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President-Elect

  • Stephanie S. Davis

    Candidate Bio


    Stephanie S. Davis, MSHA, RN, CNOR, CSSM, is the vice president of Surgical Services at Hospital Corporation of America, Nashville, Tennessee. She earned her associate degree in nursing and her bachelor of arts in sociology from Youngstown State University, Ohio, and her master of science in health services administration from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois.

    Davis has been a perioperative nurse for 34 years and a member of AORN for 28 years. She is a member of:

    • AORN of Middle Tennessee (2007-present)
    • eChapter (2008-present)
    • Leadership Specialty Assembly (2009-present)

    She has been a member of the:

    • Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Trauma Specialty Assembly (2012-2015)

    Davis has attended Congress 9 times in the past 10 years, 8 times as a delegate.

    Davis has received the:

    • Star Award from Hospital Corporation of America (2008)

    Highlights of Davis’ service to AORN include that she is:

    • AORN Treasurer (2015-present)
    • Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee (2015-present)
    • Board liaison to the Nursing Clinical Practice Committee (2016-present)
    • Board liaison to the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2016-present)

    She has been a:

    • Member of the Board of Directors (2013-2015)
    • Board liaison to the National Legislative Committee and State Councils (2015-2016)
    • Board liaison to the Retired Nurses Specialty Assembly (2014-2015)
    • Board liaison to the RNFA Specialty Assembly (2015-2016)
    • Board liaison to the Business, Industry and Consulting Specialty Assembly (2014-2015)
    • Communication chair of the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2012-2013)

    In other leadership roles, Davis is:

    • A member of the Competency & Credentialing Institute CSSM Advisory Council (2014-present)
    • The volunteer coordinator at the St. Sampson Medical Clinic (2011-present)

    She has been a:

    • Member of the Pfiedler Enterprises Board (2015-2016)
    • Foundational leader for the MRSA prevention and reduction campaign for hospitals and surgery centers (2009-2011)
    • Member of the OR Manager National Advisory Board (2009-2013)

    In her community, Davis is a:

    • Member of the Ladies’ Philanthropic Society (2007-present)

    She has been a:

    • Funding member of the Wine, Dine, Donate philanthropic group to raise money for Second Harvest Food Bank (2007-2013)
    • Volunteer for Against the Grain (2013)
    • Volunteer for the Street Community Theater (2011)
    • Volunteer for the Lupus Foundation (2010)

    Election Statement


    AORN has a rich history of leading the perioperative nursing profession. AORN stands as a trusted source for evidence-based practice and the chief advocate for perioperative nurses. Our practice guidelines, educational offerings, research, and publications formulate the bedrock of our foundation.

    As the Surgery Service Line leader for a large hospital corporation, I have been at the table with executives at every level and provided a perioperative perspective to their deliberations. I have advocated for decisions that positively affect perioperative nursing by sharing my clinical experience and business acumen. I have taken this skill from the bedside to the boardroom as a member of AORN’s Board and your current Treasurer. My extensive experience, solution-finding skills, and futuristic approach have prepared me well to serve as AORN President.

    AORN continues to have a global presence as the leader in perioperative practice. As we collaborate with our colleagues around the world, we can work together to advance perioperative practice. Our collective voice is powerful and needs to be heard.

    AORN must continue to be nimble and adapt to the changing world. Our members are our greatest asset and understand the practice issues faced daily. When our members speak, we must listen and respond to their needs. This will be my priority as your President.

    Nurses leading fellow nurses is the hallmark of our association. Encouraging and supporting members is key to our future success. We must continue to seek out our future member leaders and guide them in their journey. I will vigorously endorse a path to leadership for our members.

    AORN’s mission and strategic objectives support our practice and help ensure the safety of surgical patients. We have been successful in accomplishing important initiatives throughout my tenure on the Board. I support our strategic plan and will lead the AORN Board through the achievement of these essential goals.

    It has been an honor to be a volunteer leader for AORN. AORN is the heart and soul of perioperative nursing. My passion and dedication are rooted from my early years as I was mentored by the very best. This has prepared me well to seek the office of President-elect. During my term, I will continue to be the patient’s advocate and your advocate. It is our collective wisdom that leads to the very best solutions. I am respectfully asking for your vote.

Treasurer (1 to Be Elected)

  • J. Stephen Balog

    Candidate Bio


    J. Stephen Balog, MSN, RN CNOR, RNFA, is the cardiac/thoracic/vascular/urology clinical lead at Hilton Head Hospital, South Carolina. He earned his associate degree in nursing from Northern Virginia Community College, Fairfax; his bachelor of science in nursing and master of nursing administration from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia; his post master’s certificate of nursing education from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and his RN first assistant certificate from New Mexico College, Taos.

