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Voting Results

Congratulations to the following candidates elected to the 2020-2021 term.

President-elect

  • Holly S. Ervine, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CNOR

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    Holly S. Ervine, MSN, RN-BC, CNOR

    Holly S. Ervine, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CNOR, is a surgical services professional educator, nursing, at WellStar Health System, Atlanta, Georgia. She earned an associate degree in nursing from Georgia Highlands College, Rome; a bachelor of science in nursing from Kennesaw State University, Georgia; and a master of science in nursing from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Ervine has been a perioperative nurse for 19 years and a member of AORN for 19 years. She is a member of:

    • AORN of Northwest Georgia (2010-present),
    • the Georgia Council of Perioperative Registered Nurses (2010-present),
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2010-present), and
    • the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2015-present).

    Ervine has attended Congress 10 times in the past 10 years, each time as a delegate.

    Ervine has received:

    • the Northwest Georgia AORN Perioperative Nurse of the Year Award (2010, 2014, 2019),
    • the WellStar Health System Innovations in Professional Practice Award (2018),
    • the Southern Regional Clinical Excellence in Practice Award (2015), and
    • the AORN Award for Outstanding Volunteer Leadership (2014).

    Highlights of Ervine’s service to AORN include that she is:

    • Vice President of AORN (2018-present),
    • a member of the AORN Executive Committee (2018-present),
    • chair of the AORN Credentials Committee (2018-present),
    • Board liaison to the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2018-present), and
    • chair-elect of the Georgia Council of Perioperative Registered Nurses (2019-present).

    She has been:

    • Secretary of AORN (2016-2018),
    • a member of the AORN Board of Directors (2014-2016),
    • chair of the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (2012-2013),
    • a member of the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (2011-2013), and
    • president of AORN of Northwest Georgia (2019).

    In other leadership roles, Ervine is:

    • a member of the American Nurses Association (2019-present),
    • a member of the Georgia Nurses Association West Georgia Chapter (2019-present),
    • a member of the Association for Nursing Professional Development (2017-present), and
    • a member of Sigma Theta Tau Pi Nu Chapter (2013-present).

    She has been:

    • co-coordinator of the Clinical Dedicated Education Unit for the Kennesaw State University Perioperative Elective “Foundations for perioperative practice” (2016-2018).

    In her community, Ervine is:

    • a member of the Advisory Committee of the University of West Georgia Tanner Health System School of Nursing (2014-present) and
    • a volunteer for the WellStar Day of Service Food Bank (2019-present).

    She has been:

    • a member of the Advisory Committee of the Chattahoochee Technical College Surgical Technology Program (2015-2018),
    • a member of the Villa Rica Middle School Parent-Teacher-Student Organization (2016-2019), and
    • a volunteer for Soldiers’ Angels (2010-2013).

    Election Statement


    Colleagues, my vision as your President is best described in these words: relevant, member focused, and a resounding voice for perioperative nursing. My role as Vice President and continual service on your Board has established a solid basis that defines my leadership. To lead effectively, you must be confident in yourself, connected to others, committed to purpose, and emotionally courageous. I am that leader.

    I believe that AORN’s President must demonstrate and articulate key initiatives. I will build a solid foundation consisting of a clear mission, a vision for the future, a specific strategy, and a culture conducive to success. We must balance what is best for our members and what is best for the organization. As an AORN leader, we cannot be afraid to address the importance of the business of AORN. We are a membership organization, but it’s our business operations that enable AORN to provide valued resources to the members.

    As a health system educator, I routinely work side-by-side with an interprofessional team in the OR communicating, planning, evaluating patient outcomes, and assessing quality initiatives. Surgery is a demanding place. It will push you to your physical and mental limits, but I am passionate about what I am able to contribute. I understand your concerns and challenges: the patient right to an RN circulator, the provision of quality patient care, necessity for evidence-based practice, accelerating technology, and workplace incivility. I will ensure that our boardroom is a place where your views and concerns remain a priority.

    During my tenure, members of AORN have benefited from decisions the Board has made including free contact hours, a more user-friendly web site, a leader category for membership, and (coming soon) the educator category for membership. I have been persistent in advocating for a robust AORN app that will continue to engage our members across the spectrum.

    I am proud of the decisions I supported in the boardroom that enhanced the business of AORN and produced positive revenues for 10 consecutive years. These decisions include purchasing Pfiedler Enterprise, the acquisition of Outpatient Surgery Magazine, including their annual OR Excellence conference, and the spin-off of Syntegrity into a subsidiary division.

    As we enter a new decade, I pledge to ensure the success of AORN for the individual, the membership, and business entities. My dedication remains firm, my commitment unwavering. I will lead with integrity, heart, and a positive vision for our future.

    Candidate’s Q&A


    1. Member surveys indicate the most common reason they do not vote is they feel they “do not know the candidates”. To help the members get to know you better, describe something you are passionate about outside of your profession as a perioperative nurse.

    For those who know me well, it is no surprise that I am an avid sports fan. I love the Georgia Bulldogs and always look forward to the fall. My Facebook profile shows one of my listed “jobs” as “Georgia Bulldog Fan”. One of my favorite sayings is “HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS!”. Win or lose, I love to watch them. I also enjoy the Atlanta Braves and attended many games this year. I was fortunate to tour SunTrust park before it opened with my son and a few of his teammates. But my favorite team is the Villa Rica Wildcats. I have one son, Logan, who plays for the Wildcat basketball and baseball teams. One of my other listed jobs on my Facebook profile is that of “obnoxious baseball mom” (ask me about my redneck rock shakers). Logan plays on one of the top travel baseball teams in the country and we travel everywhere to watch him play and support him. As a nationally ranked pitcher, it is both rewarding and nerve wracking to watch him play and grow in a sport that he loves. Sports are, to me, a stress reliever after a busy week in the OR.

    2. Describe your most meaningful day in the OR, or in the office, and how it has impacted your current practice, or work, as a nurse.

    As a novice nurse, I recognized the name of my patient as someone who babysat me as a child, but I hadn’t seen in many years. When I walked in, I asked if she knew who I was, but she did not recognize me. When I explained how we knew each other, she immediately remembered me but became teary eyed. As I held her hand, I asked what was wrong. She explained she wanted to have surgery in the OR where my mother worked as the Director because she knew she would be well taken care of and she had been apprehensive about going somewhere else. My patient explained having me there was a relief because she knew she would be in good hands. This experience was meaningful to me because it was then I fully understood what it meant to be a patient advocate, to be their voice when they didn’t have one. Since then, being an advocate for my patients has remained in the forefront of my practice. In my current role, it is the art of being a patient advocate that I share with my colleagues while onboarding new nurses and providing education for existing team members.

