Concluded Programming

Join faculty, fellow alumni, and friends of the VCU Department of Nurse Anesthesia on April 22 for a hybrid in-person and virtual event. The day coincides with Reunion Weekend and is open to both VCU alumni and any CRNA who wants to join.

  • See our program operations in full swing at each of our sites 
  • Afternoon sessions include four 30-minute Continuing Education presentations
  • Experience a hands-on ultrasound scanning lab in each location’s simulation space

This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology for 3.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1043066; Expiration Date 4/22/2023.


VCU Center for Research in Human Simulation
College of Health Professions
Department of Nurse Anesthesia
900 E. Leigh Street, Suite 3030
Richmond, VA 23298

VCU Southwest Virginia, Abingdon Site
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC)
One Partnership Circle
Abingdon, VA 24210

VCU Roanoke Site
Roanoke Higher Education Center
108 N. Jefferson Street
Roanoke, VA 24016

VCU Northern Virginia Site
5285 Shawnee Road
Poplar Run, Suite 110
Alexandria, VA 22312

Schedule for April 22, 2023

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Welcome and Open House Tours - Offered at each location

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Perioperative Ultrasound Applications Workshop - Offered at each location (1 CE)
Nicole Damico, PhD, CRNA, CHSE, FAANA

Objective: Demonstrate and discuss the basic use of ultrasound in the perioperative environment.

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Networking Lunch

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Welcome - Synchronous Video-Conferencing CE Program (2 CE)
Nicole Damico, PhD, CRNA, CHSE, FAANA (live from Roanoke)

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Direct Acting Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs): An overview for anesthesia providers
Maria Hirsch, DNAP, MS, CRNA (live from Roanoke)

1. Compare and contrast anticoagulants commonly seen used in patients who may require anesthesia care
2. Discuss urgent and non-urgent reversal techniques for the most commonly prescribed oral anticoagulants

1:35 pm - 2:05 pm

Diabetes Management Technology in the Perioperative Setting
Jenna Hardison, MSNA, DNAP, CRNA (live from Northern Virginia)

Objective: Discuss the impact of evolving diabetes management technologies on the anesthetic management of diabetic patients

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm

Business of Anesthesia: A business model for independent CRNA practice
James E. Kuziel, CRNA, BSN (live from Abingdon)

1. Describe the business resources required to set up a CRNA only practice
2. Discuss how to approach a medical facility to acquire an anesthesia service contract

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Making a difference: Even if it's just one of us at a time
Chuck Biddle, PhD, CRNA (live from Richmond)

Objective: Appreciate the importance of questioning your current practice.