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Meet the 2022-2023 elected candidates.

President-elect

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

    Candidate Bio

     

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

    Elizabeth S. Pincus, MSN, MBA, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CNOR, is a nursing professional development specialist at Stanford Health Care, Palo Alto, 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 14 years and a member of AORN for 14 years. She is a member of

    • AORN of Silicon Valley (2019-present),
    • AORN of Long Island (2012-present),
    • AORN of New York City (2012-present),
    • the New York State Council (2016-present),
    • the Advanced Practice Specialty Assembly (2012-present), and
    • the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2013-present).

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

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

    • Vice President of AORN (2020-present),
    • co-chair of the New York State Council (2018-present),
    • a peer reviewer for the AORN Journal (2013-present),
    • Board liaison to the Fellowship Selection Committee (2020-present), and
    • a member of the AORN of Silicon Valley Board of Directors (2021-present).

    She has been

    • Secretary of AORN (2018-2020),
    • 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), 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),
    • a member of the Kappa Gamma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau (2012-present), and
    • a mentor for the American Nurses Association Mentorship Program (2020-present).

    She has been

    • a member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Education Committee (2014-2018) 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 volunteer for the Alpha Xi Delta 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);
    • co-chair of the Relay for Life of Roosevelt Island (2012-2013); and
    • a medical volunteer for New York Road Runners (2015-2019).

    Election Statement

    AORN, our profession and our world were rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we were tested in ways that we never thought possible. As nurses, our work is challenging, exhilarating, and can be exhausting. As perioperative nurses, our limits are being tested: we are supporting surgeries that cannot be delayed including those of COVID+ patients, supporting our colleagues on inpatient units and many have been reassigned to units across our hospital systems. Every day nurses go to work, and bring a unique set of skills, knowledge, personal and professional experience to care for patients and families that are often in crisis. Yet we continue to demonstrate why we are the most trusted profession and always remain true to our guiding light and principles.

    AORN is the guiding light of our daily practice: we have relied on them to help us care for our patients and help to keep everyone safe. AORN has worked tirelessly to compile resources needed to support us at the bedside and continue to support us with virtual education. AORN needs dedicated leaders who are willing and able to look at the big picture and who can make difficult decisions. As President, I will lead your Board with that same mindset—to review the full scope of the matter, evaluate the outcomes and have conviction in our decisions, and maintain our priority of focusing on our patients and members. The heart of this association is our members and does not exist without you.

    Decisions and corresponding votes that I have participated in have been challenging including supporting the cancellation of live Expo 2020 and 2021 and the related budget cuts. I did not make these decisions without intense deliberation and discussion, but they were focused on our long-term sustainability and what best served our members. As President, I want to merge the strengths of our membership, bridging the wisdom and experience of our long-term members with the passion and energy of our newer members. Diversity is a strength, and we can excel and move our profession forward with the synergy of our multigenerational association.

    When elected, I will continue to serve with integrity, conviction, and passion. I have been speaking for the members in the boardroom for the past six years and my true north will remain steadfast—you and your patients are my priority. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you as President.

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

Vice President

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

    Candidate Bio

     

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

     

    Darlene B. Murdock, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, 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. She is currently pursuing a master of science in nursing education from Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Murdock has been a perioperative nurse for 29 years and a member of AORN for 27 years. She is a member of

    • AORN of Greater Houston (2012-present),
    • the Texas Council of Operating Room Nurses (2012-present),
    • the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2021-present),
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2012-present),
    • the Pediatric Specialty Assembly (2012-present),
    • the Retired Nurses Specialty Assembly (2018-present), and
    • the Sterile Processing/Supply Chain Management Specialty Assembly (2019-present).

    She has been a member of

    • the Trauma Specialty Assembly (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

    • a Good Samaritan Foundation of Texas Excellence in Nursing Bronze Award (2021),
    • a Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) Nursing Pillar Award as Innovator (2020),
    • an AORN Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Clinical Nursing Practice Award (2018),
    • an AORN of Greater Houston Star Award for Outstanding Contribution (2017), and
    • a Federation of Houston Professional Women Woman of Excellence Award (2014).

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

    • Secretary of AORN (2020-present);
    • Board liaison to the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2021-present);
    • Board liaison to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Membership Task Force (2021-present); and
    • chair of the Credentialing Committee (2020-present).