    3. Describe what makes you the most qualified candidate for the office of President-elect.

    For the last six consecutive years, I have been in the AORN boardroom collaborating with other AORN leaders to make our Association the best it can be. As your Vice President the last two years, I have been prepared to step in as the President if needed. This time has given me the experience needed to continue to serve the members of AORN. I have grown as a leader, been accountable to the membership, and have a commitment to excellence that will assure a successful Presidency. As a leader, I have faced challenges directly, confronted the issues, asked the tough questions, evaluated all opinions, collaborated with members and voted to enhance the Association. In my daily practice, I serve as a resource for guidelines and other practice questions within my organization but also with other healthcare organizations throughout the country. My active involvement and positive contributions on the local, state and national levels of AORN has uniquely prepared me to serve AORN members and represent them as AORN’s next President. I will be a President who values the opinions of all the members and will work continuously as we go forward to a successful future.

Vice President

  • Elizabeth S. Pincus, MSN, MBA, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CNOR

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    Elizabeth Pincus

    Elizabeth S. Pincus, MSN, MBA, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CNOR, is a clinical nurse at Regional Medical Center, San Jose, California. She earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut; a master of business administration in health care administration from City University of New York, Baruch College; a bachelor of science in nursing from Stony Brook University, New York; and a master of science in nursing as an adult health clinical nurse specialist and a post master’s certificate in nursing education from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

    Pincus has been a perioperative nurse for 12 years and a member of AORN for 12 years. She is a member of :

    • AORN of San Jose (2019-present),
    • AORN of Long Island New York (2010-present),
    • AORN of New York City (2010-present),
    • the New York State Council (2016-present),
    • the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (2011-present), and
    • the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2013-present).

    Pincus has attended Congress eight times in the past 10 years, six times as a delegate.

    Highlights of Pincus’ service to AORN include that she is:

    • Secretary of AORN (2018-present),
    • co-chair of the New York State Council (2018-present),
    • Board liaison to the RNFA Specialty Assembly (2018-present),
    • Board liaison to the Guidelines Advisory Board (2018-present), and
    • a peer reviewer for the AORN Journal (2013-present).

    She has been:

    • a member of the AORN Board of Directors (2016-2018),
    • communications chair of the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (2014-2016),
    • chair of the Video Contest Task Force (2015-2016),
    • a member of the Safe Surgery Task Force (2014-2015), and
    • a mentor to AORN undergraduate scholarship recipients (2015-2017).

    In other leadership roles, Pincus is:

    • a member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Legislative/Regulatory Committee (2018-present) and
    • a member of the Kappa Gamma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau (2010-present).

    She has been:

    • a member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Education Committee (2014-2018),
    • a member of the Competency & Credentialing Institute CNOR Job Analysis and Ambulatory Branch Analysis Committee (2014), and
    • a member of the Competency & Credentialing Institute Item Writers Committee for the inaugural Clinical Nurse Specialist Perioperative Certification Exam (2013).

    In her community, Pincus is:

    • a medical volunteer for the New York Road Runners (2015-present),
    • a volunteer for Alpha Xi Delta’s The Empowerment Network mentorship program (2019-present), and
    • a volunteer for Second Harvest of Silicon Valley (2019-present).

    She has been:

    • a medical volunteer for the Global Smile Foundation, Trujillo, Peru (2016-2018) and
    • co-chair for the Relay for Life of Roosevelt Island (2012-2013).

    Election Statement


    Serving the members of AORN over the past four years has been a tremendous honor, as there is no greater privilege than to be trusted by colleagues to serve as their voice in the boardroom. During my tenure, membership continues to increase, we have seen ongoing fiscal success in addition to new products and services based on the needs of our members at various levels of career development.

    The strong leadership skills gained during my tenure are essential to the job of Vice President. The insights into the structure and strategy of AORN acquired by representing our Association across the country and at the federal level have prepared me well for this position. This past year, I was proud to lead a team that utilized out-of-the-box thinking and creative strategies to increase Board engagement with chapters. With integrity as my guide, I take each challenge as a new opportunity to lead our Association into the future. I am committed to serving each and every one of you.

    We continue to adapt to change as it is the only constant in our ever-evolving profession. Technology continues to advance, patient acuity is increasing, and we struggle with the realities of doing more with less. Yet we always rise to the occasion, giving our patients the best care possible. AORN must continue to provide services even before members realize they need them. My steadfast belief is that the most important part of our Association is our membership, and my priority will be the long-term success and viability of our Association.

    As your Vice President, my vision is to focus on succession planning, engage members, and advocate for new perioperative nurses and students. These priorities are critical to ensure AORN’s success for decades to come. Without the experience and knowledge of wise mentors, I would not be where I am today. If we tap into the wealth of experience AORN has and combine it with our next generation, we can make our Association unstoppable and our voices stronger than ever imagined.

    My passion, commitment, and tenure on the Board will support the ongoing success of our organization. I will continue to advocate and support our members by putting their needs first. In the boardroom, I have always spoken up and will continue to speak for you. I look forward to serving you and AORN as your next Vice President.

    Candidate’s Q&A


    1. Member surveys indicate the most common reason they do not vote is they feel they “do not know the candidates”. To help the members get to know you better, describe something you are passionate about outside of your profession as a perioperative nurse.

    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.

    2. Describe your most meaningful day in the OR, or in the office, and how it has impacted your current practice, or work, as a nurse.

    One day, I met a 6 year old boy who was diagnosed with a DIPG tumor and when we headed to the OR, he brought his "Moose" doll. We replicated our patient’s dressing on Moose. Afterwards, when I went to PACU to follow up on the child and the dad gave me a huge hug. At that moment, I knew I had truly made a difference. His son wasn't going to beat his cancer, but we helped that family deal with a horrific situation. I still think about this family and am reminded to never focus solely on the surgery. We are technically proficient, but we can never forget that what we do impacts lives. These moments with patients are why I became a nurse. Working with so many anesthetized patients, we don't have these moments as often, but ours are extra special. This one changed my life, forever.

    3. What qualities are needed to be an effective Vice President and how do you know you have them?

    Integrity, honesty and effective communication skills are critical for all leaders and set the tone when leading in the board room. The Vice President must have a proven track record of leadership that fosters innovation, flexibility and dependability when tackling difficult decisions affecting members or the Association. These require a critical lens when evaluating all perspectives to promote optimal outcomes and require a keen understanding of the current environment. As second in command, the Vice President must be up-to-date on all issues and at the ready to support or represent the President.

