ASPAN Region 1 News

Connie Hardy Tabet


ASPAN Region One Director

May 2020

Spring 2020 will be a memorable year for all of us indeed, knowing we are in it together!  Despite the ASPAN 2020 conference not taking place this year, collaboration has continued behind the scenes with virtual meetings, planning, and involvements to advance our national organization.  ASPAN board of directors (BOD), leadership, committees, and other representatives have had numerous discussions to maintain ASPAN affairs despite the inconvenience’s and intrusion of COVID-19; which have established new daily practices in everyone’s lives.

As your ASPAN Regional Director for Region One, I would love to be included in your virtual meetings, communications, brainstorming, networking and planning.  Keep inspiring, engaging, supporting one another, and together we will make the world a better place.  “Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference.” - Helen James

Consider expanding your professional growth, talents, join or lead one of the many ASPAN member driven committees including:  Strategic Work Teams (SWTs), Specialty Practice Groups (SPG) and Special Function Groups (SFG).

ASPAN Updates and highlights: 

ASPAN Representative Assemble (RA) - 88 people were present for virtual meeting​

Elected board of directors (BOD), nominating committee and awards announced see ASPAN website for details.  Congratulations to Region One recipients.

  • ​NPANA member Anita Thies for Award for Outstanding Achievement

  • PANAC members Gloria Luu, Karen Machado, Linda Minnich each received the Above and Beyond Service award

Approved four resolutions:​​

  • ASPAN’s 2021-2022 Perianesthesia Nursing Standards, Practice Recommendations and Interpretive Statements

  • ASPAN Bylaws Amendment: Director for Education election year change

  • Approved two Position Statements: Human Trafficking and Electronic Nicotine Delivery System/Vaping products

ASPAN BOD attended virtual meetings Feb 16; April 19 + 26; May 3 + 17 and will be reviewing 2020 strategic plans

Education- ASPAN Learn on website

  • Provided COVID-19 resources, ASPAN Select, webinars, virtual journal club

  • Member benefits with Chamberlain University including waivered fees and discounts

  • Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing (JOPAN) offer free contact hours

  • Online newsletter Breathline

  • Join Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation; choose ASPAN as an affiliate

  • ASPAN extended expiration dates for membership for two months

Save the dates

  • ASPAN Leadership Development Institute (LDI) will take place Nov 5th & 6th in Kansas City, MO.   LDI topics will include leadership and wellness

  • Mid-year Board of Directors meeting will be combined with LDI, one day prior to LDI seminar Nov 4th

  • ASPAN’s Ruby 40th National Conference April 25-29, 2021 in Orlando, Florida




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