Volunteer With ABPANC

Get involved with ABPANC!

ABPANC relies on the knowledge and expertise of CPAN® and CAPA® certified nurses to guide our organization’s future efforts.

As an ABPANC volunteer, you have the unique opportunity to contribute to the development of the CPAN® and CAPA® certification programs and to give back to the profession you’ve built a career on. You’ll also receive continuing education credits while expanding your professional network and meeting other perianesthesia nurses from across the country.

Current Opportunities

The following volunteer opportunities are currently available:

Practice Exam Task Force

As a member of the Practice Exam Task Force, you will write CPAN and CAPA Practice Exam items for updated practice exams launching in January 2023. Apply by April 30, 2022.

  • Time commitment: Item writing will begin in May 2022; virtual, on-demand training will be provided. The committee will conduct a virtual item exam session in June 2022 and a virtual exam review session in September 2022. This is a one-time time commitment; this task force does not meet annually.
  • Contact hours awarded: Up to 45 hours, awarded at the conclusion of the task force’s work in Fall 2022. Additionally. ABPANC will provide participants with complimentary copies of 2 reference materials from the reference library.
  • Prerequisites: Must be CPAN and/or CAPA certified in good standing. To protect the integrity of the exams, task force members may NOT have participated in CPAN or CAPA exam item writing within the past three years.
  • What information will I need to apply? Follow the link below. Once you have created a sign-up, you will be emailed a copy of the volunteer interest form. Volunteers will be asked to submit their name, contact information, professional information and a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • When will I hear back? Practice Exam Task Force applicants will be notified in early May regarding their participation.

Apply Now!

Become a Certification Coach

The ABPANC CPAN®/CAPA® Certification Coach is a facilitator of the study process for individuals/candidates who are seeking certification. A Certification Coach will: help organize study sessions; identify content experts to assist with content identified in the 12-Week Study Plan; ensure awareness of registration deadlines and recommend study resources and references. Applications are accepted year-round.

  • Time commitment: Certification Coaches sign up for a one-year commitment. Coaching may be done virtually or in-person. Though not required, coaches are encouraged to attend ABPANC’s Spring Coaches Forum (in-person, held in conjunction with the ASPAN National Conference) and a fall Virtual Coaches Forum.
  • Contact hours awarded: As a Coach, you receive credit hours for any coach training you attend (hour for hour) and five (5) contact hours for each individual you coach, and can earn up to 60 contact hours in a 3-year recertification period to apply toward recertification.
  • Prerequisites: Must be CPAN and/or CAPA certified in good standing, or a nursing educator or RN Clinical Leader in instances where currently certified nurses are not available. ABPANC coaches may not teach or participate in a formally sponsored CPAN/CAPA Exam Review Course to avoid a perception of conflict of interest.
  • What information will I need to apply? Follow the link below. Once you have created a sign-up, you will be emailed a copy of the volunteer interest form. Volunteers will be asked to submit their name, contact information, professional information and a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • When will I hear back? Certification Coach applicants will be notified in early May regarding their participation.

Apply Now!

New Ways To Get Involved: Coming May 2022

ABPANC is launching several NEW volunteer opportunities for CPAN and CAPA certified nurses in 2022. Additionally, ABPANC is restructuring and increasing the number of volunteer contact hours for each committee to better align with the realities of these roles. Watch this page for more information on how to apply for the following roles:

  • Certification Council
  • Exam Review Committee
  • Professional Practice & Disciplinary Review Committee
  • CPAN and CAPA Exam Item Writers
  • Exam Prep Committee
  • Marketing & Awards Committee

Additionally, applications for the ABPANC Board of Directors will open in September.

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