Meet the 2013-2014 AORN National Candidates
Elections to be held at the 2014 AORN Surgical Conference & Exposition in Chicago, Illinois March 30th - April 2nd, 2014
President-elect Candidates (one to be elected):
Our patients give us their sacred trust. AORN has enabled me to deliver on this trust, fueled my passion for safe patient care, and supported my courage to face change in all my perioperative roles and settings. AORN standards guide me to deliver excellent patient care. Committee work taught me respect for colleagues, processes, and leadership skills. I am passionate about ensuring that these same benefits continue for future generations. We stand on the shoulders of AORN leaders who have spoken for the freedom to be bold, collaboration, innovation, and excellence. We must continue this legacy, remain clinically relevant, and ensure that perioperative nurses have the right resources at the right time. We have tremendous investments in the AORN Journal, Periop 101™, AORN Syntegrity®, and AORN recommended practices, which need our continued guidance to ensure that their value continues to grow. The expertise of our mentors must be preserved for the next generation. If elected, I will be relentless about continuing the work for patient and worker safety, as they are inseparable and nonnegotiable elements of our organizational mission.
The stage is set for nurses to play a major role in the redefinition of health care. We must have courage as we shape and embrace evolving technologies that are changing our connectedness, delivery of information, and delivery of care. As payments shift from volume to value-based care, AORN needs to be part of defining that future value. I am committed to ensuring that happens.
I understand what it takes to grow strategic partnerships with other departments, the C Suite, physicians, and colleagues. I have actively worked to strengthen the impact of the perioperative nurse in planning care and improving safety and quality. My roles inside and outside AORN involve dealing with multimillion dollar budgets and balancing priorities. As your Vice President, I have brought a thoughtful and intentional voice to strategic discussions, asked probing questions to challenge us, and listened carefully to our membership.
My background and skills have prepared me for this role. As your President-elect, I will ensure that AORN stays relevant, that our members have the right resources at the right time, that our partnerships are strategic, and that the voice of the perioperative nurse continues to be heard. Our AORN legacy calls us to action. I ask for your vote as we protect that sacred trust with passion and courage, and together design our powerful future.
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Vice President Candidates (one to be elected):
“It has been an honor to serve as your AORN Secretary for the past two years. Through continued networking with members, chapters, state councils, and specialty assemblies, I have focused on representing the diverse needs of our members on the AORN Board of Directors. Our association has experienced many exciting accomplishments in the last several years and continues to be the authority on perioperative safety and professional standards. But there is much yet to accomplish. In these challenging economic times, we must find ways to make our face-to-face events as well as our print and electronic resources affordable and accessible to all surgical team members. We must continually strive toward technology enhancements that deliver the AORN Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices to the fingertips of front-line nurses. Through the ongoing development of interactive education and practice resources, we will ensure that perioperative nurses are equipped to provide safe, competent, evidence-based care in all surgical and procedural practice settings.
As health care reform reshapes the landscape of our care delivery system, it is imperative that we continue our grassroots efforts for RN circulator legislation and workplace safety initiatives. I believe that every patient deserves to have a perioperative nurse advocating for their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. But patient advocacy cannot reach its full potential until every perioperative nurse is practicing in a physically and emotionally safe work environment.
In addition, we must find creative ways to engage young perioperative nurses in our association. As a member of generation X and co-chair of the AORN Young Professionals Task Force, I will continue to bring the unique perspective of our next generation of colleagues to the boardroom. We must pass on our collective knowledge to our future leaders through mentorship and leadership development or risk losing that wisdom as many of our colleagues retire in the next 10 years.
I am committed to serving the members of this great organization through upholding the mission, vision, and values of AORN. My professional experience as a circulator, perioperative educator, and current clinical director for surgery and central sterile processing have equipped me with the required knowledge and skills. As a current member of AORN’s Board of Directors, I am committed to my responsibility as a trustee of our organization’s financial resources and strategic management. I ask for the privilege of continuing to serve you, the members, as your next Vice President.
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Jane A. Kusler-Jensen
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” This quote from activist Helen Keller captures the essence of AORN. Without AORN, each of us would be alone to individually search for best practices and other means to best care for our patients. Together, this expertise is at our fingertips.
