ABPANC President

Katherine Houle, MSN, RN, CPAN

ABPANC Board President

August 11, 2022

Dear Certified Perianesthesia Nurses,

Hello from Minnesota!

As we near the end of summer it is time to start looking ahead to State Fairs, enjoying the last days of summer sunshine, and even preparing for back to school.

I hope all of you had an opportunity to enjoy some summer fun and do some much-needed self-care. I know we are all still feeling the effects of Covid-19 and will continue to see the impacts of this pandemic on our health, our teams, and our patients. I continue to remain in awe of the nursing profession and the agility and bravery of the perianesthesia specialty.

On the theme of back to school, I want to encourage you to start thinking about studying for your certification exam, encouraging a peer, taking on a coaching role, or advocating for resources and reference materials to ensure the certification path is effortless.

ABPANC continues to work on the certification and recertification process. We are happy to report that we are looking forward to seeing you in person at local component meetings and continuing to complete virtual sessions. Our website is full of exceptional resources like our 12-week study schedule, practice exams, test blueprints, a complete list of references, presentations, and ways to contact our team. Test Assured allows you to take the certification exam again if you are not successful on your first attempt, and remote proctoring ensures testing is accessible to all.

We also are happy to announce a new study tool that we have worked hard to develop: Digital flashcards. Developed by CPAN and CAPA certified nurses, these flashcards include more than 250 key perianesthesia nursing definitions and concepts designed according to ABPANC’s Test Blueprint. The interactive format works on a PC, tablet or mobile phone, providing flexibility in how and where you choose to study. These cards will launch soon; watch for more information. We look forward to your feedback on this new study tool.


Katherine “Katie” Houle, MSN, RN, CPAN

President, ABPANC Board of Directors