    She has been

    • president of AORN of Greater Houston (2013-2014);
    • a member of the Texas Council of Operating Room Nurses Board of Directors (2015-2020);
    • an AORN Journal author (2013);
    • a member of the AORN Board of Directors (2018-2020);
    • chair of the Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, and Trauma Specialty Assembly (2012-2013); and
    • Board advisor to AORN of Greater Houston (2016-2019).

    In other leadership roles, Murdock is

    • a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (2021-present);
    • chair of the Professional Nurse Advancement Program, Memorial Hermann Hospital-TMC (2017-present); and
    • a member of the Peer Review Committee, Memorial Hermann Hospital-TMC (2016-present).

    She has been

    • editor-in-chief of The Surgical Sunrise monthly newsletter for Surgical Services, Memorial Hermann Hospital-TMC (2012-2021); and
    • editor-in-chief of The PNAP Pride quarterly newsletter for Memorial Hermann Hospital-TMC (2018-2021).

    In her community, Murdock is

    • a sort room volunteer for Project C.U.R.E., Houston, Texas (2015-present); and
    • a presenter at Career Day, DeBakey High School for Health Professions, Houston, Texas (2021-present).

    She has been

    • an injury prevention champion, Live Your DREAMS Injury Prevention Program at Memorial Hermann Hospital-TMC (2015-2020);
    • an instructor for Stop the Bleed Program at Memorial Hermann Hospital-TMC (2018-2020); and
    • a presenter at Career Day, Fort Bend School District, Texas (2012-2018).

    Election Statement

    As we journey through times of uncertainty, we must look to the future with great hope and intention. The future of perioperative nursing is bright. The pandemic has placed AORN and perioperative nursing in the spotlight because of our expertise and reputation. We must harness the spotlight, lessons learned, along with new knowledge and skills acquired to move forward courageously with great intentions to reach new heights. It is paramount that our association leaders continue to be strategic, innovative, courageous, and connected to our members. I have demonstrated my strategic and innovative mindset in AORN’s boardroom, with many innovative ideas coming to fruition. Being involved in AORN’s strategic planning coupled with my facility’s nursing strategic planning, I know that innovation is crucial to organizational growth and prosperity. I am extremely proud of my contribution to AORN’s DEI plan and statement condemning racism, which illustrates true grit. During the pandemic, I have been involved in making vital decisions concerning the well-being and financial stability of our association, and as a result, we are thriving. Throughout my Board tenure, connecting with you has been my priority.

    Earning a reputation as a trusted and effective change agent, my AORN volunteer leadership spans over a decade encompassing all levels; however, my most recent experience serving as your national Secretary has prepared me to successfully step directly into the Vice President’s role. The Secretary must stand ready and take on the Vice President’s responsibilities, and I stand ready if necessary, staying abreast of AORN’s business, membership needs, health care, and nursing. My prior Board experience, clinical expertise, financial acumen, strategic critical thinking, innovative mindset, combined with my familiarity with our bylaws, policies, and parliamentary procedures, qualifies me for the position of Vice President. However, my connection with you inspires me to lead authentically and wholeheartedly, as I know AORN exists to serve you.

    I have a perceptive understanding of AORN’s mission and vision; I exemplify AORN’s values; I have an intuitive connection with our members, and I have demonstrated my tenacity as a leader. Leading our association is an immense responsibility that I am ready, prepared, and confident to embrace with pride and passion. I am truly humbled at this opportunity to serve you on a new level. It will be an honor to continue to be a strong voice in the Boardroom serving and representing you as your Vice President.

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

Secretary

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

    Candidate Bio

     

    Jamie Ridout

    Jamie Ridout, MBA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR, CASC, 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 28 years and a member of AORN for 28 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 Perioperative Nursing Informatics Specialty Assembly (2016-present), and
    • the Sterile Processing/Supply Chain Management Specialty Assembly (2016-present).

    She has been a member of

    • AORN of Tar Heels East North Carolina (2014-2016).

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

    Ridout has received

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

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

    • a member of the AORN Foundation Committee (2018-present),
    • a member of the Global Surgical Conference Education Committee (2020-present), and
    • a speaker at the Capital North Carolina Chapter meeting (2018-present).

