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Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly

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Advanced practice nursing has been described as nursing's final frontier. That statement, while sounding like a cliché, is an excellent descriptor for this expanding field that holds such interest and promise.

The role of the APN is multifaceted including leadership, research, practice, mentorship and collaboration (the five pieces of the puzzle), all with the intended goal of providing the patient increased access to medical care while connecting all the pieces of the puzzle to holistically insure that all the needs of the patient are met.

With experienced hands guiding, directing, orchestrating and quietly listening with their hearts, APNs promote positively patient outcomes ensuring safety, satisfaction and well being.


Perioperative nurses interested in advanced nursing, master's or doctoral degrees, or research opportunities associated with graduate programs.

Purpose Statements:

  • Provide a forum by which perioperative advanced practice nurses can unite to discuss issues relevant to advanced practice nursing.

  • Welcome and encourage members of the perioperative community who have an interest in advanced practice nursing to become active in this specialty assembly.

  • Facilitate communication among advanced practice nurses in the perioperative community.

  • Serve as a resource for perioperative leaders and AORN on issues related to advanced practice nursing.

  • Serve as a resource for the membership of AORN on advanced practice nursing.

  • Provide education opportunities for the advanced practice nurse involved in the care of perioperative patient.

  • Determine the specific education needs of the perioperative community as they relate to advanced practice nursing and establish learning opportunities to address them.

  • Facilitate evidence based research with regard to advanced practice nursing in the perioperative environment.

  • Encourage application of evidence based research to improve patient care and safety in the perioperative environment.

2015-2016 Coordinating Council

Chair - Julie Mower, MSN, RN, CNS, CNOR
Past Chair - Stephen Patten, MSN, BSN, RN, CNOR
Communication Chair - Elizabeth Pincus, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CNOR
Co-Education Chair - Mary Russell, MN, RN, FNP-BC, CNOR
Co-Education Chair - Brenda Larkin, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CNOR
Professional/Practice Issues ChairWeslee Wells, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CNOR
AORN CNP Staff Liaison - Lisa Spruce, DNP, RN, ACNS, ACNP, ANP, CNOR
AORN Board Liaison - Martha Stratton, MSN, MHSA, RN, CNOR, NEA
AORN Staff Consultant - Debbie Robichaud Stephen

As a member of this assembly, you can contact any member of the coordinating council via email using your AORN username and password through ORNurselink. 


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