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Greetings AzPANA Members, The Arizona PeriAnesthesia Nurses Association would like to commend you and recognize the awesome job that you do each day as a perianesthesia nurse. PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness Week (PANAW) will be celebrated by nurses in our specialty practice throughout the country the week of February 6–12, 2023. The theme this year will be “PeriAnesthesia Nurses: Strong, United, Resilient”. The American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses (ASPAN), along with local components from all over the United States, will acknowledge all nurses practicing perianesthesia nursing.

Attached to this post is a coupon for two scholarship points. This is AzPANA’s gift to each of our members as we celebrate our unique nursing specialty. Scholarship points can be used towards a scholarship award to attend the ASPAN National Conference, for financial assistance with our specialty certification of CPAN or CAPA, or recertification, and a variety of educational opportunities. For additional information on scholarships or on educational seminars offered by AzPANA, please visit our website at

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The dedication of our board of directors, committee chairs, and members who volunteer their time continues to enable our component to be one of the premier components of ASPAN. Your knowledge and expertise are a valuable resource to our component. Consider contributing your talents towards keeping our component strong by filling out a Willingness to Serve form, which can also be found AzPANA’s website.

I would like to take a moment to thank you for all you do for perianesthesia nursing. This was again a very trying year for many of our colleagues. We have had to and continue to adapt to different environments and roles. I know as a perianesthesia nurse what we are capable of, and I know we do our absolute best every day to serve our patients. Thank you for your commitment to our organization and your dedication to our practice; providing the best nursing care to our patients.

Sincerely, Jessica Gentes, MSN, RN, CHSE, CPN AzPANA President 2022 - 2024

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