    Balog has been a perioperative nurse for 30 years and a member of AORN for 30 years. He is a member of the:

    • AORN Chapter of the Lowcountry (2014-present)
    • South Carolina State Council (2014-present)
    • RNFA Specialty Assembly (2012-present)
    • Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2011-present)

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

    Balog has received the:

    • Outstanding Achievement in State Council Leadership Award (2012)

    Highlights of Balog’s service to AORN include that he is a member of the:

    • AORN Election Task Force (2016-present)

    He has been a:

    • Member of the National Leadership and Development Committee (2014-2016)
    • Chair of the National Legislative Committee (2013-2014)
    • Region 2 coordinator for the National Legislative Committee (2011-2012)
    • Member of the National Educational Committee for the 57th AORN Congress (2009-2010
    • Member of the Virginia State Council (2007-2014)
    • Chair of the Virginia State Council (2007-2013)
    • Member of the AORN Chapter of Northern VA (2008-2014)
    • Member of the AORN Chapter of the Lowcountry Board of Directors (2014-2016)
    • Member of the AORN Chapter of Northern VA Board of Directors (2007-2013)

    In other leadership roles, Balog has been a planner and presenter at the:

    • Virginia Hospital Center’s Nursing Grand Rounds “Convergent A-Fib Procedure” (2013)
    • Virginia Hospital Center’s Nursing Grand Rounds “Intra-Operative Care of the Video-Assisted Thorascopic (VATS) Patient” (2011)
    • Virginia Council meeting “Advocacy 101” (2011)

    In his community, Balog is a member of the:

    • Greeter and usher team at Central Church (2014-present)
    • Landscaping team at Central Church (2014-present)
    • Car ministry at Central Church (2014-present)

    Election Statement


    The role of the AORN Treasurer is two-fold. The first role is to work closely with the chief financial officer and the finance team to strategically guide the financial performance of the Association and its subsidiaries. This includes the review and allocation of resources to value-added opportunities, seeking and reviewing financial growth opportunities, and meeting financial goals. The second role is to be transparent with the membership in how its hard-earned dues, revenues, and contributions are spent. Money is personal. It holds the potential for opportunity, dreams, and realities. We all have budgets: work, household, and retirement funds that we need to review, manipulate, and maintain for best performance. It is important that the AORN Treasurer and the finance team are aware of how every dollar is spent. The question is asked, “How will this expenditure help the membership access best practice information, benefit their patients, and advance AORN’s key strategic goals?”

    As your treasurer, I will bring my many years of creating, managing, and reviewing multi–million-dollar OR budgets to ensure the membership has the necessary tools to promote and provide safe patient care in your ORs. Also, I will safeguard that AORN remains the premier organization promoting perioperative nursing by using its resources in the most cost-effective way.

    The financial world continues to be challenging and at times scary. As your treasurer, collaborating with the chief financial officer and the finance team, I will work diligently to reduce our risks to ensure the Association’s continued financial stability.

  • Jane Flowers

    Candidate Bio


    Jane Flowers, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, NEA-BC, CRCST, is a nurse manager for Sterile Processing at the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health at Easton, Dorchester; Caulk Lane Ambulatory Surgery Center, and Queen Anne’s Ambulatory Surgery Center. She earned her diploma in nursing from the Macqueen Gibbs Willis School of Nursing, Easton, Maryland; her bachelor of science in nursing from Salisbury University, Maryland; and her master of science in nursing from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

    Flowers has been a perioperative nurse for 36 years and a member of AORN for 36 years. She is a:

    • Member of the Board of Directors (2015-present)
    • Board liaison to the Sterile Processing Specialty Assembly (2015-present)
    • Board liaison to the Simulation Task Force (2015-present)
    • Board liaison to the Construction Task Force (2016-present)
    • Board liaison to the Code of Ethics Task Force (2015-present)
    • Member of AORN of Baltimore (2007-present)
    • Member of eChapter (2008-present)
    • Member of the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2007-present)
    • Member of the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2007-present)

    She has been a member of the:

    • Rural/Small Hospital Specialty Assembly (2007-2011)
    • AORN of the Lower Eastern Shore (2007-2014)
    • Board of Directors of AORN of the Lower Eastern Shore (2007-2010)
    • Maryland/Washington DC State Council (2007-2015)
    • RNFA Specialty Assembly (2007-2009)

    Flowers has attended Congress 8 times in the past 10 years, each time as a delegate.