We, AORN, need the most knowledgeable and experienced leaders, especially for Vice President, who must readily serve as President should it become necessary. I have the clinical and business knowledge plus the experience to bring a continuous focus on improvement in our care and our perioperative culture. I have prepared for this responsibility through service as a Board member and as an officer with service on multiple current and past national committees. I have built collegial relationships with national health care leaders. I have held a variety of perioperative positions to hone my skills on the care, business, and policy sides of patient advocacy.
This office demands one to have the ability to listen, to raise our voice, and to act on behalf of our patients, both at the bedside and in the external business environment. Our patients need the safety and the quality that only a perioperative RN provides. We will not let down our patients, who rely on us to raise our voice and to be their advocate and act on their behalf. I will work to ensure that each of us is able to provide a safe environment for our patients and coworkers. Together, we will demonstrate to our colleagues and policy makers that our AORN recommended practices provide the best care for our patients.
The AORN Board must create the platform to guide us on our care path to provide excellence in patient care. This belief is what will guide me as your Vice President. Our growth as an association begins with you and I using our knowledge together to serve our patients. I am here to listen and work with you to make this happen
I have the vision that will ignite the fire of passion to fuel our commitment to achieve excellence. As your Vice President, I will transform dreams of greatness into the reality of achievement through vision, listening, voice, and action. Together, we will build an even stronger AORN for the future.
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Secretary Candidates (one to be elected):
“Innovation” is the theme of AORN’s Surgical Conference & Expo for 2014. Innovation can be defined as a new idea that brings value or solves a problem. It can be a breakthrough in technology, or finding new and better ways to do what we are already doing. The mindset of always looking for ways to be relevant, to meet the needs of our members, to engage them, and to improve the services we already provide is a priority for me.
My goal as a Board member is to represent you well as I participate in the strategic leadership of AORN. To effectively do this requires me to be open, honest, approachable, and willing to bring your ideas and concerns forward. I believe I have demonstrated these qualities repeatedly in my service on your Board of Directors and pledge to continue to do so. My current clinical practice as an advanced practice nurse, certified RN first assistant, and an educator allows me to bring the unique and important perspective of the front-line nurse to the boardroom.
The office of Secretary requires attention to details, organizational and record-keeping skills, a working knowledge of parliamentary procedure, and the ability to communicate well verbally and in writing. I possess these skills and will utilize them fully as your AORN Secretary. I am humbled and honored to have this opportunity to serve in the office of AORN Secretary, and it is my hope that your vote will turn this opportunity into reality.
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This is not the time for prolonged debates about nursing issues. It is a time for action. Nursing is the lynchpin to preserving the quality and reducing the cost of patient care.
It is essential that AORN remain a member-driven association. We must preserve our core values as we develop our preferred vision of the future. Listening to current and future members, predicting revenue requirements, and establishing collegial partnerships will ensure that AORN remains relevant.
AORN must acknowledge generational issues that affect membership with the same approach we embrace differences in our daily practice. We need a formalized program for current members to mentor our next generation of perioperative nurses. Recruitment of the next generation is paramount; however, we must also retain current members.
As an experienced AORN leader, having served on the Board and as Treasurer, and my educational and professional roles combined with an unwavering commitment, I am prepared to serve as Secretary. All of these experiences have taught me that the best solutions are the cumulative knowledge and collaboration of many professionals.
Throughout my life, I have turned challenges into opportunities by thinking creatively, respecting others’ viewpoints and action. I bring passion and energy to everything I do. I pledge to listen to your thoughts and ideas while serving as your representative and catalyst for positive change.
AORN is our association. It is about our values, our voice. Together, we can make things happen! I will provide consistent, principled leadership. I ask for your support and vote.
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Board of Directors Candidates (three to be elected):
Holly S. Ervine
Surveying the environment of perioperative nursing practice reveals significant issues, some clear and many cloudy. Our greatest challenges are providing safe, evidence-based practice in an arena of unclear health care policies, shrinking budgets, and complex technology, and keeping AORN relevant to all generations. As colleagues retire, AORN’s support for professionalism and workplace safety is essential for creating an environment conducive to recruiting and retaining nurses. As a “Gen Xer,” honored by AORN with the Next Generation Award, I bring a perspective to reach out to younger nurses and will work to strengthen intergenerational relationships.
AORN and its members make a significant impact in the lives of surgical patients worldwide by the publication and use of evidence-based recommended practices. I will use my experience as staff nurse, educator, and manager to help achieve our goals and ensure a positive future. Leadership is the driving force in successful organizations. The inspiration for an organization starts at the top, but good leadership drives that inspiration deep into the organization by engaging people broadly in decision making.
