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Voting Update 2020

Publish Date: February 26, 2020



Vote for Candidates
Members informed AORN they felt the didn’t know the candidates as well as they’d like before casting their votes. Here is more on the personal side of our candidates for Vice President, Karen Knapp and Elizabeth Pincus and candidates for secretary, James (Jay) Bowers and Darlene Murdock.


Candidates for Vice President

Karen Knapp, BSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA
I love to travel! I enjoy roaming the world, seeing the beauty of various areas and meeting the people that live there. The United states is truly amazing; you can visit the largest hand-dug well in Kansas, the Lewis & Clark trail in Oregon (where you can still see the wagon-ruts), waterfalls by horseback in the Garden of the Gods, Illinois or national parks in almost every state! Taking time to talk with the locals is a great way to discover new ideas, find great places to eat and learn some of the local history. Sometimes we get so caught up in our lives that we forget that there are other ways of doing things. Travel is a wonderful way to broaden your knowledge and experience the beauty all around us; you simply have to make the effort and go outside your comfort zone. The rewards are a true blessing.

Elizabeth Pincus, MSN, MBA, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CNOR
My childhood dream was to be on Broadway. I loved dance and theater, which I studied at a performing arts high school. I love watching the ensemble come together and share magic with their audiences. Whether plays or musicals, I enjoy being able to disconnect from the world and make my way thru a story with the actors. Some shows are heartwarming with wise messages, and many provide pearls of wisdom. You can also find these beautiful stories at the movies, the opera and music performances. A powerful song will stay with you and will remind you of that experience.

The arts allow people to step away from rough days in the OR and from personal challenges. They allow us the opportunity to reset and recharge then, return to our caregiver roles to support those who need us most. It’s my favorite way to recharge.

Candidates for Secretary

James (Jay) Bowers, BSN, RN, CNOR, TNCC
Passion for life enriching activities fuels the rejuvenation of an off-duty perioperative nurse. Traveling, reading, and college football are my developed passions to expand my knowledge of international, national, and regional affairs. Most notably, community volunteerism such as Camp Kno-Koma, West Virginia’s Diabetic Camp, is the passion that I am most proud of because it allows me to incorporate professional nursing and teamwork into the creation of fond pediatric memories. I see firsthand childhood dreams become fulfilled as registered nurses serve as camp counselors. Stressed parents appreciate how this camp provides the opportunity for children to learn about diabetic self-care. From the campers’ perspective, it is nice to just be able to focus on just being a kid while in a medical supervised environment. For adolescents, I am honored to be able to help staff on annual fall weekend so that teenagers can learn diabetic survival skills.

Darlene Murdock, BSN, BA, RN, CNOR
Besides spoiling my dogs, Boots & Buster, with belly rubs and daily long walks, I am passionate about collecting lapel pins. I have a lapel pin from every city and state visited, nursing events, Houston Rodeos, major sports events, recognition and service pins from my 28-year nursing career and a number of various pins from dollar and antique stores. My favorite pin, purchased at a dollar store about fifteen years ago, is a navy-blue circle shaped pin that says “I Am Perfect Just the Way I am”. My most treasured lapel pin is AORN Outstanding Achievement Award (2018). I proudly display most of my pins on my two favorite back packs. There’s a little life story behind every pin. Displaying them has become an awesome source of reflection for me and a great conversation piece with the people who stand behind me.

Read more about Karen Knapp, Elizabeth Pincus, Jay Bowers and Darlene Murdock as well as the other candidates for office.