The Public’s Perspective – January 2015

A quarterly column written by ABPANC’s Public Board Member about the opportunities to educate the public on the value of nursing certification.


Greetings! | January 2015

Thank you for taking some time to read this new enhancement to the ABPANC website. This new editorial column is an opportunity for the Public Member of the ABPANC Board of Directors to provide an “outside” view into your professional certification(s) and how this impacts the general public.

The role of the Public Member is important as it brings a public perspective to your profession and the value that CPAN® and CAPA® certification brings to patient health and safety. I don’t have a nursing background, but I do have over 31 years of business and HR experience that I enthusiastically share. I’ve also been a patient and supportive family member in the healthcare system and hope to share that perspective with you.

As you know in your profession, when making decisions or performing assessments on patients, it’s always good to gather as much information as possible so you can make the best informed decisions. This is what the Public Member relationship does with your Board and why it’s important to have this position as a part of the Board – to help them make the best and most informed decisions possible with the perianesthesia patient and family in mind.

The Vision Statement for ABPANC is: “Recognizing and respecting the unequaled excellence in the mark of the CPAN® and CAPA® credential, perianesthesia nurses will seek it, managers will require it, employers will support it, and the public will demand it!”

So what does this Vision actually mean to the public – people like me, my family and friends? It means that we will have an increased level of comfort with the healthcare and the personal care being provided by nurses who are certified in the CPAN® and CAPA® specialty.

What appears to be a routine day for most professionals is not a routine day for our patients and families who may be experiencing this type of health care for the first time. In your situations, you are familiar with your facilities, the procedures, and other members of the healthcare team. From the public’s perspective, this is a new experience that often comes with a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. This is where you and your certification(s) make a difference!

I can tell you that the integrity of the ABPANC certification and recertification process is paramount to your Board of Directors, and every member of the Board is 100 percent dedicated to supporting you as you meet the needs of the perianesthesia patient and family.

In closing, I am truly honored to serve as the Public Member on the ABPANC Board of Directors. I am in excellent company with an outstanding representation of your peers who make up the rest of the Board. Together we can make a difference in the lives and healthcare of our patients.

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

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Stuart Smith, BS, SPHR
See the Public Awareness Campaign, “Certified Nurses are Everywhere,” sponsored by ABPANC and other professional nursing organizations.

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