Today’s AORN demands leaders with different perspectives, who embody creative ways to communicate a vision and encourage others to find innovative ways to improve patient care. As a Board member, I will be visionary, accountable to you, considerate of others’ opinions, loyal to my assignments, and have the best interests of AORN in mind when voting on important issues. I ask for your support to move AORN forward with an energized commitment to the work before us.
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Donna A. Ford
As an AORN member, I have been actively involved in this association. A strong leader at the chapter level, my AORN experience was significantly transformed when I became involved at the national level. I have developed professionally by working on projects that challenge me and make a difference to our patients and our members.
Each candidate is qualified to serve and represent you. In this era of evidence-based practice and outcomes measures, I believe you should know what I have already accomplished as an AORN volunteer. Nine AORN presidents have asked me to assist them in implementing improvements for the benefit of our patients and our members. During this time, I have been mentored by AORN’s excellent leaders, and I am paying this forward by mentoring others. I am continually learning ways to improve the science of perioperative nursing though consensus building and partnering with our perioperative team members to improve patient and health care worker safety. I embraced the diversity of our membership to effectively lead committees to develop position statements (eg, Managing Noise and Distractions) for your review and approval, and tool kits (eg, Sharps Safety), and resources (eg, Guidance Statement: Care of Patients with Implanted Electronic Devices) for your use.
I remain committed to continue to identify ways to improve patient and health care worker safety and improve the science of perioperative nursing. I believe in building AORN membership, while keeping AORN members and the AORN mission and values central to my focus and my efforts.
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Kathleen B. Gaberson
I have been a member of AORN for many years, and I love this association. But AORN, like many other professional associations, is changing in response to social, economic, technological, scientific, and cultural influences. My generation, the Baby Boomers, is starting to retire from work and from association membership, creating a shift in AORN member demographics. While some members and leaders might view this change with concern, I see it as an opportunity to create an exciting future for AORN. The Board of Directors has been studying trends in association membership and discussing how AORN cannot only survive but thrive by increasing its value to members. The Board and AORN leadership team and staff have implemented new ideas that have already increased membership numbers, but this is only the beginning of what I expect to be an extraordinary period of creative reinvention for AORN.
Changes of this magnitude can be daunting, but we either get better at understanding and meeting the needs of our members or we get worse—it is impossible to stay the same. The leaders you elect now must find ways to retain the wisdom and commitment of older, more experienced members while recruiting and retaining next-generation members and mentoring them to become the new leaders of AORN. It has been a privilege to serve you on the Board of Directors, and I ask for your vote again so that I can continue the important work of leading our association into an exciting, vibrant future.
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During the past two years that I have had the pleasure and responsibility of serving on the AORN Board of Directors, there have been unprecedented changes in both health care and perioperative nursing. The usual strategies organizations and associations have used to deal with change are no longer useful. Mergers and acquisitions are occurring at an alarming rate, changing the face of health care as we know it. Value-based purchasing, meaningful use, and declining reimbursements challenge nurses to deliver safe care through improved efficiency and quality. Professional associations like AORN are strategizing how to maintain and improve their relevance to perioperative nurses.
As the manager of a hospital-owned surgery center, I am personally challenged to maintain efficiency, contain costs, and provide safe and quality care. I am part of a leadership team that uses AORN to guide our practice and to support us with resources. The need to be forward thinking led me to complete my doctorate in business administration, with a focus on strategy and innovation. These skills are keys to success for me in my individual workplace, and for AORN.
AORN leaders must be motivated and engaged and use strategic thinking to maximize the services provided to our membership, while maintaining our solvency. I am motivated to help AORN and perioperative nurses face the challenges and changes we will continue to experience in the years to come. I would be honored to continue to leverage my knowledge and expertise as a member of your Board of Directors.
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As a perioperative specialist for 32 years, the benefits and challenges remain the same as the technology changes rapidly. Our reward comes from the lives we touch and the service we provide to our communities and our profession. The challenge remains to provide optimal and efficient patient care in a safe workplace. My career began as a surgical technologist, and I quickly recognized the need for professional growth through a combination of education and collaboration. The leadership of AORN has been a guide for my career path and continues to fuel my passion to work every day as a director of surgical services to improve outcomes for perioperative patients and nurses.
