Nurse Anesthetists Respond: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic


State-Wide Education Event for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists
Minnesota, like the rest of the nation, is experiencing an alarming increase in deaths from opioids. Characterized as an epidemic, nationally, opioid overdoses have increased 30% in just one year and the Midwestern region of the U.S. experienced a 70% increase in opioid overdoses.

The University of Minnesota School of Nursing is hosting a state-wide education event for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists on the national opioid crisis. The event will feature experts on topics including new evidence-based practice, non-opioid alternatives during surgery and prevention of substance use disorder among nurse anesthetists.

Supported with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Nurse Anesthesia Traineeship


Garry-BrydgesGarry Brydges DNP, MBA, ACNP-BC, CRNA
Chief Nurse Anesthetist, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperatinve Medicine
President-elect, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Jackie-RowlesJackie Rowles DNP, CRNA, ANP-BC, MBA, MA, DPNAP, FAAPM, FAAN
Nurse Anesthesia DNP Program Director and Associate Professor
Marian University School of Nursing
President, International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists
Past-President, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Greg Louck MS, CRNA
Assistant Program Director, Case Manager
Parkdale Treatment Center for Professionals

State Peer Advisor, Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA)
Program Director, Minneapolis School of Anesthesia

Eric Swanlund DNP, APRN, CRNA
Chairman, MANA's Wellness Committee
Treasurer-elect, MANA
Staff CRNA, Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Heatlhcare System

Ted Spiess CRNA, APRN
CRNA in recovery


7:30-8:30 a.m.


8:30-10 a.m.



8:30am – 10:00 a.m.

The Opioid Crisis vs. Competency: Facts, Figures, and the Future of Anesthesia Care and Pain Management

Jackie Rowles, CRNA, FNP


10-10:30 a.m.


10:30-12 p.m.

Consecutive sessions:
• Opioid-Sparing Anesthesia: What Can We Learn to Address The Opioid Crisis
• Healthcare Policy on The Opioid Crisis: The Value of CRNA
Garry Brydges, CRNA, DNP, ACNP


12-1 p.m.


1-2:30 p.m.

Substance Use Disorder Prevention, Recovery, and Resources for CRNAs: Panel Discussion
• Eric Swanlund, MANA Wellness Committee Presentation
• Greg Louck, Parkdale Treatment Center Admissions Coordinator Presentation
• Lisa Maw, MANA State Peer Advisor
• Ted Spiess, CRNA in recovery

Saturday, June 9, 2018
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

2-650 Moos Tower
Academic Health Center
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

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The event will also be live streamed. To access the free streaming link, please register below. 

CRNAs in Minnesota and students from all Minnesota nurse anesthesia programs, SRNAs, hospital administrators & policymakers

Registration is free

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Contact with questions



American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists