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Region 3 Director's Report and Updates May 2017
Region Director: Region 3 Spring Update

Are you awakening after your winter hibernation? Spring calls for an awakening of nature, routines and people. I hope you’ve enjoyed the change in physical activity, but likely there has been no retreat of activity when thinking about the patients you cared for!

It’s been a busy time for ASPAN. Preparations are complete and ASPAN’s 37th National Conference is now in the history books! I enjoyed seeing so many of you there: reconnecting and networking. If this was your first National Conference, I hope you took advantage of the First Timer’s Orientation. Many components completed Gold Leaf Applications. One of the Region 3 Components won the Gold Leaf: OPANA! Several members were acknowledged for going “Above and Beyond” as well as those applying for “Excellence in Clinical Practice” and “Award for Outstanding Achievement” awards. Component Night was fun as old friendships and acquaintances were renewed and other relationships initiated. There were many celebrities who showed up. 😊 It was a busy week! Make sure to complete your evaluation and claim your Certificate. If you were not able to join us in Anaheim this year, make plans to attend next year in Nashville, TN.

I have had the great fortune to visit four of the eight Components that make up Region 3 since National Conference last year. I have enjoyed meeting many of you and celebrating you: the Perianesthesia Nurse and your contributions. I hope you did just that during PANAW!

ASPAN initiated a new program of ASPAN Fellows. “A Fellow of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses is an honorable distinction that must be earned through hard work, a commitment to professional advancement, and substantive contributions in the field of perianesthesia nursing.” Seventeen members were inducted into the inaugural classes of ASPAN Fellows (FASPAN).

Coming up this September, will be ASPAN’s Leadership Development Institute (LDI). If you are interested in becoming more involved in your State Component or ASPAN, please contact your Board Members and find out how you can make an impact on the regional, State and/or National level through your involvement.

One of the latest initiatives the RDs have undertaken is to develop a resource to assist Component Presidents as they assume their roles. This resource provides your Component leader with information on how to better serve you as a component member as well as information on how I (the RD) can best serve them and therefore: you! This information was presented to Component Presidents at National Conference.

I am here to serve you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions that you feel are important to you.

Sylvia Baker, MSN, RN, CPAN, FASPAN

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