The Public’s Perspective – July 2016

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

Summer 2016 ABPANC Article

Believe it or not, summer is upon us and in a few weeks, 2016 will be halfway over. Hard to imagine how fast time goes as it seems like a few weeks ago we were welcoming in the New Year! And at the half-year mark, it’s not a bad idea to check on your new year’s resolutions. How are you doing with them?

Did you make a resolution for your career in 2016? Remember, at the beginning of the year, I challenged you to include a resolution that involves your profession such as gaining CPAN® or CAPA® certification for yourself, or if you already have your certification, how about a dual certification and/or a resolution encouraging one of your peers or direct reports to achieve their certification? It’s not too late to make this one of your 2016 mid-year resolutions!

The fall 2016 registration window opens July 11th and closes on September 6th at 11:59 pm. You can make a difference to your professional career as well as many others by making this one of your mid-year resolutions. As I said in January, one person can make a difference. You can be that one person. Are you up for the challenge?

As the Public Member, one of my top goals is to support CPAN and CAPA increasing CPAN and CAPA certification in the Perianesthesia nursing field. To me, it’s important to increase the number of certified nurses as this enhances the level of knowledge and skills within the Perianesthesia nursing profession, thus enhancing the level of care your patients receive.

Looking back on the past five and one-half months, the ABPANC Board of Directors have been busy supporting numerous ABPANC activities including attending the ASPAN convention in Philadelphia this past April. For those of you who attended, you know how great of an event this was. There were 2,300 nurses in attendance, and the energy was unbelievable. Starting with the Sunday night social kickoff event and continuing through the closing ceremonies at the end of the week, there was an abundance of social opportunities, a vast amount of laughter, lots of hugs, and of course, excellent learning/continuing education sessions. An amazing event overall!

In Philadelphia, the ABPANC Board of Directors also conducted their spring meeting where we re-elected three members to the board along with electing a new member, and I am honored to say, that I was also re-elected as the Public Member for a second term. (The purpose of the Public Member is to bring the “public that we serve” perspective to the board.)

Also, during the convention, we also hosted the CPAN/CAPA luncheon on Monday, April 11th and I had the great honor of awarding the 16th annual ABPANC Advocacy Award to Nancy Carr Atkinson, RN, CAPA. Nancy works at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in the Outpatient Surgery Center, in Edgewood, KY. She was nominated by Nancy Maushart, RN, CPAN, CAPA of the same unit. You can read the story submitted about Ms. Atkinson on the ABPANC website at:

In closing, I would like to encourage you to look around your unit or facility TODAY, and take the time to submit a nomination for one of your peers who exemplifies the attributes for the ABPANC Advocacy Award. Read the stories of past recipients. I know there are there are many heroes out there every day who are doing amazing things for patients and their families. Please take a few minutes or so, and nominate them for the Advocacy Award. Thank you for the great job that you do each and every day!

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