Retired Nurses

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Perioperative nurses who are retired, in transition toward retirement in their career, or interested in tapping into the expertise of perioperative nurses with a vast array of experience in a variety of specialties.

Purpose Statements

  • Provide a forum for networking for retired nurses and other members interested in learning about the Retired Nurses Specialty Assembly.
  • Increase communication and collaboration among nurses who have similar work functions.
  • Serve as a resource for AORN in all areas of perioperative nursing.
  • Serve as a resource for the membership of AORN on matters concerning retirement.

2017-2018 Coordinating Council

Chair - JoAnne Balthazor, RN, BSN, CNOR (E)
Chair Elect – Cheryl Sumner, RN, CNOR
Past Chair - Melanie Burton, BSN, RN, CNOR, MLSO
Professional/Practice Issues Chair - Julia Hinkle, BSN, MHS, CNOR
Communication Chair - Pat Gussey, BSN, RN, NS, LNC, CNOR
Education Chair - Darlin Hruska, BSN, RN, CNOR
AORN Board Liaison - Dawn Yost, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM
AORN Staff Liaison - Maddie Cooper

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