Meet the AORN Board of Directors
Victoria Steelman, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN
Victoria M. Steelman, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN, has been a perioperative nurse for over 25 years. As a perioperative clinical nurse specialist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, she focused on implementing evidence-based practice changes for 20 years. She is Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Iowa, where she teaches evidence-based practice and conducts research on perioperative patient safety. In 2009, she joined the Department of Veterans' Affairs as a Quality Scholar and remains as an administrative nurse focusing on perioperative safety and quality. She has been nationally active in AORN for more than 20 years, serving as a member and chairman of numerous committees. In 2010, she chaired the AORN Evidence-based Practice Taskforce, identifying the most appropriate method for rating the strength of evidence in AORN documents. She has extensively published and presented about issues related to safe patient care in the OR and has been primary author of many of the AORN Recommended Practices. She has received two Outstanding Achievement awards from AORN as well as the AORN Award for Excellence in recognition of her many contributions to perioperative nursing. In 2007, she was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of the national and global impact of her work. She is President of AORN.
Renae Battié, MN, RN, CNOR
Renae N. Battié, MN, RN, CNOR, is currently the associate vice president for perioperative and GI services for Franciscan Health System, responsible for coordinating the perioperative, GI, and sterile processing departments at their five hospitals in the greater Tacoma, Washington, area. Her previous roles were in academic and private nonprofit multi-campus systems, including ambulatory. She has experience in OR design/construction, surgical information system implementations, specialty team development, and just culture. Renae was involved with the early development of PNDS/Syntegrity, as well as the Recommended Practices Committee for many years. She was honored to receive the AORN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Nursing Management in 2010. She is a member of the Seattle chapter, Washington State Council and currently serves as the national AORN President-Elect.
Callie Craig, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR
Callie S. Craig, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR, is the clinical director for surgical services at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. She manages 16 ORs as well as the central sterile processing and anesthesia services departments at this Magnet facility in central Oklahoma. She received her BSN from the University of Arkansas and her MS in nursing administration and management from the University of Oklahoma. Ms. Craig has been a member of AORN since 2003. She has served on the AORN Board of Directors as Secretary, the National Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, National Membership Committee, Next Generation Task Force, and is a former chair of the International Activities Committee and former co-chair of the AORN young professionals task force. She is a current member of AORN of Central Oklahoma Chapter and the Oklahoma State Council of Perioperative Nurses. She received the 2013 March of Dimes Leadership/Executive Nurse of the Year Award, the 2008 AORN Next Generation Achievement Award, and the 2006 Oklahoma Nurses' Association Nursing Impact on Public Policy Award. She has presented numerous programs throughout the US on evidence-based practice and leadership. Her international speaking engagements include programs in Singapore and Austria. Callie currently serves as the national AORN Vice President.
Nathalie Walker, MBA, RN, CNOR
Nathalie Walker, MBA, BS, RN, CNOR, is a member of the Louisiana Nursing Supply and Demand Commission, a subcommittee of the Health Works Commission of Louisiana. She earned her associate in nursing from Louisiana School of Nursing, New Orleans, Louisiana; her bachelor of science in health arts from St. Francis College, Joliet, Illinois; and her master in business administration from St. Francis College. She has been a perioperative nurse for twenty-two years, with roles ranging from staff nurse, manager, and educator of perioperative services.
Walker has been a member of AORN since 1992 and has presented numerous programs at conferences locally, regionally and nationally on various topics, including Evidence-Based Practice, Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Management, Team Building, PNDS, and Legislative Grassroots Involvement. She has authored several articles and a chapter on “Writing a Business Plan” in the Perioperative Services: Administration, Resource Management, and Patient Care, Aspen Press. She was named to the Louisiana Great 100 Nurses in 1993 and received the New Orleans City Business News Nurse Hero Award in 2006. She is an active member of AORN of New Orleans Chapter, and the Louisiana Council of AORN Chapters where she has held various offices, including President on the AORN Chapter level and the Louisiana State Council. She was a member of the national AORN Awards Committee, Clinical Nursing Practice Committee, Perioperative Nursing Data Set Committee, Syntegrity Task Force, Scholarship Committee and a member and Chair of the Membership Committee, a member and Chair of the Legislative Committee and a member and Chair of the AORN Foundation Silent Auction Committee.
Walker has served on the AORN Nominating Committee, served two terms on the AORN Board of Directors, served as AORN Treasure and is currently serving as AORN Secretary.
