Greetings to my perianesthesia colleagues and friends! Fall is here and soon the leaves will turn their beautiful colors of red, yellow, orange and brown. We will be wearing sweaters and long pants soon. They are predicting a very cold winter. I am not quite ready to pack my shorts and tees away!
I am writing to ask you for your assistance. There are several officer positions open (or soon to be open in summer) at both the component and district levels. Have you considered holding an office at the local or component level?
Let me tell you some of the perks of being an officer in our local organization. How many of you need a boost for your professional portfolio in order to receive a merit increase, bonus, or maintain your level on your hospital’s clinical ladder? Becoming an officer at the local or component level will certainly give you the opportunity to showcase your talents on your CV, resume, or portfolio. By becoming an officer, you have opportunities to represent the component or district at conferences and seminars and take advantage of scholarships available to our members, which include officer’s scholarships. The scholarships are available at both the component and district levels. Districts have supported their president by sending them to ASPAN National Conference in past years. Thinking of returning to school to obtain a degree? Being an officer will look great on your admittance application.
Please contact me on the CBSPAN website for more information on an officer position. We have job descriptions for positions. Current open positions include VP- president- elect of Eastern Shore, VP-president- elect of Western Maryland, Newsletter Editor for CBSPANNER, and future positions at the component level include VP-President- elect.
I hope to see you at the Annual Fall Seminar hosted by DC District at Children’s National Health System on Saturday, October 22, 2016. There will be a board meeting the evening before and I encourage you to attend. The board meetings are open to any member of CBSPAN. Please let me know if you are interested in attending the board meeting and I will provide time and location.
Enjoy the season, and I look forward to hearing from you!
Chris Skinner, MSN, RN, CAPA
CBSPAN President, 2015-2017