ASPAN Committee and SWT Descriptions
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On a daily basis, perianesthesia nurses from across the world contact ASPAN for help with clinical practice dilemmas. Nearly half of these inquiries relate directly to ASPAN’s Perianesthesia Nursing Standards, Practice Recommendations and Interpretive Statements. Members of the Clinical Practice Committee are assigned weekly questions, and respond in a timely manner to the issues presented using the ASPAN standards and a variety of other clinical information resources to support professional perianesthesia colleagues. Committee members also review abstracts for the Celebrate Successful Practices poster and/or oral presentations at National Conference.

The Education Approver Committee reviews continuing education applications received from ASPAN components and other outside organizations which are submitted for approval before presenting an educational seminar, conference or education at a component meeting. The Education Approver teams utilize the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA) operational requirements to review and approve each application to enable the applicant to provide educational program contact hours. BSN required. 

The Education Provider Committee works to advance the unique specialty of perianesthesia nursing by assessing the educational needs of members, analyzing areas for strategic growth, planning programs to meet the needs of practitioners in the specialty, implementing seminars throughout the country, and evaluating the quality of our education programs through participant feedback. BSN required.

The Finance Committee’s function is to assist ASPAN’s Board of Directors, committees, SWTs, etc., with the planning and budgeting needs of ASPAN projects, programs, registration fees and new or revised ASPAN publications.


The ASPAN Leadership Development Committee considers measures to expand the competence of individuals to perform in leadership roles within our organization. ASPAN leadership roles facilitate the execution of the organization’s mission, vision, and philosophy through strategic planning and developing future leaders through mentorship.


The Research Committee exists to increase perianesthesia nurses involvement in clinical research through mentoring and education, and facilitates the systematic investigation of nursing research through a grants program. The committee actively promotes the use of research findings in nursing practice through evidence based practice initiatives, and the dissemination of research findings via poster and oral presentations of scientific studies. While working to promote ASPAN research priorities, the Research Committee also networks with other nursing organizations to identify current nursing research issues. PhD or Master’s preferred – if BSN, please provide proof of a formal research class.

Strategic Work Teams:

The primary goals of the group are to ensure that each ASPAN policy, charter and job description is consistent with the organization’s core ideology, bylaws, goals and current practice; is clearly and accurately written; and has been reviewed within the last two years. The group collaborates with the ASPAN Secretary to perform a systematic review of existing policies and procedures, and may serve as a resource during the development of a new or revised policy, charter or job description.

The Credentials team serves each year during the ASPAN National Conference. The team functions include verifying the credentials of Representative Assembly (RA) members, distributing badges to RA members, serving as floor tellers/runners during the all-day RA session, and performing voting related assignments that same day. Attendance at the upcoming National Conference required.

The Evidence Based Practice SWT serves with the Research Committee. SWT strategic initiatives include: reviewing evidence for clinical practice issues, education issues, research priorities, standards and guidelines. The SWT establishes teams to review and rank the available evidence, provides updates on ongoing evidence based practice studies, and works in a collaborative manner with ASPAN’s Education Provider and Clinical Practice Committees. Access to scientific databases strongly recommended. BSN preferred. 

The Governmental Affairs SWT informs ASPAN leaders and members regarding federal level healthcare related legislative activities. The Governmental Affairs SWT Coordinator emails legislative information to team members. The members then contact their respective component governmental affairs liaisons to disseminate new information, and stimulate and guide grassroots member involvement. The SWT encourages ASPAN members to attend the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) program, offered annually by the Nursing Organizations Alliance. Eligible ASPAN members are encouraged to apply for a NIWI scholarship via the ASPAN Scholarship Program. 

This SWT works closely with the National Office to develop the Member-Get-A -Member Campaign, the annual PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness Week (PANAW) campaign celebration and the ASPAN Shoppe. The team provides volunteer staffing of the ASPAN Shoppe during National Conference each year. The team coordinates, reviews and presents the Recruiter of the Year Award, Gold Leaf Component of the Year Award, and ASPAN’s Award for Outstanding Achievement, while providing component support to address recruitment, retention and membership activities information.
The Perianesthesia Fellowship SWT has a one year charter (2017-2018) to explore the creation of an ASPAN fellowship in perianesthesia nursing. The SWT will review the criteria for existing nursing fellowships, formulate a recommendation, and submit it to the ASPAN Board for consideration at the 2018 pre-conference board meeting in Anaheim, CA..

The Publications SWT develops new perianesthesia print material, and facilitates comprehensive reviews and revisions of existing publications. SWT members participate as reviewers for ASPAN’s Specialty Practice Group newsletters and as judges for the annual Component Newsletter Contest. Committee members attending National Conference have an opportunity to serve as co-editors of the National Conference newsletter, National PArtiCUlArS.

The Resource Development SWT promotes public education and obtains funds to support ASPAN educational projects, award scholarships and evidence based research activities. The major activities of the SWT culminate at National Conference, and these include: the Dream Walk; Silent Auction; a fundraising activity held in the exhibit hall; and collecting/recognizing Hail! Honor! Salute! initiative pledges during the conference’s resource development event. Most SWT assignments occur around the National Conference timeframe.

The Safety SWT exists to promote a comprehensive safety culture for perianesthesia practice. Safety SWT strategic initiatives include: identification of perianesthesia safety priorities; review and revision of the online perianesthesia safety resource manual; expansion of perianesthesia safety publications; promotion of a safety section on the ASPAN Web site; and creation of a confidential safety incident reporting database. 

The SPG Review and Revitalization SWT has a one year charter (2017-2018) to review the purpose and function of the Specialty Practice Groups. Considerations include membership requirements, the current structure of the SPGs, the duties of the coordinator, succession planning, SPG member expectations, and the value to the members. The SWT will make recommendations to the ASPAN Board at the 2018 ASPAN pre-conference board meeting.

Members of the Standards & Guidelines SWT serve as clinical practice surveyors, monitoring current trends in the healthcare environment and their potential impact on perianesthesia nursing practice. SWT members review, revise, update and amend ASPAN’s Perianesthesia Nursing Standards, Practice Recommendations and Interpretive Statements. Applicants must have previously served on the Clinical Practice Committee or on the EBP SWT.



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