    She has been

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

    In other leadership roles, Ridout is

    • a member of the North Carolina Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (NCASCA) Board of Directors (2017-present),
    • education chair of the NCASCA (2017-present),
    • responsible for assisting Capital City Surgery Center become the #1 Ambulatory Surgery Center in North Carolina as recognized by Newsweek (2021-present), and
    • responsible for assisting Capital City Surgery Center receive the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health’s Advanced Orthopaedic Certification for Total Joint and Complex Spine (2021-present).

    She has been

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

    In her community, Ridout is

    • a member of the middle school PTA (2015-present) and
    • a member of the high school PTA (2019-present).

    She has been

    • manager of Triangle Fútbol Club U11 Orange Team (2013-2015) and
    • manager of Triangle Fútbol Club U11 Team Japan (2013-2015).

    Election Statement

    By 2022, more RN jobs will be available than any other profession. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates demand for >1 million new RNs, to avoid a nursing shortage. AORN is in active partnerships with nursing programs to educate/train our next generation of perioperative nurses. Nursing organizations continue to advocate for health care reform, and hopefully, better pay for veteran nurses.

    Nurses/nursing leaders have been pushed to the edge. An aging population, persistent worldwide pandemic, fatigue/burnout and retiring Baby Boomers further compound the stress of a profession already full of challenges. Nursing remains one of the most trusted professions and we do not have enough of them. As a member-driven organization, AORN must continue to focus on the needs and engagement of its members, as our part to retain them.

    I’m a perioperative nurse, lifetime AORN member and a recognized business leader. I continue to successfully lead my organization through COVID-19 and staffing opportunities. I understand the challenges that lie ahead for my organization, AORN and our members.

    As your Secretary, I have the experience, business acumen, education and over 28 years of perioperative service, to help guide AORN. I am a proactive, engaged, authentic leader, with the ability to work collaboratively among a diverse team. We need strong advocates on the Board who appreciate the future state of nursing and our association.

    It’s a great honor to be considered for the AORN office of Secretary. I’d be honored to receive your vote and look forward to serving you.

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

Board of Directors

  • Deborah Marie Ebert, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR

    Candidate Bio

    Deborah Marie Ebert, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR

     

    Deborah Marie Ebert, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR, is the associate vice president of Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, Houston. She earned a diploma in nursing from Providence School of Nursing, Mobile, Alabama; a bachelor of science in nursing from Adventist University of Health Sciences, Orlando, Florida; and a master of science in nursing leadership/administration from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut.

    Ebert has been a perioperative nurse for 43 years and a member of AORN for 25 years. She is a member of

    • AORN of Greater Houston (2020-present) and
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2021-present).

    She has been a member of

    • AORN of Orange County (2017-2020),
    • AORN of Tampa Bay (2015-2017), and
    • AORN of Las Vegas (2012-2015).

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

    Ebert has received

    • a Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) Volunteer of the Year Award (2021) and
    • a World Class Leader Award (2018).

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

    • a member of the AORN Journal Editorial Board (2020-present).

    She has been

    • chair of the Recruitment and Retention of Perioperative Nurses Task Force (2019-2021),
    • a member of the AORN of Las Vegas Board of Directors (2012-2015), and
    • president of AORN of Las Vegas (2013-2014).

    In other leadership roles, Ebert is

    • chair of the CCI Recertification Committee (2020-present).

    She has been

    • a member of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) National Nominating Committee (2014-2015);
    • chair of the ASPAN National Conference Local Host Committee (2013-2014);
    • a member of the ASPAN National Steering Committee, Nevada Component (2014-2015); and
    • a member of the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives Education Committee (2016-2017).

    In her community, Ebert is

    • a member of the Medical Reserve Corps (2015-present) and
    • a volunteer for the American Red Cross Disaster Response (2012-present).

    She has been

    • an advanced cardiac life support instructor, American Heart Association (2012-2015);
    • cochair of community service, Yale Club of Nevada (2012-2014); and
    • a sponsor for the Alliance for Homeless Youth (2012-2015).

    Election Statement

    Perioperative nursing has a rich heritage. Today, we continue to celebrate this most noble calling as we face unprecedented challenges. AORN is a beacon of best practices, driving our profession forward. To stay true to our mission, one of our primary goals must be to recruit and retain diverse, resilient, highly competent perioperative teams.

    My two years as chairman of the AORN National Task Force on Recruitment and Retention has been an enlightening experience. One of every six nurses will retire in the next 10 years. The perioperative nursing shortage is uniquely challenging, consisting not only of a shortage of bedside nurses but also of nurse leaders, as perioperative nurses tend to be older than nurses in other specialties. They are also more difficult to recruit and retain. Burnout exacerbated by pandemic-related staffing shortages, will need to be addressed.

