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Voting is open from March 22, 2021 through midnight (MT) on April 23, 2021.

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Review each candidate's bio and election statement by clicking on their name below. 

President-elect (One to Be Elected)

  • Evangeline (Vangie) Dennis, MSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO

    Candidate Bio

     

    Vangie Dennis

    Evangeline (Vangie) Dennis, MSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO, is the assistant vice president of Perioperative Services at AnMed Health, Anderson, South Carolina. She earned a diploma as a licensed practical nurse from DeKalb Area Technical School, Atlanta, Georgia; an associate degree in nursing from Georgia State University, Atlanta; a bachelor of science in nursing from Chamberlain School of Nursing, St Louis, Missouri; and a master of science in nursing from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Dennis has been a perioperative nurse for 46 years and a member of AORN for 33 years. She is a member of

    • AORN of Northwest Georgia (2011-present),
    • the Georgia State Council (2011-present),
    • the Sterile Processing Special Assembly (2011-present),
    • the Leadership Special Assembly (2011-present), and
    • the Ambulatory Surgery Special Assembly (2011-present).

    She has been a member of

    • AORN of Suburban Atlanta (2011).

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

    Dennis has received

    • an R. James Rockwell, Jr, Educational Achievement Award (2011);
    • an AORN Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Clinical Nursing Education Award (2011);
    • Distinguished Nurse of the Year from Georgia March of Dimes (2018);
    • Perioperative Nurse of the Year, AORN of Northwest Georgia and Georgia State Council (2019); and
    • OR Manager of the Year (2019).

    Highlights of Dennis’ service to AORN include that she is

    • treasurer of the Georgia State Council (2016-18-present),
    • chair-elect of the Georgia State Council (2020-present),
    • Treasurer of AORN (2019-present), and
    • a member of the Outpatient Surgery Magazine Editorial Board (2011-present).

    She has been

    • a member of the Continuing Education Approval Committee (2014),
    • Board liaison to the American National Standards Institute (2011-2016),
    • a member of the AORN Board of Directors (2017-2019),
    • vice president of AORN of Suburban Atlanta (2017-2018),
    • chair of the Nominating Committee (2014-2017), and
    • vice president of AORN of Northwest Georgia (2016-2017).

    In other leadership roles, Dennis is

    • a member of American National Standards Committees 136.1 and 136.3 (2011-present);
    • a member of the Laser Safety Board of Commissioners (2020-present);
    • chair of the National Certification Committee for Medical Lasers (2011-present);
    • a member of the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery Editorial Board (2011-present); and
    • a member of the OR Today  Editorial Advisory Board (2020-present);
    • chair of the International Medical Laser Safety Practical Applications Seminars (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, present); and
    • System Laser Safety Officer, Wellstar Health System (2017-present).

    She has been

    • a member of the OR Nurse Editorial Board (2011-2015).

    In her community, Dennis is

    • a member of the Gwinnett Technical School Advisory Board (2018-present).

    She has been

    • a member of The Educators Network, Inc (2011);
    • chair of Employee Giving (2011);
    • chair of The Partners Alliance (2011); and
    • a member of the Arts Clayton Gallery Board of Directors (2012-2017).

    Election Statement

    Venturing into the unknown future is where leadership qualities are needed. The best leaders quickly process available information, rapidly determine what matters most, and make decisions with conviction. 

    During critical times, the tendency of matrixed organizations to build consensus can be complicated and affect the decisions. As a Board member and Treasurer, breaking through the inertia keeps our organization focused on continuity and sustainability while increasing the odds of success. A framework for rapid decision making is critical, and I will define our priorities. My focus will be on patient safety, financial viability, membership growth, sustainability, and operational continuity while ensuring leadership is fully aligned to make decisions.

    I want to empower the membership to make informed choices and clearly state what needs to be escalated, by when, and to whom. I will strengthen direct connections with the members and create a network of leaders and influencers who can speak with knowledge about the impact of our organization. Technology can bring us together to assess current issues, create solutions, engage innovations, and best practices. The transition of change is essential. If elected, I will find ways to engage, motivate, and thoroughly communicate essential goals and information to our members. Communication breaks down without member input. I want to identify our chapter structures and support critical efforts to reengage members by strengthening relationships and building trust. We are all navigating new and ever-changing priorities with limited time to react.

    My experiences give me a perspective to relate to people. I embrace our varied culture, generational beliefs, and values and strive to assure they are acknowledged and honored, not judged or ignored. Our collective vision is our excellence in care.

    Leaders arise out of a personal passion for a better world. Through dialogue, sharing ideas, and responding to membership, we can collaboratively reach our goal. The secret of a great leader is the ability to inspire others with faith in their own high potential. We can’t lead unless we can relate to each other. If there is ever a moment in our organization when a comprehensive view of leadership is needed, this is the time.

    I want to encourage innovative thinking, empower change, engage members, and grow the organization. Our opportunities are to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new directions. Join me to assist in making the decisions that ensure the future success of AORN. I ask for your vote.

    Read Vangie’s responses to an online Q&A presented by the Nominating Committee.

  • Brenda G. Larkin, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CNOR, CSSM

    Candidate Bio

     

    Jane Flowers, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, CRCST

    Brenda G. Larkin, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CNOR, CSSM, is a clinical nurse specialist for St. Charles, Bend, Oregon. She earned a bachelor of science in physiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana; a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Illinois Health Sciences Center, Chicago; and a master of science in nursing from Rush University, Chicago, Illinois.

    Larkin has been a perioperative nurse for 29 years and a member of AORN for 27 years.

     She is a member of

    • eChapter (2020-present),
    • the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter (2011-present),
    • the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (2011-present),
    • the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2011-present), and
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2018-present).

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

    Highlights of Larkin’s service to AORN include that she is

    • a member of the AORN Board of Directors (2017-present).

    She has been

    • past-chair of the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (2017-2018),
    • chair of the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (2016-2017),
    • education co-chair of the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (2015-2016), and
    • a member of the AORN Continuing Education Approval Committee (2013-2017).

    In other leadership roles, Larkin has been

    • founding treasurer of the Wisconsin Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (2011-2015),
    • a member of the Wisconsin Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Steering Committee (2011-2018), and
    • co-chair of the inaugural Wisconsin State Chief Nursing Officer-Clinical Nurse Specialists Shared Governance Breakfast (2016-2017).

    In her community, Larkin has been

    • a home church Bible study leader (2011-2020).

    Election Statement

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…” So begins a novel by Charles Dickens. This opening line sounds familiar in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Nothing is or will be the same. But our new reality  will facilitate, indeed require, transformation to implement desired changes while preserving AORN’s mission, vision, and values.

    I have been your representative on the Board of Directors for the last four years and have been advocating for your needs and the profession’s impact on patient safety and evidence-based practice. During this time, the Association has expanded its digital platform, obtained a solid voice in outpatient surgery, and has continued to innovate to meet all perioperative nursing’s needs.

    We are now at a crossroads for our Association, and for all perioperative nursing globally. AORN has always been at the forefront in leading the way for the elevation of our often-misunderstood specialty and advocacy for our practice and patient safety. I have personally practiced in almost all venues of perioperative nursing in my career, from academic medical center, large and small community hospitals, rural community hospitals, and office-based surgery. I understand the value of AORN in supporting all areas of perioperative nursing, and I also understand that it is time to transform our tactics to lead the way in the new normal.

    The depth of my clinical practice and managerial know-how will enable me to lead the Association in this strategic direction. As a leader, I have established three 100% smoke-free facilities without policy or state law—it is simply our standard operating procedure. AORN must be reimagined to continue to meet the high-touch/in-person needs of our members, while innovating in the high-tech realm ensuring our message of evidence-based practice and patient safety remains accessible to all.

    None of my accomplishments have been done alone. My achievements have been supported by frontline perioperative nurses and other surgical services leaders. It is crucial that the members of this Association take an active role to participate fully. I pledge to continue to partner with all members at the chapter, state, and national level and the entire interdisciplinary team to strengthen and increase the relevance of our Association.

    I am asking for your vote as your next President-elect.

    Read Brenda’s responses to an online Q&A presented by the Nominating Committee.

