About AzPANA

AzPANA was founded in 1981 by 4 nurses who served in perianesthesia nursing. AzPANA is a non-profit component of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN). The mission of AzPANA is to serve as a perianesthesia nursing resource and to advance nursing practice within the community through professional and educational opportunities.

Membership in AzPANA is open to all nurses who participate in preanesthesia care, postanesthesia care, ambulatory surgery, pain management, preadmission testing, office based cosmetic surgery, endoscopy, interventional radiology, and perianesthesia education. 


AzPANA helps promote the recognition of perianesthesia care as a nursing specialty, as well as  ASPAN Standards of Care, networking among perianesthesia nurses, and continuing education through specialized programs and scholarships. In addition to local and state participation, there are opportunities to serve on national committees and to offer input regarding perianesthesia standards of care.



Irene E. Mirabito, Recovery Room Head Nurse, Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, Phoenix, AZ wrote to the Florida Association of Recovery Room Nurses asking for assistance in forming an organization in Arizona


August 30, first meeting of interested Recovery Room Nurses at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital.  Nurses present were:

Irene Mirabito, RN Scottsdale Memorial Hospital

Yana Cisk, RN Maryvale Samaritan

Lillian Harne, RN Maryvale Samaritan

Jean Helmstetter, RN Scottsdale Memorial Hospital

Thelma Gray RN, Arizona Children’s Hospital

William Cain, MD

October 10 First Committee Formed:

18 nurses attended this meeting.  Organization was the priority, and the following committees were started:

          Membership/Finance: Jeanine Clemens, St. Joseph’s

                                                  Terri Thuotte, St. Luke’s

                                                  Verlene Adams, Mesa Lutheran

                                                 Carol Erickson, St. Luke’s

                                                 Terri Jamison, Flagstaff

         Program Committee:   Liz Seamons. Mesa Lutheran

                                                  Pam Surgener, St. Luke’s

                                                  Sandra Billy, Scottsdale Memoria

                                                 Faye Willis, Flagstaff


       Bylaws Committee:      Sue Clay, Doctor’s Hospital

                                                Nicki Puntenny, Mesa Lutheran

                                                 Pat Mihok, St. Luke’s

                                                 Irene Mirabito, Scottsdale Memorial

Temporary Chairwoman: Irene Mirabito, Scottsdale Memorial

Monthly meetings will be held