Martha Stratton, MSN, MHSA, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC
Martha Stratton, MSN, RN, MHSA, CNOR, NEA-BC, has been a perioperative nurse for over 30 years and has been in surgical services management positions for over 20 years. Martha is currently the Vice President, Perioperative Services at Doctors Hospital of Augusta, Georgia. She earned her ADN from the University of South Carolina, her BSN from West Texas A&M University, and MSN/MHSA from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing. Martha has served extensively at the local, state, and national levels within AORN. Martha has been nationally recognized for her leadership ability and received two national awards from AORN: Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Nursing Management and Outstanding Achievement in Specialty Assembly Leadership. Ms. Stratton taught finance courses at the graduate school level for nursing administration and health care executives. Martha is a board certified perioperative nurse and advanced nurse executive. She's been a member of OR Manager's conference planning committee and the advisory board for the monthly publication. Ms. Stratton has served on the AORN Board of Directors since 2011 and currently serves as AORN Treasurer.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sandy Albright, MSHM, BSN, RN, CNOR
Sandy Albright is a nurse consultant for Synergy Health headquartered in Tampa, Florida. She earned her associate degree in nursing from Palomar Community College, San Marcos, California, and her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Tampa, Florida. Sandy has worked as a staff OR nurse, specialty coordinator and OR nurse educator in hospitals in California, North Carolina, and Florida. Albright has been a perioperative nurse for 26 years and a member of AORN for 25 years. She is a member of AORN of Central Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Council of Operating Room Nurses, the Business, Industry & Consulting Specialty Assembly, and the Leadership Specialty Assembly. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, serving as a member of the District 16 Board of Directors.
Melanie Braswell, DNP, RN, CNS-CP, CNOR
Melanie Braswell, DNP, RN, CNS-CP, CNOR, received her diploma from Saint Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing, a BS from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a master's degree in nursing and doctor of nursing practice from Purdue University. Dr. Braswell is an Advanced Practice Provider at Indiana University Health Arnett in Lafayette, Indiana. She is certified in LEAN principles and methodologies. She has worked with Purdue's Healthcare Technical Assistance Program (HTAP) on numerous Perioperative LEAN projects. Dr. Braswell has previously taught courses on medical surgical, perioperative, nursing leadership, and second degree students. Dr. Braswell currently teaches undergraduate, RN to BS, and graduate students. She has previously served as a member and Chair of AORN's Nursing Research Committee and the Recommended Practices Committee. Her Recommended Practices Committee work involved the Attire RP. She is active in local, state, and national AORN initiatives. She is a member of the Grassroots, Clinical Nurse Educator, Advanced Practice Nurse, Integrated Health Practices, Leadership, Business, Industry, and Consulting Specialty Assemblies, AORN Foundation, and the Staffing Guidelines Task Force. Her professional interests includes the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in the perioperative setting. Dr. Braswell is currently serving as a member of the AORN Board of Directors.
Stephanie S. Davis, MSHA, RN, CNOR
Stephanie Sfikas Davis, MSHA, RN, CNOR, serves as the vice president of surgical services for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the largest non-governmental hospital corporation in the US, located in Nashville, Tennessee. In her role as the surgical service line leader, Stephanie cultivates surgical strategies across the enterprise with an emphasis on sharing best practices. Stephanie received her undergraduate degrees from Youngstown State University in Ohio and her master of science in health services administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. She has been a perioperative nurse for over 25 years, with roles ranging from staff nurse to the director of surgical services. Stephanie has been a nationally certified perioperative nurse for the past 25 years. She has split her career equally between the ambulatory surgery arena and the acute hospital venue. Stephanie is a past president of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of AORN, a member of the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses, and the Tennessee Hospital Association. Stephanie has served on AORN's task force for the environment of care and she has been the education and communication chair of the AORN Leadership Assembly. Stephanie was elected to the AORN Board of Directors for a two year term in 2013. She is the board liaison for the Legislative Committee and the Business, Industry, and Consulting Specialty Assembly as well as the Retired Nurses Specialty Assembly. Stephanie was appointed to the AORN Finance/Audit Committee in 2014.