    Flowers has received:

    • An AORN Mentorship, co-recipient (2015)
    • The Manager of the Year Award from Shore Health System (2011)

    Highlights of Flowers’s service to AORN include that she is a member of the:

    • AORN Finance and Audit Committee (2016-present)
    • AORN Foundation Silent Auction Committee (2012-present)
    • AORN Golden Gavel Endowment (2008-present)

    She has been a:

    • Member of the National Committee on Education (2013-2015)
    • Member of the National Congress Planning Committee (2010-2012)
    • Member of the National Awards Committee (2009-2010)
    • Co-chair of the National Legislative Committee (2008-2009)
    • AORN Secretary (2007-2008)

    In other leadership roles, Flowers is a member of:

    • The Maryland Nurses Association/American Nurses Association (2015-present)
    • The International Association of Healthcare Central Supply and Materiel Managers (2015-present)
    • Sigma Theta Tau (2007-present)
    • The Chesapeake College Surgical Tech Advisory Panel (2015-present)

    She has been:

    • Secretary of Maryland Nurses Association District 4 (2013-2015)

    In her community, Flowers is:

    • Active with the Family Fun Dog Show (2007-present)
    • A bell ringer for the Salvation Army (2010-present)
    • A charter member of the University of Maryland Medical System Shore Regional Health Nursing Excellence Awards Committee (2011-present)

    Election Statement


    AORN Treasurer is a unique and complex role. It is unique because the treasurer is the voice of the membership regarding the financial well-being of AORN as their professional organization. The complexity is that the treasurer has oversight of a multi–million-dollar business and helps to guide the allocation of resources, ensuring that AORN’s strategic goals and initiatives are met. The treasurer works collaboratively with the chief financial officer and financial team to ensure that AORN, Inc, and our subsidiaries are financially viable and thriving.

    I bring consistency to the role of treasurer by being a current member of the Board of Directors, the Finance and Audit Committee, and a past secretary. My participation and experiences have given me current and historical insight and knowledge regarding AORN, its operation, and financial health. As a Board member, I review, question, and vote on the business of our association while considering the financial implications of each decision. These decisions impact the ability of AORN to provide mission-driven services for our membership. My decisions and vote ensures that AORN remains a financially stable and well-respected powerhouse in these turbulent economic times. As a perioperative manager, I establish and maintain operational and capital budgets within the organizations for which I have worked. As a lifetime member, my passion and knowledge of AORN’s business and budgetary regulations will benefit our association.

    My election will bring cohesive knowledge and leadership to strengthen the financial well-being of AORN as I represent you, our members, as your treasurer.

Board of Directors (4 to Be Elected)

  • Vicki Barnett

    Candidate Bio


    Vicki Barnett, MSN, RN, CNOR, is the director of Surgical Services at Northside Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, and her master of science in nursing administration from the University of Florida, Gainesville.

    Barnett has been a perioperative nurse for 37 years and a member of AORN for 36 years. She is a member of the:

    • Peach State Chapter (2016-present)
    • Georgia State Council (2015-present)
    • Leadership Specialty Assembly (2007-present)
    • Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly (2015-present)
    • RNFA Specialty Assembly (2015-present)

    Barnett has attended Congress 3 times in the past 10 years, each time as a delegate.

    Barnett has received the:

    • Nurse of the Year Award from the Georgia March of Dimes (2014)

    Highlights of Barnett’s service to AORN include that she is:

    • Vice president of the Peach State Chapter (2016-present)
    • Secretary of the Georgia Council (2015-present)

    In other leadership roles, Barnett is:

    • Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Northside Hospital Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Inc. (2011-present)
    • A member of the Board of Directors for the Ovarian Cancer Institute (2012-present)

    She has been:

    • Appointed to serve on the International Credentialing Committee for the Centers of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (2013-2015)
    • A faculty member for the VI International Congress on Reproductive Medicine, Moscow, Russia (2012, 2014)
    • Chair of the Program Committee for the World Symposium on Endometriosis (2011-2014)

    In her community, Barnett is a:

    • Certified Red Cross Disaster responder (2007-present)
    • Member of the congregation health committee, youth leader, and confirmation coach at First United Methodist Church (2007-present)
    • Guest speaker for the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (2016-present)
    • Chair of the Northside Hospital Committee for American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual breast surgery symposia (2007-present)
    • Chair of the Philanthropic Educational Organization Scholar Award Committee, Chapter AB Georgia (2016-present)

    Election Statement


    I’m honored to be nominated for the Board of Directors and grateful for your encouragement and support. As your elected representative, I’m committed to the heart of our philosophy: ensuring every patient and provider is safe in their environment. My guiding compass will be to articulate how AORN can best serve the members. We have prioritized our collective and individual responsibility to build and sustain a culture of safety. I will specifically promote and support the implementation of Guidelines for Perioperative Practice in order to achieve our collaborative vision for the future—to eliminate perioperative sentinel events.