Treasurer (One to Be Elected)

  • Nakeisha M. Archer, MBA, RN, NE-BC, CNOR

    Candidate Bio


    Nakeisha M. Archer

    Nakeisha M. Archer, MBA, RN, NE-BC, CNOR, CSSM, is the director of Perioperative Services, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Prairie View A&M University, Texas; a master of business administration from the University of Phoenix, Houston, Texas; and a quality improvement program completion certificate from the Anesthesia Quality Institute. She currently is pursuing a doctorate in nursing practice-nurse executive leadership at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston.

    Archer has been a perioperative nurse for 17 years and a member of AORN for seven years. She is a member of

    • AORN of Greater Houston (2013-present),
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2013-present),
    • the Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly (2013-present), and
    • the Pediatric Specialty Assembly (2019-present).

    Archer has attended Congress seven times in the past 10 years, six times as a delegate.

    Archer has received

    • a Good Samaritan Bronze Award for Excellence in Nursing (2017-2019);
    • Perioperative Director of the Year, AORN of Greater Houston (2018);
    • Top Ladies of Distinction Award (2017);
    • Woman of Excellence, Federation of Houston Professional Women (2018); and
    • a Shamrock Award for Excellence in Quality (2018).

    Highlights of Archer’s service to AORN include that she is

    • a member of the AORN Board of Directors (2019-present),
    • Board liaison to the Pediatric Specialty Assembly (2019-present), and
    • Board liaison to the Task Force to Define the Role of DNPs in Perioperative Services (2020-present).

    She has been

    • a member of the Fellowship Level of Membership Task Force (2018-2019).
    • president of AORN of Greater Houston (2016-2017),
    • past-president of AORN of Greater Houston (2017-2018),
    • advisor to the Nominating Committee for AORN of Greater Houston (2017-2018),
    • co-chair of the AORN of Greater Houston Leadership Symposium (2017-2018),
    • a member of the AORN Board Chapter Visit Committee (2019-2020), and
    • an author for Outpatient Surgery Magazine (2019-2020).

    In other leadership roles, Archer is

    • a member of the Cardinal Perioperative Advisory Board (2018-present).

    She has been

    • an item writer and cut scorer for the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) Certified Surgical Services Management (CSSM) Exam (2018-2019);
    • a speaker on change management at the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses Leadership Conference (2016); and
    • a conference speaker for People First: Preparedness and Support During Crisis, Texas Organization for Nursing Leadership (TONL).

    In her community, Archer is

    • a member of the Word of Restoration Christian Fellowship (2011-present).

    She has been

    • team nurse for the Fort Bend Youth Football League Sienna Stallions (2018-2019) and
    • a presenter for Career Day at Channel View High School (2012-2018).

    Election Statement

    Despite the drastic changes in health care since the most recent pandemic, AORN continues to be the premier organization providing unwavering support to members and the perioperative community. The current climate has revealed the vital need for AORN to have influential leaders who are futuristic, collaborative, diverse, and nimble to make crucial decisions quickly. AORN needs a Treasurer with a proven record of fiscal responsibility, enthusiasm, transparency, and strategic focus; that leader is me.

    My history demonstrates efficiency in multimillion-dollar financial management as a Perioperative Director; a keen understanding of Association finances and strategies which have prepared me to be your Treasurer. AORN requires a Treasurer that fully understands financial health and the business model supporting the benefits of membership.

    This time in AORN’s history is critical to the future of our organization. I am confident that my poise, attention to detail, analytical financial nature, integrity, mentorship, and ability to provide clear and concise communication are irreplaceable assets to AORN’s Boardroom and members. These past 21 months serving you on the Board, I have contributed and collaborated on significant financial/operational decisions while leading through uncharted waters. This invaluable in-depth experience accompanied with my financial knowledge has prepared me well to serve as you as your Treasurer. Presently, AORN requires a Treasurer with Board experience that can grab the torch without hesitation and continue catapulting AORN into the future. I am courageous, committed, dedicated, and prepared; it would be an honor to serve you and continue our mission as your Treasurer.

    Read Nakeisha’s responses to an online Q&A presented by the Nominating Committee.

  • Jamie Ridout, MBA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR, CASC

    Candidate Bio

     

    Jamie Ridout

    Jamie Ridout, MBA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR, CASC, is an administrator at Capital City Surgery Center, Raleigh, North Carolina. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from West Virginia University, Morgantown; a master of science in nursing from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; and a master of business administration from Elon University, North Carolina.

    Ridout has been a perioperative nurse for 27 years and a member of AORN for 19 years. She is a member of

    • Capital North Carolina (2018-present),
    • the North Carolina Council of Operating Room Nurses (2014-present),
    • the Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly (2016-present),
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2016-present),
    • the Sterile Processing/Supply Chain Management Specialty Assembly (2016-present), and
    • the Perioperative Nursing Informatics Specialty Assembly (2016-present).

    She has been a member of

    • AORN of Tar Heels East North Carolina (2014-2018).

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

    Ridout has received

    • the North Carolina Council of Operating Room Nurses Perioperative Nurse of the Year Award (2017).

    Highlights of Ridout’s service to AORN include that she is

    • a member of the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo Education Advisory Committee (2020-present) and
    • chair of the Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly (2017-present).

    She has been

    • a member of the Nominating Committee (2018-2020),
    • education chair of the AORN Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly (2016-2017),
    • a member of the AORN Clinical Nursing Practice Committee (2015-2017),
    • a member of the AORN of Tar Heels East North Carolina Board of Directors (2014-2016),
    • chair of the North Carolina Council of Operating Room Nurses Board of Directors (2018-2019),
    • chair of AORN of Tar Heels East North Carolina Spring and Fall Workshops (2015-2017),
    • Capital North Carolina Chapter liaison to North Carolina Council of Operating Room Nurses (2018-2019), and
    • speaker at Capital North Carolina Chapter meeting (2018-2019).

    In other leadership roles, Ridout is

    • a member of the North Carolina Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Board of Directors (2017-present) and
    • education chair of the North Carolina Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (2017-present).

    She has been

    • a member of the Ambulatory Joint Commission Professional and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) (2016-2017).

    In her community, Ridout is

    • a member of the Parent-Teacher Association (2011-present).

    She has been

    • team manager of the Triangle Fútbol Club U11B Orange (2014-2015),
    • team manager of the Triangle Fútbol Club Team Japan (2013-2015),
    • a volunteer for the Duke Blue Jean Ball (2011), and
    • a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity (2011).

    Election Statement

    The coming years will be critical for AORN. COVID-19 has stymied global economic growth beyond anything experienced in nearly a century. As the health and human toll grows, the economic damage will continue to rise. Our members have stepped up in heroic and unprecedented ways to meet the challenges of COVID-19, while being personally, financially, and professionally impacted (COVID illness in loved ones, furloughs, job loss due to childcare/family obligations, cutbacks in staffing, travel, conferences, ever-rising stress/burnout).

    This “perfect storm” of events could result in significant loss of revenue for the Association. It’s imperative AORN remain strategic in its investments, partnerships, and financial decisions. But, most importantly, as a member-driven organization, AORN must find ways to keep its focus on the needs and engagement of the members. In these challenging times, AORN must prioritize the support of local chapters, responsiveness to members, strategies for an affordable Expo, and more regional educational opportunities.

    I’m a perioperative nurse, lifetime AORN member, and a recognized business leader. I’ve successfully led my organization through COVID-19 while maintaining operating margins near 40%. I understand the challenges that lie ahead for our Association and membership.

    As your Treasurer, I have the business acumen, education, and 27 years of perioperative experience to help guide AORN in narrowing its focus, on both the solvency of the Association, as well as delivering post-pandemic resources to its members.

    I’d be honored to receive your vote for Treasurer and look forward to serving you.

    Read Jamie’s responses to an online Q&A presented by the Nominating Committee.

Board of Directors (Four to Be Elected)

  • Lisa Bailey, BSN, BS, RN, CNOR

    Candidate Bio

     

    Lisa Bailey

    Lisa Bailey, BSN, BS, RN, CNOR, is a nursing professional development generalist at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center, Temple, Texas. She earned an associate degree in nursing from Central Texas College, Killeen; a bachelor of science in health management from Bellevue University, Nebraska; and a bachelor of science in nursing from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is pursuing a master of science in nursing leadership from Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Bailey has been a perioperative nurse for 18 years and a member of AORN for 17 years. She is a member of

    • the Central Texas Chapter of AORN (2011-present),
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2011-present), and
    • the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2012-present).

