We announced the speakers for the Friday sessions of the TANA Annual Meeting, and below you’ll find the guest speakers scheduled for the Saturday sessions, as well as the topics they’ll be presenting. If you missed the blog post highlighting the Friday speakers, you can find it here. See the full meeting agenda by clicking here.
David Gaskin, CRNA, MHS, CPT USAR
“Massive Blood Transfusion Protocols; Why You Need One”
David Gaskin has more than 15 years experience in the anesthesia field. He has held positions in metropolitan and rural areas, practicing in both a care team approach and independent environments. He currently practices in Huntsville, Texas.
A huge proponent for regional education, David and two partners own Maverick Regional Anesthesia Education and teach practicing CRNAs peripheral nerve block techniques. He has served as co-clinical coordinator for Texas Wesleyan University’s anesthesia program and continues to work with Texas Christian University students teaching regional anesthesia techniques.
A desire to serve his country since a young man was brought to fruition at 47 years old, when David commissioned as an officer in the United States Army Reserves. He served his first combat deployment at FOB Shank, Afghanistan in 2014.
David earned his BSN at Texas Christian University and his Masters of Health Science at Texas Wesleyan University. He has 3 grown children with his first grandson due any day. He and his wife, Dena, have been married 30 years and enjoy traveling and outdoor activities.
Debra A. Barber, CRNA, DNP, AANA Region II Director
Ms. Barber received a BSN from Northwestern State University (1986), a MS in Nurse Anesthesia (1992) from Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (2012) at BCM. She is currently a practicing nurse anesthetist in Louisville, KY.
Upon graduation from BCM, she practiced cardiac anesthesia at The Methodist Hospital’s Fondren Brown. In Louisville, Ms Barber spent 5 years at Jewish Hospital where she anesthetized the world’s first fully implantable artificial heart, the Abiocor. Ms. Barber participated in 5 of the Abiocor implants and published a case report related to the second case in which the recipient lived.
Gwenn D. Randall, PhD, CRNA, ARNP
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Patient Safety: Whose Responsibility Is It Anyway?”
Dr. Gwenn D. Randall is a seasoned CRNA with a broad background in health care and education, including hospital administration and business entities. Dr. Randall received B.S. degrees from Howard University and Norfolk State University, a Master’s of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from St. Joseph’s University/Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia, Master of Science in Nursing from Temple University, and a PhD in Nursing from Barry University.
She completed a 1 year postdoc fellowship in simulation and has lectured nationally and internationally on anesthesia and simulation topics. Currently, she is providing locums coverage around the country and developing her simulation business.