ASPAN Region 1 News

June 2019 

Hello Region One members, 

Recently, we were just celebrating the 38th national conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The Representative Assembly voted in a newly elected board of directors. I am ecstatic to be representing as your Region One Director. ​

Let me share a little about myself. I am entering my 28th year as a nurse and 19 years proudly being a perianesthesia nurse. I have been an ASPAN member since 2007 and from the beginning of my membership an active participant with my local component PANANM. My ASPAN experience includes serving on Standards and Guidelines as a team leader, Research, EBP and Safety SWT, Membership and Marketing, SPG’s include Advanced Degree, Perianesthesia Nurse Educator, Pain and Pediatrics, Publications, Nominating Committee; two terms, Up and Comers graduate. PANANM component roles were President-Elect, President, Immediate Past President, Education Chair, Airways newsletter editor, webmistress and seminar hostess. 

Being a valued collaborator and championing for peer review, evidence-based practices, co-authoring two nursing articles in JOPAN and subject expert in Elsevier are just a few of my passions as a perianesthesia nurse. Some projects I have been involved with are obstructive sleep apnea, hand hygiene, bullying in the workplace, surgical site infections, and normothermia. I also participate in research, best practices, presented podium and poster presentations. I am a strong advocate for education, as well as, an instructor for ACLS and PALS, and volunteer as a certification coach. 

ASPAN’s President, Amy Dooley, closing ceremonies speech at the national conference emphasized the characteristic of strength. Celebrate Strength: Elevate Practice will be her mantra for the upcoming year. Each component and ASPAN member help to strengthen our professional organization and strive to sustain nursing excellence collectively. Strength can be applied as an individual influence or together as a global superpower for our organization. Sharing innovative ideas and resources between ASPAN’s Region One component members provides potency that improves collaboration, celebration and structure. Amy also has a focal point for the upcoming Component Development Institute (CDI) in September. Her agenda is focused to utilize the Gold Leaf application as a foundation to strengthen components and their evolving leaders. 

In closing, I look forward to being your board liaison and unifying our resources that will continue to foster Region One. Although I cannot be physically at the component monthly meetings I would love to connect through virtual technology. Reach out and contact me at 

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” ― Phil Jackson 




The Arizona Perianesthesia Nurses Association is a non-profit organization which is a state component
of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses ( ASPAN ).
Arizona PeriAnesthesia Nurses Association
P.O. Box 36142  Tucson, Arizona 85740