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

    Highlights of Bailey’s service to AORN include that she is

    • a member of the Clinical Nursing Practice Committee (2018-present),
    • communication chair of the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2016-present), and
    • vice president of the Central Texas Chapter of AORN (2017-present).

    She has been

    • a member of the Central Texas Chapter of AORN Board of Directors (2015-2017),
    • a member of the Central Texas Chapter of AORN Nominating Committee (2013-2015),
    • member of the Texas Council of Operating Room Nurses (TCORN) Nominating Committee (2014-2016),
    • secretary of TCORN (2011-2012),
    • a member of the National Committee on Education (2015-2016), and
    • a member of the Green Task Force (2011-2012).

    In other leadership roles, Bailey is

    • chair of the Temple College of Surgical Technologists Advisory Committee (2018-present),
    • a member of the Temple College of Surgical Technologists Advisory Committee (2016-present),
    • a member of the Baylor Scott & White Temple Region Perioperative Council (2019-present), and
    • a member of the Baylor Scott & White Temple Region Nursing Professional Development Council (2020-present).

    She has been

    • a member of the Virginia College of Surgical Technologists Advisory Committee (2016-2017).

    In her community, Bailey is

    • a member of First Baptist Church, Belton, Texas (2011-present).

    She has been

    • a volunteer for Ronald McDonald House (2013-2014) and
    • a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church Personnel Committee (2011).

    Election Statement

    Perioperative nurses are being confronted daily with challenges that impact the way care is delivered to patients. In these changing times, being prepared for and ready to take on the next challenge is what makes nursing successful in accomplishing strategic patient safety goals. Through collaboration, innovation, and process improvement, nursing assures we have a voice at the table with other health care leaders. Critical-thinking skills, attentive listening, and strong communication are the strengths that serve the Association well, now and into the future. AORN’s leaders must display a professionalism that positively reflects patient advocacy and the profession of perioperative nursing.

    I served you as a member of the Nominating Committee and understand the importance of dedicated leadership for the Association. As the communication chair for the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly, I lead the committee, informing the members through a quarterly newsletter and updates on ORNurseLink and other social media venues. As a perioperative leader and educator, I am committed to listening to staff, addressing any issues, and encouraging the professional growth of all members of the perioperative nursing team. Serving as a member of the Board of Directors will be an honor. As a Board member, I commit to serving you with the same conviction, diligence, and motivation. I will work with the members to shape decisions that position AORN to meet the needs of the membership and the organization for the years to come.

    Read Lisa’s responses to an online Q&A presented by the Nominating Committee.

  • DeNene G. Cofield, BSN, RN, CNOR

    Candidate Bio

     

    DeNene G. Cofield

    DeNene G. Cofield, BSN, RN, CNOR, is the vice president of perioperative services at TriStar Centennial Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    Cofield has been a perioperative nurse for 38 years and a member of AORN for 36 years. She is a member of

    •  AORN of Middle Tennessee (2014-present).

    Cofield has attended Congress 10 times in the past 10 years, three times as a delegate.

    Cofield has received

    • Perioperative Nurse of the Year from AORN of Middle Tennessee (2020).

    Highlights of Cofield’s service to AORN include that she is

    • a mentor for AORN of Middle Tennessee (2020-present),
    • a member of the AORN of Middle Tennessee Healing Hands Helping Heroes fundraising committee (2018-present),
    • a member of the AORN Executive Roundtable (2017-present), and
    • a member of the AORN/Cardinal Health Advisory Board (2018-present).

    She has been

    • president of AORN of Middle Tennessee (2018-2019);
    • a member of the AORN of Middle Tennessee Board of Directors (2017-2019);
    • legislative chair of AORN of Middle Tennessee (2019-2020); and
    • a volunteer coordinator at the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo, Nashville (2019).

    In other leadership roles, Cofield is

    •  a reviewer for Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge (2019-present).

    She has been

    • chair of the Perioperative Services Quality Council, Centennial Medical Center (2014-2020);
    • chair of the TriStar Division Operating Room Director's Committee (2020); and
    • chair of the TriStar Centennial Perioperative Strategic Council (2014-2020).

    In her community, Cofield is

    • a volunteer for the Needs Of Our Kids organization, Franklin, Tennessee (2018-present); and
    • a volunteer with the Parent-Teacher Organization at Freedom Middle School, Franklin, Tennessee (2019-present).

    Election Statement

    When nominated for the Board, I was honored to be considered for an office to serve the organization I hold so near and dear to my heart and to my practice. I have been an AORN member and a perioperative nurse for 38 years, of which most have been in perioperative leadership. I have been devoted to the promotion of perioperative nursing using evidence-based practice to improve the lives of patients having surgery. I have been so proud of the role AORN has played in forging new, safe perioperative practices in a COVID-19 world.

    As a perioperative leader for the past 35 years, my mantra has been that we must have joy in the workplace. This only happens when we have an environment of mutual respect, a culture of safety, we have friends at work, and we work as a team in relentless pursuit of the mission. My experience in perioperative leadership has helped me cultivate the ability to work with diverse teams in a collaborative manner to develop and execute strategic initiatives.

    I support the mission, vision, and values of AORN and am committed to promoting our profession, keeping our workforce safe, and promoting evidence-based care. I am a successful, career perioperative nurse leader committed to continuing AORN’s legacy of excellence. It would be an honor and a “joy” to serve the membership on the Board of Directors.

    Read DeNene's responses to an online Q&A presented by the Nominating Committee.

  • Donna J. Doyle, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNOR

    Candidate Bio


    Donna J. Doyle

    Donna J. Doyle, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNOR, is a perioperative consultant in Columbus, Ohio. She earned an associate of science in nursing from West Liberty University, West Virginia; a bachelor of science in nursing from Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio; a master of science in nursing administration from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio; and a doctor of nursing practice-nursing executive from Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio.

    Doyle has been a perioperative nurse for 42 years and a member of AORN for 41 years. She is a member of

    • AORN of Central Ohio (2011-present) and
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2011-present).

    Doyle has attended Congress seven times in the past 10 years, six times as a delegate.

    Doyle has received

    • Jill Steuer Pathway to Nursing Research Award, Grant Medical Center (2018) and
    • OhioHealth Prism Award for Excellence, On-Time First Case Starts (2012).

    Highlights of Doyle’s service to AORN include that she is

    • a member of the Recruitment and Retention of Perioperative Nurses Task Force (2020-present);
    • a member of the Pfiedler Education Board of Directors (2020-present);
    • a peer reviewer for the AORN Journal (2017-present);
    • a member of the AORN Executive Roundtable (2019-present);
    • a member of the AORN/Cardinal Health Advisory Board (2013-present); and
    • a member of the AORN of Central Ohio Board of Directors (2020-present).

    She has been

    • president of AORN of Central Ohio (2019-2020),
    • president-elect of AORN of Central Ohio (2018-2019), and
    • a member of the AORN of Central Ohio Legislative Committee (2016-2017).

    In other leadership roles, Doyle is

    • a peer reviewer for the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing (2019-present),
    • a member of the OR Manager Conference Planning Committee (2017-present),
    • a member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (2012-present), and
    • a member of the Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society (2011-present).

    She has been

    • a reviewer for the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate Quickfire Challenge in Perioperative Care (2019-2020).

    In her community, Doyle has been

    • a fundraiser lead for the OhioHealth Foundation DNP scholarship fund (2018-2020);
    • a participant in the American Heart Association Heart Walk (2015-2016);
    • a mentor and community member for DNP student project, Otterbein University DNP Committee (2018-2019); and
    • a mentor and community member for DNP student project, Grand Canyon University (2018-2020).

