NAPAN©:  The National Association of Peri-Anesthesia Nurses of Canada

                In the native language of the Cree, the name "Napan" means "Eyes Open".  It was felt that this was an appropriate description of nurses' work with perianesthesia patients who awaken following anesthesia.  On May 31, 2002, the peri-anesthesia nurses of Alberta – Southern Chapter (PANAsac) hosted the first National Conference in conjunction with their provincial conference in Calgary. Twenty-seven (27) RN’s from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and North West Territories signed a charter and applied to the Federal Minister of Industry for incorporation. NAPAN©  was granted Associate Membership of the Canadian Nurses Association in 2002, and continues to meet annual requirements to maintain status.  NAPAN© is an active participant in the national dialogue about changes to anesthesia care delivery.

NAPAN© Objectives:

  • To promote education and research.
  • To share knowledge and issues about matters relating to our specialty.
  • To encourage awareness of peri-anesthesia nurses as part of the Health Care Community.
  • To network with other national groups such as the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society (CAS).
  • NAPAN© Goals:

  • To establish membership throughout the provinces and territories.
  • To develop and establish Standards of PeriAnesthesia Practice (completed, 2008).
  • To develop certification for our speciality.
  • To be eligible for participation in the development of the Anesthesia Assistant program. 
  • Find out more about  NAPAN©

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