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ASPAN Region I Director's Update - December 2020

Posted 2 months ago by Gloria Luu

Let us celebrate collectively as we quickly close out 2020. It certainly has been a unique, demanding time for everyone. You are not alone if you feel overwhelmed. We all had to reach into our inner spirits and retrieve personal adaptability. Despite the consequences of COVID-19, we accepted our

professional responsibility to provide excellent healthcare to our diverse populations, both in the comfort of our specific perianesthesia units and the dreaded deployment to unfamiliar environments.

Region One components have been innovative, fully engaged, and industrious this fall; embracing virtual meetings and educational platforms with steep learning curves for planners and attendees. The past ten months advocated electronic meetings to foster networking, share knowledge, and keep members connected.

Congratulations to Region One components NAPANA, PANAC, and AzPANA on hosting virtual fall conferences. Despite the disruptive pandemic, ASPAN components remained committed and championed volunteerism. There continues to be a robust effort in committees and strategic work teams that support ASPAN mission and vision.

ASPAN's leadership team collaborated, revised the ASPAN strategic plan, updated and created bylaws and policies, supported component revitalizations, and generated component resource tools. Some of the new policies include e-voting, 990 policy, whistleblower, storage, and document destruction. Two new Strategic Work Teams (SWT) created are Well-being SWT and Humanitarian Global Outreach Strategic Work Team (HuGO SWT).

I felt fortunate to be appointed to the ASPAN Workplace Civility Task Force team to work collaboratively with AORN and AANA. This first-time three organization partnership produced a civility position statement and a published white paper in 2021. These will require approvals from all three national boards of directors and an electronic vote of approval by the 2021 seated ASPAN Representative Assembly members.

Taking care of yourself should be a personal priority. As perianesthesia nurses, we are distinguished for delivering excellent care, yet we struggle to acknowledge our own self-care needs. Value your happiness and health, share gratitude, give smiles, commit to better habits, and empower your perianesthesia practice. It is essential to invest in your well-being to promote your life-long resilience, provide care, and serve others while advocating kindness.

Connie Hardy Tabet, MSN, RN, CPAN, CAPA, FASPAN

ASPAN Region 1 Director