    Election Statement

    I am honored and humbled to be selected as a candidate for the AORN Board of Directors. I am a perioperative leader with 41 years of experience at all levels of perioperative practice. I am a lifetime member of AORN. AORN has served as my true north in keeping patients safe in the OR through evidence-based practice and patient advocacy. Board members are similarly an advocate of members, and it is important to listen to their many diverse views. Listening builds trust and helps AORN leaders to build strong member relations. Collaborative relationships can then be translated into actionable strategies resulting in outcomes benefiting the organization and its members. AORN has remained a strong, member-centric organization through trusted relationships between elected leaders and members.

    I possess not only a desire to serve, but I possess strong leadership, communication, and organizational skills based on my experiences as a career-focused perioperative leader who has served AORN at a local and national level. I understand the importance of representation and ensuring that all voices are heard, even those in which I may not be in agreement. As perioperative nurses we advocate for our patients. As a member of the AORN Board of Directors, I will advocate for our members and together we will advocate for our patients. With your help I am prepared to advance the business and strategies of AORN. I look forward to sharing my leadership, intense listening, and negotiation skills if elected to serve on the Board.

    Read Donna’s responses to an online Q&A presented by the Nominating Committee.

  • William Duffy, RN, MJ, CNOR, FAAN

    Candidate Bio

     

    William Duffy

    William Duffy, RN, MJ, CNOR, FAAN, is the program director for Nursing and Healthcare Administration, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois. He earned a bachelor of science in nursing and a master of jurisprudence in health law from Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois.

    Duffy has been a perioperative nurse for 38 years and a member of AORN for 37 years.

     He is a member of

    • the Chicago Chapter of AORN (2011-present),
    • the Illinois Council of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (2011-present), and
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2011-present).

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

    Duffy has received

    • an AORN Award for Excellence (2011) and
    • a fellowship from the American Academy of Nursing (2011).

    Highlights of Duffy’s service to AORN include that he is

    • a member of the AORN Board of Directors (2019-present),
    • chair of the AORN Chapter Visit Committee (2020-present),
    • Board liaison to the RNFA Specialty Assembly (2020-present), and
    • Board liaison to the Research Committee (2020-present).

    He has been

    • Board liaison to the Committee on Education (2019-2020),
    • a member of the AORN Policy Committee (2019-2020),
    • an advisor to the AORN Membership Committee (2016-2017), and
    • a member of the AORN Award for Excellence Selection Panel (2011-2013, 2018-2019).

    In other leadership roles, Duffy is

    • a member of the American Nurses Association (2011-present) and
    • a member of the American Academy of Nursing (2011-present).

    He has been

    • a member of the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders (2018-2020) and
    • a member of the Illinois Council of Nurse Leaders Committee on Care Coordination (2019-2020).

    In his community, Duffy is

    • president of the Saint Priscilla Church Pastoral Council (2018-present) and
    • a member of Holy Name Society Saint Priscilla Church (2011-present).

    Election Statement

    Colleagues, author Simon Sinek suggests that if you want to connect with people, do not share what you do; share “why” you do it.

    My why for serving AORN is nursing allowed me to answer God’s call to serve my fellow man. Our ability to change someone’s future is a profession worth fighting for.

    My why includes my belief that every generation of nurses owns the profession. We have a duty to strengthen the profession for the next generation. This requires a willingness to roll up our sleeves and engage in service.

    My biggest “why” is you, the members. The AORN I first joined focused on utilizing the knowledge of its members to advance our causes. That AORN saw the members as owners and embraced our participation. Today, I sense we are viewed more as customers. Some argue that is how it must be. I disagree. For AORN to thrive, we need to embrace members who feel they own perioperative nursing. Owners will fight for causes; they dedicate their time and talents. That service should be honored and embraced. Owners stick with their Association in good and bad times; customers will come and go.

    The pandemic is challenging AORN’s future. How we move forward will depend on our ability to retain members. I believe we will be strongest if we reengage with you and use your passion and knowledge to strengthen AORN’s future. I am running to be your advocate and make sure your why for being members still matters.

    Read Bill’s responses to an online Q&A presented by the Nominating Committee.

  • Merideth D. Lewis, MSN, RN, CNOR

    Candidate Bio

     

    Merideth D. Lewis

    Merideth D. Lewis, MSN, RN, CNOR, is a clinical nurse III at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), Davies Campus, San Francisco. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing and a master science in nursing health policy from the University of California, San Francisco. She currently is a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health fellow pursuing a PhD in health policy and environmental and occupational at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing, California.

    Lewis has been a perioperative nurse for 18 years and a member of AORN for 18 years. She is a member of

    • AORN of San Francisco & Marin (2011-present),
    • eChapter (2016-present),
    • AORN of Northwest Georgia (2013-present),
    • the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2016-present), and
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2011-present).

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

    Highlights of Lewis’s service to AORN include that she is

    • a member of the AORN Global Relations Committee (2019-present).

    She has been

    • a member of the AORN National Membership Committee (2016-2017),
    • chair of the AORN of San Francisco & Marin Nominating Committee (2017-2019),
    • coordinator for Sutter Health’s AORN Guideline Implementation workshops (2017-2019),
    • regional coordinator of the AORN National Membership Committee Forum (2017-2019),
    • a member of the AORN Nominating Committee (2014-2016),
    • co-chair of the AORN Young Professionals Task Force (2013-2014),
    • president of AORN of San Francisco & Marin (2012-2013, 2016-2017), and
    • a preceptor for Periop 101 (2011-2013).

    In other leadership roles, Lewis is

    • a member of Sigma Theta Tau (2011-present) and
    • an inservice educator at CPMC (2017-present).

    She has been

    • the legislative report liaison for the Operating Room Nursing Council of California (2012-2015),
    • a Thoracic Service Line Leader at CPMC (2011-2014), and
    • a contributor to the World Health Organization report on tobacco cessation (2018).

    In her community, Lewis is

    • a member of her neighborhood association (2016-present) and
    • a volunteer for the American Red Cross (2017-present).

    She has been

    • a speaker at Mercy High School for Career Days (2017),
    • a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (2011-2014), and
    • a participant in Walk MS in San Francisco (2017).

    Election Statement

    The dedication I have to occupational and environmental safety in the perioperative environment has informed, ignited, and instilled in me a path of study, discovery, and vision for implementing policy changes to protect our teams and the patients we serve. As a staff nurse and educator, I have experienced and witnessed our day-to-day challenges, the realities, consequences, and the harm. As a master’s student in health policy, I gained tools to go “upstream” of common issues, asking critical questions to create viable solutions.

    We must continue to embrace, examine, and engage in policy changes around all occupational and environmental hazards in the perioperative arena. My commitment and pursuit of this goal has provided me with an abundance of experience and set me on course for making lasting contributions. My partnerships and collaborative leadership experience within AORN coupled with experience serving as an intern at the World Health Organization provide me with a strong knowledge base of how to create, develop, and implement databased policy changes.

    Through my work and research, my leadership experience within AORN, and my clinical practice as a perioperative nurse, I am poised to be an informed, influential, and insightful leader. I will take this drive, commitment, and vision to the Boardroom to advocate for you and with you, leveraging our strength together. I humbly ask for your vote. It would be my honor and privilege to continue to contribute a legacy of service and excellence as an AORN Board member.

    Read Meredith’s responses to an online Q&A presented by the Nominating Committee.

  • Barbara L. Nalley, MSN, RN, NP-C, ANP-BC, CNOR

    Candidate Bio

     

    Barbara L. Nalley

    Barbara L. Nalley, MSN, RN, NP-C, ANP-BC, CNOR, is a nurse practitioner RNFA at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Maryland. She earned an associate of science in nursing from Nagatuck Community College, Waterbury, Connecticut; a certificate in perioperative nursing from the University of Bridgeport School of Nursing, Connecticut; an RNFA certificate from Anne Arundel Community College; and a bachelor of science and a master of science in nursing from South University, Savannah, Georgia.

    Nalley has been a perioperative nurse for 22 years and a member of AORN for 20 years.

     She is a member of

    • AORN of Baltimore (2011-present),
    • the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (2012-present),
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2011-present), and
    • the RNFA Specialty Assembly (2012-present).

    She has been a member of

    • the Maryland/Washington DC State Council (2011-2018).

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

    Nalley has received

    • an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Clinical Practice (2019) and
    • an Anne Arundel Medical Center Vitek Award for Academic Excellence (2012).

