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Region 3 Director's Report and Updates May 2019
Giddy-Up From Region 3 Director                                    Deb Moengen BSN RN CPAN

National conference is over, and Nashville treated us well. It was a record setting year with attendance at 2100 and approximately 200 first timers. Now it is time for me to put my boots on, pull up my suspenders, put on my cowboy hat and saddle up my horse as your new regional director!  

My name is Deb Moengen and I am honored to serve as your representative on the Aspan board of directors. I have been a part of Aspan for the past 15 years. My home component is MNDAKSPAN where I have served on the board for 9 years. Serving as your regional director fits me well, just like a well-worn cowboy boot. 
On a personal note my cowboy hat is hung in Central Minnesota where I live in a town called South Haven. My husband and I own a century old 50-acre farm where we have a large garden and raise grass fed beef and chickens. Our 4 children are all grown and flown the coop, but we enjoy their visits to the farm especially when they bring along the grandchildren of which there are 9. Sitting deep in my saddle I enjoy many hobbies and have taken up a new one recently called mounted shooting. 

I have pulled up my suspenders and have been thinking about our goals as a region. I think that structuring them around the Gold leaf will make us stronger. As stated in ASPAN strategic plan “Aspan’s core purpose is to advance and promote the unique specialty of perianesthesia nursing.” My vision for our region is to focus on strengthening our specialty of perianesthesia nursing through growth of our membership and developing leaders. Are you ready to go on a ride? I am looking forward to riding along with you in the saddle and work towards this goal. 

The board is currently working on our presentations for the ASPAN’s Component Development Institute which will be held September 13 – 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, OH. The theme is “Going for Gold” where we will explore important portions of the Gold Leaf program and their relevance to components. I hope that many of you can attend since it is right in your home state! The weekend provides many networking opportunities and the excitement and energy that is generated and is worth the trip. 

I am looking forward to getting to know more of you and visit your component soon. In the meantime, please give me a holler if there is anything you need.

Deb Moengen BSN RN CPAN
Aspan Region 3 Director 2019-2021

ASPAN Board of Directors. (2015). ASPAN Strategic Plan. Cherry Hill, NJ: American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses. 

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