The American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc., (ABPANC) is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1985 by the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) for the purpose of sponsoring certification programs for qualified registered nurses caring for patients who have experienced sedation, analgesia, and anesthesia. ABPANC sponsors the Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN®) and the Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse (CAPA®) programs. ABPANC’s programs and services are focused on achieving its mission and vision.

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ABPANC’s Vision

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.

ABPANC’s Mission

ABPANC’s mission is to assure a certification process for perianesthesia nurses that validates knowledge gained through professional education and experience, ultimately promoting quality patient care.

Our Organizational Values

  • Excellence – Promotion of excellence in perianesthesia patient care is the driving force behind ABPANC’s existence, contributing to quality patient care.
  • Integrity – ABPANC values integrity as a commitment to a fair certification process.
  • Innovation – ABPANC values innovation as an integral part of continual learning, development and improvement within our sphere of influence.
  • Dedication – Dedication is reflected in our celebration of perianesthesia nursing and the certified perianesthesia nurse.

Who We Are

ABPANC is the American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the profession of perianesthesia nursing. We provide certification credentials for post anesthesia nurses and ambulatory perianesthesia nurses.

CPAN® is our certification program for Certified Post Anesthesia Nurses.

CAPA® is our certification program for Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurses.

We believe that professional certification demonstrates leadership, enhances job security, promotes excellence with a commitment to life-long learning, and improves patient care. We are committed to our profession and supporting our certificants with Excellence in perianesthesia patient care, Integrity in the certification process, Innovation as a part of continual learning, and Dedication to perianesthesia nursing.

What We Do

The American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc. (ABPANC) sponsors and manages the CPAN® and CAPA® certification programs that are designed to validate knowledge gained through professional education and work experience. We have developed nationally recognized certification programs that promote the practice of perianesthesia nursing and meet stringent standards established by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification.

CPAN and CAPA are nationally recognized credentials that demonstrate compliance with the highest quality standards in the nursing profession and validate specialized knowledge and experience as a certified perianesthesia nurse.

ABPANC provides awareness for our profession in support of nursing activities, hospital administration, and patient education. We believe that when perianesthesia nurses demonstrate their knowledge and experience through certification, hospitals earn a reputation for providing the best care by highly qualified professionals, and patients feel comfortable knowing they are being cared for by perianesthesia nurses who are committed to being the best they can be.