    These are qualities I have honed throughout my 4 years on the board. Serving as Secretary, I have demonstrated these skills at every board meeting, chapter visit and assignment I have completed. I have received positive performance feedback during my board tenure and welcome constructive criticism as well because I always want to seek out opportunities for improvement.

Secretary

  • Darlene B. Murdock, BSN, BA, RN, CNOR

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    Darlene B. Murdock, BSN, BA, RN, CNOR

    Darlene B. Murdock, BSN, BA, RN, CNOR, is a clinical staff nurse IV at Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston, Texas. She earned an associate degree of technology in data processing from Jones County Junior College, Ellisville, Mississippi; a bachelor of arts in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston.

    Murdock has been a perioperative nurse for 27 years and a member of AORN for 25 years. She is a member of:

    • AORN of Greater Houston (2010-present),
    • the Texas Council of Operating Room Nurses (2010-present),
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2012-present),
    • the Pediatric Specialty Assembly (2012-present),
    • the Retired Nurses Specialty Assembly (2018-present), and
    • Sterile Processing/Supply Chain Management Specialty Assembly (2019-present).

    She has been a member of:

    • the Trauma Specialty Assembly (2010-2012) and
    • the Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Trauma Specialty Assembly (2012-2016).

    Murdock has attended Congress 10 times in the past 10 years, each time as a delegate.

    Murdock has received:

    • the AORN Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Clinical Nursing Practice Award (2018),
    • the AORN of Greater Houston Star Award for Outstanding Contribution (2017),
    • the Federation of Houston Professional Women of Excellence Award (2014), and
    • the AORN of Greater Houston Perioperative Nurse of the Year Award (2012).

    Highlights of Murdock’s service to AORN include that she is:

    • a member of the AORN Board of Directors (2018-present) and
    • a member of the Texas Council of Operating Room Nurses Board of Directors (2015-present).

    She has been:

    • chair of the Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Trauma Specialty Assembly (2012-2013),
    • chair of the Trauma Specialty Assembly (2011-2012),
    • editor of the Neuro, Orthopedics and Trauma Specialty Assembly Newsletter (2012-2014),
    • communication chair of the Trauma Specialty Assembly (2010-2011),
    • president of AORN of Greater Houston (2013-2014),
    • vice president of AORN of Greater Houston (2015-2016),
    • editor of the AORN of Greater Houston Newsletter (2016-2018), and
    • an AORN Journal author (2013).

    In other leadership roles, Murdock is:

    • chair of the Professional Nurse Advancement Program at Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center (2017-present),
    • Board liaison to the AORN Continuing Education Approval Committee (2019-present),
    • editor-in-chief of Surgical Sunrise, the monthly newsletter for Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center Surgical Services (2010-present), and
    • editor-in-chief of The PNAP Pride, the quarterly newsletter for Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center (2018-present).

    She has been:

    • a member of the Competency & Credentialing Institute CNOR Job Analysis and Ambulatory Surgery Job Analysis Committee (2014-2015).

    In her community, Murdock is:

    • a champion for the Live Your DREAMS Injury Prevention Program at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Texas Medical Center, Houston (2015-present);
    • an instructor for Stop the Bleed at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Texas Medical Center (2018-present); and
    • a sort room volunteer for Project C.U.R.E., Houston, Texas (2015-present).

    She has been:

    • a Career Day presenter for the Fort Bend School District, Texas (2010-2018); and
    • an organizer for the Houston Food Bank (2012-2017).

    Election Statement


    AORN exists to serve you, setting the standards for excellence in perioperative care. As you know, change is happening at a rapid pace with many potential disruptors. During this time of disruption, our Association must remain true to its mission and vision, keeping member’s needs at the forefront. It is crucial that our Association remains connected and provide clear, collaborative, and supportive communication with our members providing care. For this reason, I am seeking to be your Secretary.

    Representing and connecting with you, our members, requires certain skills which I possess. As an expert clinician and Magnet lead, I am comfortable with advocating for excellence. Serving on the Board, I have acquired firsthand knowledge and understanding of the management of AORN business and financial affairs. As an AORN volunteer leader at the local, state, and national levels, I have a keen understanding of our member’s needs. I know the importance of effectively communicating with all members. I have served as editor of local and national newsletters, presented at local and national events, and authored AORN Journal articles. These experiences coupled with my attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and strong organizational skills have equipped me well to serve as your Secretary.

    I am passionate about AORN, dedicated to perioperative nursing excellence, and committed to advocating for our patients and members. I will be the voice that speaks for you after communicating with you. It will be my utmost pleasure and esteemed honor to serve as your Secretary.

    Candidate’s Q&A


    1. Member surveys indicate the most common reason they do not vote is they feel they “do not know the candidates”. To help the members get to know you better, describe something you are passionate about outside of your profession as a perioperative nurse.

    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.

    2. Describe your most meaningful day in the OR, or in the office, and how it has impacted your current practice, or work, as a nurse.

    The most meaningful day in the OR for me, is when I received my CNOR. I felt a huge sense of pride and relief when I received the notice. I took the exam right at my two-year mark of OR experience. As a fairly new OR nurse, it was extremely important to have documented proof that I had acquired the skills and knowledge to become certified. I felt more confident in my clinical practice which allowed me to feel more comfortable to voice my ideas and concerns. This affirmation of skills and knowledge, along with my sense of confidence, provided me the courage to become an effective change agent for perioperative clinical practice. I relate the receiving my CNOR as the precursor for me receiving AORN Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Clinical Practice. This signifies to me that I have made a difference in the care of many patients.

    3. How does the role of Secretary impact the business of AORN and how do your skills contribute to that impact?

    Along with assisting the President in expediting agendas by preparing and making appropriate motions, the secretary is the official record keeper of the proceedings of all business meetings. Official record keeping is a form of checks and balance for our Association. Confusion and possible chaos may result if documents lack legitimacy, integrity, and accuracy. Along with impeccable organizational and communication skills, meticulous attention to detail and note taking is crucial. I have those skills and abilities. I am able to convey information clearly and concisely. I have the keen ability to summarize and reflect the importance and urgency of data and information. I have firsthand knowledge of the proceedings of our business meetings as a present Board member. I demonstrate my written and oral communication skills having served as editor-in-chief of multiple newsletters, AORN Journal author, and AORN Surgical Conference podium and poster presenter.

