2020 has been dedicated to the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife” by the World Health Organization in recognition of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday anniversary. For the past 18 years, nurses continue to revel in the honor of being the most trusted profession. As perianesthesia nurses, we are counting down the days for ASPAN’s national conference in Denver.
February alone has 83 observances, including PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness Week (PANAW) February 3-9, 2020. This year’s theme is “Perianesthesia Nurses Strength in Knowledge.” March 19 is designated as National Certification Day. Let’s Plan to celebrate our specialty practice and recognize colleagues’ outstanding achievements in their commitment to professional development and patient safety.
Find strength in elevation, excellence, and empowerment for your practice. This is achievable through ASPAN. Our national organization has countless options and resources for personal growth and for the advancement of components. As nurses, we are all impactful leaders. If each perianesthesia nurse shares their wealth of knowledge and empowers each other it would be an inspiring gift. ASPAN has a plethora of opportunities to contribute towards advocacy for our specialty, enhanced patient safety, champion leadership, and network across the nation. Participate and serve as an ASPAN volunteer and you will easily connect oneself to perianesthesia experts, mentors, committees, strategic work teams, and specialty practice groups.
The fall dates for Component Development Institute (CDI) are pending, more to come as details unfold. ASPAN publishes valuable resources as a benefit for membership, to keep readers abreast of essential information and hot topics. Being an informed perianesthesia nurse requires being a committed life-long learner. Be sure to take the time to open your ASPAN email and read the Breathline newsletter published every two months and review the Journal of Perianeathesia Nurses (JOPAN) available either online or via the mail. ASPAN publications have respected authors and invaluable shareable information to promote patient safety, advocate for practice improvements, and share evidence-based literature. Be sure to scour the ASPAN Learn website tab for educational opportunities including webinars, publications, articles and more.
In closing, together we can strengthen, advocate and embrace the passion we all hold for perianesthesia nursing. Harriet Tubman’s inspirational words say it best, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
Connie Hardy Tabet MSN RN CPAN CAPA FASPAN
ASPAN Region One Director