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Scholarship and Awards Ohio PeriAnesthesia Nurses Association
    Down load your OPANA Scholarship form here.  You can submit your 
    completed form to your OPANA District Representative and apply to 
    receive money to attend either OPANA Spring or Fall State meetings.    
    The form can be filled out on line, save it, print and submit to you rep 
    at your district meeting or email. See email list under Organization Link.
    REMEMBER: You must fill out both pages of the two page form to submit!! 
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Excellence in Clinical Practice Award 

We are happy to announce the awarding of this NEWER award at the Fall meeting. Do you work with a nurse(s) who give excellent perianesthesia care and deserves to be recognized. This is the nurse you would want taking care of you or your family.  Why not nominate a nurse peer for the OPANA 2018 Excellence in Clinical Practice Award. First place provides Fall Meeting recognition, a plaque, a pin, and a monetary reward and will be forwarded to ASPAN to be entered in their Award contest at the 2019 - 38th ASPAN National Confernce.  Runner up will have meeting recognition with a plaque and pin awarded.
The form can be downloaded and submitted 2 weeks before the  OPANA October 6th Meeting deadline to the award chair:  Debbie Wilson  deb.wilson@promedica.org 

Excellence in Clinical Practice 2019 Winner

This award is presented at the Fall OPANA conference to a current active member of the District, OPANA, and ASPAN who is involved in direct care of perianesthesia patients and CPAN or CAPA certified. The 2019 Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice was awarded to Marianne Barga, BSN, RN, CPAN from NOPANA. Marianne Barga is a fulltime RN in Preop and Phase 2 for ProMedica Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio. She has been a nurse for over 36 years and worked in Periop for over 30 years in many different roles. She is an Associate Degree graduate who completed her BSN while raising her family and working full time. Marianne has been a member of the hospital Professional clinical ladder since its beginning and is considered a Professional Expert on the Clinical Ladder. She has been certified as a CPAN since 1993. She regularly precepts senior RN students and new staff in her department. For the past 10 years Marianne has organized and staffed a digestive heath booth at a community business expo. Other volunteer activities she has been involved in include Habitat for Humanity volunteer, manning first aid stations at the Mud Hens baseball a games and Race for the Cure, and assisting in an Open house/clinic to explore health care career opportunities for Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts troops. Marianne has been involved with NOPANA, OPANA and ASPAN since early in her career when the group was beginning to organize in NW Ohio as evidenced by her ASPAN membership number of 199. Congratulations Marianne Barga, BSN, RN, CPAN 
OPANA Recruiter of the Year Award
OPANA Recruiter of the Year Award is given at the OPANA Spring State meeting to the person who recruited the most new member in the past year as identified by ASPAN's office.  Please make sure that you either write your name on membership application brochures you distribute as a recruiter, or have your name added electronically by the member you recruit when they apply for their membership.  
You will be entered into the drawing for ASPAN's Recruiter of the Year at the ASPAN National Conference and will also have a chance in the entry for the OPANA state recruiter monetary award and certificate  that is awarded annually in the Spring.  
Congratulations to members who received an OPANA Spring or Fall Meeting Scholarships Awarded in 2019.   
Diane Thompson was awarded "OPANA 2019 Recruiter of the Year Award" at the Spring OPANA Meeting held in Akron May 18, 2019. Pictured  is OPANA Awards Chair Deb Wilson with  CAPANA Member Sharon Gallgher who received the award for Diane who was unable to attend this meeting. Congratulations Diane. Diane recruited 2 new members this year!
ASPAN Gold Leaf and Shining Star Award Report for May 2019.
Gold Leaf
We are ineligible to apply for the Gold Leaf Award for 3 years since we won in 2018. The 2019 winner is TAPAN. (Texas). They now have won 4 times which is the most for any component.
There were 7 component applicants. There are mixed opinions about the changing of scoring and low applicant submission. I have written 3 applications now. I spent way too much time trying to get points that weren’t going to happen due to not knowing how the report was scored. Perhaps that is why components who knew they wouldn’t have enough points to be in the running didn’t submit.
We can apply again in 2021. That means we would start collecting our data in 2020. That’s all I will say in this now. 
Shining Star
We did it again!
Technically-our “official membership number” on the date I was required to report made us 97% certified!!!!!
I reviewed a Component Gold Leaf Report that has a drawing for Shining Star Award. All Certified Nurses are eligible. Here’s an idea: We could have a drawing of the certified nurses registered at one of our conferences-say Spring and the winner could get our Shining Star award. ABPANC usually sends a bracelet for fall conference.
I know we are supposed to have an inventory report of where our Shining Star trophies are. We have now won 7 trophies. Do we know where they are?
I thank you for letting me write these reports.

Sincerely Submitted,
Beth Cooper RN CPAN CAPA

Be a Recruiter. Make sure you tell a friend about ASPAN Membership!
Deb Wilson, the OPANA Award Chair presented the 2019 Excellence in Clinical Practice Award to Marianne Barga from Toledo. See write up below.