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Happy Perianesthesia Nurses Week
Posted: Mon, Feb 1st 2021
Happy Perianesthesia Awareness Week For the past year perianesthesia nurses have been asked to do a variety of jobs outside of their regular role and they have not only been up to the task, but also highly valued in many ways. Perianesthesia nurses have been added to ICU teams, floated out to many different surgical and medical units. We have been giving injections at COVID-19 vaccine centres, collecting samples at assessment centres, and have become PPE experts. All of this while holding down the fort in preop clinics, surgical admissions, PACU and surgical day cares. Perianesthesia nurses should be very proud of the resilience and positive attitude they have shown for the past year. Celebrate this week with your perianesthesia team and share what we do with family and friends. Please reach out to OPANA if you have any questions. We are here to help. Sincerely, Candace Epworth, RN, BScN President, OPANA 2020/2021
Information and Links for OPANA Members
Posted: Mon, May 4th 2020
Hello OPANA members, Attached some COVID-19 links for your reference. A Zip file with Quick look guides is also attached. These sheets can be printed and are very helpful. For practice and competency questions : Links to Covid-19 information for nurses can be found at the RNAO and CNO website : https://rnao.ca/covid19 and https://www.cno.org/en/trending-topics/novel-coronavirus/ ASPAN has developed a ‘ COVID- 19 Toolkit ‘ : the link can be found here: https://www.aspan.org/Home/COVID-19 Also, Michener and UHN have developed: The Michener Critical Care Learning Website https://criticalcarelearning.ca/login/index.php. Here you will find very helpful leaning modules. We have attached a ‘ how to register for Michener tip sheet’ in order to access the Critical care learning website at Michener. Also from The Society of Critical Care Medicine and University of Toronto: https://www.quickicutraining.com/topics/ access to a zip file with all of the Quick look cards is attached to this email Another great resource form U of T: ICU For non ICU Clinicians https://covid19.sccm.org/ OPANA BOD
Letter to OPANA Members - Covid 19
Posted: Mon, May 4th 2020
Dear OPANA members, The OPANA Board of Directors would like to reach out to all of our members to take this opportunity to recognize the extreme personal and professional challenges that many of you may be facing during this COVID-19 Pandemic. The devastation that this disease has presented to us provincially, nationally and internationally is unprecedented. Please know that we are working collaboratively with our nursing leaders, anesthesia and surgical teams and we are collecting the work that has been done at different organizations for future guidance on pandemic planning; at this time OPANA recommends following local hospital guidelines which should align with provincial & national recommendations. We recognize that many of you, as peri-anesthesia nurses, may have already been redeployed to different areas or are in the process of shadowing in a clinical area to prepare for a possible pandemic surge. We understand that some of you may or may not have had previous experience in these different environments which can be very stressful. To support our OPANA members the best we can, we have provided several excellent resources that we hope you will find helpful. Most of the clinical information has been developed specifically for the Covid-19 pandemic situation. As we try to manage our day to day responsibilities, we want you to know that the OPANA Board of Director group are here to support you as we all navigate our way through these uncertain times. We would like to acknowledge your professional dedication during these extraordinarily difficult circumstances. Please stay safe. Feel free to reach out through the OPANA website for any additional information and support. We are working on posting COVID information in the days to come. With respect, OPANA BOD

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