Gerry Y. Asuncion
Director of Education and Professional Practice and the Magnet Program Director at Providence Saint John’s Health Center
Candidate for Board of Directors (Four to be Elected)
Gerry Y. Asuncion, MS, BSN, RN, CSSM, CNOR, CNAMB, CPHQ, is the director of Education and Professional Practice and the Magnet Program director at Providence Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica, California. He earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Western Mindanao State University, Zamboanga City, Philippines, and a Master of Science in health care quality and safety from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.
Asuncion has been a perioperative nurse for 22 years and a member of AORN for 8 years. He is a member of
- AORN of Los Angeles (2020-present),
- AORN of Greater Houston (2022-present),
- eChapter (2022-present),
- the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2017-present),
- the Perioperative Nursing Informatics Specialty Assembly (2017-present),
- the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2017-present),
- the Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly (2017-present), and
- the Sterile Processing/Supply Chain Management Specialty Assembly (2017-present).
He has been a member of
- eChapter (2014-2015) and
- AORN of Greater Houston (2017-2020).
Asuncion has attended Congress two times in the past 10 years, each time as a delegate.
Asuncion has received
- a Good Samaritan Excellence in Nursing Bronze Medal (2020) and
- an AORN of Los Angeles President’s Award (2022).
Highlights of Asuncion’s service to AORN include that he is
- vice president of AORN of Los Angeles (2022-present),
- secretary of AORN of Los Angeles (2022-present),
- chair of the AORN of Los Angeles Continuing Education Committee (2022-present), and
- chair of the Program and Education Committee for the AORN of Los Angeles 70th Anniversary Mini-Convention (2022).
He has been
- a member-at-large of the AORN of Los Angeles Board of Directors (2021-2022),
- a member of the AORN of Greater Houston Membership Committee (2020), and
- vice chair of the AORN of Greater Houston Chapter Ambassador Committee (2020).
In other leadership roles, Asuncion is
- a certification coach for the Competency & Credentialing Institute (2019-present);
- a member of the Competency & Credentialing Institute Bias & Sensitivity Committee (2022-present);
- a member of the Competency & Credentialing Institute Test Development Committee (2021-present);
- a member of Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc (2021-present); and
- a member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (2022-present).
In his community, Asuncion is
- a member of the Providence Asian American Pacific Islander Caregiver Resource Group (2021-present).
He has been
- a member of the Community Emergency Response Team, Baytown, Texas (2015-2020); and
- a member of the Reformers Unanimous Addiction Rehabilitation Program (2015-2020).
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
Before becoming an RN, I was deeply involved as an active volunteer of Philippine Red Cross serving my city as Red Cross youth leader, organizer, emergency rescue team responder and community health caregiver. I enjoyed helping our youth develop their potentials and create an environment of collaboration among multisectoral organization.
After receiving my RN license and beginning my nursing career, I continue my passion for volunteerism and leadership, building the next generation of RNs, creating a safe and conducive practice environment, adopting, and implementing standards I have learned with AORN, in places I travel and work over the last 22 years, places like Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Abu Dhabi, UAE; Houston, Texas, and now here in Los Angeles, California.
My multicultural flexibility, proven ability to collaborate and strong leadership acumen, has helped me effectively lead diverse groups of people, serve as a catalyst for improvement and as the voice of the unheard. Today, my earnest desire is to continue my passion to be the voice for others to bring their sentiments, concerns, and appreciations to the right table for discussion. I want to make a difference that will greatly benefit perioperative nurses and the future generations of perioperative nurses.
I am Gerry Y. Asuncion, an international BSN graduate, offering my time, skills and talents to serve not only our organization, but most importantly, to serve you, my fellow perioperative RN.