Greetings, fellow perianesthesia nurses! Wow, I cannot believe it is summer already! Are you ready for some warm weather? Please remember to apply sunscreen liberally! As the billboards in Delaware say, “Spread the love”. According to WebMD, skin cancer is the most common cancer, with 1 million people in United States diagnosed annually. NIH reports basil cell and squamous cell are most common, however, melanoma and merkel cell are the most deadly forms of skin cancer. Don’t forget to protect your eyes in the sun, using sunglasses. Cover up, slather up, and have fun!
I was fortunate to attend the ASPAN National Conference in Philadelphia, PA this April. I represented CBSPAN at Representative Assembly, with Susan Volk, immediate past Eastern Shore District President. It was a lively and exciting time. There were many discussions regarding air quality in the PACU, and staffing patterns and guidelines. Most exciting news for our component is that Diane Swintek was voted as the Director for Clinical Practice, and Nikki Price and Margaret Farr-Young were voted to serve on the nominating committee for ASPAN this year! Jennifer Allen received the Distinguished Service Award of Past President’s Council during opening ceremonies! Additionally, CBSPAN won a Shining Star Award from ABPANC for our support of our colleagues studying, obtaining and renewing CPAN or CAPA certification. Many of our colleagues had posters and presentations at National Conference. Please take a moment to congratulate our colleagues for their successes and dedication to ASPAN.
Kathy Steindl, VP/Pres. -Elect and I attended at least one district meeting/offering for each of our four districts. I was honored to present at both the Western Maryland and DC district half -day seminars. Kathy and I are committed to supporting our districts and look forward to meeting CBSPAN district members.
On June 11th, the board met at Christiana Hospital for a meeting. We reviewed Policies and Procedures, Job Descriptions, By-Laws and our Strategic Plan. Please take a moment to look at the updates and changes to these documents. While you are on our website, look at the photos of some of our members from National Conference.
I am thankful to have your support and I look forward to serving you this year.
Chris Skinner, MSN, RN, CAPA
CBSPAN President, 2015-2017