In the pursuit of a doctorate in nursing practice, my focus is to improve patient outcomes and reduce adverse events by developing teamwork, communication, and a collaborative work environment. Evidence-based recommended practice development will guide our nursing care, and improving the culture of our workplace will increase the professional atmosphere in which we perform care. As we work as advocates to promote safety and optimal outcomes for patients, we need to strive to develop our membership into the leaders that will guide the decisions of the future by providing practice support and professional development opportunities.
I am honored for the opportunity to serve on the AORN Board of Directors and will dedicate my time in the pursuit of success for the organization, perioperative nurses, and the patients we serve.
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Beverly A. Kirchner
Looking back at the years in which I have practiced as an RN, I can list only a few times where true defining moments in the practice of nursing have occurred. We are in a defining moment now. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has given us a guide to define nursing. The IOM report has mobilized nurses nationwide to take action and become a recognized voice in health care. Nurses are now seeking to define best practices to ensure safe quality care.
Today, my mission is to ensure patient and nurse safety, as well as quality care. I have served on AORN’s Board of Directors, as well as on AORN and Ambulatory Surgery Center Association committees.
In my quest to understand current nursing issues, I have discovered that paradigms are shifting. “The way we always did it” is not where research and technology are leading us. In this shift, we must embrace transparency in our workplace and be willing to share our failures as well as our successes so that we can learn from both.
We must look to research findings and technology to help us prevent patient harm as well as unsafe circumstances for ourselves. It is essential that every one of us be an influencer in our workplace. The future of health care depends on strong, influential nurses who collaborate with their perioperative team. I am a leader who influences and collaborates for the good of our patients and nursing.
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Perioperative nurses face realities of delivering quality care, keeping costs at bay, and optimizing workflows on a daily basis. We are uniquely qualified to manage these and other challenges because we are diverse, knowledgeable, and, most of all, passionate about what we do.
I have a strong grasp of national trends, current issues, and nursing’s efforts and their influence on perioperative practice. The AORN Board of Directors needs members who have varied backgrounds and expertise. Checks and balances help with decision making and allow Board members to maintain perspective, even in difficult discussions. How we, as members and as an organization, handle challenges has a tremendous impact on our patients and the future sustainability of AORN. Being strategic is imperative. I will ask the right questions and make sound decisions.
Today, successful organizations demand perspective from their members. I believe in the necessity of showing respect to all persons and giving importance to differing points of view. As a consistent voice of support for our membership on the local, state, and national level, I have a strong desire to build firm relationships among the Board, AORN staff, and the members they serve.
Every challenge is an opportunity to do something better and to make a difference. As a member of the AORN Board, I will embrace those opportunities, never forgetting that my professional life and my passion are always firmly planted in perioperative nursing. Your vote of confidence will allow me to help build a diverse, sustainable, and member-led organization.
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Dawn Myers Yost
Innovation is a value many of us do not think about in our day-to-day activities. To innovate is to change or to bring about something new. As health care policy changes, new and innovative ideas will emerge. In our roles as perioperative nurses, we will have to be creative, to be willing to take risks and to assume responsibility and ownership as accountable leaders. This is nothing new to the perioperative nurses who have had to adapt to the many changes in technology and to accept new methods in providing safe quality care to our patients.
As a nurse who has been on numerous medical and surgical mission trips, I have had to be innovative. I have seen how a one-hour surgery transforms the life of a child from one of shame and neglect to a life of having numerous future possibilities. My reward is in watching the tears of joy and happiness run down a mother’s face as she sees her child post-surgery without a cleft lip. This swells my heart by knowing I have in some small way helped this child.
I will continue to support the mission, vision, and values of AORN. Albert Schweitzer once said, “If you truly desire happiness, seek and learn how to serve.” I wish to serve the membership of AORN as a member of the Board of Directors and give back to a profession that has shaped my career and has provided me much joy in caring for my patients over the years.
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Nominating and Leadership Development Committee Candidates (three to be elected):
The AORN President’s theme for this year is “Innovation.” Key elements of this theme are identified as “being creative, thinking outside the box, and evolving for the future.” I believe these elements will define the process to be used by the NLDC in developing future ballots. As a member of the NLDC, I will work to bring forth those creative ideas, think outside the box, and seek the best candidates who will promote AORN’s evolution.
