40 Years from Ohio Recovery Rooom Nurses Association(ORRNA) to Ohio PeriAnesthesia Nurses Association (OPANA). Ohio organized at a statewide meeting of nurses in Toledo in spring of 1979 as the Ohio Recovery Room Nurses Association (ORRNA). The name changed to the Ohio Post Anesthesia Nurses Association (OPANA) in 1984 to align our name with our national ASPAN Organization. In 1998 the current name was adopted, Ohio PeriAnesthesia Nurses Association (OPANA).
Our Journey from OPANA Charter Members to Leaders of today.
We started from our 6 districts and combined to become a component of ASPAN under the guidance of Jovita Keane our first Ohio Director Representative and Founding director and first Historian for ASPAN. Jovita and Carol Holt held the organizing meeting in Toledo, Ohio May of 1979 and the rest is history. I will not be able to identify everyone who has served but have included directors, officers and committee chairs. I apologize sincerely if I have forgotten to acknowledge you.
OPANA has had many outstanding members involved with ASPAN contributing on the National Organizational Level including:
Jovita Keane ASPAN Founding Director 1980, and OPANA First Director 1980-1983, ASPAN and OPANA Historian, OPANA Parliamentarian, and she received the High Honor, the ASPAN President’s Award 1990.
Debby Niehaus, OPANA Director 1983-85, ASPAN Executive Committee 1983-85, ASPAN Treasurer 1985-1989, ASPAN President 1990-1991, Past President 1991-1992 & Bd Member, Core Curriculum Author/Reviewer and many Committee/SWT Chair. Current Member ASPAN Past President’s Circle, Emerging Leaders, Membership/Mkt. Development and Publication SWT/Committees.
Donna Seaman, OPANA Director, Publication Chair, National Conference Chair in Cincinnati 1991, and ASPAN Secretary
Kathy Jurrus, ASPAN Treasurer, OPANA Director and President, ABPANC Member
Joyce Dufford, ASPAN Secretary, OPANA Director and President
Joan Vogelsang, ASPAN Research Committee Coordinator
Martha Clark, ABPANC Board and Committee, ASPAN Region 3 Director 2009-13
Jackie Ross, Breathline Editor, Many ASPAN Committee and Strategic Work Team Chair
Toni Zito and Amy Berardinelli, ASPAN Nominating Committee, SWTs, & Committees. Toni Zito first OPANA to receive FASPAN 2019.
Thank you all state District Officers, District Members past and present and a big thank you to our current OPANA officers and Board for continuing this legacy of leadership and commitment to Excellence in PeriAnesthesia Nursing.
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