ASPAN Region 1 News

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Welcome to our new Region One Director

My first few months as Region 1 Director have been a whirlwind of meetings and activities. I have been getting to know my responsibilities, members of the ASPAN Board, and the amazing leaders of Region 1 Components. In addition to AZPANA, Region 1 includes Hawaii (HIPANA), the Northwest (NPANA), the Rocky Mountain region (RMPANA), Utah (USPAN), New Mexico (PANANM), California (PANAC), and Nevada (NEVPANA).

As we begin to put COVID-19 into our rearview mirror, APSAN is stepping on the accelerator. The annual Component Development Institute is planned November 13-14 in Kansas City, Missouri. This will be a great opportunity for established and upcoming leaders from across the country to learn from ASPAN leaders and one another. The focus is helping each Component grow and develop strategies to better meet member needs.  Plans are also underway for the 2022 National Conference in Philadelphia, April 7-10. We are excited about the opportunity to travel and the new schedule which puts the majority of educational sessions through the weekend allowing more staff nurses to attend.

The ASPAN BOD is looking for new ways to meet the needs of our members. This year, ASPAN has launched three new Strategic Work Teams (SWTs): Innovation, Well-Being, and Global Outreach. SWT involvement is a great opportunity for members to get involved with colleagues from around the country and collaborate in areas of common interest. If you have not yet joined a committee, consider completing a Willingness to Serve and make your voice heard.

You have an amazing group of leaders in AZPANA. I look forward to meeting many of you September 25 at your AZPANA Fall Conference in Tucson! Until then, stay safe and stay cool.

Ronda Dyer, MSN, BSPA, RN, CPAN, CAPA, CNE, ASPAN 

rdyer@aspan.org