ASPAN COMMITTEES and
STRATEGIC WORK TEAMS
Please note: E-mail is required to participate on all Committees and SWTs.
CLINICAL PRACTICE COMMITTEE
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 questions and are expected to respond in a timely manner using the ASPAN standards and other evidence based resources to support their responses to professional perianesthesia colleagues. The CPC is also responsible for reviewing abstracts for the Celebrate Successful Practices poster and/or oral presentations at National Conference. Serving on either the CPC or the Evidence Based Practice SWT is a prerequisite to serving on the Standards & Guidelines SWT.
EDUCATION APPROVER COMMITTEE
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.
EDUCATION PROVIDER COMMITTEE
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. Finance members will be assigned as liaisons to specific components to support and share best financial practices with components under the leadership of the ASPAN Treasurer.
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 original 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, DNP, or Master’s preferred – if BSN, please provide proof of a formal research class.
Strategic Work Teams:
BYLAWS/POLICY & PROCEDURES SWT
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, component by-laws or job description.
COMPONENT REVITALIZATION SWT
The ASPAN Component Revitalization SWT seeks to expand the skills and abilities of component leaders interested in pursuing ongoing development and strengthening of the structure and function of their component operation within the framework of the national organization. ASPAN leaders facilitate the mentorship of component leadership enhancing understanding of the organization’s mission, vision, and philosophy through strategic planning and developing component operations through mentorship.
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 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 development event. Most SWT assignments are scheduled during or shortly before the National Conference.
EMERGING LEADERS SWT
The ASPAN Emerging Leaders SWT seeks to expand the skills and abilities of individuals interested in professional growth and development that may lead to various leadership opportunities within ASPAN, their components, or personal leadership endeavors. Emerging Leaders creates relationships between current and previous ASPAN leaders and nurses interested in taking a next step in their own leadership potential. Through goal setting and friendly guidance, mentees have the support to attempt actions to expand their own leadership capabilities. This SWT supports personal growth within the context of the organization’s mission, vision, and philosophy with the goal of developing future ASPAN leaders utilizing a structured mentorship program.
EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE SWT
The Evidence Based Practice SWT works closely with the Research Committee. 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. Members of this committee are encouraged to participate in the judging of EBP/Research posters at National Conference. Access to scientific databases strongly recommended. BSN preferred. Serving on either the EBP SWT or the Clinical Practice Committee is a prerequisite for serving on the Standards & Guidelines SWT.
GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS SWT
The Governmental Affairs SWT informs ASPAN leaders and members about federal 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 through the ASPAN Scholarship Program.
HUMANITARIAN GLOBAL OUTREACH SWT
This SWT is new to ASPAN. Members of this SWT will focus on improving visibility, knowledge, participation, identification of resources, and mentorship of perianesthesia nurses participating in humanitarian global outreach both domestic and abroad.
This SWT was created to help promote the identification of innovative practices in the perianesthesia setting. The members of the SWT are working to identify gaps in member knowledge related to innovation as a concept and to help strategize methods of increasing awareness of innovation through survey, publications, and education. Efforts to identify and support creative thinking and innovative practices will be ongoing.
MEMBERSHIP & MARKETING SWT
This SWT works closely with the National Office to develop the Member-Get-A -Member Campaign and the annual PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness Week (PANAW) campaign celebration. 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.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE SWT
Members of the NCSWT are appointed by the Vice President/President-Elect two years in advance of the conference with oversight from the Director for Education and in collaboration with ASPAN’s National Office and ASPAN leaders. The NCSWT plans ASPAN’s annual National Conference. The goal is to provide members with educational and networking opportunities to enhance perianesthesia nursing practice and provide access to national officers.
The Publications SWT facilitates comprehensive reviews and revisions of existing publications and may develop new perianesthesia print material. 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.
RESEARCH REDESIGN SWT
The Research Redesign SWT was formed to review the resources of the Evidence Based Practice SWT and the Research Committee. A team of current EBP and Research Committee members will facilitate the analysis of current activities of both groups and identify areas of conjoined interests. This SWT will create a recommendation for best practice of all the tasks of both groups and how to best serve the members of ASPAN.
STANDARDS & GUIDELINES SWT
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.
STRATEGIC PLANNING SWT
The Strategic Planning Strategic Work Team provides ASPAN with a well-defined, credible, and relevant strategic direction. SWT members identify a limited number of key strategic initiatives and consider professional changes, scope of practice, clinical inquiry, education, safety, environment, technology, world health, political or government issues, and financial accountability when formulating the operational plan.
This SWT is new to ASPAN. Members of this SWT will focus on identifying resources, strategies, and creating education offerings to optimize the well-being of perianesthesia nurses and their work environment.