Board of Directors

  • J. Stephen Balog, MSN, RN, CNOR

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    J. Stephen Balog, MSN, RN, CNOR

    J. Stephen Balog, MSN, RN, CNOR, is a staff nurse and RN first assistant at Hilton Head Hospital, South Carolina. He earned an associate degree in nursing from Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale; a bachelor of science in nursing and master of nursing administration from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia; a post master’s certificate in nursing education from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and an RNFA certificate from Northern New Mexico College, Española.

    Balog has been a perioperative nurse for 40 years and a member of AORN for 36 years. He is a member of:

    • the AORN Chapter of the Lowcountry (2014-present),
    • the South Carolina Council of Perioperative Nurses (2014-present),
    • the RNFA Specialty Assembly (2012-present), and
    • the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2011-present).

    Balog has attended Congress 10 times in the past 10 years, each time as a delegate.

    Balog has received:

    • an Outstanding Achievement in State Council Leadership Award (2012).

    Highlights of Balog’s service to AORN include that he is:

    • a member of the AORN Board of Directors (2018-present),
    • Board liaison to the Legislative Specialty Assembly (2019-present), and
    • Board liaison to the National Legislative Forum (2019-present).

    He has been:

    • a member of the AORN Chapter of the Lowcountry Board of Directors (2014-2018),
    • a member of the AORN Chapter of Northern VA Board of Directors (2010-2014),
    • chair of the Virginia Council of periOperative Registered Nurses (2010-2013),
    • chair of the National Legislative Committee (2013-2014),
    • a member of the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (2014-2016), and
    • a member of the National Educational Committee for the 57th Congress (2010).

    In other leadership roles, Balog has been:

    • the clinical lead for Cardiac, Thoracic, Vascular, and Urology Services, Hilton Head Hospital (2015-2018);
    • chair of the Quality and Safety Shared Governance Council, Virginia Hospital Center (2015-2018);
    • chair of the hospital-wide Education Council, Hilton Head Hospital (2010-2014); and
    • co-chair of the Coordinating Council, Virginia Hospital Center (2011-2013).

    In his community, Balog is:

    • a member of the South Carolina Lowcountry Master Gardener Association (2018-present).

    Election Statement


    It has been an honor to serve you on the Board of Directors for these past two years. As I have served on the Board, my underlying principle in decision making has been “How does this affect the membership?” and “Is this the best decision for the current situation?''

    As health care continues to change, we must strive to meet the needs of our patients and deliver optimal care. More surgery is being performed in the outpatient setting and increasingly sicker patients are in our inpatient ORs with serious issues and complications. We must be ready to employ our knowledge and skills to care for our patients no matter the setting. Acquiring Outpatient Surgery Magazine as part of our Association has provided AORN with a stronger presence in the outpatient surgery specialty arena.

    Our Association must remain financially resilient with strong stewardship. AORN must be the leader and voice of perioperative nursing. However, my fellow Board members and I must continue to review new opportunities for growth that fulfills AORN’s mission and values. We need to continually evaluate our web site and ORNurseLink to ensure that it serves our members with easy maneuverability and minimal “clicks.” The web site is our Association’s digital presence and it must look inviting to all who access it.

    I am honored to be nominated for a second term on the Board of Directors. I will remain focused on serving you, the members, and our patients. I ask for your continued confidence and your vote.

    Candidate’s Q&A


    1. Member surveys indicate the most common reason they do not vote is they feel they “do not know the candidates”. To help members get to know you better, describe something you are passionate about outside of your profession as a perioperative nurse.

    There are many things that I enjoy outside of my profession as a perioperative nurse, but the one that brings the most pleasure and peace to me is landscaping and gardening. I have always enjoyed caring for plants, designing gardens and having a vegetable garden. To me, there is nothing better than pulling weeds, trimming plants and harvesting vegetables. The smell of mulch as I spread it around in my gardens is hard work, but the result is worth the effort. When I moved to South Carolina I had the opportunity to enroll in a in a Master Gardener class offered by Clemson University. After many classroom hours and working in the field as an intern, I became a Master Gardener. I now can help others as they design their landscapes, offer advice on why plants are not growing and make suggestions to increase their yield of vegetables.

    2. Describe the most meaningful day in the OR, or in the office, and how it has impacted your practice, or work as a nurse.

    Early in my career, I was working a weekend shift and a trauma patient came into my OR. It was a 15-year-old male who had been run over by a truck. We worked for hours performing a bowel resection, closing his bladder, placing an external fixator on his pelvis and tried to revascularize his legs. Over the next several days he came back to the OR in attempts to save his legs that had been crushed. On Christmas Eve we removed both of his legs at the hip. This was devastating to this young man and me. Over the next few weeks he returned for additional corrective surgeries. The trauma surgeon stayed in touch with his family, who were here from another country. Before they returned to their home country a celebration was held honoring all who had cared for him. I was proud to be a perioperative nurse!

    3. What, in your opinion, are the key responsibilities for a member of the Board of Directors and what experience has prepared you for this role?

    There are 3 responsibilities that I as a Board member need to have to be effective in my role. Open and honest communication in both speaking and listening to the discussion. Being reliable and accountable to all Board members. Being able to collaborate and work as a team to promote our Association. These 3 traits I used when I held Director positions in different organizations. As the leader of the department, I spoke with staff and surgeons daily and needed to be open in my communication with them. I had reports that needed to be generated in a timely fashion. I attended meetings where I needed to prepare information that was clear and concise. I needed to collaborate with not only those in my department, but in other departments, as different initiatives were instituted. Using these skill sets has prepared me to be a contributing member of the Board.

  • Brandy L. Miller, MHA, MSN, RN, CNOR

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    Brandy L. Miller, MHA, MSN, RN, CNOR

    Brandy L. Miller, MHA, MSN, RN, CNOR, is the director of The Surgery Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana. She earned an associate’s degree of science in nursing and associate’s degree of arts in psychology from Parkland Community College, Champaign, Illinois; a bachelor of science in nursing from Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois; a master of science in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion; and a master of business in health care administration from the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    Miller has been a perioperative nurse for 20 years and a member of AORN for 20 years. She is a member of:

    • AORN of Fort Wayne (2010-present),
    • the Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly (2010-present),
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2010-present),
    • the Pediatric Specialty Assembly (2010-present), and
    • the Sterile Processing/Supply Chain Management Specialty Assembly (2011-present).

    Miller has attended Congress seven times in the past 10 years, each time as a delegate.

    Miller has received:

    • an OR Excellence Award for Financial Management, Outpatient Surgery Magazine (2017).

