Oak Hill Hospital
May 24, 2017

Spring Hill, FL - Oak Hill Hospital proudly announces that its Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) is the recipient of the American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification (ABPANC) Achievement Award recognizing that at least 75% of all eligible perianesthesia nurses hold the CPAN® and/or CAPA® credentials representing the highest quality patient care in perianesthesia nursing. Oak Hill Hospital is the only hospital in Florida to earn the recognition in 2017.

Perianesthesia nursing is a unique nursing specialty with its own professional certification program as a means to recognize the best possible patient care. ABPANC sponsors two certification programs for qualified registered nurses caring for patients who have experienced medical or surgical procedures requiring sedation anesthesia or analgesia.

"Certification is a reflection of the personal commitment nurses have to advancing their own knowledge, skills and experience to meet the challenges of modern perianesthesia nursing," says Bonnie Niebuhr, CEO of ABPANC.

The CPAN® and CAPA® credentials granted to qualified registered nurses by the ABPANC, are federally registered certifications and are protected by law. The initials CPAN® stand for Certified Post-Anesthesia Nurse and the initials CAPA® stand for Certified Ambulatory PeriAnesthesia Nurse. Only nurses who have achieved CPAN® and/or CAPA® certification and whose certification is current are allowed to use these credentials. Both the CPAN® and CAPA® certification programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC). Accreditation status is granted for five years. ABSNC is the standard-setting body for specialty nursing certification programs and offers a stringent and comprehensive accreditation process.

Recipients of the ABPANC certification achievement award receive a framed certificate recognizing their accomplishment and will be featured in the ABPANC website (www.CPANCAPA.org [http://www.CPANCAPA.org]).

Photo: Oak Hill Hospital's PACU team of charge and relief charge nurses pose together with Chief Nursing Office Leanne Salazar, far right, in PACU. Left to right: Julie Schneider, BSN, RN, CNOR, Director Surgical Services; Jenifer Robinson, RN, CPAN (Relief Charge RN); Betsi Chiarella, RN, CPAN (Charge RN); Deborah Kelly, RN, CPAN (Relief Charge RN); Liz Scavuzzo, RN, CNOR, Manager of Surgical Services; Elizabeth Kazymirczuk, RN, CPAN (Relief Charge RN); Liz Jennings, MBA, BSN, RN, CPAN (Charge RN); Jenny DeCamp-Galvin RN, CPAN (Relief Charge RN), Leanne Salazar.