CPAN® and CAPA® Certification:
Nursing Passion in Action®

The American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc. (ABPANC) is responsible for developing, sponsoring and managing the CPAN and CAPA nursing certification programs. These national professional certification programs are designed for registered nurses caring for patients who have experienced sedation, analgesia and anesthesia in a hospital or ambulatory care facility.

Advocacy Award Nomination Deadline: Feb. 15, 2017
Shining Star Award Nomination Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017
Certification Achievement Award Nomination Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017

HERE'S WHAT'S NEW

REGISTRATION FOR SPRING EXAMS
IS NOW OPEN THROUGH MARCH 8

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CERTIFICATION

Join an elite group of experienced nursing colleagues who collectively serve to promote quality patient care.

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RECERTIFICATION

Maintain your CPAN or CAPA certification with knowledge of the most current best practices.

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RESOURCES

Find study tools, award and scholarship information, volunteer opportunities, plus tips for promoting certification.

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CPAN® and CAPA® are nationally accredited and recognized credentials that validate your specialized knowledge as a Perianesthesia nurse.

"My Certification Story"

Read the stories of nurses who have completed their CPAN or CAPA certification.

The Benefits of CPAN® and CAPA® Certification

Join an elite group of experienced nursing colleagues who collectively serve to promote quality patient care while enhancing the awareness and respect of Perianesthesia Nursing.

  • Reflects commitment to perianesthesia nursing and quality patient care
  • Increased professional credibility with patients and their loved ones
  • Validation of current knowledge, experience and commitment to life-long learning
  • Strong sense of achievement, personal pride and increased self esteem
  • Gives a competitive edge in the job market

STUDY QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Test your knowledge with our new CPAN and CAPA Study Questions of the Week! Check back next Wednesday for the answer or subscribe for weekly emails.

CPAN Question of the Week

A patient is admitted to PACU status post shoulder arthroscopy with an interscalene block. The perianesthesia nurse demonstrates the priority nursing care, which is to:


CHOOSE ANSWER and see previous Q&A
CAPA Question of the Week

A patient’s procedure requiring general anesthesia was delayed. Upon meeting discharge criteria, the patient states “My spouse can’t see to drive, now that it’s dark.” The most appropriate action is to:


CHOOSE ANSWER and see previous Q&A

CERTIFIED NURSES ARE EVERYWHERE

NCC in partnership with several other certifying organizations has launched a national Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign. Certified Nurses are Everywhere!

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NEW CERTIFICATION AWARD

ABPANC Certification Achievement Award

Recognizing perianesthesia units that have 75% or greater of eligible nurses CPAN and/or CAPA certified.

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Read the Public's Perspective

A quarterly column written by ABPANC’s Public Board Member about the value of nursing certification.

Click here to read the latest column.

As of July 11, 2016, ABPANC has changed its testing vendor to PSI Services, LLC for the delivery of the CPAN and CAPA certification examinations.