    Highlights of Nalley’s service to AORN include that she is

    • a member of the AORN Awards Committee (2019-present) and
    • a member of the AORN of Baltimore Board of Directors (2020-present),
    • chair of AORN of Baltimore Fundraising Committee (2017-present), and
    • a member of the AORN of Baltimore Scholarship Committee (2011-present).

    She has been

    • a member of the AORN Guidelines Advisory Board (2014-2018),
    • co-chair of the RNFA Futures Task Force (2011-2013),
    • president of AORN of Baltimore (2011, 2013-2014),
    • a volunteer for the AORN Silent Auction (2019),
    • a speaker at AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo (2017, 2020), and
    • president-elect of AORN of Baltimore (2012-2013).

    In other leadership roles, Nalley is

    • a member of the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) Test Development Committee (2019-present),
    • a member of the Maryland Academy of Advanced Practice Clinicians (2011-present),
    • a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (2013-present), and
    • a member of Sigma Theta Tau (2011-present).

    She has been

    • a certification liaison for CCI (2011-2015).

    In her community, Nalley is

    • a perioperative nursing instructor for the International Organization for Women & Development, Kigali, Africa (2011-present);
    • a Basic Life Support class instructor for the American Heart Association (2011-present); and
    • a fundraising participant in the Across the Bay 10K (2019-present).

    She has been

    • a fundraising participant for the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk to Cure Arthritis, Maryland (2015) and
    • fundraising member of Fish for a Cure for breast cancer research, Maryland (2014-2016).

    Election Statement

    Nurses are trusted heroes for patients and always on frontlines of all health crisis. We are first-line health care providers working under the most extreme circumstances. As frontline caregivers, we all have one constant in practice and that is change. We must all balance the current challenges we are facing, and AORN is helping to provide the tools needed, such as COVID-19 resources, in providing guidance for us all. AORN has faced many challenges to ensure relevancy in a dynamic and challenging health care environment. Facing these challenges has tested our individual and organizational responsibilities. Together, we can design processes and education to ensure AORN remains the leading resource for perioperative practice.

    We have demonstrated the ability to deliver education virtually during Expo; this rapid response supported our evidence-based practice and met educational needs. We can continue the promotion of safety and optimal patient outcomes both on the virtual stage or in person. Health care today demands innovation in planning and delivery of care. Our organization has traversed a challenging 2020 and it is through innovation and leadership we have been able to support members and ensure safe patient care. As a Board member, I bring both theory and experience to promote flexibility and agility when facing the unknown. I have the passion and energy to find solutions for challenges and take steps to achieve success for better patient outcomes. Like you, I am committed to keeping AORN as the premier resource for perioperative nursing.

    I ask for your support.

    Read Barbara’s responses to an online Q&A presented by the Nominating Committee.

  • Heidi L. Nanavati, MSN, CRNP, CNOR

    Candidate Bio

     

    Heidi L. Nanavati

    Heidi L. Nanavati, MSN, CRNP, CNOR, is a nurse practitioner/RNFA at Humphrey Shoulder Clinic, Eagle, Idaho; and an adjunct faculty member for the RNFA program at Delaware County Community College, Media, Pennsylvania. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from The College of New Jersey, Ewing Township; a master of science in nursing and a family nurse practitioner certification from Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and an RNFA certificate from Delaware County Community College, Media, Pennsylvania.

    Nanavati has worked as a perioperative nurse or surgical nurse practitioner for the past 15 years and has been a member of AORN for 19 years. She is a member of

    • AORN of Baltimore (2012-present),
    • AORN of Treasure Valley (2020-present),
    • the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (2011-present),
    • the RNFA Specialty Assembly (2011-present),
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2017-present) and
    • the Ambulatory Specialty Assembly (2019-present).

    She has been a member of

    • AORN Connecticut Chapter I (2011-2012).

    Nanavati has attended Congress eight times in the past 10 years, seven times as a delegate.

    Nanavati has received

    • an AORN Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award (2018) and
    • a 40 Under Forty Award (2017).

    Highlights of Nanavati’s service to AORN include that she is

    • co-chair of the RNFA Specialty Assembly Education Committee (2020-present),
    • a member of the AORN Scholarship Committee (2020-present),
    • a member of the AORN Silent Auction Committee (2017-present),
    • an orthopedics subject matter expert for Periop 202 (2017-present), and
    • a member of the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly Coordinating Council (2020-present).

    She has been

    • chair of the AORN Nominating Committee (2018-2020),
    • president of AORN of Baltimore (2016-2018),
    • chair of the RNFA Task Force (2013-2014),
    • chair of the RNFA Specialty Assembly (2016-2017), and
    • a member of the AORN of Baltimore Board of Directors (2019-2020),

    In other leadership roles, Nanavati is

    • a member of the Idaho Nurses Association (2020-present),
    • a member of the Maryland Nurses Association (2012-present), and
    • a member of the American Nurses Association (2020-present).

    In her community, Nanavati has been

    • head of the Parents Association at St Paul’s School (2018-2020),
    • head of room parents at Davenport Preschool (2015-2017), and
    • an assistant youth league softball coach (2017).

    Election Statement

    Perioperative nursing is my passion and life’s work. As an OR nurse and surgical nurse practitioner for a combined 20 years, I have led a team of OR nurses and run the office side of medicine, all of which gave me organizational skills and business insights. I have served in multiple volunteer leadership roles, locally as chapter president, up to nationally as Nominating Committee chair.

    These roles have given me a diverse experience allowing me to be a conscientious listener, open-minded thinker, and decisive decision maker. I will bring these to the Boardroom to serve you, the members, making decisions that keep perioperative nursing resilient and relevant.

    Living during a pandemic has taught us we have to trust our leadership to do what is right for our community. This is also true of our organization. Some very difficult decisions were made during this very stressful time for the well-being of AORN. It takes astute and courageous leadership to make these tough choices.

    AORN, our professional Association, is also a complex business. We need to have leaders in the Boardroom that will do what is best for the organization to grow while maintaining the impact it has on safe patient care. I understand the issues facing AORN and will work tirelessly to keep our organization strong. I will be that courageous voice.

    I will serve you with commitment, vigilance, and a dedication to advance AORN to a bigger and brighter future. I thank you for your support.

    Read Heidi’s responses to an online Q&A presented by the Nominating Committee.

  • Rebecca K. Vortman, DNP, RN, CNOR

    Candidate Bio

     

    Rebecca K. Vortman

    Rebecca K. Vortman, DNP, RN, CNOR, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Population Health Nursing Science College of Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago, and a perioperative education consultant for AORN Prep for CNOR Live and Prep for CNOR Virtual. She earned a bachelor of arts in sociology from Illinois College, Jacksonville; an associate degree in nursing from Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Illinois; a bachelor of science in nursing and a master of science in nursing from Benedictine University, Springfield, Illinois; and a doctor of nursing practice-nursing administration from the University of Illinois Chicago.

    Vortman has been a perioperative nurse for nine years and a member of AORN for eight years. She is a member of

    • AORN of Central Illinois (2012-present),
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2013-present),
    • the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2016-present),
    • the Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly (2017-present), and
    • the Perioperative Nursing Informatics Specialty Assembly (2018-present).

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

    Vortman has received

    • a 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader Award, Illinois Nurses Foundation (2020);
    • a Forty Under 40 Award, AORN (2017);
    • Year of the Nurse Member Spotlight, AORN (2020);
    • People’s Choice Award, Memorial Medical Center and Sigma Theta Tau International Nu Pi at-large Chapter (2017); and
    • a Clinical Innovation Poster Award, AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo (2019).

    Highlights of Vortman’s service to AORN include that she is

    • a member of the Task Force to Define the Role of DNPs in Perioperative Services (2020-present),
    • a subject matter expert for Periop 101 (2020-present),
    • a journal correspondent for Periop Briefing (2019-present),
    • chair of the Leadership Specialty Assembly Education Council (2019-present), and
    • a peer reviewer for the AORN Journal (2012-present).

    She has been

    • a member of the Nursing Research Committee (2019-2020),
    • a subject matter expert in orthopedics for Periop 202 (2017-2018),
    • president of AORN of Central Illinois (2016-2017),
    • president-elect of AORN of Central Illinois (2015-2016), and
    • secretary of AORN of Central Illinois (2014-2015).