Holly Ervine, MSN, RN, CNOR
Holly S. Ervine, MSN, RN, CNOR is the Perioperative Clinical Educator at Southern Regional in Riverdale, Georgia. She graduated from Georgia Medical's Surgical Technologist Program in 1994, received her ASN from Floyd College in 2001, obtained her BSN from Kennesaw State University in 2006, and received her MSN from Walden University in November 2014. As a nursing student at Floyd College, Holly was recognized with the Leadership Award in 2001 for Outstanding Leadership in the school and selected for Who's Who in American Junior Colleges. After nursing school, Holly joined AORN and became an involved member of the Northwest Georgia Chapter. She has held various positions in the chapter including on committees, the Nominating Committee, Board of Directors and currently serves as the chapter President. She has been selected as the Perioperative Nurse of the Year three times. In Georgia, Holly has been a member of the Georgia Council of PeriOperative Nurses serving as a member of the Board, Chair-Elect, Chair and is now Past Chair. She has served on numerous national committees including the Next Generation and Career Life Cycle Task Force, Congress Education Committee, Continuing Education Approval Committee and was selected as the Chair of the 2012-2013 AORN Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC). She has been honored by receiving two National AORN awards: the Next Generation Achievement Award in 2007 and Outstanding Volunteer Leadership in 2014. Holly is also a member of the Leadership Specialty Assembly and served as the Chair of the Coordinating Council in 2010-2011. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau ~ Pi Nu Chapter and the Golden Key International Honour Society ~ Walden University Chapter. Holly is currently serving as a member of the AORN Board of Directors.
Donna Ford, MSN, RN-BC, CNOR, CRCST
Donna A. Ford, MSN, RN-BC, CNOR, CRCST, is a nursing education specialist in the division of surgical services, department of nursing at Mayo Clinic, and an assistant professor of nursing at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She has practiced perioperative nursing for 30 years, with seven of those years as a staff registered nurse and 23 years as an educator. She has been certified in perioperative nursing since 1991; became Board Certified in Nursing Professional Development in 2007 and obtained Central Service Technician certification in 2013. Donna is actively involved in her chapter and at the national level in AORN. She served on the Practice Issues Task Force (2004-2005), which developed a guidance statement for the perioperative care of patients with implanted electronic devices. She also served two terms on the Congress Education Planning Committee. Donna was elected to the AORN National Nominating Committee in 2008 and elected as Chair of the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee in 2009 and served in this role until 2010. Donna served as Chair of the AORN Clinical Nursing Practice Committee for three years. This group developed the AORN Sharps Safety Tool Kit and provided education and other resources for implementation of sharps safety programs in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers and also developed the AORN Position Statement on Managing Distractions and Noise in the Perioperative Practice Setting. Donna was a member of the AORN Recommended Practices Advisory Board (2013-2014) and specialty assembly memberships include Educator/Clinical Nurse Specialist and Leadership Specialty Assemblies. In addition to her expertise in perioperative nursing practice, she has published and presented on the topics of patient safety, maintaining normothermia, prevention of surgical site infection, education, aseptic technique, sharps safety, and managing noise/distractions.
Karen Knapp, BSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, CSSM
Karen M. Knapp, BSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, CSSM, a practicing CRNFA specializing in orthopedics/spine, neuro, general, peripheral-vascular, and cardiac surgery since 1998, is working as a CRNFA/ travel nurse/consultant. She has 30 years OR experience, has been certified for 28 years and has worked as staff and management. Karen is active legislatively in her state, supporting nursing, RN Circulator initiatives and RNFA issues, and has given multiple presentations on legislative and nursing advocacy from the perioperative perspective. She is Michigan state council chair and state legislative coordinator, a member of ANA-MI, a past AORN NLC regional coordinator, past chair of the RNFA Specialty Assembly, author, item writer for the CCI CRNFA Exam and has served on various committees. At the national level, she serves on the Board of Directors, is liaison to the Pediatric SA, Integrated Health Practices Sa, Continuing Education Approval Committee and the PNDS Task Force.
Missi Merlino, MHA, RN-BC, CNOR
Missi Merlino, MHA, RN-BC, CNOR, has over 24 years of perioperative experience in OR staff, management and informatics positions. She received her ADN from Central Texas College, Killeen, Texas, her BS in health care management, and MHA from Bellevue University, Bellevue, Nebraska. She has served her local chapter in the offices of president, vice president, and board of directors as well as on the Texas Council of Operating Room Nurses as secretary and board of directors. She has been a member of the AORN Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, 2010-2012 and served as Chair 2011-2012, AORN Governance Strategic Task Force, Bylaws Committee, Organizational Structure Task Force, and the Awards Committee, and is a member of the Leadership, Perioperative Nursing Informatics, and Clinical Nurse Educators Specialty Assemblies. Other professional association memberships include the Texas Nurses Association, District 7, Tau Epsilon chapter of STTI, and the American Nursing Informatics Association. Missi received the Scott & White Shining Star Award in 2004 and is the 2010 recipient of the AORN award for Outstanding Achievement in Mentorship.