September 23-30 2017, Norwegian Gem Cruise Seminar



 Clinical Topics in Anesthesia for the CRNA


 New England/Canada Cruise Seminar
Norwegian Cruise Lines Gem from New York

20 Class A CE Credits

September 23-30, 2017

Program Description

This Continuing Education program will provide a variety of didactic topics of clinical interest to nurse anesthetists.

Clinical problems include managing patients with CHF, Acute Renal Disease, Cervical Spine Issues, Alcohol Abuse Disorder, and Long QT syndrome. Technique suggestions are discussed for providing anesthesia for Robotic Surgery and Endoscopic procedures. Solutions are offered for dealing with Noise in the OR, Acting as a Defendant in a Law Suit, Using Selective Relaxant Binding Agents, Caring for patients with cardiac assist devices, Perioperative Stroke: Risk prevention or management.

The program closes with a discussion of Professional Issues and Manpower Challenges, Globalization of the Nurse Anesthesia Specialty, recent developments in the CRNA re-certification process including a glimpse at possible future implications for the specialty.

For program enrichment, we have designed the sessions in a manner that encourages group interaction and participation.

Program Faculty

Sandra Maree-Ouellette, CRNA, MEd
Past-President AANA and IFNA
Director Emeritus
Nurse Anesthesia Program - Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC

Richard-Ouellette, CRNA, MEd
Past-President AANA
Clinical Instructor
Nurse Anesthesia Program - Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC

Bernard A. Kuzava, CRNA
President and CEO
Institute for Post-Graduate Education
Hastings, MI

Program Agenda

Sunday September 24, 2017
Sandy and Richard

0600 - 0645 .... Breakfast on your own
0645 - 0700 .... Welcome, Course Information
0700 - 0900 .... Anesthesia Implications with CHF
0900 - 0915 .... Break
0915 - 1015 .... Anesthesia for Robotic Surgery
1015 - 1115 .... Patients with long QT - Is this a worry?
1115 - 1215 .... Do we need Selective Relaxant Binding Agents?
1215 - 1315 .... Lunch Break
1315 - 1415 .... Managing Patients with Cardiac "Gadgets"
1415 - 1515 .... Perioperative Stroke - Prevention and management
1515 - 1615 .... Structured Review and Discussion of Lectures

Tuesday September 26, 2017
Sandy and Richard

0630 - 0700 .... Breakfast on your own
0700 - 0800 .... Anesthesia and the Alcohol Abuser
0800 - 0900 .... Anesthetic Techniques for Endoscopy
0900 - 1000 .... Acute Kidney Injury: An Anesthetic Challenge
1000 - 1100 .... Structured Review and Discussion of Lectures




Friday September 29, 2017
Sandy and Richard

0630 - 0700 .... Breakfast on your own
0700 - 0900 .... The CRNA as a Defendant: Where is the risk?
0900 - 0915 .... Break
0915 - 1015 .... Noise in the OR; It is a Problem
1015 - 1115 .... Implications of Chronic Cervical Spine Disease
1115 - 1215 .... CRNA Recertification: Past, Present and Future Projections
1215 - 1315 .... Lunch Break
1315 - 1415 ....Globalization of the Nurse Anesthesia Specialty
1415 - 1515 .... Professional Issues and Manpower Challenges
1515 - 1615 .... Structured Review and Discussion of Lectures

Accreditation Statements

This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 20.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1034332; Expiration Date 9/30/2017.

IPGE is accredited by the California BRN to provide Continuing Education for Registered Professional Nurses, Provider Number 2374. This activity meets the criteria for 20 CE Credits.

This program also meets the criteria for 6 Pharmacology hours and 11 Clinical Management hours.

Note: IPGE does not support or offer CE Credit for Anesthesiologist Assistants.

Tuition Fee Schedule


Tuition fees include all CE Activities, AANA Credit Recording and Record Keeping,
Certificate of Attendance and Access to Virtual Syllabus on Line

Virtual Syllabus Information

To access the virtual syllabus click on the link below. The username and password were provided in the email sent to all registrants.

New England Cruise Virtual Syllabus

Refund Policy and Other Disclaimers

A full refund less $150.00 application processing fee may be obtained if notice of cancellation is received in writing or by Email ( no later than September 13, 2017. No refunds are made after this date. If IPGE cancels the program, a full refund will be provided unless cancellation forced by a natural or man-made disaster (fire, flood, earthquake, strike, acts of God, war or terrorism, or any other cause beyond IPGE's control.) In this event a full value voucher valid for two years from date of issue is awarded. In addition, attempts will be made to reschedule the program within a reasonable time period.

Tuition Refund Guarantee Plan

For a fee of $45.00 IPGE will waive all refund restrictions until the day before the seminar begins. To purchase this option, check the appropriate box on your application form and add $45.00 to your tuition fee. This option must be purchased at the time of registration. NOTE: If you register online, this option appears as a default. Click REMOVE" if you do not want to protect your tuition fee.



All participating faculty are requested to submit any potential conflicts of interest , financial or otherwise, which may exist in their areas of presentation. IPGE reserves the right to substitute a speaker or topic if the need arises. No prior notification of changes is made. Every effort to preserve Course content will be made. IPGE assumes no responsibility for failure of third party suppliers to meet their obligations. IPGE assumes no responsibility for comments or information provided by faculty at this course. Attendance at this seminar does not indicate or otherwise guarantee proficiency or competence in the performance of any of the techniques and/or procedures which may be discussed or taught in this course.

Transfer of Registration

If you did not purchase the refund waiver guarantee ad find it necessary to cancel your registration, it may be more cost effective to transfer to another IPGE program instead. IPGE permits a one time transfer to any course offered within one year of the original course starting date.  Transfers are made at a fee of $100.00. Please call or Email us if you would like to select this option.

Auditing/Recording of Lectures

IPGE Policies do not permit auditing of lectures wthout payment of tuition fees. Recording of lectures is strictly forbidden.

Cruise Information

Important Notice:
New England/Canada Cruises are unlike Caribbean and Alaska Cruises. They are quite limited in number and generally sell out quickly. If you are seriously interested in joining us on this cruise we urge you to reserve your cabin as soon as possible. Liberal refund policies are in place so there is little risk if you find it necessary to cancel. If you reserve your cabin in our block through ICS Travel, Inc., tuition fees need not be paid until 10 days before the departure date. If you do not utilize our cabin block tuition fees are due when you book.

Cruise Itinerary


7-Day Canada & New England from New York City

Day Cruise Ports



Sat New York (EMBARK) --- 4:00 pm
Sun At Sea --- ---
Mon Halifax, Nova Scotia 9:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue Saint John, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick 11:00 am 7:00 pm
Wed Bar Harbor, Maine 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Portland, Maine 8:00 am 8:00 pm
Fri At Sea --- ---
Sat New York (DISEMBARK) 8:00 am ---
Please Note:
  • Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking.
  • Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
  • Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.


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