The American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses, or ASPAN, was founded in 1980 to represent the interests of nurses who specialize in pre-anesthesia and post-anesthesia care, ambulatory surgery, and pain management. As of 2015, the society has more than 15,000 members and is the only professional organization dedicated to perianesthesia nursing. ASPAN provides its members with information on educational opportunities, recent advancements in the field and updated standards. ASPAN also provides members with funding such as scholarships and research grants.
ASPAN's primary function is producing publications for its members and the general public. Its main publication, the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, or JoPAN, provides original peer-reviewed articles written by licensed medical professionals who specialize in perianesthesia or a related medical field. Journal editions regularly include clinical instructional pieces for nurses in the field. ASPAN also produces approximately a dozen other publications varying in length and style from newsletters to curricula and other educational materials.
Members of ASPAN enjoy various benefits in addition to gaining access to these resources. For instance, members receive reduced prices on certification exams, discounted products and services from ASPAN preferred vendors, free subscriptions to JoPAN and ASPAN's bimonthly newsletter Breathline, and free access to the Joanna Briggs Institute's medical database.
In addition, all ASPAN members participate in state or regional chapters intended to provide perianesthesia nurses both an outlet for concerns or grievances and a forum to discuss ideas and best practices.