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CRNA School Prep Academy Fall Conference 2021

Take The Mystery Out Of Becoming A CRNA

Join Us For CRNA School Prep Academy's Fall 2021 Conference!

During this 2-Day event, you will .......


Uncover strategies that will allow your CRNA application to stand out above the competition

  • Learn about the ICU drugs that you will be expected to know as an SRNA, from program faculty member & published author, Peter Strube
  • Are you worried about the personal challenges you will face in anesthesia school? We have you covered! Learn how to control and manage stress from CRNA, hypnotist, and wellness coach Matt Zinder.
  • Develop a Growth Mindset. Half the challenge of becoming a CRNA is your mindset. Learn how having a growth mindset can help you continue to push forward so that you never feel stuck!
  • Do you fear how you will afford to pay for graduate school? Well, you’re not alone! Financial consultant Natalie Kratzer will Share with you how to successfully navigate the challenges of paying for graduate school!
  • Ever wonder how you can better prepare yourself for the road ahead? Gain awareness of your own study habits and unlock other essential study methods that will prove to be lifesavers during school.
  • Network with Nurse Anesthesia Faculty,  Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists, and fellow aspiring students! Our virtual setting will still allow for breakout sessions and interaction with the presenters and fellow attendees.
  • Dive deep into the CRNA interview. Participate or listen in on the types of questions you will be asked and how you should expect to answer them.

EXCLUSIVE ACCESS to a 90-minute REAL anesthesia lab simulation experience! 

This experience is normally an $80 value!! Yours FREE, just for attending our virtual conference!   

Space Is Limited!

Let’s Start Your Success Story Here at CRNA SCHOOL PREP ACADEMY FALL CONFERENCE 2021!!

10.75 CE Credits

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

Event Agenda:


Day 1

Saturday 10/23/2021:
08:30- 09:30: Transitioning from ICU to Anesthesia Pharmacology by Peter Strube DNAP, CRNA

Description: Having advanced knowledge about ICU pharmacology plays an integral part in a successful transition into the role of a nurse anesthesia resident. Candidates are expected to have a deep understanding of pharmacology before ever stepping foot into an operating room. Dr. Peter Stube’s lecture on Transitioning from ICU to Anesthesia Pharmacology will expand the RN’s existing knowledge on common ICU and anesthesia drugs down to the molecular level.

09:30- 10:30: Successfully Manage Stress as a Nurse Anesthesia Resident by Matthew Zinder MS, CRNA

Description: Stress management is critical as a nurse anesthesia resident. During the rigorous 36-month program students will be tested time and time again. Going into school knowing how to best handle and cope with stress can play a pivotal role in a successful completion. Matthew Zinder, CRNA teacher of wellness and stress management techniques, is well aware of the stressors nurse anesthesia residents face daily. In his lecture, he will provide guidance on how students can best enter their programs well equipped to handle their stress load and improve their ability to manage their well-being.

11:00- 12:00: How To Study In Anesthesia School by Jenny Finnell MSN, CRNA

Description: Many strong students enter graduate school worried if they are truly ready for the rigors of the nurse anesthesia curriculum. Some may be aware that they do not have the best study habits despite getting good grades in their undergraduate career, while others think they are ready but maybe be blindsided once they start school. Through her struggles, Jenny Finnell, CRNA has learned that studying successfully comes in all different shapes and sizes. She will share various study techniques that will not only alleviate anxiety but open new avenues and challenge these future nurse anesthesia residents to try new techniques. Jenny will also share valuable resources for them to utilize and how to learn information so that they can establish an inter-connected knowledge network versus simply memorizing.

Break 12-13:30

13:30- 14:30: Program Directors Session

Description: It is true, all schools can be a little different. In this session, candidates can hear from different program faculty and possibly understand some variations that do exist within the space.

