As summer quickly approaches and my tenure as president comes to an end. I challenge you, my colleagues, to “take action”. As the foremost advocates for our patients’ safety and well-being, I challenge you to promote perianesthesia nursing. It is our specialty. What do perianesthesia nurses do? We utilize best practices and evidence based standards of perianesthesia practice. We assess and reassess our patients, and we are their advocate when they are most vulnerable. We offer support to their families and prepare them to provide the care their loved one will need. We advocate for ourselves, and take action by joining our national and state professional organizations. We take action when we support the research and education these organizations provide us—keeping us current in an ever-changing world of healthcare. We draw strength from each other and take action by networking with nurses who work in other perianesthesia arenas. We share our stories, our practice, our problems and successes, and forge lifetime relationships that span across DC, Maryland and Delaware.
It has been my privilege to serve as your President, and as Chris Skinner prepares to take the helm in July, I want to thank each of you for your support. This has been an incredible experience for my young family and me. I will continue to support CBSPAN and I look forward to seeing all of you at the 2015 Fall Seminar that will be hosted by the Western Maryland District.
Take care and God bless.
Nickcole D. Price, BSN, RN, CPAN, CAPA