Awards & Recognition

Awards

Linda Groah, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN

The DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award

Linda Groah, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN, received The DAISY Lifetime Achievement Award at 2023 AORN Expo.

Josh Wymer MSN, RN, CSSM, CNOR, NEA-BC, FACHE

The DAISY Nurse Leader Award

AORN Lifetime Member Josh Wymer received the DAISY Nurse Leader Award at 2023 AORN Expo.

Stuart Downs, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

President’s Award

Stuart Downs, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, received the 2022-2023 President’s Award at AORN Expo 2023. Stuart is presented the award by Vangie Dennis, Immediate Past President of AORN, 2022-2023.

David Wyatt, PhD, RN, CNOR,NEA-BC

Jerry G. Peers Distinguished Service Award

David Wyatt, Wyatt, PhD, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, received the Jerry G. Peers Distinguished Service Award at AORN Expo 2023.

Individual Awards

Dr. Josh Wymer, DNP, MSPM, MA, RN, CNOR, CSSM(E), FACHE, FAAN

Award for Excellence

Dr. Josh Wymer is the Chief Health Information & Data Strategy Officer with the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services serving 6.2M Missourians.

Albert R Knight DNP, APRN, AGCNS-BC, CMSRN, CNOR

Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Nursing Evidence-Based Practice

MAJ Knight has co-authored multiple manuscripts published in peer reviewed journals and has been recognized for his outstanding achievementin conducting and promoting evidence-based practice by the Army Nurse Corps Association and AORN.

Dawn Berthiaume RN, MSN, MBA, CNOR, CRCST

Outstanding Achievement in Mentorship and AORN Leadership

Dawn Berthiaume is an Adjunct Faculty at Southwestern College, as an instructor in their Central Service Technician Certificate Program.

Karen Pacheco Elliott MSN, RN, CNOR, CSPDT

Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Education, Clinical or Academic

Karen Pacheco Elliott, MSN RN BS CNOR CSPDT, is the Professional Development Specialist for Regional One Health, Elvis Pressley Trauma Center, in Memphis Tennessee.

Jean Franks BSN RN CRNFA CNOR

Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Nursing Practice

Jean Franks career has spanned over 40 years. Franks is the Sole Proprietor of Eastside Surgical Assistants, which she established in 1993.

Sarah L. Griffin, BSN, RN, CNOR

Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Nursing Management

Sarah Griffin serves as the Perioperative Clinical Coordinator at Boston Children's Hospital, where she guides a team of 45 direct reports, overseeing daily ambulatory surgery clinical and administrative operations.

Doreen Wagner PhD RN, CNOR, FAORN, FAAN

Outstanding Volunteer Leadership

Dr. Doreen Wagner is a Professor, Nurse Scientist, and the Assistant Director of Research and Scholarship at the Kennesaw State University, WellStar School of Nursing, in Kennesaw, Georgia, where she has taught nursing students for over 16 years.

Karen White-Edwards, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives of the Year Award

Karen Edwards (White), BSN, RN, MBA, CNOR, is a high-performing, strategic-thinking professional with more than 14 years’ experience in the management of Perioperative Services.

Nancy Do, BSN, RN

Rising Star Award

Nancy Do, BSN, RN, stands as a trailblazer in her family, achieving the significant milestone of becoming the first-generation college student by earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northeastern University in August 2022.

AORN Journal Writers Contest

Article: “Using Continuous Intraoperative Pressure Mapping to Describe Patterns of Tissue Interface Pressure.” 

Authors: Sadeeka Al-Majid; Barbara Vuncanon; Melody Kiyohara; and Cyril Rakovski 


Article: “Care of the Patient Undergoing Robotic-Assisted Brain Biopsy With Stereotactic Navigation: An Overview.”

Authors: Beth Karasin; Tara Hardinge; Lauren Eskuchen; and Johanna Watkinson 


Article: “Surgical Conscience: A Concept Analysis for Perioperative Nurses.”

Author: Danielle Quintana 

 

Chapter Excellence Awards

Small Chapter Award (1-99 members):   
AORN of North Central West Virginia

Medium Chapter Award (100-299 members): 
AORN of Fort Wayne

Large Chapter Award (over 300 members): 
AORN of Baltimore

2022 Chapter of the Year: 
AORN of Fort Wayne

Leadership – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion award: 
AORN of Greater Houston

Top Recruiter (chapter who recruited the most new members by percentage): 
AORN of East Metro from Minnesota