Lynn M Nolan MSN RN CAPA CPAN NEA-BC
ABPANC Board President
Feb. 1, 2022
Dear fellow certified nurses:
As we move further into 2022 and PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness Week is upon us, it is a wonderful time to celebrate CAPA and CPAN nurses! We have much to be proud of and to celebrate, including our continued resilience through our ever-changing healthcare landscape.
Here in the Midwest, Omicron brought another COVID surge during the holiday season. This resulted in a higher incidence of staff exposure and illness, creating a truly challenging environment for providing patient care. My organization reduced elective cases to support the inpatient nursing team. Perianesthesia nurses volunteered to go where the help was most needed. I continue to be amazed and inspired by the depth of compassion for others, including other nurses who truly needed the help.
I am entering the last half of my term as the president of the ABPANC board of directors, and what a year and a half it has been for all of us. I continue to be so proud of perianesthesia nurses, our specialty, and our profession. While we have all learned the fine art of Zoom and virtual conferences, I truly miss gathering in person and seeing someone’s full face and wonderful smile. I look forward to 2022 having more in-person perianesthesia nursing experiences with an opportunity to celebrate each other face to face. I wish you all a wonderful week of PANAW celebrations, health, happiness, and 2022 COVID waves that look less like those beloved by surfers and more like those that resemble a peaceful and tranquil sea.