I cannot believe how quickly winter is going! The 50th Super Bowl is playing as I write this message. It is the grandest game in all of professional football. There are many fans in the stadium, and many more watching on television at home, a party, restaurant or tavern. I watch it for the commercials. Do not get me wrong; I love watching football. But if my team isn’t playing, I’m not interested in watching the other teams!
Speaking of grand times, the 35th ASPAN National Conference is coming this April, to Philadelphia, PA. The city of brotherly love is close enough for most of us to travel without flying! I hope to see many of you at the conference, since it is within driving distance. I am honored to represent CBSPAN at the Representative Assembly on Sunday, April 10th. The RA is comprised of current national officers, and 2 representatives from each component (usually the president and vice president). The RA votes for candidates running for national office, and other items such as standards, policies, and practice guidelines. I will vote for our national officers, based on your feedback. Your feedback is important, so I encourage you to take a moment, go on line to the ASPAN website, and submit your feedback for national offices. We have three CBSPAN candidates running for office! Diane Swintek, past component president, Nikki Price, immediate past component president, and Margaret Farr-Young, president of DC District.
National conference is a time to network with other perianesthesia nurses from all over the country, and beyond. You may share an elevator with the national president or a past president! The breakout sessions offer a wide variety of topics that include emergencies, OB, pharmacology, standards, leadership, anesthesia, pre- evaluation, and populations such as the elderly, pediatrics, diabetics, and those with OSA. The conference offers the opportunity to celebrate successful practices and review relevant research while reading the posters our colleagues have submitted. The President’s Reception is a wonderful evening of food, music, and libations. You can take in some of the famous sites while you’re there. The Reading Terminal Market is close enough to grab a bite to eat, and the Art Museum is a few blocks away. Eat a Philly cheese steak, a soft pretzel, or a hoagie. Love Park and the oldest zoo in America are close too. The opportunities are endless.
I hope you will consider attending the national conference. Go for a day or the whole week. It is an experience you won’t soon forget, and once you go, you’ll be hooked!
Chris Skinner, MSN, RN, CAPA
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