    Highlights of Miller’s service to AORN include that she is:

    • a member of the AORN of Fort Wayne Board of Directors (2019-present).

    She has been:

    • chair of the AORN Nominating Committee (2017-2018),
    • a member of the AORN Nominating Committee (2016-2018),
    • a member of the AORN National Leadership Task Force (2015-2016),
    • president of AORN of Fort Wayne (2010-2011, 2016-2017),
    • a member of the AORN of Fort Wayne Board of Directors (2011-2014), and
    • treasurer of AORN of Fort Wayne (2010).

    In other leadership roles, Miller has been:

    • a member of the Nurse Advisory Council at the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana (2013-2014);
    • a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (2014-2019);
    • a member of the American Nurses Association (2010-2019); and
    • a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (2010-2019).

    In her community, Miller is:

    • a member of 100+ Women Who Care Fort Wayne Chapter (2014-present);
    • a volunteer for Redemption House, Fort Wayne, Indiana (2016-present); and
    • a donor for Redemption House, Fort Wayne, Indiana (2016-present).

    Election Statement


    AORN is the cornerstone for excellence in perioperative nursing. Steeped in evidence-based guidelines focused on enhancing perioperative quality of care, membership resources, and opportunities for connectivity, AORN is synonymous with excellence in both patient safety and perioperative professional development.

    My 20 years of perioperative experience has positioned me as a highly diverse candidate. My nursing diversity includes experience in both clinical and administrative platforms, travel nursing and permanent work placements, inpatient and ambulatory settings, as well as profit and nonprofit work environments. My career diversity is complemented with such personal skills as intent listener, effective communicator, strategic thinker, creative implementer; I possess a strong work ethic as well as enjoy personal and professional motivation of self and others.

    As a new member of the Board, I will first seek to understand on an administrative level our current business initiatives and ventures, product lines, future projections, policy agendas, and how each element aligns with our core focus of meeting membership needs. I will then pursue the best opportunities to collaborate with my peers and fellow Board members to integrate my experience and skill sets for the promotion of our professional Association and meeting membership needs.

    I am passionate and committed to AORN. I value and appreciate the opportunity you have provided me to be a candidate for our national Board of Directors, and now ask that you allow me the opportunity to be your advocate; I seek your support and vote as a member of AORN’s national Board of Directors.

    Candidate’s Q&A


    1. Member surveys indicate the most common reason they do not vote is they feel they “do not know the candidates”. To help the members get to know you better, describe something you are passionate about outside of your profession as a perioperative nurse.

    I am passionate about being engaged with those whom I have a commonality with. For example, three years ago, I moved into my current home/neighborhood. During this time frame, I have intentionally engaged with and met someone from every home within a two block radius of my residence. If someone new moves into ‘my residence radius’, I bring them a bottle of wine with a hand-written note welcoming them into the neighborhood. I hand deliver Christmas cards, Halloween bags and Easter bags to 60 homes, individually acknowledging over 40 children in my neighborhood- wishing each one a happy holiday and letting them know they are seen, valued and appreciated for just being them.

    2. Describe your most meaningful day in the OR, or in the office, and how it has impacted your current practice, or work, as a nurse.

    I have had so many meaningful days in my 20 years of perioperative experience that have shaped and forged me into the professional nurse and leader I am today, choosing one has been difficult- so I will share my most recent. Last week, I was called to recovery to assist one of my nurses. Our joint assessment was patient compensation for internal post-operative bleeding. Through our persistent communication with the surgeon and anesthesia, we were able to get the patient back into surgery in a timely manner where an arterial ooze was identified and corrected. The patient was stabilized with best case scenario outcomes. As I dragged my exhausted self and aching feet home at the end of the unexpected 16-hour day, I went home with the most gratifying and consuming sense of fulfillment, knowing I had advocated and empowered my nurse and for our patient’s highest quality of care.

    3. What, in your opinion, are the key responsibilities for a member of the Board of Directors and what experience has prepared you for this role?

    Key responsibilities for a member of the Board of Directors includes managing the affairs of the Association, strategic planning and communication. All my years as a perioperative nurse delegating resources, advocating for patients, coordinating schedules and communicating with members of the perioperative and interdisciplinary teams have developed a strong foundation to prepare me for the role of Board of Directors. Additionally, effectively applying my formalized education over the last nine years as a perioperative administrator with fiscal responsibilities, enhancing stakeholder engagements, developing, implementing, and achieving strategic and operational plans while concurrently meeting regulatory compliances has provided me with a diversity of administrative professional proficiency. I strive for clear, concise communication and believe listening is the most important component of communication.

  • Kristy P. Simmons, MSN, RN, CNOR

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    Kristy P. Simmons, MSN, RN, CNOR

    Kristy P. Simmons, MSN, RN, CNOR, is the pediatric team leader at Woman’s Hospital, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She earned a diploma in nursing from Our Lady of the Lake College School of Nursing, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; a bachelor of science in nursing from Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana; and a master of science in nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond.

    Simmons has been a perioperative nurse for 36 years and a member of AORN for 31 years. She is a member of:

    • AORN of Baton Rouge Area (2010-present),
    • the Louisiana State Council (2010-present),
    • the Pediatric Specialty Assembly (2010-present),
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2017-present), and
    • the Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly (2017-present).

    Simmons has attended Congress 10 times in the past 10 years, each time as a delegate.

    Simmons has received:

    • the ANCC Magnet Nurse of the Year Award for Exemplary Professional Practice (2011),
    • the AORN National Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award (2014),
    • the AORN National Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Evidence-Based Practice Award (2014), and
    • the AORN of Baton Rouge Area Perioperative Nurse of the Year Award (2015).

    Highlights of Simmons’ service to AORN include that she is:

    • a member of the Pediatric Specialty Assembly Coordinating Council (2010-present),
    • Board liaison to the AORN Awards Committee (2018-present),
    • Board liaison to the Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly (2018-present),
    • a representative for the AORN Silent Auction for Louisiana AORN Chapters (2012-present), and
    • a member of the AORN News Advisory Group (2015-present).

    She has been:

    • chair of the Louisiana State Council Governing Council (2015-2017),
    • a member of the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (2015-2017),
    • chair of the AORN National Membership Committee (2014-2015),
    • a member of the AORN National Taskforce for AORN Access (2010-2013), and
    • president of AORN of Baton Rouge Area (2011-2012, 2015-2016).

    In other leadership roles, Simmons is:

    • chair of the ANCC Magnet Champion Committee, Woman’s Hospital, Baton Rouge (2010-present);
    • a member of American Nurses Association (2010-present); and
    • research coordinator for the Surgical Services Research Committee, Woman’s Hospital, Baton Rouge (2018-present).

