Hello, colleagues. This is PANAW Week, a week to shine. Your unique nursing specialty is integral to the safety of the patient undergoing a procedure with anesthesia. Whether you work in a hospital, surgeon office, or surgery center, in Pre-Admissions Testing, Prep and Holding, PACU, or Phase II, you make sure our patients have a patent airway, relief from surgical pain, and knowledge needed to care for themselves after discharge.
You hold the hand of a frightened patient, comfort the parent who worries about their child, provide expert care during a nerve block, warm them, give their support person updates. In short, you are the expert in the perianesthesia arena.
This is your week to shine. Please let your patients and family members know what it is to be a perianesthesia nurse. Remind the surgeons and anesthesia providers what makes you so special when caring for their patients.
We will be having a fondue party and games with terrific prizes. Please let me know what you are doing on your unit for PANAW week. I will be sure to include it on our website. Have a wonderful week!
From one PACU Nurse to another,
Chris Skinner, MSN. RN, CAPA