New Orleans Itinerary
(Every April during the French Quarter Fest)


New Orleans, Louisiana is one of the most historic and interesting cities in the United States.  It is a city famous for its great restaurants, historic sites, and some of the best festivals in the country.  World-renowned for many years for the Mardi Gras and the Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans is more recently known for a festival that was started over 30 years ago by a former mayor and titled the French Quarter Festival.  The French Quarter Festival will offer you the finest of New Orleans' cuisine, FREE music, and plenty of great fun for the whole family.  Live stage performances on over 17 stages scattered throughout the French Quarter and the River Front offer the best of New Orleans' musical talents.  And food prepared by over 60 New Orleans' restaurants at over 100 food booths located in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, and the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint make up what is called the "World's Largest Jazz Brunch."

This festival takes place over a four day period and the entertainment costs you absolutely nothing.  The only cost you will pay are for the food, merchandise, and some off-site special events if you decide to attend these.  Locals and visitors alike enjoy a unique weekend that only a city like New Orleans can offer.  And the music represents every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R & B and New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, classical, opera, Cajun Zydeco, Latin World, International, and even a stage just for the kids.  For more details on this event go to the web site of the official French Quarter Festival:


And before enjoying the pleasures of the French Quarter Festival you will be participating in an excellent educational meeting sponsored by C & H EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS.  This meeting is prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 20 Class A CE Credits (AANA Code Number 1037907, Expiration Date 4/19/2020) and 4.75 credits in pharmacology/therapeutics.  This meeting will be held at The Hotel Monteleone in the Heart of the French Quarter.  (We cannot overemphasize the need for you to book your room early if you plan to stay at the Monteleone Hotel for this meeting or for that matter any hotel in downtown New Orleans.)  And be sure to review our Hotel information regarding changes to booking a room at the Monteleone Hotel and the new room cancellation policy.  Click the "Hotels" tab above.

An array of outstanding lecturers will bring you up-to-date on a number of important topics related to the profession of the CRNA.  The meeting ends around noon each day (except for Friday) allowing you the full afternoon to enjoy the Festival and the Vieux Carre.


Friday, April 17, 2020

6:30 am - 7:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:00 am - 8:00 am  "An Update On The Effects Of Synthetick Canabinoids And New Designer Drugs:  Part I" by Dr. Ernesto Perez, DNP, MBA, CRNA, ARNP, PMC-I, FNAP

8:00 am - 9:00 am  "Providing Culturally Sensitive Anesthesia Care And What It Means" by Idena Davidson, CRNA, MS, PhDC

9:00 am - 9:30 am  BREAK

9:30 am - 10:30 am  "CRNA Value" by John Sikes, CRNA, MBA, ACHE

10:30 am - 11:30 am  "An Update On The Effects Of Synthetic Cannabinoids And New Designer drugs:  Part II" by Dr. Ernesto Perez, DNP, CRNA, ARNP, PMC-I, FNAP

11:30 am - 12:30 pm  "Problems That Can Occur While Doing Contract Anesthesia" by Jeff LeBlanc, CRNA, MS

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm  AFTERNOON BREAK

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Afternoon Workshop - "The Ansthetic Management Of Difficult Airways And The Use Of Difficult Airway Devices:  A Hands On Workshop" by Idena Davidson, CRNA, MS, PhDC, and John Rivas, CRNA, MS

Saturday, April 18, 2020

6:30 am - 7:00 am  Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:00 am - 8:00 am  "What's New With Sedative Hypnotics:  Reviewing Old Drugs And Looking At New Drugs" by Marie Blanarova, CRNA, MS

8:00 am - 9:00 am   "Local Anesthestic Toxicity And Lipid Rescue" by Gerry Pedersen,  CRNA

9:00 am - 9:30 am  BREAK

9:30 am - 10:30 am   "The Future Of Anesthesia" by John Sikes, CRNA, MBA, ACHE

10:30 am - 11:30 am  "New Techniques Involving Sedative Hypnotics And Muiti-Nodal Anesthesia" by Marie Blanarova, CRNA, MS

11:30 am - 1:30 pm  "Political Atmosphere of the CRNA in 2020" by Gerry Pedersen, CRNA

Sunday, April 19, 2020

6:30 am - 7:00 am  Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:00 am - 8:00 am  "Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS-Protocol):  Minimizing The Need For Narcotics" by Laterrica Antoine, CRNA, MS

8:00 am - 11:00 am  "STRESS - A WORKSHOP:  Stress Affects Us All" by Ann Smith, CRNA, MS; Catherine C. Wagner, CRNA, MS; and Peadar Dalton, LCSW, DCSW

11:00 am - 12:00 pm  "X-Ray Contrast And The Different Effects It Can Have On The Anesthetized Patient" by Jay Smith, BSRS, CNMT

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  "Providing Anesthesia In An International Setting" by Scott Slocum, CRNA, MS