Advocacy Award

ABPANC Advocacy Award

The purpose of the ABPANC Advocacy Award is to publicly recognize the CPAN® and/or CAPA® certified nurse who exemplifies leadership as a patient advocate. Do you have a story to tell about how a CPAN and/or CAPA certified nurse advocated above and beyond one’s normal role to meet the needs of a perianesthesia patient and/or their family?

Nominations are due February 15 of each year, and winners will be recognized in-person at the CPAN/CAPA Celebration Luncheon held in conjunction with ASPAN National Conference.

Eligibility Requirements: The nominee must be currently CPAN and/or CAPA certified and demonstrate any or all of the following competencies:

  • Provides Empathic Care: Accepts an individual’s underlying concerns and needs and provides education, comfort, and support as appropriate. Is direct and genuine in patient interactions, breaking through emotional barriers to identify the true needs.
  • Uses Standards of Excellence: Ensures that patient care is based on or surpasses a standard of excellence. Implements specific changes in the current system or in work methods in order to improve performance and quality.
  • Advocates for the Patient and/or Significant Others: Steps in to provide solutions that may not be readily apparent to meet identified needs of the patient or significant others. This may necessitate involving others to manage existing symptoms and matching solutions to identified needs.
  • Takes initiative: Identifies a problem, obstacle, or opportunity and takes action without being directed, in order to address current or future problems or opportunities.
  • Demonstrates Interpersonal Understanding: Is able to accurately hear and understand the spoken or partly expressed thoughts, feelings, and concerns of others. Has a deeper and more complex understanding of others that includes cross-cultural sensitivity.

As you prepare your nomination, please provide as many details as possible regarding the how the nominee meets the above criteria. Submissions are evaluated based on the depth of answers demonstrating the nominee’s impact on the patient/family as well as practice of perianesthesia nursing. Data, quotes, patient testimonials, etc. are highly encouraged.

Award winners receive:

  • A plaque and recognition during the CPAN/CAPA Celebration Luncheon at the ASPAN National Conference
  • A $350 cash award
  • A scholarship toward his or her next recertification
  • In the event that the employer cannot cover travel expenses to the event, ABPANC can provide airfare to the conference, as well as one nights of hotel plus for travel expenses, for the award winner.

Additionally, the nominator receives a $100 cash award, and the winner’s unit will receive aa $350 scholarship that can be used for things such as CPAN/CAPA certification exam fees, recertification fees, continuing education, books, etc.

Nomination Form

Tanya Gros, RN, CPAN, Named 2022 Advocacy Award Recipient

Every year, ABPANC recognizes a CPAN or CAPA certified nurse who exemplifies leadership as a patient advocate with its highest honor, the Advocacy Award. ABPANC is pleased to present the award this year to Tanya Gros, RN, CPAN of Oschner Medical Center North Shore in Slidell, Louisiana.

Tanya was presented with the prestigious recognition at the CPAN®/CAPA® Celebration Luncheon at the ASPAN National Conference in Philadelphia on April 8. Tanya was nominated by her colleague Christie Rodi, CAPA.

Her nominator wrote: “In the face of a scary and unfamiliar situation, Tanya showed great courage and a selfless attitude. She led the way for other nurses to step out of their comfort zones and help in other roles throughout our hospital.”

A CPAN certified nurse, Tanya is respected for her ability to lead by example. During the fourth COVID surge in July 2021, her hospital was facing a tough decision. Because there were not enough nurses to cover an overnight shift, surgeries were being cancelled, putting patients and their families in a difficult situation.

However, Tanya developed a staffing plan to cover the overnight care, which included herself and two other nurses. As clinical coordinator, she had not worked the floor before on this unit. As a salaried employee, she received additional compensation taking on an extra shift. But she knew that patients needed their planned surgeries, and she was willing to do whatever was needed to provide exceptional patient care.

Congratulations to Tanya on this outstanding honor in recognition of her selfless care for her patients.

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