14:30- 15:30: How To Pay For Graduate School by Natalie A. Kratzer, CLTC, CLF, FIC

Description: The financial burden of paying for graduate school is heavy. This compounds for students who are faced with the burden of providing for their family or even risking enjoying retirement. It is so crucial that students enter school with a good plan in place as well as the knowledge that will allow them to come out on top financially. Yes, CRNA’s are high earners but with poor financial planning, some may incur more debt than necessary or after graduation lack understanding on how to get their finances in order. Financial Consultant Natalie Kratzer, has an extensive background in working with nurse anesthesia students as well as CRNA’s. She is well aware of the challenges they face both during and after school. Her lecture will provide clarity on key components of paying for graduate school so that students can set themselves up for financial success.

15:30-16:30: SRNA Question and Answer

Description: The best insight into what it is like to be a nurse anesthesia resident comes from students who are active in the motions. This SRNA Q&A panel is designed to allow aspiring and soon-to-be students to ask questions which will also them to gain clarity of the process, alleviate fears and help set expectations.

Day 2

Sunday 10/24/2021:
0800-0900: Why Having A Growth Mindset Can Set You Up For Success by Jennifer Finnell MSN, CRNA

Description: The excitement of getting into anesthesia school and having your dream job can often drown out level-headed expectations and mindset. Everyone knows entering anesthesia school is hard and challenging. Yet, have they taken the time to identify their mindset. Often the period leading up to starting the program is full of anxiety and self-doubt. This is from preconceived notions gathered from the experiences of others. Having a growth mindset will allow a student to enter the program with confidence and realistic expectations. It first starts with self-identification followed by embracing their own limiting beliefs. In this lecture Jenny Finnell, CRNA will walk through how to achieve a growth mindset so that these nurse anesthesia residents experience less burnout and have an easier time navigating the road ahead.

0900-1000: Demystifying the CRNA Application Process by Richard Wilson MNA, CRNA

Description: Applying to anesthesia school is intimidating. Most go into this process with very little insight into how these programs are scoring and evaluating their application. This can turn into failed attempts leading to discouragement. Experienced Nurse Anesthesia Program Faculty Member Richard Wilson, CRNA, has over 10 years of admissions experience. Nurses will hear firsthand how to make their application more competitive. Richard can provide candid insight into how candidates can apply with their best foot forward so that they get their ticket to interview.

10:15-11:15: Navigating the CRNA Interview by Richard Wilson MNA, CRNA

Description: The application is only part one. Perhaps the bigger hurdle is not the application but the interview. The interview can set up even the best candidate for rejection. Gaining acceptance comes down to a 10-30 minute window for most. Richard Wilson, CRNA, and program faculty with hundreds of interviews behind him. With that comes many years of accumulated insight into how candidates can set themselves up for success in the hot seat.

11:15-12:15: Group Mock Interview Session

Description: Practice, practice, and practice some more. That is how you improve. No one wins the Olympic medal without years of dedication and practice. Finding success in a CRNA interview may not come naturally for most. However, candidates who practice and prepare tend to outperform their peers. This session is designed to give an insider look at what these nurses can expect to experience during their interview and possibly learn what mistakes to avoid.

1230: Conference Ends
Raffle prize winners will be announced!

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Meet the speakers:

Jenny Finnell


Jenny Finnell MSN, CRNA, with 6 years of clinical anesthesia experience in a variety of settings, from open heart, obstetrics, out-patient surgery with heavy peripheral nerve blocks, and now a level one trauma Children’s Hospital & Burn Center. Along with her clinical experience, Jenny has a passion for connecting with her students and meeting them where they are within their CRNA journey. Over the past year, Jenny has created a successful mentoring program, CRNA School Prep Academy. Which has successfully mentored hundreds of aspiring and now current nurse anesthesia residents. Also, Jenny has started an SRNA Scholarship Foundation called Pay It Forward CRNA, for which she hopes to provide scholarship opportunities for current students across the country. Jenny has delivered Keynote presentations for Nurse Anesthesia Residents through the California Association of Nurse Anesthetists as well as the University of Virginia Student Nurse Association. Jenny serves the anesthesia community by providing resources and opportunities for aspiring students as well as current nurse anesthesia residents.

