President’s Report

Sherry Fieroh MSN RN CAPA

Presidents message 1/1/2021

Undoubtedly this has been a challenging year. Despite the ability to be face-to-face the NYSPANA Board has worked to maintain our commitment to our mission to support our perianesthesia colleagues. We held our first virtual events including meetings and educational offerings in larger districts. We have been planning to continue to serve you in the coming year with local and state-wide efforts and are looking forward to ASPAN’s National Conference offering in April with its dual attendance options. As part of our work, we have redistricted the state to create larger service areas. This is a response to dwindling participation at the district level. We have nearly 800 registered members across New York state that the Board of less than a dozen works to serve.

I am asking for each member to consider becoming more involved with the organization. In order to remain responsive to our members, we need your input and energy. As members of a profession, our commitment to our work must extend beyond the essential work we do at the beside. We have a responsibility to further the role of perianesthesia nursing, increase our level of knowledge, and pursue networking with other colleagues. Involvement in NYSPANA carries valuable opportunities for earning credits towards re-certification and clinical ladder advancement as well as the personally rewarding interaction with other nurses all across the country. The commitment varies from a couple of hours to one day weekly, with intermittent on-line Board Meetings. At the very least try to be a cheerleader in your unit – print the newsletters for distribution, keep staff aware of ASPAN/NYSPANA events, and encourage certification in our specialty. ASPAN Select Seminars are easily put together at the local level to help your staff with CEUs at a time when travel is very limited. Be sure to check out the options available on their website and contact me if you need any assistance.

I will be leaving office this coming year- time to simplify my life to get ready to retire! I cannot tell you how great an experience it has been being a part of NYSPANA. I have met and been inspired by so many talented nurses, gotten to be a part of the decision making on the national and state level while being mentored by wonderful leaders. It made me a better nurse and a better person in so many ways. I hope to see all of you at our events and National this year- New York Nurses are the Best!

Sherry Fieroh MSN RN CAPA



Research Report November 2019

Research and evidence-based practice has a profound effect on the nursing care we provide every day. For those of us that are seasoned in the art of nursing, we can attest to the multitude of clinical practice changes that nursing research conducted by our perianesthesia colleagues that has led to the evidence-based approach that we provide promoting best outcomes for our patients every day. This research has also prepared nurses to adapt to an ever-changing health care environment and patient populations.

Did you know that NYSPANA offers funding for your research project? The application and criteria are found on the NYSPANA website under the Membership tab then under Forms. The NYSPANA Research/EBP grant of $500.00 per year and is available for all NYSPANA members seeking to conduct research that contributes to the advancement of perianesthesia nursing science and the improvement of patient care.

The grant will be awarded based on scientific merit, and the feasibility of completing the research project within one year. All projects must be related to and contribute to the growth of evidence-based perianesthesia nursing practice. If awarded, a $500 research scholarship will be divided into three payments. The application is due June 1st. Email the completed application to the NYSPANA Research Chair:

If you were not already aware, ASPAN has a Journal Club and ASPAN Forum to connect with your fellow ASPAN and NYSPANA members to discuss clinical practice questions, research inquiries, and certification resources. This is a great way to get ideas for your institutions for improving patient outcomes, patient and staff satisfaction, and professional development. Check it out and post a question to the group!

Respectfully Submitted,

Beth Weslow, BSN, RN, CMSRN

Newly Elected Board Members:

NYSPANA Research Chair,

Mei Yuk Gian-Nyguyen RN CAPA CPAN ONC

Welcome to the NYSPANA Board!



Sherry Fieroh, MSN RN CAPA

Past President

Barbara Ochampaugh, BSN, RN, CPAN


Sandra Price, MS, RN, CAPA


If interested email NYSPANA

Government Affairs

If interested email NYSPANA

Communication Officer

If interested email NYSPANA

Mei Yuk Gian-Nyguyen Research Chair

Mei Yuk Gian-Nyguyen RN CAPA CPAN ONC

Bronwyn Ship, BSN, RN, CPAN, CAPA


Tina Stoebe

District 1 President

Tina Stoebe, MS RN NPD/BC CPAN

District 2

District 2 President

Pam Werner, RN

District 3 President

Beth Weslow BSN RN



For position descriptions see Administrative Guidelines.


Vice President  President-Elect


Up to Par Editor


Nominating Chair

District 6

President / Vice President / Treasurer / Secretary

District 13

Vice President

District 14

Vice President

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 Pamela Germinaro. Email:

Membership Info: Important Websites for Government Information

New York State Official Websites:

New York State Nurses Association:

ANA-New York

American Nurses Association: