ABPANC Advocacy Award Winners and Stories
The American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc. (ABPANC) has announced the winner of its annual Advocacy Award for promoting excellence in perianesthesia nursing. Peggy Running, BSN, RN, CPAN®, CAPA®, is the 2013 winner and is being recognized for her valuable contributions in promoting and practicing quality patient care in perianesthesia nursing.
The ABPANC Advocacy Award identifies a CPAN® and/or CAPA® certified nurse who demonstrates personal compassion and commitment, combined with knowledge and experience gained through clinical problem solving. This person regularly goes above and beyond their normal job responsibilities and takes initiative as a patient advocate.
Peggy Running is a charge nurse in the PACU at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Minnesota. She brings the latest information about perianesthesia techniques to her unit and is excellent at making customized care plans as needed to ensure patient safety. In this year’s nomination, Running was recognized for using her excellent nursing skills and good judgment to help a patient who was experiencing significant pain after leaving the PACU.
A patient had a bilateral knee replacement, with an anesthesia plan that included epidural analgesics and antiemetic. In the PACU the patient had a stable recovery period, which included a redosing of her epidural catheter, and left the PACU stating she was pain free and was transferred to a medical surgical floor. Later that evening, Running called to check on the patient and learned she was in excruciating pain after the epidural catheter was discontinued by the CRNA upon checking with the anesthesiologist. The current anesthesiologist was unable to see the patient in her room, so Running had the patient returned to the PACU for evaluation. There, the patient was seen immediately by the anesthesiologist and treated with an aggressive pain management program. In addition to the medication, Running provided intensive interpersonal support for the patient and her daughter as she was monitored for three hours before returning to the med-surg unit.
“The goal of the Advocacy Award is to honor a CPAN or CAPA certified nurse who exemplified leadership as a patient advocate,” claims Deirdre Gage Cronin, BSN, RN, CPAN, CAPA and current ABPANC President. “Peggy Running is a shining example of one who demonstrates the highest possible commitment to patient care throughout the entire perianesthesia experience.”
Virginia Maruish, CPAN, CAPA, a colleague, nominated Running for the award and included personal stories of how she has made a difference in the lives of patients and peers at her workplace. ABPANC honored Running during the CPAN/CAPA Celebration Luncheon, held at the 2013 American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
Running received a framed certificate, the Lladro Statue of a nurse, and a scholarship to cover her next recertification fee. ABPANC awarded Running’s unit with a check for $350 to be used for certification fees, continuing education fees, books or study guides. Maruish received a $100 cash award for her nomination.