It is with a mix of emotions that I hand over the gavel to Kathy Steindl, CBSPAN’s next president, at our board meeting on June 10th.
During my term as your president, we won 2 Shining Star Awards from the perianesthesia certification board, ABPANC. This award showcases the component’s enthusiasm for certification in our nursing specialty. Having over 70% of our members certified in CPAN or CAPA or both, offering certification reviews, offering scholarships for certification, and multiple opportunities to obtain CNE’s for recertification are examples of the criteria used to award the Shining Star.
We submitted applications for Gold Leaf Award from ASPAN in 2016 and 2017. While we did not win this coveted award, we will continue to work hard to win this award for our component The Gold Leaf award showcases the very best a component can be. Criteria include fiscal responsibility, educational offerings, annual component and district meetings, number of component members who are active at the national level, and record keeping. There were only 16 of 44 components that applied this year. Once a component wins the Gold Leaf, they cannot apply again for 3 years. CBSPAN has won this award once before!
CBSPAN was recognized by ASPAN at National Conference in Indianapolis this year, as having been a duly chartered component for thirty years!
We have many reasons to be proud of our component. With 4 past National Presidents, and several members serving at the national level, CBSPAN is an awesome component.
As I become the immediate past president, I will be supporting Kathy Steindl as she transitions from VP to President. It has been an honor to serve as your president.
Chris Skinner, MSN. RN, CAPA