, September 24
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Beacon A, B, D, E, F, G, H, Sheraton Boston

This is a part of the "Preparing for Perioperative Emergencies through Simulation, 2-hour course. You will need to participate in both the lecture and simulation lab, to obtain credit for this course.

NOTE- This course is First Come, First Serve. 91 attendees will be accepted to participate for each 2-hour time block.

Preparing for Perioperative Emergencies Using Simulation will involve learners in a two-hour, two-part educational experience. The first hour will be an interactive lecture/discussion of various cognitive aids and how they improve outcomes in emergencies. The second hour will involve small group simulations of select emergency situations with some of the nurse anesthesia profession’s leading simulation experts. Simulation sessions will be limited to 13 people per room and active participation is expected. This is a hands-on interactive experience.

Learning Objectives:

Heather L. Bair, DNP, CRNA, ARNP

Associate Director Graduate Anesthesia Nursing Program
University of Iowa College of Nursing

Heather Bair is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. She is the Associate Director and Nurse Anesthesia Simulation Director at the University of Iowa Graduate Anesthesia Nursing Program.


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Michael J. Anderson, DNP, CRNA, ARNP

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist / Clinical Coordinator -Anesthesia Nursing Program
University of Iowa College of Nursing
North Liberty, IA

Mike Anderson is a Clinical Nurse Anesthetist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator of the Anesthesia Nursing Program in the College of Nursing at the University of Iowa. Dr. Anderson graduated with a Masters Degree from the Cleveland Clinic/Case Western Reserve University Nurse Anesthesia Program in 2009 and obtained his DNP from the University of Iowa in May, 2014. His Doctoral work focused on Infection Control in the Operating room. He is currently the President of the Iowa Association of Nurse Anesthetists and has served on numerous AANA and NBCRNA committees. Dr. Anderson served as the Emerging Leader Fellow on the NBCRNA board from 2014-2016. He is currently serving on the AANA Cultural Assessment Task Force.


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Michelle LR Gonzalez, PhD, CRNA, CHSE

Assistant Professor, Simulation Coordinator
University of Maryland School of Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia Specialty
Baltimore, Maryland

Dr. Gonzalez has over 20 years as a practicing CRNA in civilian and military based facilities and currently works as an Assistant Professor & Simulation Coordinator for the Nurse Anesthesia Specialty at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Her primary focus is teaching core curriculum and facilitation of simulation throughout the specialty. She completed a PhD in Educational Leadership and has been the recipient of multiple grants incorporating the use of hybrid simulation models to foster communication in healthcare settings, with a focus on faculty and preceptor development to enhance student learning.


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John M. O'Donnell, DrPH, MSN, CRNA, CHSE

Professor and Chair, Department of Nurse Anesthesia, Director Nurse Anesthesia Program
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. John O'Donnell is professor and chair of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Nurse Anesthesia and has been Director of the Pitt Nurse Anesthesia Program since 1994. Dr. O’Donnell is also the associate director at the world-renowned Winter Institute for Simulation Education (WISER), co-chairs the WISER Research Committee, and as part of his international work co-authored the iSIM (Improving Simulation Instructional Methods) faculty development course that has been offered in more than 20 nations and has been translated into multiple languages. Dr. O’Donnell has published and presented extensively in the areas of anesthesia education and practice and in the area of simulation educational methodology and recently co-founded a new start-up company, LUMIS Corp. which has developed a new augmented reality simulation educational system using the inSight platform.

Disclosure- Co-founder and Consultant for LUMIS Corp; Consultant for Private Simulation Consulting


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Virginia C. Muckler, DNP, CRNA, CHSE

Assistant Professor, Clinical Education Coordinator
Duke University School of Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia Program
Durham, NC

(Virginia) Chris Muckler is an Assistant Professor and the Clinical Education Coordinator for the Duke University Nurse Anesthesia Program. Dr. Muckler is a veteran, a practicing anesthetist in the community, has published multiple simulation-related manuscripts, and serves as a reviewer for multiple journals including Clinical Simulation in Nursing. She is a National League for Nursing Simulation Leader, and has served as a simulation consultant for several entities within the continental United States as well as Ghana, Africa where she was the first to introduce simulation to nurse anesthetists at the University for Development Studies.


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Nicholas Hall, DNP, CRNA, ARNP

Staff Nurse Anesthetist
Nebraska Medicine
Council Bluffs, Iowa

Nick Hall is a CRNA at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha Nebraska. He has been involved in simulation education for experienced providers for the last three years. Nick has presented in-situ simulation material at state meetings and was part of an interdisciplinary group who provided education at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare 2018.


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Jeremy S. Heiner, EdD, CRNA

academic and clinical faculty
Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia
Placentia, California

Academic and clinical educator at Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia for more than 10 years. Interests include simulation education, interactive learning, and the education of multiple anesthesia topics including airway management, pediatric anesthesia, trauma anesthesia, and differential diagnosis with critical event management. Author of several published journal courses, Airway Management Chapter in the textbook Nurse Anesthesia by Nagelhout and Elisha, and one of the primary authors of "Critical Events in Anesthesia" published by the AANA. Currently practices as a CRNA at two major medical centers in an anesthesia team based model and in rural settings as an independent provider.


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Michael Butera, MS, BSN, CRNA

Director of Nurse Anesthesia Simulation
Northeastern University

Michael Butera, MS, CRNA Clinical Instructor at Northeastern University College of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia Program. He is enrolled in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at Northeastern University expected graduation May 2019. Mr. Butera has been a registered nurse for 34 years and has 27 years of clinical anesthesia experience. He has been teaching at Northeastern since 2011. His interests are clinical and simulation education of student anesthetists and was recently named Director of Simulation Education for the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Northeastern. Mr. Butera’s research interest is transfer of simulation education to clinical practice to improve patient safety.


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Stephen Klinkhammer, DNP, CRNA, CHSE

Private Practice and National Lecturer
Stephen Klinkhammer, CRNA, SC
Racine, Wisconsin

Dr. Klinkhammer received his Master of Nurse Anesthesia from the Mayo School of Health Sciences, Rochester, MN, and his Doctor of Nursing Practice-Anesthesia Nursing from Rush University, Chicago, IL.
Dr. Klinkhammer has provided anesthesia care in multiple settings including government, academic and private practice. He presently provides office-based anesthesia services in the southeast Wisconsin area. Dr. Klinkhammer was on the Faculty of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Rosalind Franklin University School of Medicine and Science from 2009-2017 and is a nationally Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. He lectures nationally on Obstetrical Anesthesia and is a consultant for Simulation for Anesthesia.


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Sassoon M. Elisha, EdD, CRNA

Assistant director, Kaiser School of Anesthesia
Kaiser Permanente
Huntington Beach, California

Sass Elisha is the assistant director at Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia. He has publications in several nurse anesthesia textbooks and has recently been a member of the COA.


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Matthew P. Yockey, MSN, CRNA

Instructor Professor, Simulation Coordinator Nurse Anesthesia Program
University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

Matthew Yockey graduated from the University of Cincinnati Nurse Anesthesia program in 2011. He has been the Simulation Coordinator and part of the core faculty for the University of Cincinnati Nurse Anesthesia Program for the past 2 years. Mr. Yockey is a huge proponent of the role of simulation in healthcare, especially crisis simulation and the use of cognitive aids during crisis management.


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