As health care and technology rapidly change, we as individuals and as an organization must change to continue to be the leading voice of perioperative nursing. We must build on our past to move boldly into the future. We must seek out new ways to perform not only our roles in the OR but in the boardroom.
I have served AORN locally as a chapter president and on the Board of Directors, as Virginia State Council chair, as the lead spokesman for RN circulator, and as a member or chair of national committees. I have networked, sought out opinions, and utilized consensus to make the best decisions. I will continue to do so as a member of the NLDC.
I have a passion and commitment to AORN. I will strive to ensure we identify and select the most qualified candidates to lead our organization. I would be honored and humbled to be a member of the NLDC, and I ask for your vote to serve you, the membership.
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Kathy Greer Bertalon
I am honored to be nominated for a position on the NLDC and ask for your support. Why choose me? I am passionate about perioperative nursing and excellent patient care. I have dedicated my career to this passion, and AORN has provided the support and guidance needed to grow and succeed in my career. I have worked bedside, in management, and continue to serve as an educator and consultant to hospitals and manufacturers in the United States and beyond.
My unique experience and background make me an ideal choice for this position. My consulting work allows me to learn about similarities and differences in the needs of members. My travels provide the opportunity, on a global level, to identify and mentor potential leaders for the present and future.
I have been fortunate to serve members on a local, state, and national level as an officer and task force member. AORN leaders who mentor me are consistent in their focus on excellence. I will continue this focus to assure provision of leading practices to patients now and in the future.
Health care reform is happening now. We need leaders who can protect our profession and guide us through changes that are certain to happen. There is uncertainty as to what the changes will be. We need AORN and excellent leadership more than ever. As a committee member, I will dedicate myself to finding the right people and placing them in the best position for AORN, perioperative professionals, and patients.
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Perioperative nursing presents its own unique challenges with the transformation of health care. The challenges we face today are retention, cost reduction, and patient safety. As a perioperative nurse, patient safety is always the priority focus, but the other issues are related to our challenges.
Retention is imperative to the survival of perioperative nursing. To ignore retention will only ensure our extinction. We must develop and assess new and innovative opportunities to introduce perioperative nursing into the nursing school curricula and support extern programs in our hospitals. Perioperative nursing needs the fresh hearts and minds of new graduates to embrace our specialty.
Hiring freezes and layoffs are a constant threat as health care organizations are forced to put cost cutting as a priority. As an organization, we must collaboratively promote processes that involve perioperative nurses as part of the decision, without compromise to new technology and safety.
Patient safety is always first and foremost. Nurses should own the patient experience. This includes measures to decrease patient infections and incorporate sustainable means to eliminate errors in surgery. Perioperative nursing is an integral part of the patient experience, and we need to be educated and empowered.
My willingness to serve is the desire for a common goal to promote and improve the profession. I am an advocate for the perioperative nurse and dedicated to improve the delivery and quality of health care.
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I have been a delegate for the past eight years and love learning how our organization works, and making a difference as a member. Now I ask myself, “Is this my time to do more?” Yes, it is time for me to become more active in AORN. I am honored to have been asked to be a candidate for the NLDC. Over the past 10 years I have held various positions in my chapter, including the presidency twice and workshop chair since 2005. I have also served on the national Awards Committee, in 2009, and on the Competency & Credentialing Institute’s CNOR Item/Test Form Review Committee, in 2011.
The vision of AORN is that “AORN is the leader in advocating for excellence in perioperative practice and health care.” I believe that this statement starts with each of us as members, and continues as we grow through our professional organization, communities, family, and work, in continuous pursuit of providing the best perioperative care possible.
As a member of NLDC, I will focus on the needs of AORN and collaborate with members and staff searching for future leaders. I am experienced at encouraging, motivating, mentoring, and influencing others to get involved and grow professionally through organizational involvement. I am a change agent! I have the passion for making a difference in our community. I believe you can gain a lot by giving a little, and I ask for your support and vote in order to gain a position on the NLDC.
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Brenda G. Larkin
Leaders need desire, faith, specialized knowledge, imagination, organization, and persistence. These characteristics are hard to find in any one individual, but may be pooled by joining many individuals towards a common goal. The flexibility of balanced leadership will allow us to successfully navigate the changing health care environment and build our connections to strategic organizations.