    She has been:

    • a member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (2012-2015); and
    • a member of the Louisiana State Nurses Association (2015-2017).

    In her community, Simmons is:

    • a volunteer for the Louisiana State University Medical Brigade (2015-present);
    • chair of Race for the Cure annual fundraiser, Woman’s Hospital Surgical Services (2010-present); and
    • chair of the College and Career Day Medical Segment, Corban Junior High School (2010-present).

    She has been:

    • president of the Parent Teacher Organization, Central Middle School (2010-2013); and
    • a member of the School Improvement Team Governing Board, Central High School (2011-2013).

    Election Statement


    Experience matters. The past two years I have served as an AORN Board member have been invaluable in my growth as an effective Board member. In my leadership journey, I am constantly working to improve my skills to communicate effectively and to inspire passion in others.

    Our local chapters are the foundation of AORN, and we need to continue to support them at the national level. We need to reinforce the need to be passionate, ready to cross boundaries, and embrace innovative ideas as we develop the strategic and tactical plans. The experience I now have at the local, state, and national levels will enable me to represent the interests of the organization as well as the true nucleus of AORN—the individual perioperative professionals.

    Each generation, each chapter, and each member of AORN needs something different from our organization. Our 20/20 vision of our future requires leaders who can communicate across boundaries and engage members in ways that they understand and respond to. As a member of the Baby Boomer generation, colleague of Generation X, mother of the Millennial generation, and grandmother of the latest generation, I speak the language and use the methods of each group on a daily basis. We must develop and support new methods and media to educate, inform, and inspire both our newer and our established members. If elected, I can continue to draw upon my unique perspective to synergize these ever-changing wants and needs for the benefit of the individual and the organization.

    Candidate’s Q&A


    1. Member surveys indicate the most common reason they do not vote is they feel they “do not know the candidates”. To help the members get to know you better, describe something you are passionate about outside of your profession as a perioperative nurse.

    I am a storyteller and treasure collector at heart. My grandparents inspired my interest in collecting old coins and stamps. For some reason my grandparents collected ceramic roosters. Since no one in the family wanted them and I could not part with them, they are now in my dining room. When visitors ask about them it brings back great memories and I smile as I share their story.

    I also am a “junkie.” I would rather go to a junk store or find a treasure on the side of the road than go shopping at the grandest mall. Of course, I love to share stories of how I found my treasures, how I brought them back to life and sometimes explain what they are. So if you are ever driving behind me and you see a treasure pile on the side of the road, be aware! I make frequent stops!

    2. Describe your most meaningful day in the OR, or in the office, and how it has impacted your current practice, or work, as a nurse.

    We all have cases that haunt us. The patient care story that has most impacted my perioperative practice occurred in my first year as a perioperative nurse. I was called out with two other orientees for an emergency case. We were all nervous since it was our first “solo.”

    During the preop interview my patient stated she was worried she was going to die during surgery. I assured her we would take good care of her and brushed off her worries and intuitions of death. I was worried about getting the OR room ready and making sure we did everything right. During surgery the patient coded and we could not revive her. In the midst of the code I remembered her concerns over impending death. I still feel guilty to this day that I did not take time to listen to her concerns. This experience made me a better listener.

    3. What, in your opinion, are the key responsibilities for a member of the Board of Directors and what experience has prepared you for this role?

    Serving on the board of directors is a call to serve the professional practice needs of our members. From my experience in the past two years serving on the board, I think there is only one key responsibility as a member of the Board of Directors: to remember why you are there in the first place. Our AORN members voted for me to be their representative to fulfill the purpose and mission of our organization; to promote safe patient care by providing practice support and professional development opportunities to all perioperative nurses. I listen to the wants and needs of our members and consider these when I cast my vote on each decision and action of the board. I believe past experience matters and I am not afraid to ask the tough questions that need to be answered and I would like to continue to serve as your board member.

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  • Amy Brunson, MSN, RN, CNOR

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    Amy Brunson, MSN, RN, CNOR

    Amy Brunson, MSN, RN, CNOR, is an OR nurse manager at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple, Texas. She earned a bachelor of science in biomedical science and a bachelor of science in nursing from Texas A&M University, College Station, and a master of science in nursing from Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Brunson has been a perioperative nurse for nine years and a member of AORN for seven years. She is a member of:

    • AORN of Central Texas (2015-present),
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2015-present), and
    • the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2015-present).

    Brunson has attended Congress five times in the past 10 years, each time as a delegate.

    Brunson has received:

    • a Baylor Scott & White Health Excellence Award (2018),
    • a Western Governors University Excellence Award (2018), and
    • a Baylor Scott & White Central Texas Region Top 25 Nurse Award (2016).

    Highlights of Brunson’s service to AORN include that she is:

    • a member of the Clinical Nursing Practice Committee (2019-present) and
    • a member of the AORN of Central Texas Board of Directors (2017-present).

    She has been:

    • president of AORN of Central Texas (2015-2017);
    • president-elect of AORN of Central Texas (2014-2015);
    • a member of the AORN of Central Texas Board of Directors (2013-2014); and
    • a poster presenter at the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo, Nashville (2019).

    In other leadership roles, Brunson is:

    • a member of the Lone Star Organization of Nurse Executives Chapter of the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives (2019-present) and
    • a member of the Psi Upsilon Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (2018-present).

    She has been:

    • chair of the Nursing Excellence Quality & Patient Safety Council at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple (2017-2018),
    • a member of the Magnet Champion Council at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple (2016-2018), and
    • chair of the Clinical Practice & Competency Committee for the OR at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple (2014-2017).

    In her community, Brunson is:

    • a volunteer for Katolicka Jednota Zen Texaskych, Junior Society of Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church (2018-present) and
    • a volunteer for the annual picnic fundraiser for Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church (2013-present).

    She has been:

    • a coach for the 12 and under softball team, Cameron Girls Softball Association (2013-2014);
    • a coach and co-founder of the 14 and under select softball team, the Central Texas Velocity (2014-2015); and
    • a religious education teacher for Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church (2015-2017).

    Election Statement


    At the core of every perioperative nurse is the desire to provide safe patient care. With AORN’s resources and leadership, perioperative nurses are empowered to speak up as a patient advocate and drive the perioperative team to achieving zero harm. Communication is a key component of patient safety, and a breakdown in communication can adversely affect patients and staff members. As a leader and manager in the OR, I strive to effectively communicate with all team members on patient safety issues. As an AORN leader, I am dedicated to finding new ways to communicate with all members and advocate for patient and workplace safety. I am passionate about caring for others through transparent, authentic, effective communication, which begins with listening.

