TANA’s 85th Annual Meeting

Take a Trip With TANA!
TANA's Fall Vacation: Road Trip to Wellness

This fall, load up your station wagon (or whatever it is you drive!) and head out to TANA’s 85thAnnual Meeting October 21-23 at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center in Murfreesboro!

TANA’s Fall Vacation: Road Trip to Wellness will explore all aspects of wellness, from the personal to the professional, with a good dose of fun thrown in for good measure. If this year’s theme rings a bell, then you’re as smart as you think you are!

Your road trip will include opportunities to hone your decision-making skills, enhance your self-care capabilities, and bone up on the latest advancements in POCUS, pain management, and other clinical hot topics. Learn how to navigate the CPC Program with one-on-one assistance, and venture into the world of maternal health/OB anesthesia. And if somewhere along the way your journey includes a mission trip or business start-up, we'll help you get there.

Of course, any trip is only as good as who accompanies you along the way. That’s why we’re making sure you’ll have plenty of time to network with colleagues from across the state, visit with exhibitors, meet our very own Cousin Eddie, and have your picture made with the vacation station wagon (remember station wagons?)!

So, plan to join us at TANA’s 85th Annual Meeting this October and celebrate the excitement, rewards, and satisfaction of being a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist! Registration, reservation, and meeting agenda details coming soon.

Online Registration Is Closed

We welcome registrations onsite at the TANA Registration Desk.
If you would like to sign up for ACLS/BLS/PALS, please email the TANA office at [email protected].


Cindi Dabney, DNP, CRNA, APN
Michael Heck, MS, CRNA, APRN
Dr. Molly Wright
Scott A. Vowels, PhD
Crystal Koss, MS, CRNA – CEO and Founder of Bella Jace Center for Health
Kevin Smith, MBA, MSN, CRNA, APN


This is a preliminary agenda and is subject to change. All times displayed are CDT.

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Board of Directors Meeting

6:30 AM

Registration Opens - Conference Center Registration Desk

Coffee served

6:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Poster Setup for Students

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Destination Wellness: No Really, How Are You?

Justin McAdoo, DNP, CRNA, PMHNP-BC, TANA State Peer Advisor

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

The Road to Demystifying Diversity

Scott A. Vowels, PhD

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Student Poster Session & Refreshments for All

Students from Tennessee’s Nurse Anesthesia programs, plus students in DNP/DNAP cohort, will present case study posters and posters reflecting DNP projects. Posters will be in the exhibit hall from Friday morning through Saturday mid-morning. Please stop by and talk to the students or CRNA’s and find out about their interesting cases and projects.  

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Pharmacogenetics of Pain

Lori Schirle, PhD, CRNA, APN, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Anesthesia in the Austere Environment

Christine G. Cleaves, DNAP, MSN, MBA, FNP-C, CRNA, ACNP-C
CPT R. Dawn Whybrew, EdD, MSN, CRNA, APN

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Enjoy lunch with your colleagues at one of the many restaurants close to the hotel!

12:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Exhibitor Setup

Exhibitor booths are first come, first serve.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Road Trip Missions: Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Raymond Alonge, MSN, APRN, CRNA, CHSE
Bill Ragon, CRNA, APN
Molly Wright, DNP, APRN, CRNA
CPT R. Dawn Whybrew, EdD, MSN, CRNA, APN

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Artificial Intelligence in USGRA…. Myth or Reality?

Michael Heck, MSN, CRNA, APRN

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Refreshment Break & Visit Exhibitors

Join us to kick-off our time with exhibitors!  

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

What Have We Learned and Are Learning from the Pandemic?

Lorraine Jordan, PhD, CRNA, CAE, FAAN, Chief Advocacy Officer, American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology, Chief Executive Officer, AANA Foundation

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

TANA Sponsored Opening Reception and Visit with Exhibitors!

All Registered Attendees and Guests Invited! Student posters available for viewing. Interactive exhibits this year will bring you up to speed on new technology, pharmacology, services for CRNA’s, and fun!

6:30 PM

AIRS Meeting - All Welcome

6:00 AM


Led by Erin Cordell, SRNA, UT Chattanooga
Come join us for a great start to your day!

Sponsored by the TANA Wellness Committee

6:30 AM

Registration Opens and Coffee Service

7:00 AM

Visit with Exhibitors

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Gastric Ultrasound and Other High Utility Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Scans

John Shields, DNP, CRNA, APN, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

NBCRNA & CPC Update, Review & Panel Discussion

Christopher Gill, PhD, MBA, CRNA, Chief Credentialing Officer, NBCRNA
John C. Preston, DNSc, CRNA, FNAP, PN, Chief Executive Officer, NBCRNA

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Refreshment Break

Visit exhibitors and last chance to view student posters.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

TANA Annual Business Meeting & Awards

Please attend as we discuss the business of the association, meet our new board of directors and TASNA representative, and announce award winners!

