Lynn M Nolan MSN RN CAPA CPAN NEA-BC
ABPANC Board President
As I reflect on the past year as the president the American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification (ABPANC), I continue to marvel at how perianesthesia nurses PIVOT through incredible change and display amazing perseverance in the face of so many unknowns. ABPANC also pivoted during this time to ensure we kept the needs of our certified nurses at the forefront of our thoughts and decisions.
ABPANC policies, procedures and protocols that govern how we develop, administer and ensure CPAN and CAPA certification integrity, were not written with a worldwide pandemic in mind. As a board, we were accustomed to meeting in person to problem solve, develop new item writers, construct the exam, and conduct the business of ABPANC. This past year, we did not stop the important work of certification. We changed the structure of all of our meetings to virtual and made progress in addressing processes and policies that impacted you, our certified nurses. Each of us quickly learned the art of Zoom and merging phone calls to create a conference line on an iPhone, which always seemed like so much work before COVID and is now commonplace. We often use the words “You’re on mute.” It doesn’t seem that talking on mute has a learning curve. It’s been a year and I’m still doing it.
What a year it has been! Perianesthesia nurses have returned to their home departments as surgery reactivated with a vengeance. Many of us learned more than we may ever have wanted to know about pre-procedure COVID testing and how to recover a COVID positive patient. Change is certainly the only constant in our profession and although there have been many difficult changes; there have been many positive ones as well.
ABPANC is so excited for what we hope will be a wonderful change for those considering certification. During this fall certification window, we are proud to offer candidates the ability to choose to sit for the exam at a traditional testing site or through Live Remote Proctoring from the convenience of your home or office. I am very excited about this new option for testing, as it meets the needs of those who do not live close to a testing center and also those who prefer to test from the comfort and safety of their own home.
This past year has been challenging for many nurses, yet it has brought us together to support one another. Not many professions outside of healthcare shared the COVID experience like those at the bedside. It is through these shared experiences that our profession continues to show the depth of true compassion. I have always loved being a nurse and have always been and continue to be proud of our profession. I remain honored to serve as the ABPANC board president and look forward to my last year doing so with perhaps a little less excitement than 2020-2021.
Stay Strong, Stay Safe, and Stay Well.