The Public’s Perspective – July 2015

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

Meeting Perianesthesia Nurses – A Great Experience! | July 2015

As the Public Member on the Board of Directors for ABPANC, the organization that provides the CPAN® and CAPA® certification programs, I had the pleasure of attending the ASPAN annual conference a few months ago in San Antonio. I have to be totally honest with you – this was quite an honor for me to attend as I highly respect the leaders of ABPANC and ASPAN, and perianesthesia nurses for the dedication to your profession.

Equally important was the abundance of happy and friendly attendees, with more smiles than I have seen in one place for many, many years. I experienced this first hand every time I got into the one of the elevators. There definitely wasn’t the typical “elevator” etiquette of “get in, face forward, no eye contact, and definitely no talking.” I experienced, quite the opposite. When I got into an elevator, it was being part of a family reunion with a true sense of being welcomed into the elevator like it was someone’s home with an abundance of hospitality and laughter displayed by everyone.

To me, the warm and friendly hospitality didn’t stop in the elevator, it was everywhere! What a testimony to the attendees of the conference and to your profession. The warmth and caring displayed during the conference is part of your “DNA” – it’s who you are, and I believe this is why you make such a difference in reducing stress levels of your patients and their families. I guess you could call this a lot of things – but it’s wonderful and contagious.

On Monday, April 27th, I had the privilege of attending and participating in the ABPANC Celebration Luncheon for CPAN and CAPA certified nurses, and was honored to announce the 2015 ABPANC Advocacy Award winner, Gloria Luu, MSN, RN, CPAN, CAPA, and Charge Nurse at the Department of Veterans Administration in San Francisco. Gloria’s nomination was submitted by her Nurse Manager, Mary J. Schacher who identified several of Gloria’s many outstanding professional traits in her nomination. I would like to congratulate Gloria on her award and recognition and it was definitely a life-long memory for me to be a part of the ceremony.
As CPAN and CAPA certified nurses, you are helping to raise the bar in healthcare and the nursing profession. Be proud of what you have accomplished and don’t pass up the opportunity to let your fellow peers, doctors, and more importantly, your patients and their families know you have your certification. To me, your choice to become certified shows that you care about your careers, your profession, and your patients. From a patient and family member perspective, this is quite comforting.

I want to encourage you all to take a look around your units and submit a nomination for an outstanding CPAN and/or CAPA colleague for the 2016 ABPANC Advocacy Award so you and your nominee can enjoy this awesome experience next year! Information about this award is found on the ABPANC website, Advocacy Award.

For those of you who attended the ASPAN conference and are now settled back into your routine, I am asking you “what’s next?” I encourage you to openly share what you learned at the conference with your peers and administrators. From the publics’ perspective as patients and family members, it’s imperative that you continue to seek and support CPAN and CAPA certification to demonstrate the expertise of your specialty. In closing, I want to thank the great leadership team of the ABPANC organization: Bonnie Niebuhr – Chief Executive Officer ABPANC, the support team we have in NYC: Philip Godlewski, Zelda Williams, and Jane Kogan, Jeff Kenyon – our communications partner, and the ABPANC Board of Directors for their extremely high levels of professionalism, dedication, foresightedness, caring and compassion. They are dedicated to being outstanding stewards of the ABPANC organization and protecting the high integrity of the certification process for the CPAN and CAPA programs.

Life sometimes offers special gifts, and to me, being the Public Member on the ABPANC Board of Directors is a gift of a lifetime. I am honored to be able to interact with you.


Stuart Smith, BS, SPHR

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