    In other leadership roles, Vortman is

    • a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee, College of Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago (2019-present).

    She has been

    • a member of the College of Nursing Population Health Nursing Science Department’s Faculty Retreat Planning Committee (2019-2020),
    • chair of the Memorial Medical Center Surgery Unit-Based Council (2013-2015),
    • a member of the Memorial Medical Center Surgical Smoke Evacuation Committee (2017-2019), and
    • a member of the Memorial Medical Center Professional Development Council (2014-2015).

    In her community, Vortman is

    • a volunteer for local gymnastics gym (2019).

    She has been

    • a volunteer for Memorial’s Festival of Trees (2013-2014) and
    • a volunteer for the Memorial Sports Care Women’s Biathlon (2013).

    Election Statement

    In these unprecedented times, AORN is essential to solving some of perioperative nursing’s most pressing issues. Our Association, its members, and patients are being affected by public health issues—COVID-19, systemic racism, occupational health risks, and more—at the very same time our profession is experiencing unique and complex workforce shortages. I am listening and I understand that we—AORN and its members—have a pressing need to work together to address these challenges.

    AORN’s mission, initiatives, and its members have deeply inspired me for nearly a decade, and I have been honored to serve the organization in a variety of positions for the past eight years. As a perioperative nurse researcher, clinician, leader, and educator strongly committed to the safety of our patients and advancing perioperative nursing, I am well prepared to serve you and AORN, tackling these issues through collaboration and evidence-based policy development. As a strong relationship builder, I will reach out to our members to identify their greatest needs and I commit to collaboration with national leaders from partnering organizations and vendors, working tirelessly to solve serious issues. As an AORN Board member, I will be a future-focused, serious thought leader, participating with energy, passion, and excitement while advancing AORN’s mission and vision.

    I am humbled and appreciative of this opportunity to represent you on the Board of Directors. It would be a great honor for me to serve in this capacity, and I ask for your support and vote. Thank you.

    Read Rebecca’s responses to an online Q&A presented by the Nominating Committee.

  • Karen Y. White-Edwards, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR

    Candidate Bio

     

    Karen Y. White-Edwards

    Karen Y. White-Edwards, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, is a professional development leader at Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of South Florida, Tampa; and a master of business administration in health care management from Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas.

    White-Edwards has been a perioperative nurse for 30 years and a member of AORN for 28 years. She is a member of

    • AORN of Greater Houston (2011-present),
    • the Texas Collaboration of periOperative Registered Nurses (TCORN) (2011-present), and
    • the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2015-present),
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2011-present), and
    • the Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly (2011-present).

    White-Edwards has attended Congress 10 times in the past 10 years, six times as a delegate.

    White-Edwards has received

    • a Good Samaritan Foundation Bronze Award for Mentorship in Excellence (2017-2019),
    • a Houston Chronicle Top 150 Nurses in Houston Award (2017-2020),
    • a Houston Methodist Hospital I CARE (Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence) Award (2017), and
    • a Houston Independent School District Excellence in School Nursing special recognition (2015).

    Highlights of White-Edwards’s service to AORN include that she is

    • a member of the National Legislative Forum (2018-present),
    • a member of the TCORN Legislative Committee (2015-present),
    • president-elect of AORN of Greater Houston (2020-present), and
    • a member of the AORN of Greater Houston Board Mentoring Program (2018-present).

    She has been

    • a mentor for the AORN Scholarship Foundation (2016-2019);
    • a member of the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2018-2020);
    • a presenter at the of Year-End Town Hall Meeting discussion panel on COVID-19 for the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2020);
    • an advisor to the AORN of Greater Houston Board of Directors (2018-2019);
    • a session moderator at AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo (2018-2019); and
    • a poster presenter at AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo (2016-2020).

    In other leadership roles, White-Edwards is

    • a member of the Association for Nursing Professional Development (2015-present),
    • a facilitator for the annual Perioperative Change in Patient Condition Seminar, Houston Methodist Hospital (2016-present); and
    • a facilitator for the OR Nurse Residency Program, Houston Methodist Hospital (2016-present).

    She has been

    • a member of the of the Competency & Credentialing Institute Board of Directors (2012-2015) and
    • president of the Competency & Credentialing Institute Board of Directors (2014-2015).

    In her community, White-Edwards is

    • a volunteer deputy voter registrar for Harris County, Texas (2018-present) and
    • a volunteer with the food pantry at Good Hope Mission Baptist Church in partnership with the Houston Food Bank (2019-present).

    She has been

    • a volunteer for a medical mission trip to South Africa (2019),
    • a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity (2016-2017), and
    • co-chair of the Pink Goes Red Women’s Health Symposium for the American Heart Association (2016-2017).

    Election Statement

    Health care delivery is undergoing radical changes that are occurring at an unprecedented rate. As leaders, we are charged with making sure our organization remains intact as we withstand this global pandemic. This is an historical time where the world has been caught off guard due to an unpredicted pandemic. I am extremely proud of how AORN leaders kept our organization moving forward on a virtual platform, through means such as providing an e-book called “Perioperative Care of the COVID-19 Patient.” As we continue to navigate through this new normal, we must augment our focus on protecting our staff and strengthening our involvement in the legislative processes by passing laws like requiring the use of a smoke evacuator in every OR. We work in a culture of diversity where there are five generations in the workplace. Understanding what drives other generations is the first step towards bridging the gap to retain nurses. My leadership style will help AORN continue to achieve unparalleled recognition. I bring knowledge, experience, honesty, resilience, and connectedness to the Board of Directors. I am a past-chair of AORN Nominating Committee. I have Boardroom experience as president, vice president, and board of director with the Competency & Credentialing Institute, which gives me a strong foundation to deal with issues and sustain positive relations. It will be my pleasure and honor to serve on the Board of Directors, to advocate for every generation in the Boardroom or on a virtual platform, and support AORN’s mission and vision.

    Read Karen’s responses to an online Q&A presented by the Nominating Committee.

Nominating Committee (Two to Be Elected)

  • Crystal Bricker, MSN, RN, CNOR

    Candidate Bio

     

    Crystal Bricker

    Crystal Bricker, MSN, RN, CNOR, is a nursing professional development specialist at Carle BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, Illinois. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Illinois State University, Normal; and a master of science in nursing education from Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois. She is currently pursuing a doctor of philosophy in nursing at Illinois State University, Normal.

    Bricker has been a perioperative nurse for eight years and a member of AORN for seven years. She is a member of

    • Twin City of Illinois (2013-present),
    • the Illinois Council of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (ICORN) (2013-present), and
    • the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2017-present).

    Bricker has attended Congress six times in the past 10 years, five times as a delegate.

    Bricker has received

    • the BroMenn Clinical Nurse Excellence Award in Mentoring (2015) and
    • an AORN 40 Under 40 Award (2017).

    Highlights of Bricker’s service to AORN include that she is

    • a member of the Guidelines Advisory Board (2019-present),
    • a journal correspondent for Periop Briefing (2019-present),
    • co-chair of the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly Professional Practice Committee (2019-present), and
    • secretary of Twin City of Illinois (2020-present).

    She has been

    • president of Twin City of Illinois (2019-2020) and
    • treasurer of Twin City of Illinois (2017-2019).

    In other leadership roles, Bricker is

    • a mentor for the Clinical Nurse Mentor Program at Carle BroMenn Medical Center (2020-present),
    • committee chair of the Carle BroMenn Nursing Research Council (2017-present), and
    • committee chair of the Carle BroMenn Nursing Practice Council (2019-present).

    She has been

    • a CNOR coach for the Competency & Credentialing Institute (2018-2020) and
    • a service line coordinator for General Surgery (2014-2017).

    In her community, Bricker is

    • a guest lecturer on perioperative nursing for undergraduate nursing students at Illinois State University (2018-present) and
    • a guest lecturer on perioperative nursing for undergraduate nursing students at Illinois Wesleyan University (2018-present).

    She has been

    • a program participant and community project team member for the Bloomington Public Library door-to-door outreach campaign (2017-2018).