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

AANA State Update

Angela Mund, DNP, CRNA, APN, AANA President


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

TANA Sponsored Luncheon for All Registered CRNA’s

Tausha Alexander, TANA Lobbyist & Political Director
Sherry Richardson, MSN, RN, Executive Director, Tennessee Board of Nursing

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

TASNA Student Luncheon

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

CRNA Employment Opportunities: Tell Me What I Don't Know

Crystal Koss, MS, CRNA
CEO and Founder – Bella Jace Center for Health

Victor Martin, MBA, CRNA, APN 
CEO – Stage Two Anesthesia, PLLC

Andrew Rice, DNP, APRN, CRNA, ACNP-BC 
Chair and Program Director – Union University Nurse Anesthesia
CEO and Founder – Streamline Anesthesia, LLC
CEO and Founder – Ascend Anesthesia Seminars, LLC

Kevin Smith, MBA, MSN, CRNA, APN
North American Partners in Anesthesia, Advanced Practice Anesthesia Director for the Mid-South

Stephen D. Smith, MA, CRNA, APN
COO and Founder – Georgia Anesthesia LLC

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Fluid Responsiveness: Cultivate Your Curves

Angela Mund, DNP, CRNA, APN, AANA President

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Clinical Decision-Making: The Impact of Thinking-Styles and Practice Setting

Cindi Dabney, DNP, CRNA, APN
Tommy Diller, PhD, CRNA, APN

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

TANA’s Annual Dr. Donald Bell, CRNA College Bowl

Come play team trivia style and watch the school spirit competition! All CRNAs and SRNAs invited to join.

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Join us for an evening of games, silent auction, and a chance to win prizes! Indulge in Hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Cash bar. Tickets can be purchased in advance or onsite at the TANA PAC booth.

6:45 AM

Registration and Refreshments

7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

ACLS/BLS/PALS Recertification Course

7:30 AM -   9:30 AM ACLS/BLS Recertification
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM PALS Recertification

Pre-registration required.

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Maternal Health and Lessons Learned in Obstetrical Cases

Lorraine Jordan, PhD, CRNA, CAE, FAAN, Chief Advocacy Officer, American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology, Chief Executive Officer, AANA Foundation

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Office Based Dental Anesthesia Start Up

Stephen D. Smith, MA, CRNA, APN, Chief Operating Officer, Georgia Anesthesia, LLC

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Refreshment Break

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

When Critical Events Happen in OB

Cindi Dabney, DNP, CRNA, APN

11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

DNP/DNAP Presentations

The Effects of Endotracheal Epinephrine in a Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Model 
Mary Alana Rogers, BSN, RN and Melissa Genczo, MSN, RN, Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Memphis

Virtual Reality for Anatomical Education and Anesthetic Block Training
Garrett Rhodes, SRNA and Joshua Lawson, SRNA, Union University

Comparison of Onset of Epinephrine Between Intravenous and Tibial Intraosseous Administration in a Pediatric Porcine Model 
Trevor Hanson, MSN, RN, NAR and Bryan Ainsworth, BSN, RN, NAR, Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Memphis

Stress Level Identification and Stress Reduction Techniques Among Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists
Trey Vail, MSN, CRNA, APN, UTC/Erlanger Health System
Nurse Anesthesia Concentration, Chattanooga Adjunct Faculty, DNP Program; Auburn University

A Composite Tool for Peripheral Nerve Block Assessment
Bryan Tanner, MSN, CRNA, APRN
Nurse Anesthesia Concentration, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing




Our meeting is being held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville SE Murfreesboro

1200 Conference Center Boulevard
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 37129
Get Directions

09/29 Update
Our host hotel The Embassy Suites is still sold out at this time, but we have secured other accommodations that are walking distance to our meeting location, and are both very nice properties.

Holiday Inn Murfreesboro 

Holiday Inn Murfreesboro is offering us a $159.00 group rate with breakfast included.  You may call to make a reservation at 615-751-5300 and be SURE to mention the TANA group code: TANA.  These rooms are being held until October 7 at this time.

Residence Inn Murfreesboro

Residence Inn Murfreesboro

Residence Inn Murfreesboro is offering a rate of $209.00 that includes breakfast.  This is an all-suite hotel, that is also walking distance to the Embassy Suites.  These are all King rooms with an added fold out bed.  To reserve these rooms you will need to call the TANA office at 615-329-3450.


Learn more about Exhibitor and Sponsorship opportunities here.

Platinum Partners

College Bowl Sponsor

SRNA Luncheon Sponsor

CRNA Luncheon Sponsor

Premier Partners

TANA Partner


AANA Foundation

Ashford Advisors

Blumark Tax Advisors

CSL Behring

ECAA Anesthesia Specialists

Homes for Heroes, Inc.

LifeLinc Anesthesia

Macro Med Tech

MAK Anesthesia


Memphis Student Nurse Anesthetist Foundation

Merk & Co., Inc.

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia


North American Partners in Anesthesia

Northern Colorado Anesthesia Professionals

Pacira Biosciences, Inc.

Recruiting Resources

Samaritan’s Purse

Simmons Bank


Tennessee Professional Assistance Program, Inc.

UAB Medicine

US Anesthesia Partners | AMG

US Army Medical Recruiting

UT Medical Center

The University of Kansas Health System

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Vegas Vacation Casino Night

Join us at the Vegas Vacation Casino Night! Casino Night tickets can be purchased as part of your conference registration or individually.


View poster session information and requirements here.

The deadline to submit Abstracts for the 2022 TANA Poster Symposium Book and be able to have a poster judged has passed. You may still bring a poster to the TANA convention to present with all other posters by following the guideline included here.

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