02May NSRC State Conference

NSRC State Conference

The NSRC is planning its state conference for May 2-3, 2019. This conference will be held at the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City.


Please check out the list of 2019 sponsors and be sure to thank them for their support.


Attendees can register here:

Hotel reservations can be made by calling the Lied Lodge at 800-546-5433. Rates are:

NSRC 2019 state conference hotel rates

  • Single occupancy: $141 each night.
  • Double occupancy: $154.74 each night.

Rates will be honored for May 1-4. Breakfast off the menu included in the reservation. PLEASE NOTE: This discounted rate expires Monday, April 8.

The first 100 registrants will receive a free blanket to commemorate the NSRC's 40th anniversary.

NSRC commemorative blanket


Vendors can register for conference booths and sponsorship opportunities here:

Karen Schell, NSRC 2019 keynote conference speaker

Keynote speaker

Karen Schell, 2018 President-Elect for the AARC, will be the keynote speaker for the 2019 NSRC State Conference.

Dr. Schell currently serves as a classroom and clinical instructor in the Department of Respiratory Care Education at the Kansas University Medical Center. Schell brings more than 37 years of experience to the program in patient advocacy, education, management, best practices and public relations. 

Dr. Schell is instrumental in developing respiratory care in Ghana, Africa, which currently has the first Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy degree in the country. A second program will open soon. Schell has made more than 10 trips to Ghana, providing clinics, education, and community service over the last seven years.


Here is the agenda for the conference. Click here to download a PDF version.

NSRC 2019 State Conference Agenda

Wednesday May 1

5:00 - 7:00 pm: NSRC Board Meeting. Junior Suite – Lied Lodge 
7:00 pm: NSRC Social. Timber Dining Room

Thursday May 2

6:30 - 7:30 am: Registration & Breakfast
7:30 - 8:30 am:  Vendor Registration & Exhibit Hall Set Up
7:40 am: Presentation of the Colors
7:45 am: NSRC Announcements. Lisa Fuchs, MHA, RRT, CTTS
7:50 am: Welcome & Introduction of Keynote Speaker. Travis Kirchner, RRT-NPS, RRT
8:00 am: Message From Your President. Karen Schell, DHSc, RRT-NPS, RRT-SDS, RPFT, RPSGT, AE-C, CTTS
9:00 am: Pediatric Acute Respiratory Distress Incidence & Epidemiology. Sidharth Mahapatra, MD, PhD, FAAP
10:00 am: Break & Exhibit Hall.
10:30 am: ECMO – An Introduction, Overview, and Basics of Utilization Adam Highley, MD.
11:30 am: Announcements of Awards & Scholarships.
12:00 pm: Lunch & Exhibit Hall.
1:00 pm Art Speaks: Visual Assessment, Interpretation, and Enhanced Interprofessional Communication. Karen Schell, DHSc, RRT-NPS, RRT-SDS, RPFT, RPSGT, AE-C, CTTS.
2:00 - 4:00 pm. Student Breakout. Darcy O’Brien-Gingrich, MPA, RRT
2:00 pm: Respiratory Management of the Brain Injury Patient along the Continuum of Care. Brooke Murtaugh, OTD, OTR/L, CBIST; and Melissa Gulizia, BS, RRT
3:00 pm: Break and Exhibit Hall
3:30 pm: Palliative Care. Cheryl Jarosz, RRT-NPS, RRT
4:30 pm: Closing Remarks Travis Kirchner, RRT-NPS, RRT
4:30 - 6:30 pm: Mangers & Decision Makers Meeting with Vendors. Exhibit Hall
7:30 - 8:30 pm: Evening Social Event at Arbor Day Farms. Sponsored by Ventec Life Systems & Hill-Rom Respiratory
9:00 - 10:30 pm Jeopardy Bowl Rosenow Conference Room

Friday May 3

6:30 - 7:30 am: Registration & Breakfast
7:45 am: Conference Opening Welcome. Travis Kirchner, RRT-NPS, RRT
8:00 am: Mindful Breathing. Julie Luzarraga, LICSW, DCSW
9:00 am: Tracheostomy Tubes and the use of Alternative Airway Devices Joe Rush, BS, RRT-NPS, RRT
10:00 am: Break 
10:15 am: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Daniel Hershberger, MD
11:15 am: All That Wheezes is Not Asthma. Heather Thomas, MD, BA
12:15 pm: Closing remarks & evaluations

Final details about the conference

BREAKFASTPlease note there will not be a full-scale breakfast offered at this year’s conference. Coffee/juice/water along with mixed fruits and granola bars will be available first thing in the morning available to all attendees.  The Timber Dining Room will be open for breakfast from 7:00-9:00 am located within the hotel at your own purchase.  If you are staying at the hotel, then breakfast is included in your room fee. Plan accordingly with the opening of the conference.

HOTEL INFOIf you have a reservation at the Lied Lodge, then breakfast will be included after your first night stay. Breakfast will be offered in the Timber Dining Room from 7:00-9:00 AM. Be sure to get there early! 

ROAD UPDATESPlease check Nebraska 511/Iowa 511 for latest updates on road conditions. At this time all of Highway 75 and Highway 2 remain open to Nebraska City entering from the north, west, and south. Highway 2 east of Nebraska City at the NE/IA boarder remains closed stretching east into Iowa.

SOCIAL EVENT: Located at the Arbor Day Farm only ½ mile walking distance from the hotel via walking trail. You can choose to walk or drive down to Arbor Day Farms. We will host the social event from 7:30-8:30 pm.

JEOPARDY BOWL: Following the social event, we welcome you to join us back in the Rosenow Conference Room to cap the evening with some friendly competition of our respiratory-themed Jeopardy trivia game from 9:00-10:30 pm.  

REGISTRATION: Registration is closed. Anyone wishing to sign up for the conference the day off will incur a 20% upcharge at the door.

Please download the final flyer (PDF) to see rates for registering at the door.


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Lisa Fuchs


Lied Lodge, 2700 Sylvan Road Nebraska City, NE 68410
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