    Election Statement

    When I started my career in the OR, if someone had told me that I would be here today I would not have believed them. From the time I attended my first AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo, I knew I wanted to be an active member of the organization that has supported my professional practice. Over the years, I have served as a leader within my local chapter, the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly, and the Guidelines Advisory Board.

    One thing I value about being an AORN member is members have a voice within the organization. It is important that that voice not only be heard but considered when decisions are being made in the Boardroom. This can only be accomplished when leaders have their finger on the pulse of what is important to the membership.

    I believe those representing us in leadership should have a membership-first focus holding to AORN’s vision, mission, and values. It is through understanding what is most important to members that we create a stronger organization and meet the needs of the membership.

    As a member of the Nominating Committee, I promise to collaborate with the team and make sure those selected for the ballot reflect this core value of putting members first as they serve in office. I am honored and excited for the opportunity to serve you, the members, as we look for the future leaders of our great organization. I humbly ask for your support and vote.

    Read Crystal’s responses to an online Q&A presented by the Nominating Committee.

  • Andrea Mary Dyer, MSN, RN, CNOR

    Candidate Bio

     

    Andrea Mary Dyer

    Andrea Mary Dyer, MSN, RN, CNOR, is a perioperative travel nurse at AMN Healthcare, currently on assignment at Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Southern Maine, Portland; and a master of science in nursing from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona.

    Dyer has been a perioperative nurse for 11 years and a member of AORN for 11 years. She is a member of

    • AORN of Maine Chapter (2020-present),
    • the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2017-present), and
    • the Sterile Processing/Supply Chain Management Specialty Assembly (2017-present).

    She has been a member of

    • the AORN Columbia River Chapter (2018-2019).

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

    Dyer has received

    • The Presidents Coin Award (2019).

    Highlights of Dyer’s service to AORN include that she is

    • a member of the Continuing Education Approval Committee (2020-present),
    • a legislative advocate for the elimination of surgical smoke in Oregon and Maine (2018-present),
    • a member of the AORN of Maine Chapter Board of Directors (2020-present), and
    • president-elect of AORN of Maine Chapter (2020-present).

    She has been

    • president-elect of the AORN Columbia River Chapter (2018-2019);
    • a member of the AORN Columbia River Chapter Board of Directors (2018-2019);
    • poster presenter at AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo, Nashville, on “Implementation of Surgical Smoke Evacuation System Wide at Legacy Health” (2019);
    • presenter at AORN Virtual Expo 2020 on the dangers of surgical smoke, ConMed (2020);
    • an AORN Journal author (2019); and
    • an Outpatient Surgery Magazine author (2019-2020).   

    In other leadership roles, Dyer is

    • a member of the American Nurses’ Association (ANA) Maine (2011-present);
    • a member of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, Inc (2019-present);
    • a member of the International Council on Surgical Plume (2019-present); and
    • a member of the ANA Maine Public Policy Committee (2020-present).

    She has been

    • coordinator for Surgical Smoke continuing education, ConMed (2018-2019).

    In her community, Dyer is

    • a medical volunteer at Camp Boggy Creek, Eustis, Florida (2015-present);
    • a volunteer for the Dempsey Challenge Fundraiser, Maine (2019-present); and
    • a volunteer at Camp Sunshine, Maine (2013-present).

    She has been

    • a medical volunteer for Victory Programs, Boston, Massachusetts (2013-2014) and
    • a medical volunteer project coordinator for Central Maine Medical Center (2020).

    Election Statement

    My passion centers on issues confronting nurses in the workplace, such as the elimination of surgical smoke, incivility, and the shortage of personal protective equipment. I have channeled my passion and knowledge to raise awareness of these issues and advocate for the safety of perioperative staff and patients.

     As a travel nurse, I work in many environments. I am proud to say that I build trusting and collaborative relationships in diverse settings. At one facility, I worked on the team to secure smoke evacuators. I did the research and presented to administration the need for this equipment. They believed in the safety of their staff and procured this necessary equipment. I was then invited to provide testimony on the dangers of surgical smoke to the Oregon legislators.

    Other topics of great interest are incivility in the workplace and the lack of personal protective equipment. Instead of just complaining, I have fostered relationship with nursing associations and legislators to advocate for safety and best practices. I have established relationships that lead to positive change.

    As a member of the Nominating Committee, I will use my ability to develop a ballot of strong, qualified candidates. I will focus on selecting candidates who will ensure that our only concern in the workplace is to provide quality care and safety practices for both patients and staff. I am ready to bring forth my 11 years of experience as a perioperative nurse to work for you. I am committed to the success of AORN.

    Read Andrea’s responses to an online Q&A presented by the Nominating Committee.

  • Sonja W. Furr, BSN, RN, CNOR

    Candidate Bio

     

    Sonja W. Furr,

    Sonja W. Furr, BSN, RN, CNOR, is the facility nurse educator in the OR at Atrium Health Pineville, Charlotte, North Carolina. She earned a diploma in nursing from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Charlotte, North Carolina, and a bachelor of science in nursing from Chamberlain University College of Nursing, St Louis, Missouri.

    Furr has been a perioperative nurse for 25 years and a member of AORN for 15 years. She is a member of

    • the AORN Dogwood Chapter (2011-present),
    • the North Carolina Council of Operating Room Nurses (NCCORN) (2011-present),
    • the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2011-present),
    • the Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly (2011-present), and
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2011-present).

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

    Furr has received

    • a Quality Beacon Silver Award for Increasing Effectiveness of Resources for Organ Recovery Surgical Cases, Atrium Health Pineville (2019).

    Highlights of Furr’ service to AORN include that she is

    • a member of the AORN Foundation Silent Auction Committee (2016-present),
    • chair of the AORN Foundation Silent Auction Committee (2019-present),
    • a member of the NCCORN Board of Directors (2015-2017, 2019-present),
    • a member of the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly Council (2020-present), and
    • a member of the AORN Clinical Nurse Practice Council (2019-present).

    She has been

    • president of the AORN Dogwood Chapter (2012-2013, 2018-2019);
    • a presenter at the NCCORN North Carolina/South Carolina Fall Conference (2019);
    • poster presenter at AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo, New Orleans (2013, 2017);
    • secretary of NCCORN (2012-2015); and
    • chair of NCCORN (2017-2018).

    In other leadership roles, Furr is

    • CNOR certified (2011-present),
    • a member of the American Nurses Association (2016-present), and
    • a member of the North Carolina Nurses Association (2016-present).

    She has been

    • chair of the Carolinas Medical Center Operating Room Preceptor Council (2014-2016) and
    • co-chair of the Education Council, Atrium Health, Pineville (2017-2018).

    In her community, Furr is

    • an assistant at the nursery host desk, Carolina Presbyterian Church (2018-present).

    She has been

    • a co-facilitator for the GriefShare Support Group, Carolina Presbyterian Church (2016-2020);
    • a volunteer for the Safe Alliance Women’s Shelter (2018);
    • an assisting instructor for cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification, Carolina Presbyterian School (2016-2018); and
    • a volunteer for Hurricane Matthew relief, Carolina Presbyterian Church (2018).

    Election Statement

     “Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently.” —Marie Forleo

    2020 is the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. It has also been a year that has tested our resilience as nurses in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Nurses have been fearless and innovative, focused on the safety and well-being of our patients. Florence Nightingale stated, “To be ‘in charge’ is certainly not only to carry out the proper measures yourself but to see that everyone else does so too.”

    My goal as a nurse leader, educator, and colleague is to empower others to become the leaders they are meant to be and to encourage growth throughout their careers. It is continual growth and the ability to change as health care changes that strengthens you and builds resiliency in the nurse as he or she follows evidence-based practices promoting the safety of our patients. During my 36 years as an RN, 11 years in the cardiovascular recovery unit and 25 years as a perioperative nurse, I have been a preceptor, mentor, leader, and educator both formally and informally. My current role as a facility nurse educator in the OR, as well as leadership roles at the national, state, and local AORN levels, has allowed me to mentor, encourage, and empower others towards growth and leadership within their careers.

    It would be an honor to serve as a member of the Nominating Committee and continue working with AORN membership at all levels.