     When I began my OR career in 1978, I couldn’t have imagined the journey before me. I take pride in helping others who have embarked on this challenging and rewarding path flourish as I have. As a member of the Board, my goal would be to leave a legacy of mentorship promoting excellence in patient care. Our future depends on strategic planning and actions to ensure we continue to serve the needs of our communities. I would hope this document will not be read so much as a candidate statement but rather as a call to action for our organization.

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

  • Megan K. Nolan, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM

    Candidate Bio

    Megan K. Nolan, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM

     

    Megan K. Nolan, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, is the Director of Operating Room at Beth Israel Deaconess Lahey Health Milton. She earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Normandale Community College, Bloomington, Minnesota; a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Boston; and a master of science in nursing from Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois.

    Nolan has been a perioperative nurse for 15 years and a member of AORN for 12 years. She is a member of

    • Massachusetts Chapter I (2019-present) and
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2017-present).

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

    Nolan has received

    • a Preceptor Award, AORN Massachusetts Chapter I (2015).

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

    • chair of the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2021-present),
    • secretary of Massachusetts Chapter I (2019-present), and
    • communications chair of Massachusetts Chapter I (2019-present).

    She has been

    • chair-elect of the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2020-2021),
    • practice chair of the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2019-2020), and
    • education chair of the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2017-2019).

    In other leadership roles, Nolan is

    • a member of the Northeast Pediatric Cardiology Nurses Association (2014-present),
    • a member of the Massachusetts Nurses Association (2019-present),
    • a member of the American Organization of Nurse Leaders (2019-present), and
    • a member of Sigma Theta Tau (2020-present).

    In her community, Nolan is

    • a committee member for the Boston Walk for 1 in 100 Adult Congenital Heart Disease Association (2021-present).

    Election Statement

    I am grateful for the leadership AORN showed during the pandemic. Even when we did not know what was coming next, from case cancellations to PPE shortages, AORN supported and guided us. Since the start of the pandemic, we all faced challenges never encountered before, and AORN’s leadership and Board of Directors led magnificently in an ever-changing landscape. As we look to the future of perioperative nursing, AORN will be there as a shining beacon to guide the way. As an experienced perioperative leader, I seek the opportunity to guide our future on the Board of Directors. As we move through the pandemic, not past the pandemic as it is unlikely we will ever be past COVID-19, we need leaders who will continue to tackle the challenges of perioperative nursing. Two challenges that come to mind are the lack of diversity in nursing and the perioperative nursing shortage. When we focus on recruiting diverse perspectives into the perioperative environment, we also address the nursing shortage. In addition, it is essential to address succession planning at all levels by recruiting high school and nursing students to perioperative nursing. Finally, we need to engage nurses within each facility to get involved with AORN to build future leaders and let their voices be heard. Yes, there is a pandemic, yet we need to continue guiding our future vision. I look forward to guiding AORN’s future, and I humbly ask for your vote for the Board of Directors.

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

  • Rebecca K. Vortman, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

    Candidate Bio

     

    Rebecca K. Vortman

    Rebecca K. Vortman, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois Chicago, Springfield, and a perioperative education consultant for AORN. She earned a bachelor of arts in sociology from Illinois College, Jacksonville; an associate’s 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 10 years and a member of AORN for nine years. She is a member of

    • AORN of Central Illinois (2012-present),
    • the Illinois Council of Perioperative Registered Nurses (2019-present),
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2013-present),
    • the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2016-present),
    • the Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly (2017-present),
    • the Perioperative Nursing Informatics Specialty Assembly (2018-present), and
    • eChapter (2021-present).

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

    Vortman has received

    • an AORN Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Education Award (2021),
    • an AORN Year of the Nurse Member Spotlight (2020),
    • an Illinois Nurses Foundation 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader Award (2020),
    • an AORN Forty Under 40 Award (2017), and
    • an AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo Clinical Innovation poster award (2019).

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

    • a member of the Nursing Research Committee (2019-2020, 2021-present),
    • correspondent for Periop Briefing (2019-present), and
    • a peer reviewer for the AORN Journal (2012-present).

