Volunteer With ABPANC

Volunteer with ABPANC - American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification

Volunteer Opportunities

ABPANC relies on the knowledge and expertise of CPAN® and CAPA® certified nurses to guide our organization’s future efforts. Please review the information below to find a volunteer opportunity that best allows you to impact perianesthesia nursing and CPAN/CAPA certification.

Board of Directors Item Writer Certification Coach ABPANC Leader Resource Team (ALRT)

ABPANC Board of Directors

ABPANC seeks individuals who are passionate about the perianesthesia specialty and certification. While this passion is expressed in many ways, often including membership in one’s professional organization, it is not a requirement for ABPANC service. Since ABPANC is a certifying organization, it is precluded by law from requiring membership in any professional association, including ASPAN, as a requisite for service on the ABPANC Board of Directors.

Why consider volunteering with ABPANC as a member of the Board of Directors?

As an ABPANC Volunteer, you have the unique opportunity at the national level to contribute to the development of the CPAN® and CAPA® certification programs that recognize and promote excellence in perianesthesia nursing practice and, most importantly, are in the best interest of perianesthesia patients and their families.

Further, you have an opportunity to:

  • as nurses, give back to a profession that you’ve built a career on;
  • ensure the quality of care delivered and make a positive difference in patient outcomes;
  • influence national standards and practice;
  • advocate for perianesthesia patients and their loved ones at a global level beyond your immediate environment;
  • grow professionally in areas you’re not exposed to every day;
  • network nationally with colleagues beyond the walls of your own workplace;
  • be recognized as a national leader within your profession; and
  • collaborate with other national professional organizations and their leaders

Deadlines and Process

October 31: Nominations are due (Name and all contact information only).
November 30: Nominees must submit all required written documents.
January/February: Phone interviews of qualified candidates will be conducted by the Nominations & Elections Committee.
April/May: Election occurs at ABPANC Spring Board Meeting
July 1: Term of office (2 years) begins for new Board Members and ECC Co-Chairs

If you have any questions, please contact Krista Bower, ABPANC CEO, at kbower@cpancapa.org.

Item Writer/Exam Development

-Be part of the exam development process

It’s easy to become an ABPANC Item Writer.

  1. Be a CPAN or CAPA certified nurse with the desire to write questions for the certification exams.
  2. Listen to a webinar on writing items for CPAN and CAPA exams (remote writer), or attend our annual Item Writing Workshop in conjunction with the ASPAN National Conference.
  3. Write items from your home and receive feedback (remote), or be invited to attend an annual Item Writing Review Committee Meeting.
  4. Earn free contact hours.

Item Writers receive two (2) contact hours for each item submitted, and can earn up to 60 contact hours in a 3-year recertification period to apply toward recertification. If you would like to learn more about this activity, please contact us at abpancitemwriters@psionline.com.

EXAMINATION DEVELOPMENT: CPAN® and CAPA® examinations are written and reviewed by CPAN® and CAPA® certified nurses, respectively. Two volunteer committees are key to this process — the Item Writer/Review Committee (IWRC) and the Exam Review Committee (ERC). Both committees fall under the umbrella of the Exam Construction Committee (ECC). A CPAN® and CAPA® Co-Chair are elected to these key positions by the ABPANC Board of Directors.

Become a certification coach

The ABPANC Certification Coach is interested in assisting CPAN® and CAPA® examination candidates, at the grassroots level, to prepare for the certification examination. Volunteers for this position are able to speak passionately about the value of CPAN and CAPA certification and are willing to assist and encourage not-yet-certified colleagues in becoming certified.
The coach may organize study groups and serve as a resource to perianesthesia nurses seeking certification. Through the study group the coach recruits, supports and promotes CPAN and CAPA certification in the institution in which they are employed, or at a district, state and/or regional level.

Coaching Information

Job DescriptionCoach Fact SheetAgreement to Serve
As a Coach, you receive three (3) contact hours for becoming a coach, and three (3) 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.

For further information, or to sign up now, please contact Zelda Williams, ABPANC Program Assistant at zwilliams@cpancapa.org.

ABPANC Leader Resource Team (ALRT)

The ABPANC Leader Resource Team (ALRT) is comprised of former members of the ABPANC Board of Directors, current and former ASPAN Board members, former Champions, and current and former Component leaders at the national, regional, or state level who are interested in promoting ABPANC through communicating the value of CPAN®/CAPA® certification. These individuals are invited to join this team and are willing to supplement the current ABPANC Board of Directors in exhibiting and attending other identified meetings in their region. The ABPANC Leader Resource Team members and the region that they serve are listed below.

For more information about the ALRT program, please contact Zelda Williams at zwilliams@cpancapa.org.

  • Click here to review the ABPANC Leader Resource Team Qualifications and Roles
  • Click here to review the ABPANC Leader Resource Team Information Sheet
  • Click here to review the ABPANC Board Liaisons to ASPAN’s Components.