NEW! CPAN® / CAPA® Certification Retirement Status

ABPANC is excited to introduce a Retirement Status program for nurses who have previously held the CPAN and/or CPAN credentials and are currently retired from perianesthesia nursing. The purpose of this program is to officially recognize CPAN and CAPA nurses who have retired from perianesthesia nursing and wish to remain engaged with ABPANC.

Designations:
• Retired CPAN®
• Retired CAPA®
• Retired CPAN®/Retired CAPA®

Recognition:
Individuals who meet the eligibility requirements, and who have completed the Retired Status Application and have paid the $100 fee will receive the following:

  • a framed certificate indicating that they hold Retired CPAN and/or CAPA status,
  • a Retired CPAN and/or Retired CAPA ribbon,
  • ABPANC News to Share newsletter,
  • eligibility to attend the CPAN/CAPA Celebration Luncheon at the annual ASPAN National Conference and receive special recognition.

Application:
Applicants must complete a Retired Status Application, including an honor statement attesting that they have retired from perianesthesia nursing and do not intend to return, and that they do not meet the eligibility requirements to recertify their credential(s).

Applicants are required to pay a one-time fee of $100 (whether for one credential or dual credentials).

Application Form – click here

Eligibility:

  • Applicants for Retired Status will attest on the application that they have retired from
    perianesthesia nursing and do not intend to return, and that they do not meet the eligibility
    requirements to recertify their credential(s).
  • For those dually certified, application for Retired Status may be submitted after BOTH credentials meet the eligibility requirements for Retired Status. This program would be retroactive to those who have already retired.
  • The applicant’s nursing license must be unrestricted at the time of retirement. Applicants who have had their CPAN and/or CAPA credential revoked are not eligible for retirement status.

Limitations:

  1. Per Diem employment in a perianesthesia setting is acceptable but the use of the designation, Retired CPAN and/or Retired CAPA, is not permitted in this situation.
  2. An individual who has been granted Retired Status may not represent themselves as a current (Active) CPAN/CAPA.
  3. The retired nurse may use “Retired CPAN and/or Retired CAPA” on a resume or below their name and credential on a business card, but the credential may NOT be used after signature (e.g. patient chart, name badge) or on a legal document.
  4. The Retired CPAN and/or Retired CAPA designation may not be used to satisfy licensing requirements for advanced practice nurses.
  5. If a Retired CPAN and/or Retired CAPA intends to re-enter the workforce full-time, they may no longer use the retired designation and can only regain the CPAN and/or CAPA credential by meeting the current eligibility criteria, paying the examination fee, and passing the CPAN and/or CAPA examination.
  6. The individual must notify ABPANC that they are no longer retired from perianesthesia nursing practice.
  7. Applicants who use the retired status designation inappropriately will have the credential permanently revoked and not eligible for retired status in the future.

Retirement Status Application Form – click here