Richard Wilson


Richard Wilson MNA, CRNA with 14 years of clinical anesthesia experience in a Level I Trauma Center. Along with his clinical experience, he has been heavily involved in the daily classroom and clinical training of SRNA’s for the last 10 years.

Before attending anesthesia school, Richard practiced as an RN for several years in a Level I Neuro/Trauma/Surgical ICU and since graduating CRNA school, he has served as a clinical site coordinator, a Program faculty member, and on an interview and admissions committee for the last 10 years. He has experience in reviewing applications, interviewing candidates (both in-person and virtual), and guiding candidates on how to make their application more competitive both academically and clinically. In his role as a Program Faculty member, Richard has taught on a variety of topics in the classroom, clinical setting, and simulation.

Richard also served 4 years on the SEE (Self Evaluation Exam) Committee for the National Board for Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). In this role, he was an item writer for the nationally administered SEE giving him knowledge on how national exams are written, administered, and scored. In addition to that, Richard recently was acknowledged in the book Current Anesthesia Practice: Evaluation and Certification Review as a reviewer for the chapter on Airway Management and will be participating as a reviewer of the Orthopedic Surgery chapter for the newest edition of Case Studies in Nurse Anesthesia.

Peter Strube


Lieutenant Colonel Peter Strube DNAP, CRNA has over 20 years in the United States Army Nurse Corps and 14 years as a practicing CRNA and program faculty. Dr. Strube is the Assistant Program Director at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh CRNA Program.  He owns and operates Trollway Anesthesia that covers several critical access hospitals.  Dr. Strube has authored several professional articles and training programs, speaks professionally both nationally and internationally, and tutors at-risk students on their anesthesia boards.  He has been elected to serve on the Wisconsin state association board and is currently the AANA Region 3 Director.    

Natalie Kratzer


Natalie Kratzer is a certified financial consultant with more than a decade of experience providing transparent, holistic financial advice. My goal is to help educate and empower you as you make important financial decisions that impact you and your family today and for years to come. I will help explain complex concepts to you in an understandable way, so you feel most comfortable. Being equipped with financial knowledge is one of the most powerful tools you can have to get through school, navigate your career and reach your dreams.

Matthew Zinder


Matthew Zinder has worked in some level of healthcare for 25 years, starting as an EMT in a volunteer fire station. Matthew owns and operates a Maryland-based mobile anesthesia practice that has been in business since 1984. It consists of 20 practitioners and covers 50 locations throughout the state of Maryland. Matthew speaks at many professional conferences, both nationally and internationally, involving topics such as stress management, wellness, business of anesthesia, and the practice of anesthesia. He is the producer and host of The Going Viral Podcast where he has discussions with guests pertaining to health, wellness, and science. He is the cofounder of The Provider Wellness Symposium, a national conference and wellness expo geared toward promoting healthcare provider health and wellness. Matthew is currently the District IV director for the Maryland Association of Nurse Anesthetists and an elected member of the AANA Leadership Identification Committee. He is adjunct faculty at Georgetown University School of Nurse Anesthesia.

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Please note, this is a virtual, LIVE event. Sessions will be streaming live and will only be available for replay 24 hours after the event! 

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The DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) delivers a contemporary and evidence-based curriculum using faculty and contributors that are expert educators, clinicians, researchers, and leaders in the profession. Faculty are chosen that have experience with both in-person and distance education best practices.  They facilitate student learning and professional growth with student-centered active learning experiences, modeled clinical and scholarly excellence and steadfast professionalism. Using a blended learning model, our curriculum combines the best aspects of online learning activities and interactions, hands-on skills lab and high-fidelity simulation sessions, and collaborative clinical education experiences into an innovative and dynamic learning experience.

For more information please contact: Kelly Bates; Nurse Anesthesia Program Operations Coordinator; kbates@south.edu

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