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The Kaiser Permanente Nurse Anesthetists Association is a union of certified nurse anesthetists that work for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. We have 370 members of our union that work in facilities across the Southern California area. KPNAA members provide professional excellence through advocacy, unity, and vigilance.




KPNAA History

In 1978 Kaiser Permanente’s (KP) internal structure was strongly encouraging the organization of nurses into existing bargaining groups. At that time, the United Nurses Association of California (UNAC) was the premier nursing union for the Southern California region’s seven Kaiser Foundation Hospital (KFH) Medical Centers. Having been independent employees of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) for many years, the CRNAs were reluctant to become part of a large union structure despite the organizational pressure and purported benefits. There was some benefit to bargaining contracts as a group and no option to become partners of the physician-only SCPMG.

At the time, several CRNA’s from across the region had been meeting occasionally for Saturday brunch to update each other on activities across the region sharing items of professional and personal interest. Bette Greene, CRNA, had kept informal notes (legend has it on the proverbial cocktail napkin). The opportunities at the time were to organize in affiliation with an existing bargaining unit, appeal to SCPMG to remain independent employees or seek an independent organization status through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In an outstanding bit of strategy vs. luck, the notes compiled to date were enough to convince the NLRB of the independent status of the CRNAs. This was a time when independent unions were permitted outside of the AFL-CIO or other national affiliates. The NLRB’s 1979 decision allowed the Kaiser Permanente Nurse Anesthetists Association of Southern California to be formed representing all CRNA’s employed by the SCPMG. Our Association was certified as a regional union, not hospital by hospital as most other nursing unions function.

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Save The Date!

KPNAA
Winter Conference & Award Lunch
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Laguna Cliffs Marriott
Dana Point, CA

Use an ED Day and Join Us January 26!

KPNAA is proud to announce the 6th Annual Winter Educational Conference. There are no fees for KPNAA Members to attend. Please note that we must give a firm headcount to the hotel so send your RSVP no later than January 18, 2019. Click here to RSVP.


When:

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Educational Conference
7:00am-5:00pm

Where:

Laguna Cliffs Marriott
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

RSVP:

RSVP Now - Click Here

Hotel Room Rate:

Laguna Cliffs Marriott has a special room rate for KPNAA of $239 (before tax and fees). For hotel reservations click here.


Sessions:

Fluid Therapy
LTC Peter Donald Strube
DNAP, CRNA, MSNA, APPNP, ARNP, MBA(s)

Lessons Learned from Afghanistan
LTC Peter Donald Strube
DNAP, CRNA, MSNA, APPNP, ARNP, MBA(s)

Generating Positive Outcomes Through Verbal Communication
Matthew D. Zinder
CRNA, CH, MS

PTSD: What it is & how it can affect us as healtcare providers
Matthew D. Zinder
CRNA, CH, MS

Forensics of Anesthesia
LTC Peter Donald Strube
DNAP, CRNA, MSNA, APPNP, ARNP, MBA(s)

Using Paralytics in the Wrong Fashion, We all Do!
LTC Peter Donald Strube
DNAP, CRNA, MSNA, APPNP, ARNP, MBA(s)

Stress Management for Healtcare Providers
Matthew D. Zinder
CRNA, CH, MS

Aviation and Anesthesia
Matthew D. Zinder
CRNA, CH, MS


Speakers

[ Peter D. Strube ]LTC Peter D. Strube
DNAP, CRNA, MSNA,
APPNP, ARNP, MBA(s)

Assistant Professor
Department of Nurse Anesthesia
College of Health Professions
Rosalind Franklin University

Assistant Professor
Department of Nurse Anesthesia
Saint Mary's University

Associate Academic Faculty
Department of Nursing
University of Wisconsin

Clinical Staff and Faculty
University of Wisconsin Medical School

Lieutenant Colonel Peter D. Strube is a CRNA who graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Mary's University school of anesthesia in 2006 with a master's degree specifically in anesthesia. His undergraduate degree is from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He was awarded the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia (DNAP) in June of 2017 and is currently enrolled in his executive MBA program. Lieutenant Colonel Strube is in the United States Nurse Corp. LTC Strube has mobilized and deployed four times during current military operations which includes service in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Peter is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nurse Anesthesia, College of Health Professions, at Rosalind Franklin University, and is a professional mentor for doctoral students. Peter is also Associate Academic Faculty, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh where he is the course director for the doctoral anesthesia pharmacology program. Peter is also an Associated Professor at St Mary's University and is the director of the doctoral anesthesia pharmacology program.

He has authored several professional articles and training programs, and speaks professionally both nationally and internationally. He is an editor and reviewer for anesthesia articles and papers. He is an active researcher on the topic of lateral violence in healthcare. He has been elected to serve on the state association board and two AANA national committees. He has served his community as a member of the Mount Horeb Board of Education and is a Commissioner on the Dane County Ethics Board and is a court appointed mentor for veterans in crisis.


[ Matthem D. Zinder ]Matthew D. Zinder, CRNA, CH, MS

Owner
Nurse Anesthetist
Zinder Anesthesia, LLC

Owner
Hypnotherapist
Zinder Hypnotherapy

Matthew Zinder has worked in some level of healthcare for close to 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 60 locations throughout the state of Maryland.

Matthew speaks at many professional conferences, both nationally and internationally, involving topics such as business of anesthesia, hypnosis, and the practice of anesthesia. Matthew also has an active hypnotherapy practice that caters mainly to healthcare providers. Matthew is also the founder and director of Maryland Emergency Response, a disaster relief 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to aid victims following natural and/or man-made disasters.


Town Hall and Awards Luncheon

During lunch we will be holding our town hall followed by our annual awards honoring CRNAs across the region.


CE Credits

This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 8.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1036906; Expiration Date 1/26/2019.


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