    She has been

    • education chair of the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2019-2021),
    • a member of the Taskforce to Define the Role of the DNP in Perioperative Services (2020-2021),
    • secretary of AORN of Central Illinois (2015-2016),
    • president of AORN of Central Illinois (2016-2017), and
    • president-elect of AORN of Central Illinois (2015-2016).

    In other leadership roles, Vortman is

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

    She has been

    • chair of the Memorial Medical Center’s Professional Development Council (2014-2015),
    • chair of the Memorial Medical Center’s Surgery Unit-Based Council (2013-2015),
    • a member of the Memorial Medical Center’s Surgical Smoke Evacuation Committee (2017-2019), and
    • co-leader of Illinois-based grassroots coalition for passage of surgical smoke plume evacuation legislation (2020-2021).

    In her community, Vortman is

    • a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran School, Sports Boosters Board of Directors, Springfield, Illinois (2021-present).

    She has been

    • a volunteer for COVID-19 symptom screening, Our Savior’s Lutheran School, Springfield, Illinois (2020);
    • a volunteer for “Hands on Healthcare” perioperative nursing career day for high school students, Springfield, Illinois (2018);
    • a volunteer for Memorial’s Festival of Trees, Springfield, Illinois (2013-2014); and
    • a volunteer for Memorial Sports Care Women’s Biathlon, Springfield, Illinois (2013-2014).

    Election Statement

    Colleagues,

    AORN members are the lifeblood of the organization but lately many have sensed changes in how the Association engages with us. These changes have frequently been a point of discussion. We know they exist; now is the time to act.

    My promise to you is that I will make it my priority to focus initiatives towards expanding member engagement and to enhance the value of membership. It’s imperative for AORN to listen meaningfully to members, to find ways for members to help shape the standards of our profession and the future of our association. I believe we can find avenues for members to participate in sharing their expertise and knowledge of our beloved profession.

    Poet Melodie Chenevert suggests a leader should be “action-oriented, goal driven, politically astute, tenacious, articulate, scientific, compassionate, resourceful, creative, visionary, heroic. Roll up your sleeves and get the job done. Challenge the status quo. Refuse to be intimated. Dare to stand in the line of fire. Boldly go where no nurse has gone before. Lead.”

    I strive for this in my practice, and this is what you can expect from me as your Board member.

    I am running for office because I care about our members and want to be your voice. If elected, you will have a serious leader that is resilient and will fight for what is right to move our profession and organization forward. It would be an honor to serve you, and I humbly ask for your vote.

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

Nominating Committee

  • Hung-Fu Charlie Lin, MSN, APRN, NP-C, CNOR, CNAMB

    Candidate Bio

     

    Hung-Fu Charlie Lin, MSN, APRN, NP-C, CNOR, CNAMB

    Hung-Fu Charlie Lin, MSN, APRN, NP-C, CNOR, CNAMB, is a nurse practitioner in pediatric otolaryngology and a clinical assistant professor at Stanford Children’s Health, Palo Alto, California; and adjunct faculty - RN first assistant at Delaware County Community College, Media, Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor of science in nursing and a master of science in nursing from West Texas A&M University, Canyon; and an RN first assistant certificate from Delaware County Community College, Media, Pennsylvania.

    Lin has been a perioperative nurse for nine years and a member of AORN for seven years. He is a member of

    • AORN of North Texas (2015-present),
    • AORN Silicon Valley CA (2019-present),
    • the RNFA Specialty Assembly (2017-present),
    • the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (2017-present), and
    • the Pediatric Specialty Assembly (2016-present).

    He has been a member of

    • AORN Connecticut Chapter I (2018-2019) and
    • eChapter (2016-2017).

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

    Lin has received

    • an AORN Top 40 Under Forty Award (2017),
    • an OWL (Outstanding With Literature) Award (2021), and
    • a Five Star Spirit Award (2013).

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

    • chair of the RNFA Specialty Assembly (2021-present),
    • secretary of AORN Silicon Valley CA (2020-present),
    • education co-chair of AORN of North Texas (2021-present),
    • legislative chair of the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (2021-present),
    • chair-elect of the AORN Scholarship Committee (2021-present).

    He has been

    • a member of the AORN Connecticut Chapter I Board of Directors (2018-2019),
    • co-chair of the AORN Connecticut Chapter I Legislative Committee (2018-2019),
    • co-chair of the AORN Connecticut Chapter I Bylaws Committee (2018-2019),
    • secretary of AORN of North Texas (2016-2018), and
    • communications chair of the RNFA Specialty Assembly (2020-2021).

