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Events & Continuing Education

Difficult Airway Course

Managing difficult airways is at the heart of anesthesia practice, so ensuring our residents are trained with the latest technology and tools for airway management is part of our mission. On Feb 5, 2022, we are hosting our Fourth Annual Difficult Airway workshop. This year, we are excited to open this workshop up to our clinical partners, followed by our senior residents.  In addition the latest evidence-based information on airway management, faculty will present and guide participants hands-on use of the newest video laryngoscopy tools from Glidescope, fiberoptic intubations, airway block training with the anatomage table, and cricothyrotomy practice on pig tracheas.  There will be several 3-D ultrasound trainers available as well.

Past Airway Workshops: April 10, 2021

Cricothyrotomy with pig tracheas, Fiberoptic practice in OR setting, Retrograde wire techniques. Newest Glidescope, FOB 

For more information, please contact aries.hernandez@rosalindfranklin.edu

WHITE COAT CEREMONY 

The College of Health Professions held its annual White Coat Ceremony on April 12, 2019 as students in DNP program received the white coats that signify the beginning of their clinical education. Congratulations DNP Class of 2021!

Virtual DNP White Coat Ceremony for Class of 2022 will be held on Friday, November 6, 2020.

Airway Workshop 

Rosalind Franklin senior Nurse Anesthesia students got their hands on some advanced airway equipment at a recent workshop held at the Northwestern Huntley Simulation Center.  Faculty members and a representative from Glidescope ran stations for fiberoptic intubation in the OR, cricothyrotomy airway rescue, combined fiberoptic and video airway scopes with the latest technology, and some other fun gadgets. This is always a fun day for the seniors as they approach graduation in just a few short weeks!  

Senior Nurse Anesthesia students got their hands on some advanced airway equipment at a recent workshop held at the Northwestern Huntley Simulation Center. Faculty members and a representative from Glidescope ran stations for fiberoptic intubation in the OR, cricothyrotomy airway rescue, combined fiberoptic and video airway scopes with the latest technology, and some other fun gadgets. This is always a fun day for the seniors as they approach graduation in just a few short weeks!

US Guided Vascular Access

The faculty in the RFU Nurse Anesthesia Department conducted a vascular access workshop for emergency room and intensive care unit practitioners and NW Huntley Hospital. Senior nurse anesthesia residents also joined in the workshop, where they were able to scan humans and mannikins to learn anatomy as well as place lines using ultrasound.

2020 CRNA Week

RFU DNP Students celebrate national CRNA Week (Jan.19-25th, 2020)

National CRNA Week is the AANA’s annual celebration of anesthesia patient safety and the nation’s nearly 54,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and student registered nurse anesthetists who safely and cost-effectively provide more than 49 million anesthetics each year.

Mid-Year Assembly

Students and faculty attend the Mid-Year Assembly to learn about the power of advocacy in protecting and promoting the practice of nurse anesthetists. The Assembly offers novice and expert tracks on the legislative process, lobbying, and position statements of the national organization. All attendees spend several days meeting with legislators and their aides on the Hill to discuss issues that are important to the profession.

Mid Year Assembly 2021

Save the Date: April 24-28, 2021

Annual Congress

Annual Congress is the largest meeting of CRNAs in the world! Offering multiple educational tracks and concurrent sessions, hands-on workshops, industry lectures, vendor interaction, and fun networking opportunities, this is the premier event for CRNAs.

2019 Annual Congress was held in Chicago. RFU senior student, Ben Kozloski participated in the College Bowl with support from his fellow students!

2020 Annual Congress Meeting

Save the date: August 14-18, 2020

IANA

The Illinois Association of Nurse Anesthetists hold meetings throughout the state every spring and fall. Students from RFU and the Illinois nurse anesthesia programs are invited to give educational lectures to practicing CRNAs and other SRNAs to enhance their knowledge on pertinent anesthesia topics. RFU students have been presenting at IANA meetings for several years through podium presentations, usually by the school representative to the IANA. This is a great opportunity for CRNA residents to develop their public speaking, network with other CRNAs, and disseminate the work they have done while in the program.

2020 Fall IANA Conference

Save the date: September 26-27, 2020

WIANA

Wisconsin Association of Nurse Anesthetists

The Wisconsin Association of Nurse Anesthetists hold meetings throughout the state every spring and fall. Students from RFU and the Wisconsin nurse anesthesia programs are invited to give educational lectures to practicing CRNAs and other SRNAs to enhance their knowledge on pertinent anesthesia topics. RFU students have been presenting at WIANA meetings for several years through podium presentations and poster presentations. This is a great opportunity for CRNA residents to develop their public speaking, network with other CRNAs, and disseminate the work they have done while in the program.

Advocacy

Advocacy is an important part of nurse anesthesia education, since legislation and politics and impact our practice greatly. In addition to lectures on policy and advocacy, our residents are encouraged to attend Lobby Day for CRNAs in Springfield, IL and Madison, WI. They are also mentored to meet with their own representatives at the state and federal level to discuss issues that are important to CRNAs. CRNA residents have the opportunity during their junior and senior years to attend the Mid Year Assembly in Washington, DC. CRNA Week is a celebrated time at RFU and our residents use it as an opportunity to promote the profession and educate other healthcare specialty students about our role. Featured here are photos from the advocacy efforts of the RFU Nurse Anesthesia residents over the years.