A balanced ballot of younger, more seasoned, committee and specialty assembly mentored; ambulatory surgery center, hybrid, and traditional nurses will foster the innovation to secure AORN’s legacy as the premier source of perioperative evidence-based practice and education and our individual futures as effective perioperative nurses. As a NLDC member, I will find an effective blend of such qualities in future candidates for your vote.
Daily, I promote others’ practice and leadership through education, procedure development, shared governance, and mentoring. These abilities help the NLDC develop future candidates. My unique networks of members will find new, differently thinking candidates that bring fresh perspectives.
My perioperative career was launched on the foundation of AORN’s Project Alpha. My involvement in AORN chapters, specialty assemblies, Congress delegations, other leader interactions, and AORN Journal authorship has led to a greater understanding of the impact that future leaders can exert to benefit those of us at the bedside and our patients.
AORN’s education programming and professional experiences enabled me to achieve my professional success. Your vote will enable me to “pay it forward.” I will find the candidates with the leadership characteristics to secure the legacy of this organization for future generations.
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To innovate literally means to make new, whether we are introducing new methods, ideas, or products. Think about a situation you have faced this past week; a dilemma, obstacle, or challenge. The very process of identification, assay, and evaluation you used to meet the situation mirrors what we must continue to do to keep our association, and ourselves, healthy, relevant, and vibrant. We are innovators!
I have been given many opportunities to find solutions, serve my colleagues, and select our future by leading service lines, educating within and around our department, and interviewing for new staff. My involvement at the state level has given me a unique awareness and perspective of the issues we are facing collectively as registered nurses. My work on the AORN Young Professionals Task Force has given me insights on the needs and desires of new perioperative nurses in the workplace and as AORN members.
Whether the times be trying or triumphant, it is always empowering to be surrounded by people who truly care about you and what you do. For this reason, AORN has been and will continue to be the inspiration and motivation behind why I do what I do in the OR. I will present qualified new members and future leaders whose values and actions reflect those of our organization. I will be honored to serve you, the membership, and our profession, as I ask for your vote for the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee.
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Darlene B. Murdock
Perioperative nurses are recognized leaders at shaping and influencing best practices, surgical safety, and making changes in health care to help meet the IOM report recommendations. To ensure that perioperative nurses remain steadfast in the forefront, impacting optimal patient outcomes, AORN must have strong innovative leaders who will be able to lead AORN through these historic times of health care changes. The NLDC’s job is to actively seek and select qualified candidates to lead the leaders, and then mentor and coach them to prepare for the election. The NLDC must also work on improving the election and nomination processes. I am ready and prepared to work diligently and seriously at these charges.
As a local AORN large chapter president and a national specialty assembly chairperson, I have developed a professional skill set that includes networking, collaborating, problem solving, and educating. I helped set a solid foundation and smooth transition of the merger of three specialty assemblies—neurosurgery, orthopedics, trauma—into one large, productive and successful specialty assembly. I am a preceptor, mentor, and coach, and I have evaluated resumes, accomplishments, and goals of many nursing leaders to help guide them through the career ladder process at my facility.
I am prepared to take on the NLDC member responsibilities with passion and enthusiasm. I will be vigilant in seeking and developing future AORN leaders. I will help make innovative and progressive decisions to improve the nominating and election processes. It will be my pleasure and honor to serve on the NLDC.
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Barbara A. Wiemann
Last year, AORN President Schroeder chose the theme of “Innovation.” Innovation suggests new methods and ideas, creativity, thinking outside the box, and expanding our options. I thank the individual nurses who recognized me as an innovator and submitted my name to the NLDC, who had insight to know I am ready to expand my professional involvement, to think outside the local chapter, and to advance in our organization.
I have a passion for the nursing profession, and I have shown that through my various commitments at the local level and at my work facility for more than 28 years. I have urged, advocated, and promoted nurses to get involved either within the chapter or with our daily practices issues. I have mentored colleagues, furthered their growth and development, and celebrated their successes. Daily, I use innovative skills to run a level I trauma unit as a charge nurse, service lead for neurosurgery, member of the nursing unit council and the intraoperative IT group, preceptor, and union steward.
Those experiences have been the building blocks for an NLDC position, to look for the next leaders with merit and value who will think outside the box and take us into the future as our health care changes, and to keep our patients as our number-one priority. I hope it will be your choice, your vote, to allow me the opportunity to serve as a member of the NLDC.
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