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This month's OR Hero is Helen Maxine Darling, MS, RN

  OR Hero_MaxineDarling Photo: Dexter Emoto 


The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) honors Helen Maxine Darling, MS, RN, as this month’s OR Hero. 

Maxine began her nursing career in the Operating Room at Portland Sanitarium and Hospital in Portland Oregon. In 1956 she moved to the Operating Room at Loma Linda Sanitarium and Hospital in southern California. Maxine became supervisor of the Operating Room in 1960.  

Under her watch, the first kidney transplant and open heart surgery took place. In 1967 she and her staff moved the whole operation to a new building, the present day Loma Linda University Medical Center where medical breakthroughs have taken place like the separation of 3 sets of conjoined twins and the placement of a baboon heart in the world famous case of Baby Fae.

Maxine was a member of AORN Inland Empire Chapter for more than 40 years. She regularly hosted Chapter meetings at Loma Linda. As the supervisor and perioperative director, Maxine helped ensure resources were available for staff to attend AORN Congresses to receive professional development training and continued education. 

Staff and friends speak only fondly of Maxine, referencing her great sense of humor and special way of being friends with everyone. As a hands-on supervisor, she touched many lives and taught colleagues to be independent. Many times you could find her using the toolbox she kept under her desk to fix something herself. Although she retired as full-time director, you will still find her completing the suture order each week.


Maxine's Party 
Photo: Dexter Emoto 

On Maxine’s 86th birthday, the staff at the Loma Linda University Medical Center Perioperative Services hosted a surprise party to commemorate Maxine’s 50 years of service. Former colleagues traveled from as far as Alaska to pay tribute to their friend, mentor, and nurse inspiration.


Honor OuR Heroes Campaign

Donations can be made in memory of a special individual, or in honor of someone for a service anniversary, birthday or simply for their contribution to safe patient care. Notification of your tribute gift will be sent on your behalf to each individual you honor through a donation.

Gifts to the AORN Foundation can make a difference in the lives of perioperative nurses today and in generations to come. Every donation helps the Foundation fulfill its mission by funding continuing education, scholarships, leadership development training, and research.

Contact the AORN Foundation to participate in the Honor OuR Heroes Campaign at 800 755-2676, ext 395 or foundation@aorn.org.




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