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 Dear OPANA members,
I hope you all enjoyed the Holiday Season and have settled into 2018 with good health!  This flu season has hit our healthcare system hard with many hospitals being over-census and patients surging into creative spaces, including perianesthesia environments.  To all of you and your colleagues, thank you for working extra-hard during this busy time!
The OPANA Board of Directors has been busy since the workshop we presented at Trillium Health Partners-Mississauga Hospital.  We had a fantastic turnout, and the overall feedback was very positive!  It was a fast-paced day that covered highlights of all areas of PeriAnesthesia, helping to prepare those of you who challenged yourselves to write the certification exam.  For others, we hope it inspired you to consider writing.
There is an Ontario Telehealth Network video of the workshop which can be accessed through the following link:  http://webcast.otn.ca/
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The National Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses has received notice from the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) that PeriAnesthesia Nurses are in jeopardy of losing the ability to become certified/re-certified as we are not meeting the national minimum threshold of having 100 nurses per year registering for the exam.  To that end, OPANA has agreed to provide certification funding to three nurses per exam sitting-that’s six bursaries per year to provide incentive by covering the cost.  Last sitting,  OPANA presented two nurses with bursaries –congratulations Jeffrey Lee & Jessica Anteo.   There was no third person who applied for the bursary, even though there were more than two nurses who became certified in Ontario!  I encourage you to visit www.opana.org to find out more about our bursaries!
On a national level, mentors have been identified to buddy up with nurses who have written the exam with those who are studying.  If you require a mentor, please contact info@opana.org A study package has been developed and is currently being reviewed so that it becomes an accredited learning opportunity.  This will be provided free to those who register for the exam and will be an adjunct to the study guide.  We are actively trying to find ways to support our PeriAnesthesia Nurses and to keep our designation as a specialty within nursing! 
I am pleased to announce that the next edition of the National Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses of Canada Standards of Practice is available for purchase!  You may order your copy at www.napanc.ca   Again, these Standards of Practice have been reviewed and revised to reflect current practices and current literature related to our specialty.  Please, also encourage your employers to purchase one for your unit!  Discounts will apply for anyone who is a member of their provincial association – another reason to encourage your colleagues to become an OPANA member!
OPANA continues to be challenged by not having access to all of our members email addresses.  For those of you who register for OPANA membership through the RNAO, please be advised that the RNAO has made changes to their privacy policies and will no longer provide interest groups with personal information of their members, including email addresses.  OPANA forwards emails intended for our members to the RNAO office, and in turn emails are forwarded to our members; but we recognize that there is a possibility the emails are filtered into member’s “junk” mail.  (I know this is happening to me!)  A new OPANA site is now available on the RNAO website and all emails will be archived for our members.  If you are an RNAO member please visit http://chapters-igs.rnao.ca/interestgroup , login and you will be able to see all emails sent to membes.
Early in January, the OPANA board of directors held a retreat in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  This is the first time we have held a team-building day to work on our role profiles, determine goals, and start planning for the 2018 October conference.  Conference planning is starting early this year and our President-elect, Candy Eapen, is taking the lead with co-chairs Caroline Fellows-Smith and Gail Fellows.  If you have ideas for presentations, presenters, sponsors, donors or vendors, please contact info@opana.org 
On April 7, 2018, the University of Toronto’s Bloomberg School of Nursing will be providing a PeriAnesthesia Review day.  I encourage you to attend, this year the agenda will be slightly different.  For those of you who are studying for certification or requiring hours for continuing education towards PANC(C), this is a great opportunity! 

The annual NAPANc conference is being held at the Fantasyland Hotel  in the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta June 2 & 3, 2018.  I just had a quick look at the room-they look like so much fun!  Save the Date and let’s spend some time with our colleagues from the PeriAnesthesia Nurses Association –Northern Alberta Chapter (PANAnac) who are hosting this event. Register at www.napanc.ca


So...Lots going on in the world of PeriAnesthesia Nursing! I hope to meet you at some of the events happening this year – please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at president@opana.org
Last, but certainly not least, I would like to wish each and every one of you a very happy PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness Week from February 5-11th.  Thanks to each and every one of you, and your colleagues, for all the excellent care you give to your patients.  PROUD TO BE A PERIANESTHESIA NURSE! 
Wishing you health and happiness this year!
Warm Regards, Ramona
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