Goshen Hospital receives nursing certification award

April 12, 2018

GOSHEN, Ind. – Goshen Hospital’s post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) received the 2018 Certification Achievement Award from the American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc. (ABPANC).  According to ABPANC, only a select few health care organizations across the nation have such a high percentage of certified nurses. For those having surgery at Goshen Hospital, this is an added reassurance because the nurses have gone above and beyond to complete additional training in their nursing specialty area.

“We are very proud of our PACU Nurses. These certifications validate their expertise, and strategically align with Goshen Health’s mission to provide innovative, outstanding care and services through exceptional people doing exceptional work,” said Julie Crossley, chief nursing officer of Goshen Health.

Criteria to receive this award requires that at least 75 percent of eligible nurses earn Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN) or Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse (CAPA) certification. CPAN and CAPA credentials are only granted to qualified registered nurses by the ABPANC. 1,800 hours of direct clinical experience are required before the certification exam.

“These nurses have studied, completed their clinical hours and went through testing process to become certified. This knowledge extends throughout the entire perioperative setting to ensure that our patients are getting the best possible care,” said Lori Bontrager, RN and Goshen Hospital PACU-perioperative educator.

Both the CPAN and CAPA certification programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification.

Pictured: Goshen Hospital PACU Nurse Team

ABPANC is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1985 by the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) for the purpose of sponsoring certification programs for qualified registered nurses caring for patients who have experienced sedation, analgesia and anesthesia. ABPANC sponsors the CPAN and CAPA programs with more than 12,500 certified nurses nationwide.