In 2008, during an annual meeting of the British Anaesthetic & Recovery Nurses Association (BARNA), several international nurse colleagues socialising in a London pub began to discuss the possibility of hosting a collaborative global conference that would include participation from other associations. The Past President of the American Society of PeriAnaesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) and the BARNA Chairperson agreed to give this idea a try. In early 2009, the ASPAN Past President contacted the President of the National Association of PeriAnaesthesia Nurses, Canada (NAPANc) and the Chairperson of the Irish Anaesthetic & Recovery Nurses Association (IARNA) to inquire if each would be interested in creating an International Conference for PeriAnaesthesia Nurses (ICPAN). The response was a resounding “YES!” A first meeting was held during the April 2009 ASPAN National Conference in Washington, D.C., and exploratory planning began.
Amazingly, just a short time later, the first ICPAN was hosted by NAPANc in Canada's largest city, Toronto. The 2011 organising committee, comprising volunteer chairpersons from the four associations, was eventually augmented by newly found international colleagues through extensive virtual outreach. The enthusiasm and anticipation surrounding this event was incredible! In October 2011, over 500 eager delegates and exhibitors arrived from all corners of the globe to attend. The dream of uniting global perianaesthesia / anaesthetic and recovery nursing practitioners was realised and embodied the inaugural conference slogan, “Many Practices … Just One World.” Today, a fledgling ICPAN organisation exists with more professional nursing organisations and colleagues becoming involved, each working toward establishment of an enduring collaborative global networking group.