    In other leadership roles, Lin is

    • a member of the Nurse Practitioner Education Enhancement and Sustainment Committee, American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2020-present);
    • chair of the Advanced Practice Provider Information Technology Committee, Stanford Children’s Hospital (2020-present);
    • a CNOR coach for the Competency & Credentialing Institute (2020-present);
    • a member of the Nurse Leadership Team, LEAP Global Missions (2015-present); and
    • a clinical research coordinator, Stanford Sinus Center (2020-present).

    In his community, Lin has been

    • a youth counselor at Asian American Baptist Church (2015-2017),
    • a youth counselor at Dallas Chinese Fellowship Church (2012-2018), and
    • a youth counselor at Chinese Baptist Church of Greater Hartford (2018-2019).

    Election Statement

    Health care disparities continue challenging the well-being of patient-centered care, testing our daily perioperative practice as evidenced by the pandemic. The decisions of today continue to shape the health care landscape of the future including the leadership of our association. At the forefront in promoting safe surgery, AORN’s leadership must remain relevant by focusing on member needs by addressing challenges impacting the profession of today and future.

    As a first-generation Taiwanese-American male nurse, I have worked to overcome sociocultural norms and professional expectations as a rising perioperative leader and strong advocate for my patients as a nurse practitioner and RN first assistant. As one of AORN’s Forty Under 40, I am ready to serve our members with previous experience as nominating committee chair for a national health care student organization at the state level. Serving in leadership within my chapters and Specialty Assemblies has helped develop the groundwork for my success.

    The foundation of my service is to inspire the next generation of perioperative leaders. Paying forward professional mentorship and collaboration will be my cornerstone in guiding members interested in pursuing higher levels of leadership within AORN. As our profession continues to rise to meet challenges impacting health care, nursing must continue to remain adaptable, innovative, and creative. Real-world issues such as workplace civility and diversity, equity, and inclusion must continually be addressed. My responsibility is to my patients and you, the members. I will always strive for perioperative excellence serving you as a leader on the AORN Nominating Committee.

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

  • Olivia Jean Raymond, BSN, RN, CNOR

    Candidate Bio

     

    Olivia Jean Raymond, BSN, RN, CNOR

    Olivia Jean Raymond, BSN, RN, CNOR, is a professional nurse III, robotic coordinator at Northern Light Mercy Hospital, Portland, Maine. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine.

    Raymond has been a perioperative nurse for five years and a member of AORN for four years. She is a member of

    • State of Maine Chapter (2017-present) and
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2020-present).

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

    Raymond has received

    • a Rising Star Award (2017) and
    • Employee of the Month, Northern Light Mercy Hospital, Portland, Maine (2021).

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

    • a member of the Continuing Education Approval Committee (2021-present) and
    • a member of the AORN Member Mentor Program (2021-present).

    She has been

    • president of State of Maine Chapter (2019-2021),
    • president-elect of State of Maine Chapter (2019), and
    • secretary of State of Maine Chapter (2018-2019).

    In other leadership roles, Raymond is

    • a member of the American Nurses Association (2020-present) and
    • secretary of the Operating Room Unit-Based Council, Northern Light Mercy Hospital (2020-present).

    She has been

    • a graduate of Lunder-Dineen Maine Nursing Preceptor Education Program (2019),
    • a graduate of the Northern Light Professional and Organizational Development Program (2018-2019), and
    • chair of the Operating Room Unit-Based Council at Northern Light Mercy Hospital (2019-2020).

    In her community, Raymond has been

    • a volunteer for Preble Street Kitchen in Portland, Maine (2020);
    • a volunteer vaccinator at COVID-19 vaccination clinic (2021);
    • a volunteer at the Portland, Maine Refugee Asylum (2019); and
    • a member of the Northern Light Mercy Hospital softball team (2021).

    Election Statement

    I am a young, proud member of AORN and am honored to be a candidate for the AORN Nominating Committee. Perioperative nursing is my passion and has led me to become a service lead, robotic coordinator, and relief charge nurse. Recognized by my peers and colleagues as a nurse leader, I am dedicated to my patients, team members, and professional nursing association—AORN.

    Over the past three years I have had the privilege of serving my local Maine AORN chapter. As a chapter officer, I know the importance and challenge of encouraging member and nonmember engagement. Exploring new ways to connect with nurses is key to growing and maintaining our association.

