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Surgical Services Management Certificate Program Speakers

Brandon Bennett 

Brandon G. Bennett, DNP, RN, CNS, CNOR, CEN, NE-BC  

Bennett is an experienced healthcare leader with expertise in operations, executive leadership, and change management. His professional practice and transformational leadership focuses on organizational transformation to produce sustainable change, improved patient outcomes, and organizational objectives. Bennett has extensive experience including various clinical specialties providing analysis and design recommendations.  He worked in the specialty area of emergency and trauma nursing for fourteen years in a wide variety of positions including Staff Nurse, Assistant Nurse Manager, Nurse Manager, Educator, Director, and Consultant. He has worked in the specialty area of perioperative nursing in a variety of positions including Staff Nurse, Assistant Nurse Manager, Nurse Manager, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Educator, Director, Executive Director, Consultant, Managing Director, and Senior Director. In 2012, Brandon completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a concentration in clinical leadership and publication-ready research manuscript investigating evidence-based practice in the perioperative setting.  Brandon has additional executive leadership experience as Interim Chief Nursing Executive and Chief Operating Officer.

Robin Chard, PhD, RN, CNOR 

Robin Chard, PhD, RN, CNOR
Associate Professor, Nursing, Nova Southeastern University
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Chard is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and teaches in the graduate and PhD nursing programs. Her clinical background is in operating room nursing and holds certification in that specialty. Dr. Chard’s research interests are in surgical patient safety and OR nursing errors.

Karen Martin, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC 

Karen Martin, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC 

Martin has been a perioperative nurse for over 30 years and has held leadership positions in surgical services management for nearly 18 years.  Martin was most recently the Director of Perioperative Services for Medical Center of the Rockies, part of University of Colorado Health in Loveland, CO.  Medical Center of the Rockies is an ANCC Magnet Designated facility and is a Malcolm Baldrige Award Winner.  Due to a restructuring at the facility in January 2014, Martin is pursuing her next perioperative career opportunity.

Martin earned an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE, a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education from University of Nebraska at Omaha, a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and Master’s Degree in Nursing from Regis University in Denver, CO.  One of the highlights of Martin’s career was when she was recognized as “OR Manager of the Year” in 2012. She is published and has spoken extensively on Horizontal Violence in Nursing. Martin holds the CNOR credential and is board certified as an Advanced Nurse Executive. 

Jim Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR 

Jim Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR
Director of Credentialing and Education, Competency and Credentialing Institute
Denver, CO

Stobinski has in excess of 25 years’ experience in the operating room with work roles which have included janitor, orderly, staff nurse and a variety of supervisory positions. His education includes a diploma of nursing from the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing and a BSN and MSN from East Carolina University. He has made one international and several national presentations on a wide range of topics including research findings to a variety of audiences. Dr. Stobinski earned his PhD in International Health Research from Touro University International in June of 2011 for a study of competency and skill acquisition in perioperative nurses. He has 18 years of management experience in perioperative nursing and until September of 2011 he was the Director for Surgical Services at the Boise facility of the St Luke’s Health System. He is now employed as the Director of Credentialing and Education at the Competency and Credentialing Institute in Denver, Colorado.

Martha Stratton 

Martha Stratton, MSN, RN, MHSA, CNOR, NEA-BC
Director of Surgical Services
AnMed Health System, Anderson, South Carolina

Stratton is the Director of Surgical Services for AnMed Health System in Anderson, South Carolina. She has a 30 year career as a perioperative nurse, having spent 20 of those years in Surgical Services Management positions at various facilities. Her vast expertise has allowed her to teach courses in finance for nursing administrators and health care executives to graduate students. Among her many professional activities, Ms. Stratton has been a four-year member of the OR Manager Advisory Board, as well as volunteered extensively at the local, state, and national levels within AORN. Currently, Stratton is serving as the Treasurer of AORN’s Board of Directors, but has previously been chair of the Leadership Specialty Assembly Coordinating Council, chair of the AORN Congress Education Planning Committee and co-chair of the Congress Education and International Activities Planning Committee. She has been nationally recognized by AORN for her leadership, receiving two national awards: Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Nursing Management and Outstanding Achievement in Specialty Assembly Leadership.


David A. Wyatt, MA, MPH, BSN, RN, CNOR 

David A. Wyatt, MA, MPH, BSN, RN, CNOR
Administrative Director of Operative Services
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Wyatt is Administrative Director of Operative Services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Wyatt is responsible for operational management and clinical leadership for the inpatient and ambulatory adult surgical division. In addition to executive clinical leadership, Wyatt is involved in strategic development and physician relations for the surgery service lines. Wyatt has been involved in information technology implementations in the perioperative setting including scheduling, intraoperative documentation, as well as selection processes for hospital-wide systems. He has also worked on several projects related to performance improvement, patient outcome management and patient safety; designing methods of data collection based from computerized documentation. Wyatt served on the National AORN Board of Directors from 2008 - 2012. Currently, Wyatt is a PhD student at the University Of Colorado College Of Nursing with research interests in health services, health promotion, evidence-based practice in nursing care, and the impact of the practice environment on patient outcomes.

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