    Read Sonja’s responses to an online Q&A presented by the Nominating Committee.

  • Christopher J. Hudgins, BS, ASN, RN, CNOR

    Candidate Bio

     

    Christopher J. Hudgins

    Christopher J. Hudgins, BS, ASN, RN, CNOR, is a perioperative clinical specialist manager at 3M Health Care, St Paul, Minnesota. He earned a certificate in surgical technology from the Community College of the Air Force, Montgomery, Alabama; an associate of science in nursing from Georgia Perimeter College, Atlanta; and a bachelor of science in alternative medicine from Everglades University, Boca Raton, Florida.

    Hudgins has been a perioperative nurse for 19 years and a member of AORN for 12 years. He is a member of

    • the AORN Atlanta Chapter (2011-present) and
    • the Georgia State Council (2016-present).

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

    Hudgins has received

    • Perioperative Nurse of the Year, AORN Atlanta Chapter (2016);
    • a 3M Pyramid of Excellence Award (2016); and
    • a 3M Golden Step Award (2011).

    Highlights of Hudgins’ service to AORN include that he is

    • a member of the AORN Awards Committee (2020-present),
    • a member of the Georgia State Council Board of Directors (2020-present),
    • a member of the Georgia State Council Legislative Committee (2019-present),
    • a member of the Georgia State Council Scholarship Committee (2020-present), and
    • a member of the AORN Atlanta Chapter Board of Directors (2019-present).

    He has been

    • co-chair of the Georgia State Council Scholarship Committee (2019-2020),
    • co-chair of the Georgia State Council Policy & Bylaws Committee (2019-2020), and
    • president of AORN Atlanta Chapter (2017-2018).

    In other leadership roles, Hudgins is

    • a member of the Georgia Nurses Association (2020-present) and
    • a member of the 3M OR Sales Advisory Team (2020-present).

    He has been

    • an instructor at the 3M National Training Meeting (2018-2020) and
    • a member of the Fluid Warming Education Committee (2018-2019).

    Election Statement

    I am so excited to be selected as a candidate for the AORN Nominating Committee.

    AORN’s mission is to promote safety and optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and invasive procedures. Health care workers are challenged to provide this care when they are subjected to unhealthy work environments. That’s why I am dedicated to surgical smoke education and mandatory evacuation.

    The dangers of surgical smoke were first identified over 45 years ago. However, it is estimated that 50% of health care workers do not understand the risks, and there are still no nationwide regulations or laws that protect health care personnel from exposure to surgical smoke. As a lead participant, I helped start a grass-roots movement to educate health care workers and lawmakers about these dangers, with the mission of passing legislation requiring surgical smoke evacuation in Georgia. This experience afforded me the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues across the country.

    After the pandemic started, professional organizations that previously opposed our initiative began to change their recommendations. I have undertaken a research project to investigate surgical smoke evacuation knowledge and practice during this time. The results of this study will help with surgical smoke legislation not only in my state, but nationwide.

    I promise to bring the same passion that I have for this cause, my spirit of collaboration, and 25 years of health care experience to the Nominating Committee. I would be honored to receive your vote and look forward to serving you!

    Read Christopher’s responses to an online Q&A presented by the Nominating Committee.

  • Christopher L. Peredney, MSN, CNS-CP, RN, CNOR

    Candidate Bio

     

    Christopher L. Peredney

    Christopher L. Peredney, MSN, CNS-CP, RN, CNOR, is a clinical nurse specialist in Regional Perioperative Services, CHI Franciscan Health, Tacoma, Washington. He earned a bachelor of science in environmental health science and a master of science in toxicology from the University of Georgia, Athens; and a master of science in nursing from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington. He currently is pursuing a doctor of nursing practice at Aspen University, Denver, Colorado.

    Peredney has been a perioperative nurse for 12 years and a member of AORN for 13 years. He is a member of

    • AORN Evergreen (2011-present),
    • the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (2011-present), and
    • the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2011-present).

    Peredney has attended Congress seven times in the past 10 years, six times as a delegate.

    Highlights of Peredney’s service to AORN include that he is

    • past-president of AORN Evergreen (2020-present).

    He has been

    • president of AORN Evergreen (2016-2017, 2019-2020).

    In other leadership roles, Peredney is

    • co-chair of the CHI Franciscan Health Perioperative Clinical Practice Group (2013-present),
    • co-chair of the CommonSpirit Health Perioperative Policy and Education Subcommittee (2020-present),
    • co-chair of the CommonSpirit Perioperative Collaborative (2016-present), and
    • a member of the Competency & Credentialing Institute CNS-CP Advisory Committee (2019-present).

    In his community, Peredney is

    • an emergency care volunteer for the Cascadia Dirt Cup (2015-present).

    He has been

    • an emergency care volunteer for the Dockyard Derby Dames (2011-2015).

    Election Statement

    AORN has guided the way for quality in perioperative nursing care and quality in perioperative nursing leadership. In my years as a clinical nurse specialist, I have had the opportunity to learn from skilled leaders through the workplace and in local and national AORN. The lessons learned from these mentors has allowed me to grow in my own practice and provided me the models to help develop tomorrow’s perioperative leaders. To continue this tradition, it is essential to select and develop emerging nurse leaders to serve our organization.

    Quality and outcomes are the key to 21st-century leadership. As a member of the Nominating Committee, I will be part of a team with the mission and duty of identifying and selecting the future leaders of our Association. The qualities of a perioperative leader are measured by how they support and serve their constituents. By supporting the frontline nurses, a leader can ensure the patients receive quality care and have the best clinical outcomes. To do this, the leader must listen to the needs of those who they lead, be competent in identifying opportunities for improvement, and be able to guide the perioperative team in implementation of evidence-based interventions. This is true for leading an individual OR team, a perioperative department, or an international organization such as AORN.

    If, with your support, I am elected to the Nominating Committee, you can trust that I will represent you, the perioperative nurse, at the national level.

    Read Christopher’s responses to an online Q&A presented by the Nominating Committee.

  • Tammy K. Woolley, MS, MBA, CNOR, NEA-BC

    Candidate Bio

     

    Tammy K. Woolley

    Tammy K. Woolley, MS, MBA, CNOR, NEA-BC, is the director of Perioperative Services at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora. She earned an associate degree in nursing from Kansas Newman College, Wichita; a bachelor of science in business, a bachelor of science in nursing, and a master of science in management from Regis University, Denver, Colorado; and a master of business administration in health care administration from Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Woolley has been a perioperative nurse for 39 years and a member of AORN for 37 years. She is a member of

    • AORN of Denver (2011-present) and
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2011-present).

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

    Woolley has received

    • a Chapter Leadership Award (2016).

    Highlights of Woolley’s service to AORN include that she is

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

    She has been

    • treasurer of AORN of Denver (2014-2018),
    • past-president of AORN of Denver (2013-2014),
    • president of AORN of Denver (2012-2013),
    • president-elect of AORN of Denver (2011-2012), and
    • secretary of AORN of Denver (2011).                                            

    In her community, Woolley is

    • a member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Board of Directors (2011-present).

    Election Statement

    I have been working in perioperative nursing for 39 years, a member of AORN for 37 years, and a CNOR for 35 years. When asked what my profession is, I proudly say, “I am an OR nurse.” I have worked in various hospital settings with both adult and pediatric patients, in administrative roles, and as a staff nurse. For the past 15 years, I have worked as the Director of Perioperative Services at an academic pediatric hospital and utilize the AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice for evidence-based practice and as the gold standard of practice for department policies and procedures. I have always been extremely active in my local chapter and have served in all offices on the chapter Board of Directors level several times, as well as have been chair of all our committees. I lead by example and encourage staff participation in chapter activities and support them in obtaining and maintaining their CNOR. This year, I decided to take my passion for our organization a step further and apply for a position on the 2021 AORN national ballot. I believe that by being on the Nominating Committee, I will play an important role in networking and soliciting nominations of our best candidates for elected AORN positions. In these uncertain times in health care, it is more important than ever to have strong leadership representing us through AORN. I am happy to contribute my time and efforts in making a difference for our professional organization. I appreciate your support!

    Read Tammy’s responses to an online Q&A presented by the Nominating Committee.

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