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ABPANC’s Shining Star Award publicly recognizes ASPAN Components for supporting and encouraging CPAN® and CAPA® certification at the local level. All Components, meeting the criteria are awarded the Shining Star Award at the annual CPAN/CAPA Celebration Event, held in conjunction with the ASPAN National Conference. The award, a beautiful silver star, is engraved with the Component’s name and year of award. This star statue can be displayed proudly at Component meetings!

Established in 1977, the Georgia Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses contributes to the advancement of our nursing specialty practice. Rooted in education, the mission of GAPAN is to establish an organization for networking and advancement of PeriAnesthesia Nursing with an emphasis on continuing education, community service, and research.

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Keisha Franks, BSN, RN, CPAN - Atlanta District

President Elect:
Dana Nation, RN - Northeast District

Betty Cantrell, RN, CAPA - Northeast District

Leslie Edney, BSN, RN, CAPA, CNV - Augusta District

Website Editor:
Janice Wilson, BSN, RN, CAPA, CNIII - Augusta District

Membership Chair:
Sue Andrews, BSN, MA, RN, CAPA - Augusta District

Governmental Affairs Chair:
Kewanda Lanham, RN, BSN - Augusta District



Hello and welcome to the Georgia Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (GAPAN).

I come before you again with honor as I prepare to serve a second term as President of GAPAN for 2014-2015. Last year I challenged members to engage in continuous educational opportunities. I would like to thank those of you that accepted that challenge. I saw many new faces and new members at the ASPAN National Conference in Las Vegas representing GAPAN. There was an ASPAN conference in Macon with great attendance. The GAPAN State conference in Augusta was wonderful and also had great attendance. All of these are examples of nurses being engaged which enhances professional growth and excellence. It shows the recognition of perianesthesia nursing as a specialized field that requires continuous educational engagement and collegiality.

I am proud of the accomplishments of GAPAN under my leadership. I will be the first to admit that I did not accomplish anything alone, but with the help of a great Board of Directors and great leaders at the District levels. I look forward to working with these enthusiastic leaders again to push GAPAN to the greatness that I believe it can achieve.

Strategic Goals 2014-2015:

  • Member retention and development
    1. Maintain membership and develop leaders from current membership
    2. Current leadership become more involved with mentoring within facilities and district levels
    3. Encourage that ASPAN/ GAPAN is incorporated into the perianesthesia nurse orientation process
    4. Leave no perianesthesia nurse behind
  • Component Revitalization
    1. Revitalize components that have folded or in danger of folding
    2. Offer district level officer training/shadowing
  • Social media development and interaction
    1. Enhance the current methods of social media and interaction with GAPAN members (ex. Webinars, district go-to meetings and website enhancement)

    Thank you for your support of GAPAN. I am proud to serve another year as your President. Let’s work together for another memorable and productive year.

    Keisha Franks, RN, BSN, CPAN
    GAPAN President 2013-2014
    (404)630-9688 cell
    (770)793-5894 work

    Greetings FROM THE PAST 2013-2014 GAPAN PRESIDENT

    August 10, 2014

    Greetings from the GAPAN President,

    As my term comes to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on our year. In September 2013, I set goals to improve communication, strengthen component viability and mentor new members to ensure our continued success. These goals were also identified by my predecessor and I felt they were important to our organization to continue and ensure their completion.

    My first goal was to improve communication at both the State and District levels. I feel this goal was met and communication has been greatly improved. Our newsletter the “ Awakener” has truly been awakened by our wonderful and dedicated web editor Janice Wilson, RN, BSN, CAPA, CNIII. Her work received recognition by ASPAN at the National Conference April 2014. The “Awakener” received then ASPAN Component Newsletter 2014 Contest Award. That was a proud moment personally for me as the GAPAN President. I was well aware of the struggles she had to overcome to obtain this award for herself and GAPAN. I would like to thank all of the districts for your commitment and assistance in achieving this great accomplishment. I strongly encourage you all to continue this commitment for GAPAN to remain as a component of greatness.

    I commend all of the districts that have developed a form of social media (ie: Facebook, Twitter) that reaches out to their members and provides members with valuable information. The Board uses Go-to-meeting provided by ASPAN to hold at least one meeting per year. There have been several districts that express this as a possibility to them as well. I have committed to work on this or get this information to the district for use as it becomes available. I feel that this goal was accomplished and thank all of you for your assistance.

    Our membership continues to remain stable. I have become involved with the Membership and Marketing SWT Committee (ASPAN) to ensure that GAPAN is doing everything possible to encourage membership and growth. I realize that our facilities and professional organization are encouraging advanced degrees for nurses and this competes with our availability and commitment to our professional organization. I ask that each district assess the needs and availability of their members and use this assessment to better meet the need and availability of their members.

    The Board members and myself have offered mentoring and training to district officers as needed. I will continue to offer my time and knowledge as a leader to districts as requested. I encourage all District President /officers to attend board meetings to learn the process and the responsibility of each officer. There is a job description for each officer in the Policy and Procedure Manual which can be found on the website. The Board also developed a checklist to guide officers through their role. All leaders are encouraged to attend the Leadership Development Institute to have direct contact with leaders at the National level for more leadership guidance.

    It has been a rewarding year as your President. I truly appreciate the support and encouragement I have received during my term. The Board members that have served with me have functioned as a great team with great rewards to show for their hard work and dedication. We won our second Shining Star and the ASPAN Component Newsletter 2014 Contest Award for 15 plus pages. I honestly believe that GAPAN has what it takes to be among the Gold Leaf recipients. You are a group of highly skilled professionals that takes pride in your specialty. It has been a pleasure to serve and represent GAPAN as your 2013-2014 President.

    Keisha Franks, RN, BSN, CPAN, CNIII
    GAPAN President 2013- 2014
    (404)630-9688 cell
    (770)793-5894 work


    All submissions must be in Microsoft Word format. All images need to be in jpg form.

    Submissions are expected by the due date for submission in the desired update of the website.

    Due dates and publication dates are as follows:

    • February 1st for March 1st publication
    • April 1st for May 1st publication
    • June 1st for July 1st  publication (State Seminar Flyer publication issue)
    • August 1st for September 1st publication
    • October 1st for November 1st publication (State Seminar report issue)
    • December 1st for January 1st publication

    All submissions should be sent as ATTACHMENTS to your email request/instructions. Please put GAPAN in the subject box. These should be sent to the Website Editor at the following address:

    Last Updated Aug. 2015