    The AORN core values of communication, innovation, quality, and collaboration are the same values I strive to achieve as I work in my department, facility, and chapter. As a leader, I enjoy working with my team to develop their talents and passions. My commitment to you, the member, is to serve AORN by listening to your concerns, diverse opinions, and suggestions and to fill a full slate of qualified candidates willing to take the members’ ideas and run with them to continue to advance AORN into the future. I am committed to educate and empower nurses by sharing AORN’s resources and opportunities for personal and professional growth. I am honored to be a candidate for the Nominating Committee, and I am devoted to serving you and our Association.

    Candidate’s Q&A


    1. Member surveys indicate the most common reason they do not vote is they feel they “do not know the candidates”. To help the members get to know you better, describe something you are passionate about outside of your profession as a perioperative nurse.

    I am passionate about spending time with my husband and 3 kiddos. We enjoy outdoor activities and sports, especially softball and baseball. We have spent a great deal of time traveling with my oldest, Madison, for softball and will soon travel with my youngest, Ian, for baseball. We love going out in our travel trailer and finding new campgrounds to hike and explore. We also love to play games and are very competitive, which keeps me on my toes! Lily, the middle child is the game expert and always finds something new to play. Our 2 dogs, Penny & Ellie, love to go walking and often walk my husband, Josh, and I instead of us walking them. With a senior in high school we are trying to make the most out of our time together before she goes to college next year.

    2. Describe your most meaningful day in the OR, or in the office, and how it has impacted your current practice, or work, as a nurse.

    My most meaningful day in the OR was very early in my career just after finishing orientation. I had just started my new shift on evenings and was having a tough day. One of the experienced nurses who was my resource came in to help after realizing I was struggling. Once things calmed down, she told me I was doing a great job and that everyone goes through growing pains as a new nurse. This advice has stuck with me and when working with new staff I try to remember what it was like when I was new. This reflection gives me patience and understanding with novice colleagues who need support. As a nurse it is my job to provide care not just for my patients but also for coworkers and friends.

    3. Identify the two most important things you feel need to be a part of the candidate selection process.

    The two most important things I feel should be a part of the candidate selection process are recommendations from members and clear expectations of what is required for the different office positions. Recommendations in the form of nominations are essential to identify up and coming leaders who have the skill set and experience to serve in a national office position. Recommendations from colleagues also provide the Nominating Committee with the information needed to select qualified candidates. I also feel it is important to set the expectations for each role so that candidates know exactly what they are getting into. By explaining all travel, meeting, and other requirements ahead of time, candidates are able to decided is they are truly willing to serve their organization.

  • Jeffrey R. Keane, BSN, RN, CNOR

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    Jeffrey R. Keane, BSN, RN, CNOR

    Jeffrey R. Keane, BSN, RN, CNOR, is a unit-based educator at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts. He earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Quincy College, Massachusetts; and a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

    Keane has been a perioperative nurse for 12 years and a member of AORN for 12 years. He is a member of:

    • AORN of Massachusetts Chapter 1 (2010-present),
    • the Massachusetts State Council (2013-present),
    • the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2015-present), and
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2018-present).

    Keane has attended Congress nine times in the past 10 years, seven times as a delegate.

    Keane has received:

    • a Joseph M. Koufman Foundation and Department of Surgery Annual Award for Excellence in Surgical Nursing (2018),
    • a Department of Anesthesia Faculty Hour Award (2012), and
    • an Edward and Marilyn Schwarz Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice (2011).

    Highlights of Keane’s service to AORN include that he is:

    • a member of the AORN Fellowship Level of Membership Task Force (2019-present),
    • a member of the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly Communications Committee (2019-present),
    • chair of the Massachusetts State Council Legislative Committee (2015-present),
    • chair of the AORN of Massachusetts Chapter 1 Budget and Finance Committee (2014-present), and
    • a member of the AORN of Massachusetts Chapter 1 Board of Directors (2017-present).

    He has been:

    • chair of the AORN Fellowship Level of Membership Task Force (2018-2019),
    • a member of the AORN National Committee for the Development of Simulation Scenarios (2014-2016);
    • a volunteer coordinator at the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo, Boston (2015-2017);
    • a member of the Robotics Competency Project, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Laser and Robotics Specialty Assembly (2012-2014); and
    • treasurer of AORN Massachusetts Chapter 1 (2013-2017).

    In other leadership roles, Keane is:

    • a member of the Quincy College Surgical Technologist Advisory Committee (2016-present),
    • a member of the Bunker Hill Community College Surgical Technologist Advisory Committee (2016-present), and
    • a faculty member for Region 4c Facilitator Training (2017-present).

    He has been:

    • a faculty member for the American College of Surgeons 9th Annual Postgraduate Course “Perfect practice makes perfect” (2016).

    In his community, Keane is:

    • chair of the Hollis School Parent-Teacher Organization Fundraising Committee (2016-present);
    • a volunteer for St Paul’s Giving Tree benefitting St Patrick’s Parish, Boston (2017-present); and
    • a team captain for the Daniel Breen Memorial 5K (2016-present).

    He has been:

    • a coach for Braintree Babe Ruth Baseball (2010-2014) and
    • a coach for Braintree Youth Baseball U13 Summer League (2010-2013).

    Election Statement


    Colleagues, it takes leaders to do the work of the Nominating Committee. I’m a leader who has a vision for the AORN Nominating Committee to be the voice of the membership to enhance our profession. It’s important the Nominating Committee identifies qualified candidates to run for national office. As we prepare for the “Year of the Nurse,” we need to embrace our 2020 motto of “20/20 Vision: Creating Our Future.” Having practiced as a clinical nurse, service line leader, as a perioperative educator, and serving on several national committees has afforded me valuable experience.

    Educating and leading perioperative nurses locally and nationally is my passion. As volunteer coordinator for Expo in Boston and serving for two years as faculty for AORN Guidelines Workshops, I traveled throughout the country meeting with members. Both of these opportunities allowed me the chance to speak with members who care for patients at the bedside and to better understand that your concerns are my concerns.

    As an advocate for perioperative nurses, I have been our voice at the Massachusetts State House for the last three years. It’s critical for AORN to partner with the federal and state legislature to influence policy decisions. I have testified in front of the Joint Committee on Health Care in support of safety in the workplace and reimbursement for CRNFAs. I’m dedicated to work tirelessly for you and our Association. I welcome the opportunity to serve as a member of the Nominating Committee and I ask for your vote.

