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CCH Surgical Services employee receives perianesthesia nursing certification

CCH Surgical Services employee receives perianesthesia nursing certification

GILLETTE, WY – Kimberlie (Kimi) Parks, RN, BSN, Clinical Care Supervisor of Outpatient Surgery in the Campbell County Memorial Hospital Surgical Services Department, recently received certification as a Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN®) from the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses. Kimi has worked for Campbell County Health for more than eight years and is also currently working toward her Master’s Degree in Nursing Leadership.

“I strive to be the best I can be in this profession,” says Kimi. “I wanted to earn my CPAN to increase my knowledge of perianesthesia nursing for my colleagues and my patients. This will help me and my colleagues continue to provide quality patient care at Surgical Services.”

The American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc. (ABPANC) is responsible for developing, sponsoring and managing the CPAN and Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse (CAPA®) nursing certification programs. These national professional certification programs are designed for registered nurses caring for patients who have experienced sedation, analgesia and anesthesia in a hospital or ambulatory care facility. In the two years prior to applying for initial certification, you must have at least 1,800 hours of direct clinical experience obtained in the two years prior to applying for initial certification. The applicant must also take an exam organized around categories of perianesthesia patient needs, including Physiological Needs; Behavioral Health and Cognitive Needs; and Safety Needs. The CPAN and CAPA certification credentials are awarded for three years and must be renewed.

The Surgical Services Department at Campbell County Memorial Hospital offers general surgery, cardiac cath lab, orthopedics, gynecological surgery, ENT, plastics, urology, eye surgery, spine, and pain clinic in an inpatient and outpatient setting in Gillette, Wyoming. To learn more about the services available there, visit www.cchwyo.org/surgery.