Now we have two Shining Star Awards for GAPAN

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.

We are now on facebook!

Perianesthesia Nurse Awareness Week
February 3 - 9

Augusta District PANAW Celebration

Certified Nurses Day –
a National Celebration!
March 19

ASPAN Leadership Development Institute 2014

Igniting Professionalism:
Excellence in Practice, Leadership and Collaboration
September 5-7, 2014
Millennium Maxwell House Hotel
Nashville, Tennessee

GAPAN State Conference

September 12th - 14th 2014
Conference Brochure
Cell Phones For Soldiers

ASPAN 2015 National Conference


Keisha Franks, BSN, RN, CPAN - Atlanta District

President Elect:
Nancy Wong-Tse, BSN, RN, CPAN - Atlanta District

Dana Nation, RN, BSN - North East District

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

Immediate Past Pres:
Janice Wilson, BSN, RN, CNIII - Augusta District

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

Governmental Affairs Chair:
Betty Cantrell, RN, CAPA - Northeast District



Greetings from the GAPAN President,

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

It is truly an honor to serve as the 2013-2014 President of the Georgia Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (GAPAN). I would like to thank my fellow GAPAN members and GAPAN Board members for trusting me with the responsibility of promoting the mission of GAPAN. This mission promotes quality care and enhances excellent PeriAnesthesia nursing practice through education and leadership. I challenge all GAPAN members to engage in continuous educational opportunities. PeriAnesthesia nursing is a specialized field that requires continuous educational engagement and colleaguality. PeriAnesthesia nursing is an evidence based practice that requires its nurses to constantly grow professionally.

I am proud to be a PeriAnesthesia nurse. I am even more proud to be a member of GAPAN. I would like to encourage others to join our professional organization and become proud nursing leaders of your specialty. Let’s continue to build our practice using the ASPAN recommendations and standards to guide our professionalism. Please contact me for questions, advice, component help or information.

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

As GAPAN President, I would like to set forth 2013-2014 Strategic goals for GAPAN:

  • Communication Improvements

  • Strengthen Component Viability
    1. Officer training
    2. Offer district assistance in sending members to LDI/ASPAN conference
    3. Increase recruitment efforts
  • Strengthen component viability
    1. Increase membership by 10% by September 2014
  • Succession planning
    1. Mentor and train new Board Members and Committee Members

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


    August 1, 2013

    Greetings from the GAPAN President

    My term as President of GAPAN for September 2012 – September 2013 is fast approaching closure. It has been an honor to serve as the President for this term. I have worked with a great team of GAPAN Board Members and with past and present members of GAPAN. We have worked together as a team to make many changes in order to achieve our strategic goals set forth in September 2012. At this time, I want to review the goals and the accomplishments attained.

    Goal one was for Communication Improvements.

    I, with much help from my husband, Ron, have updated our Website with many additions and various updates. We also used PetreyDish.Com to update our Website at various scheduled times. This will need to be a continuing and ongoing goal so that we can keep our members informed through our Website “The Awakener” and believe me it has truly been an awakening process of opening up our website, staying updated so others can “see” GAPAN, and be informed and encouraged by GAPAN members involvement and progress. I want to encourage our GAPAN members to become more involved by submitting pictures of GAPAN events and educational evidence based articles to your district leaders, so that the district leaders can pass the information to the Board members in order to keep our website continually updated with each district.

    I had a Facebook connection added on our website. We now have a business Facebook connection started by one of our members, Tammy Manning from Northeast District. Tammy has been an asset and we appreciate her service. We have pictures added so that others can see the fun of having a membership with GAPAN and the activities that we are involved in as members. This Facebook connection will need to be a continuing and ongoing goal to keep updated. I am encouraging the GAPAN districts to become more involved with sending appropriate pictures of events and upcoming event announcements to Tammy so that they can be placed on our Facebook.

    During one of our Board Meeting we used Go-To-Meeting and we were pleased with the attendance. I think we would like to try this again for another upcoming Board Meeting. At another different Board Meeting, I used Facetime to be present since I had surgery and was physically unable to attend in person. This was also very successful and deemed worthwhile. As members of the Board of GAPAN, we are trying to broaden our technology and become users of modern technology in order to achieve our goals.

    I also submitted documentation for last year 2012 for both the Gold Leaf Award and the Shining Star Award. We need to continue and improve for the Gold Leaf Award, but I am proud to announce our achievement in attaining the 2012 Shining Star Award for GAPAN. This is the first time GAPAN has ever achieved the Shining Star Award. Now GAPAN is listed with other great Components in other States as receiving this prestigious award. Be proud, Georgia Association of Peri Anesthesia Nurses, let us continue to shine!

    Goal two and three was Strengthen Component Viability.

    Our membership has increased slightly; I did challenge every member to try to recruit one new member this year and to involve the younger generation of nurses and students to become involved along side our current membership, working together as a team, embracing each and every challenge, and striving for growth and improvement in the field of PeriAnesthesia Nursing. Let us continue to invite and involve others to promote growth.

    Goal four was Succession Planning.

    We are mentoring and training our new and upcoming Board Members and Committee Members by placing forth the candidates a year in advance and by mentoring them a year ahead through watching and attending Board Meetings, mentoring by previous leaders, a year in advance of planned leadership attending Component or Leader Development Institute by ASPAN, and by adding a Board Orientation check list for leaders.

    Goal Five was Maintaining Financial Viability.

    GAPAN is presently maintaining financial viability.

    It has been a fulfilling and challenging year. I have worked with a great, competent team of nurses that are willing and able to embrace challenges and diligently work together as a team to accomplish set forth goals in order to make a difference in the growth and improvement of the Georgia Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (GAPAN). It is with much pride that I present our accomplishments of the previous set forth goals. As this GAPAN President finishing her term, I want to encourage each member to continue to embrace our challenges, strengthen each other, and encourage growth by getting our peers to become part of our team and be proud leaders in the nursing practice through the Georgia Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses. Let us continue to be leaders in our field of nursing! Thanks to everyone. It has been my pleasure to serve.


    Janice Wilson, RN, BSN, CNIII
    GAPAN President 2012- 2013
    Phone 706-793-3462

    Work 706-721-7205


    All submissions must be in Microsoft Word format. All images need to be in jpg form and not in Word document.

    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

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    Updated August 2013