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Leadership Conference

Unable to attend the 2012 Leadership Conference? AORN members can access select sessions from the live event for free, on-demand. This year’s conference was focused on collaboration, teambuilding, and performance improvement techniques – all supported by case studies and presented by professionals with “real life” knowledge and expertise. This program is complimentary to AORN members through July 13, 2013. Contact hours are not available for session replays.


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Featured sessions include: 

Association Leadership Academy Program 

Structured for AORN leaders, this Academy shares knowledge to help make your chapter stronger, both fiscally and structurally. Hear stories from other chapter leaders on how they’ve retained members, involved new members, and won a Chapter Excellence Award!  

Perspectives on Nursing: A Past to Remember, A Future to Shape, Barbara Nichols, DHL, MS, RN, FAAN 

During this presentation the speaker analyzes nursing’s rich history and demonstrates how critical historical events, collaborations and challenges have shaped the practice of nursing as well as how the past informs the future.

AORN Town Hall,  Deborah G. Spratt, MPA, BSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, CRCST, CHL, AORN President, Linda K. Groah, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN, AORN CEO, James Cousin II, CPA, MBA, Amy Hader, JD and Karen Kemerling, PhD


About Our Speakers: 

Barbara Nichols, RN, DHL, MS, FAAN 

Recognized by the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research as one of the 50 most influential people involved in worldwide health initiatives, Barbara Nichols has worked as a medical surgical nurse, head nurse, nursing instructor and as a consultant to innumerable organizations. Most recently, for 13 years, she held the position of Chief Executive Officer with CGFNS International – an immigration neutral organization whose expertise regarding the education, registration and practice of foreign educated nurses and other health professionals is recognized worldwide. In an effort to further contribute to better patient care and nursing in the international arena, Barbara gravitated toward the W. K. Kellogg Foundation where she served five years as a consultant for professional nursing in several African countries, including Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa. While at the foundation she helped formulate nurse and medical practice acts, introduce continuing education and strengthened the role of professional nursing.

Barbara, who was the first black President of the American Nurses Association, has authored more than 70 articles, received five honorary doctoral degrees and earned numerous awards for her leadership and sustained contributions to the nursing profession. She maintains her active participation in many nursing and health-related organizations today. Barbara holds a diploma in nursing from Massachusetts Memorial Hospital, Boston, Mass; a baccalaureate in nursing from Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio, and a Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.

Deborah G. Spratt, MPA, BSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, CRCST, CHL 
Deborah Spratt is the current AORN President and the chief of sterile processing at the Canandaigua VAMC in Canandaigua, New York. She was previously a staff nurse at the Lattimore Community Surgicenter (LCS) in Rochester, New York. Prior to LCS, she was the clinical director of perioperative services at the University of Rochester's Highland Hospital. Deborah was also at the University of Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital as the director of value analysis, with responsibility for both capital and supply product evaluation, and purchase recommendation. In addition, she was a nursing clinical specialist assisting with ongoing Magnet and JCAHO Interdisciplinary preparation, and a liaison between nursing and other departments with a focus on patient and workplace safety, process improvement, and systems.   
Deborah was nurse manager in the OR at Strong Memorial Hospital providing administrative and clinical leadership for more than 150 perioperative RNs and technicians. Prior to joining Strong Memorial, she was clinical director of the Lattimore Community Surgicenter in Rochester, New York. Before joining Lattimore, Deborah was manager of surgical services at Highland Hospital. She earned her diploma in nursing from Highland Hospital, her BSN from Alfred University in Alfred, New York, and a Master's in Public Administration from the State University of New York at Brockport. In 1979, she achieved her CNOR and in 1993 obtained her CNAA. She has been a perioperative nurse since 1973 and a member of AORN since 1975. Deborah contributed to the AORN publications, Ambulatory Surgery Principles and Practices, and Leadership in Action-A Manager's Guide to Success. She is one of several authors of the book Operating Room Management. Ms. Spratt has testified as an expert witness in the areas of ambulatory/office-based surgery and OR nursing practice and was a member of the New York State Department of Health's Committee on Quality Assurance in Office Based Surgery, and the Procedural and Site Verification Panel. She is a member of the AORN Ambulatory Surgery and Leadership Specialty Assemblies and has served on the governing council for each specialty assembly. She was a member of the AORN Governance Task Force, Specialty Assemblies Futures Task Force, and the Workplace Safety Task Force. Deborah was a member (2003-2004) and Chair of the 2004-2005 AORN Nominating Committee. She has been a member of the AORN Board of Directors (2006-2008), AORN Secretary (2008-2010) and President-Elect (2011-2012). Deborah is also a member of AONE, ANA, and IAHCSMM.

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