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Surgical Services RN receives recognition as Certification Coach

Hospital news | Friday, August 8, 2014
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Contact: Mardi Ford

Bill Leary, RN.C, CPAN, CAPA, CRT, RRT, at Grande Ronde Hospital, has recently received an Award of Excellence from the American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification Inc. (ABPANC) as a Certification Coach.

Leary has been a volunteer coach with the organization since 2012 and has “demonstrated a willingness and dedication to help nurses who are looking for assistance to help prepare for the CPAN® and/or CAPA® certification” according to a press release from the organization.

Perianesthesia nursing is a unique nursing specialty requiring its own professional certification program as a means to protect the public. ABPANC sponsors two certification programs for qualified registered nurses caring for patients who have experienced anesthesia, procedures requiring sedation, and analgesia: the Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN®) and the Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse (CAPA®) programs. Leary had previously attained both certifications and began volunteering his time to help others achieve the same.

To help prepare for the CPAN® or CAPA® examinations some candidates enlist the assistance of a Certification Coach. Leary volunteers to assist nurses locally as well as nationally prepare for the CPAN® and CAPA® exams. They may be very helpful in directing candidates at the grassroots level to the most effective study references and well as any advice that may be relevant to taking the exam. This advice can be offered face to face, by email, or by phone.

Volunteers for this position are able to speak passionately about the value of CPAN and CAPA certification and are willing to assist and encourage not-yet-certified colleagues in becoming certified. Bill has demonstrated a willingness and dedication to help nurses who are looking for assistance to help prepare for these certifications,” explained Zelda R. Williams, ABPANCProgram Assistant, New York, NY.

Grande Ronde Hospital is honored to have Leary on its staff and extend congratulations to him for not only achieving this status himself, but for being willing to help others, too.