    Candidate’s Q&A


    1. Member surveys indicate the most common reason they do not vote is they feel they “do not know the candidates”. To help the members get to know you better, describe something you are passionate about outside of your profession as a perioperative nurse.

    Family is an important part of my life outside of the operating room. They have supported me along my perioperative journey from the beginning. As I run for national office I realize the importance of having them at my side. My family and I enjoy traveling together whether it’s a cruise or trips to Orlando Florida. This time away from work allows me to clear my mind and re-energize myself to continue my work. Self-care is very important to maintain a healthy work life balance. It’s important to know who I am and recognize what I can handle to stay focused on the task at hand. Each week I plan something fun to do with my family during the weekend. This gives me something pleasurable to look forward to at the end of the week so I am able to keep my mind clear.

    2. Describe your most meaningful day in the OR, or in the office, and how it has impacted your current practice, or work, as a nurse.

    While working as a bedside nurse in the operating room I was caring for a patient where we had an event that had an impact on my practice. After reflecting on this moment I decided to pursue an educational track to advance my leadership in the operating room. I enjoy the opportunity to teach new nurses whether it’s someone new to the operating room or to my facility. The first thing I explain to a new orientee is to learn one thing a day and build upon it. Perioperative nurse have to deal with many challenges and if we try to take it all on at once we will not be successful. Meaningful to me is when I observe a learner moving through Pat Benner’s novice to expert nursing theory.

    3. Identify the two most important things you feel need to be a part of the candidate selection process.

    As I reflect on the candidate selection process I believe we can improve to engage a larger part of the membership to not only run for office but to vote. We need to prioritize an effort to get out the vote of the membership so their voice is heard. First, the members must be engaged in the spirit of inquiry so they can learn more about each of the candidates running for office. AORN needs to ensure we can reach across all spectrums of the generations of the AORN membership. Secondly, I think we need to update the nominating process to make it more accessible for all. As candidates we need to understand what works best for the members and make these options available to them.

  • David Reinhart, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR

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    David Reinhart, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR

    David Reinhart, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR, is the specialty director of Perioperative Services at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia. He earned an associate of science in nursing and an associate of science in surgical technology from Owens Community College, Toledo, Ohio; a bachelor of science in management from the University of Toledo, Ohio; a master of business administration from the University of Dallas, Texas; a master of science in nursing from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois; and is pursuing a doctorate in nursing from Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville.

    Reinhart has been a perioperative nurse for 32 years and a member of AORN for 32 years. He is a member of:

    • AORN of Northwest Georgia (2017-present),
    • AORN of South Florida (2010-present), and
    • the Georgia State Council of Perioperative Registered Nurses (2019-present), and
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2015-present).

    Reinhart has attended Congress 10 times in the past 10 years, two times as a delegate.

    Reinhart has received:

    • an AORN Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Nursing Management Award (2018) and
    • a Mercy Care in Leadership Award from Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital (2015).

    Highlights of Reinhart’s service to AORN include that he is:

    • a member of the AORN Recruitment and Retention Task Force (2019-present) and
    • a member of the AORN Executive Roundtable (2010-present).

    He has been:

    • a member of the AORN Bylaws Committee (2018-2019) and
    • president of AORN of South Florida (2012-2013).

    In other leadership roles, Reinhart is:

    • a team captain for the metro Atlanta American Heart Association (2017-present).

    He has been:

    • a moderator at the American Nurses Credentialing Center National Magnet Conference (2015) and
    • a moderator at the Unity Conference, United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Georgia (2018).

    In his community, Reinhart has been:

    • a coordinator for Mercy Care of Atlanta Christmas Gift Drive (2018) and
    • a team captain for the 2019 Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital Run for Mercy 5K (2019).

    Election Statement


    The OR nurse today faces many challenges: increased demand for OR efficiency, improving patient outcomes, tracking and trending safe reports, orienting travelers, orienting new employees, and maintaining competence with the latest technology. Although this environment sounds overwhelming, OR nurses share the passion to take care of surgical patients and believe in their hearts that the OR is the only place to work in the hospital. The Nominating Committee’s responsibility is to solicit and receive nominations for potential candidates for all elected positions. AORN members expect and deserve the best candidates in the market. Candidate characteristics require the understanding, passion, and knowledge of the present OR operations. I have been an OR nurse for 32 years and my career path has led me from the surgical technologist role to the RN circulator role to director of Perioperative Services. My experience as a director of Perioperative Services has prepared me to critically review and select the correct leaders for specific roles within my organization. I know the current issues facing AORN members and I offer my experience and passion to the Nominating Committee seat for all nurses that continue to depend on AORN for continued direction. AORN is the official voice of perioperative nurses and continues to be a powerful influence in practice. I am proud to be a member of AORN for 32 years and am humbled to be nominated by my peers for a Nominating Committee consideration. I would appreciate your vote in this election year. Thank you.

    Candidate’s Q&A


    1. Member surveys indicate the most common reason they do not vote is they feel they “do not know the candidates”. To help the members get to know you better, describe something you are passionate about outside of your profession as a perioperative nurse.

    My passion is supporting the care of vulnerable populations such as the elderly as well as cat and dog rescues. Some society members, not all, have discarded them to no longer add value to a community. They are unable to help themselves and therefore demonstrate behaviors of depression and loneliness. The thought of them feeling discarded breaks my heart. I have volunteered at elder-care facilities and local animal shelters through donating time and resources needed to make them feel valued and wanted.

    2. Describe your most meaningful day in the OR, or in the office, and how it has impacted your current practice, or work, as a nurse.

    I scrubbed on a living related liver transplant the day before Thanksgiving several years ago. The donor was the Father and the recipient was his son. The operation was successful and the surgical team provided a true Thanksgiving gift of providing surgical talent, knowledge and passion for the family. Father and son were blessed with a promised future as the Mother awaited in the waiting room. It made me realize how valued an operating room nurse is to their surgical patient. After that case, I realized that I chose the correct career. I was so excited to be a part of the experience.

    3. Identify the two most important things you feel need to be a part of the candidate selection process.

    A resume shows a written timeline of experiences and may look very good on paper, however, digging deeper to find the true character of the candidate is key. A candidate should articulate how they personally affect patient safety in their operating room. Patient safety is what AORN is all about. A focused question would be to ask the candidate how they get others to be on board with patient safety. Investigating whether a candidate is in good standing with their state board is important as well. I am willing to take the time to dig deep and select the right AORN members for the ballot.