    Alongside Maine nurse leaders, I have educated Maine legislative representatives on clearing the air of surgical smoke. Utilizing solution-based communication and compromise while working on this project, are skills that I developed that are essential for a resourceful Nominating Committee. The primary function of the Nominating Committee is to develop a strong ballot. I am prepared to seek innovative and talented candidates for AORN’s future. I pledge to evaluate each nominees’ application for what they bring to the table as we develop the ballot. I will be a strong, accessible advocate for the candidates selected as they go through the election process.

    As a candidate for the Nominating Committee, I am asking for your support. I will commit my energy to identifying and presenting the next generation of potential leaders, to you, who will ensure AORN’s continued growth.

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

  • Daphny Peneza, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM

    Candidate Bio

     

    Daphny Peneza, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM

    Daphny Peneza, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, is an education resource specialist III at Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center, Houston. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing and a master of science in nursing from Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines.

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

    • AORN of Greater Houston (2015-present),
    • eChapter (2017-present),
    • the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2015-present),
    • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2015-present), and
    • the Texas Collaboration of periOperative Registered Nurses (2017-present).

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

    Peneza has received

    • an AORN Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Education Award (2021),
    • an AORN Promising Professional Achievement Award (2018),
    • an American Association of Neuroscience Nurses Excellence in Neuroscience Education Award (2020),
    • a Texas Nurses Association - District 9’s Nursing Hero Award (2021), and
    • a Philippine Nurses Association of Metropolitan Houston’s Outstanding Filipino Nurse Award (2018).

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

    • volunteer coordinator-observer, Global Surgical Conference Education Committee (2021-present);
    • a member of the AORN Journal News Advisory Group (2021-present);
    • education chair of the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2021-present);
    • a member of the Texas Collaboration of periOperative Registered Nurses Leadership Council (2017-present); and
    • chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of AORN of Greater Houston (2021-present).

    She has been

    • a member of the Global Surgical Conference Education Committee (2019-2021),
    • a member of the AORN Global Relations Committee (2017-2019),
    • chair of the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2019-2021),
    • president of AORN of Greater Houston (2020-2021), and
    • chair of the AORN of Greater Houston Nominating Committee (2017-2018).

    In other leadership roles, Peneza is

    • a member of the Competency and Credentialing Institute Certification Council (2020-present),
    • a member of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses Leadership and Development Committee (2020-present),
    • a member of the American Nurses Association and Texas Nurses Association District 9 (2014-present), and
    • a member of the Philippine Nurses Association of America Marketing and Communications Committee (2018-present).

    She has been

    • a member of the Federation of Houston Professional Women Nominating Committee (2020).

    In her community, Peneza is

    • a guest lecturer, Michael E. Debakey High School for Health Professionals career development courses (2020-present);
    • a volunteer for the Houston Royal Oaks Lions Club Health Fair (2018-present); and
    • a volunteer for the Star of Hope Women and Family Development Center (2018-present).

    She has been

    • a health screening volunteer at the Alief Community Health Fair (2018-2019) and
    • a sort room volunteer for Medical Bridges (2015).

    Election Statement

    As the world continues to find stability within the myriad of multifaceted health care and other global issues, nurses continue to deal with high-acuity patients and complex working conditions. We will need strong leaders, who embody our “Shared Vision: Holistic Excellence in Motion” to realize our “Prime Purpose: Provision of Safe and Quality Care for Humanity.”

    Through the years, my AORN involvement has been centered on building strong collaboration from grassroots to global levels. I have empowered members to pursue their service calling by creating mentoring and volunteering opportunities. As president of a large chapter, I unlocked creative innovation strategies that helped us receive Chapter of the Year for 2021.

    My continuous meaningful participations and extensive network will help me craft a balanced ballot of qualified leaders and develop a sustainable base of bankable leaders to help AORN thrive gracefully. I will bring to AORN leadership a stellar record of excellence and genuine desire to support the growth of our perioperative specialty.

    Surviving the current time is not achieved through a sprint nor marathon, we must be part of the relay! Receive and pass the baton with conviction through advocating for each other, learning daily, generously sharing, and embracing diversity. I challenge you to invest in our future, your vote is golden. I respectfully and humbly ask for your support to serve as a member of our AORN Nominating Committee.

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