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OPANA President Report
Dear OPANA members,
I have just returned from beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia where the National Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses of Canada held their 15th annual conference.  Approximately 90 delegates attended, of those, 20 OPANA members were able to attend!  It was wonderful being able to introduce myself and to discover the enthusiasm that lies amongst Ontario PeriAnesthesia nurses!  It also made me realize, once again, how similar our issues are whether we are working at large, urban, multi-site centers or rural community hospitals.
I would like to share with you that Ontario has the largest membership of all the provinces when it comes to PeriAnesthesia nurses!  Our current membership is at 260 nurses and we make up one third of the NAPANc membership.  A reminder that if you are an OPANA member, you are also automatically a national member-something to include on your resume!  I would like to take a moment to recognize all OPANA members for your continued support of your specialty nursing association.  It is truly an honour for our association to represent PeriAnesthesia nursing at a provincial, regional and international level!
The 15th Annual National Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses of Canada conference was a success!  The speaker topics were fascinating and included topics such as Advance Care Planning in PeriAnesthesia, Pain & Addiction Management, The Vancouver Fentanyl Crisis, Gender Affirming Approaches for Transgender Clients, Red Cross work in South Sudan and Bullying in the Workplace, amongst others.  The overall feedback was that this was a very informative conference with loads of information to bring back to our workplaces.  It is always enlightening to learn from people from other professions, or nurses from other specialties to discover how we can do our own work better.  I have walked away from this conference feeling re-energized and even more passionate about PeriAnesthesia nursing!
On the home front, OPANA is starting work on providing a PeriAnesthesia Workshop late September.  This will be a one day workshop, designed to review PeriAnesthesia core competencies and inspire nurses to attain their CNA certification in PeriAnesthesia.  Stay tuned for more information regarding registration and location. A friendly reminder that registration for the November CNA exam is now open https://www.cna-aiic.ca/en/certification
The summer season is upon us, and I am hopeful each of you will be able to take some well-deserved time away from your hectic jobs to rejuvenate in the sunshine!  Enjoy the weather and all the good times the summer has to offer!  Wishing you good conversations, great company, and many memory-making moments!  Be safe~
Warm Regards,

Ramona

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