The Manitoba Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses presents our Fall 2021 Education Session
"Pain Assessment On a Scale of 0 to 10- Wait it's not that easy!"
Guest Speaker Dr. Joesl Loiselle
MAPAN Executive Committee:
President: Cheri Besignano
Past President: Vacant
Secretary: Aimee Watt
Treasurer: Rebecca Sereda
Education Committee Chair: Megan Swiston
Education Chair: Vacant
NAPANc Standards Committee Member: Corene Vandenbrink
A few visionary PeriAnesthesia nurses formed the Nursing Specialty Interest Group "MAPAN" in the early 1980s. The main objectives at that time were very similar to those we follow today:
- To study, discuss, exchange knowledge, experience and ideas in the field of PeriAnesthesia nursing.
- To develop & promote standards for high-quality patient care in the PeriAnesthesia period.
- To promote continuing education to support our standards of PeriAnesthesia nursing practice.
- Personal and professional development.
- To provide representation for PeriAnesthesia nursing at the Provincial & National levels.
- To foster cooperation & liaise with all groups involved in or impacting the objectives of MAPAN at the Provincial, National and International levels.
As a fledgeling organization, MAPAN looked to ASPAN as a resource early in our development. ASPAN welcomed our interest, and in 1989 Manitoba accepted an invitation to the ASPAN's Board of Directors. Manitoba's members officially became ASPAN's Charter Members. Jan Borlase (one of MAPAN's founding members) participated on the Board of Directors for four years. A committee of Winnipeg and Selkirk nurses realized the importance of "Peri-Anesthesia Nurses Standards for Care". These nurses collaborated to develop the first in Canada "PACU Standards and Guidelines for Nursing Care" in 1991.
In 1996, MAPAN voted to relinquish the ASPAN Charter and place all our resources into forming a Canadian National Association. By the next year, Manitoba and Ontario conducted a Canadian national survey to document the interest in the formation of a National Organization and the pursuit of Certification. In the fall of 1998, interested PeriAnesthesia Nurses from across Canada united in Winnipeg to lay the framework for the development of the Steering Committee to form our national association.
MAPAN's mission is to foster education. MAPAN focuses on research and evidence-based best practice in PeriAnesthesia nursing by hosting bi-monthly education sessions, weekend workshops and conferences. With the support of the profits earned during fundraising events, MAPAN has maintained an "Education Fund". Since 1993, the fund has financially supported many members. This fund was created to promote continuing education in the field of PeriAnesthesia nursing. To date, members have been able to attend National and International conferences and Board of Directors meetings related to Canadian activities. Individual learning opportunities to benefit the MAPAN organization such as budget and computer courses have also been supported. MAPAN is very proud to present an Annual Recognition Award to a deserving member. This award recognizes a member's outstanding contribution to the MAPAN organization or to the speciality of PeriAnesthesia nursing.
We have been very fortunate to have Melanie Connors (Co-Chair of the NAPANc Standards Committee since 2004) hosting our Journal Club meetings.
MAPAN consists of 75 strong members. Our goal this year is to increase our Rural membership and attendance to our many functions throughout the year. In the future, MAPAN will be conducting a review and revision of our Constitution and Bylaws.
Our Annual General Meeting is held annually every May. Elections are held to fill vacant positions on our Executive Committee for the next business year.
If you are interested in becoming a MAPAN member, please complete this MAPAN Membership Application Form and mail it to the address indicated on the form. We welcome any questions about MAPAN and invite you to contact Cheri Besignano at