President’s Report

Bronwyn Ship, RN BSN, CPAN

Summer has finally arrived! After a long and wet spring, I am sure that all of us are looking forward to summer, enjoying the outdoors, spending time with family and friends or just relaxing on your front porches or decks.

In May, I attended the APSAN National Conference in Indianapolis. The conference provided a wonderful opportunity to attend numerous educational sessions on current topics which affect our practice as perianesthesia nurses. It can be energizing to have a chance to ask questions and network with others who are having the same experiences. I feel that this is one of the invaluable opportunities of attending conferences.

In the exhibition hall, vendors displayed new and improved equipment as well as new medications that could aid in improving the quality of care we can provide to our patients. There were also many posters on display from our fellow ASPAN members from across the country. Yet another opportunity to find out how others have found, either through research or trials, new solutions to some of our common challenges.

The National conference also provides ways to become involved in shaping the direction of our organization. The ASPAN board of directors are on hand throughout the conference to listen to member concerns and bring those concerns forward to committees and the board. Regional directors held meetings which gave members of that specific region an opportunity to discuss concerns that affect their area of the country.

Attending any conference is more than just receiving education credits, it is a place to network with your colleagues and to make a personal connection with those who serve on the boards and committees that help to shape our component, region and national organization.

A few things that I learned from ASPAN National Conference: Our journal (JOPAN) is now available on line. Members can download the app for free and read the articles on your computer, tablet or phone. For those interested in research, there is a link to Joanna Briggs Institute which can be a great resource to the beginning of any research project. There are scholarships available to members who are interested in continuing their nursing education or for becoming CAPA/CPAN certified.

I would also like to remind members that the revised Education Funding Scholarship is now on the website. Each member is entitled to up to $250 every two years to attend educational offerings. The application form is located under membership tab on the home page of the website. Please consider using this scholarship to attend the NYSPANA State Conference in New York City, in October 2017 or ASPAN National Conference in Anaheim, California, April 29 – May 3, 2018.

I highly encourage each and every member to take advantage of the educational opportunities that your membership in NYSPANA provides for you. I also encourage members to become involved by volunteering to help organize meetings, local and state conferences. Please consider joining your local district board as an officer or as an educational planning committee member. Input from members is always welcome. Visit our website for additional information or send an email to

Respectfully submitted, Bronwyn Bronwyn Ship, BSN, RN, CPAN NYSPANA President

Congratulations to the newly elected board members in 2017:

Research Chair –

Sherry Fieroh, MSN, RN, CAPA

Government Affairs –

Pamela Germinaro, BSN, RN

District 10 President –

Daniel Elinskas, MSN, RN, CAPA, CPAN

District 13 President –

Christine Angiolillo, RN, CPAN

Welcome to the NYSPANA Board!



Bronwyn Ship, BSN, RN, CPAN

Vice President/ Pres Elect

Barbara Ochampaugh, BSN, RN, CPAN

Sandy Price Secretary

Sandra Price, MS, RN, CAPA

Interim Treasurer’s

Bronwyn Ship & Sandra Price

Government Affairs

Pamela Germinaro, BSN, RN


Research Chair

Sherry Fieroh


Tina Stoebe

District 1 President

Tina Stoebe, MS, RN, CPAN

Trina Mills

District 6 President

Trina Mills, MS, RN


District 8 President

Pam Werner, RN

District 10 President

Dan Elinskas,  MSN, RN, CAPA, CPAN

district 13

District 13 President

Christine Angiolillo, RN, CPAN

District 14

District 14 President

If interested email NYSPANA

GAC . . . Government Affairs Committee

GAC is responsible to look at both state and federal issues that affect health care and nursing. ASPAN has GAC representatives and each state has a representative.

The state representative is appointed to their term by the NYSPANA President. It is their duty to review pending legislation and issues. This information is forwarded to District Presidents to share with members.

A summary of legislative issues or concerns is published in UP TO PAR.

The GAC representative attends the spring NYSNA legislative Day.

Our GAC Chair . . .

The new Governmental Affairs Committee Representative is Caitlin Brion, BS, RN-BC . Caitlin Brion, BS, RN-BC Email:

Membership Info: Important Websites for Government Information

New York State Official Websites:

New York State Nurses Association:

ANA-New York

American Nurses Association: