November 14, 2005
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The American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) participates in the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) panel of Experts to Study Continued Competence in Nursing

Cherry Hill, New Jersey – November 4, 2005 -- The American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) announces that Candace N. Taylor, BSN, RN, CPAN, participated as an expert panelist for the NCSBN’s practice analysis meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to develop a list of nursing activity statements that post entry-level RN perform throughout their careers. NCSBN is planning to survey RNs in 2006 in order to describe the continuing practice of RNs and to address NCSBN’s strategic initiative related measuring the continuing competence of nurses “Position NCSBN as the premier organization to measure entry and continuing competence of nurses and related healthcare providers.” In 2006 NCSBN will continue the development of an assessment instrument to measure continued competence of RNs.

Commenting on the importance of the task assigned Candace Taylor, a Past-President of the Missouri-Kansas component of ASPAN, remarked, "Continued competence among post entry-level RN's has a varied level of expectation among specialties, and is the professional responsibility of the individual nurse with participation in lifelong learning to maintain a level of competent patient care. Representing my colleagues in the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses has been an honor”.

The nursing professionals who will respond to the surveys will be asked to determine the importance of each of the activities listed in the post entry-level nursing activity statements. The data collection process is anticipated to begin in January 2006. All nurses receiving the survey are strongly encouraged to complete and return it as their participation in this study offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the nursing profession.

The American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) is the international professional specialty nursing organization representing the interests of over 55,000 nurses practicing in preanesthesia and postanesthesia care, ambulatory surgery, and pain management.

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