    With years of experience as a perioperative director, AORN leader, and an organizational board member, you can depend on me to navigate clinical decisions and to safeguard AORN’s financial strength. The success of AORN depends on the innovative use of resources and on building strategic partnerships.

    I strongly believe in nurturing effective leaders by modeling leadership in action.

    Working with corporate partners, professional disciplines, and regulatory agencies demonstrates the value we place on collaboration, fosters teamwork, and develops tomorrow’s leaders.

    As a Board member, I will support you through effective governance and the power of a healthy, dynamic membership to keep our patients and each other safe. Thank you to the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee and each of you for your many contributions to AORN. I would sincerely appreciate your vote.

  • James (Jay) Bowers

    Candidate Bio


    James (Jay) Bowers, BSN, RN, CNOR, TNCC, is a clinical coordinator and nurse educator at West Virginia University Medicine, Morgantown. He earned his bachelor of science in nursing from West Virginia University, Morgantown.

    Bowers has been a perioperative nurse for 25 years and a member of AORN for 24 years. He is a member of the:

    • AORN of North Central West Virginia (2007-present)
    • West Virginia State Council (2007-present)
    • Leadership Specialty Assembly (2010-present)
    • Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2010-present)
    • Pediatric Specialty Assembly (2007-present)

    He has been a member of the:

    • Abdominal/Pelvic and Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialty Assembly (2007-2016)
    • Neurosurgery, Orthopedic and Trauma Specialty Assembly (2007-2016)

    Bowers has attended Congress 10 times in the past 10 years, 9 times as a delegate.

    Bowers has received the:

    • AORN Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Clinical Nursing Practice Award (2015)
    • West Virginia University BRAVO Award (2015)
    • AORN National Volunteer of the Year Award (2012)
    • Tacna Peru Mayor’s Humanitarian Award (2011)
    • Mary Connelly Volunteer of the Year Award from Camp Kno-Knoma Diabetes Camp of West Virginia (2009)

    Highlights of Bowers’ service to AORN include that he is a:

    • Member of the AORN National Board of Directors (2015-present)
    • Member of the AORN Foundation Silent Auction Committee (2011-present)
    • Co-chair of West Virginia AORN State Council (2011-present)
    • Co-chair of the AORN Grass Roots Initiative for West Virginia (2007-present)

    He has been:

    • Co-chair of the national Task Force for Transition into Practice (2014-2016)
    • A member of the national Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (2012-2014)
    • A member of the AORN National Committee on Education (2011-2012)
    • Chair of the Trauma Specialty Assembly Professional/Practice Issues (2011-2012)
    • President of AORN of North Central West Virginia (2007)

    In other leadership roles, Bowers is a:

    • Member of the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI)-CSSM Item Writer Committee (2015-present)
    • Educator reviewer for the CCI-Surgical Services (2014-present)
    • Member of the CCI-CNOR Item Writer Committee (2014-present)
    • Member of the CCI-Surgical Services Educator Job Analysis Committee (2013-present)
    • Member of the CCI-CNOR Item Review Committee (2013-present)

    In his community, Bowers is:

    • Secretary of the Camp Kno-Knoma Diabetes Camp of West Virginia (2007-present)
    • A member of Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Rho Chapter (2007-present)

    He has been an OR nurse volunteer for:

    • Interplast of West Virginia mission trip to Nicaragua (2014-2016)
    • Interplast of West Virginia mission trip to Peru (2013-2015)
    • Interplast of West Virginia mission trip to South Africa (2012)

    Election Statement


    AORN members need leaders who are knowledgeable, passionate, and motivated. We need leaders with great listening and coaching skills. We need diversified leaders who are innovative in their problem-solving and professional networking methodologies. Most importantly, our leaders need to showcase a portfolio of professional skills that encourage others to advocate for perioperative nursing practice and the patients we serve.

    In today’s ever-changing environment, we as an association need to be able to change directions with vigor. Together as a collective voice, we can demonstrate compassion, diligence, flexibility, resilience, and willingness to juggle multiple organizational challenges without tunneling our vision. We can embrace change as the lifeline of our organization and showcase that rapid change is necessary to move health care to a realm of high reliability.

    During my past two years on the Board, I have listened to and challenged my colleagues. As a change agent, I have advocated for sustainable organizational change. Our growth as an association positions us for continued success. I am not shy to ask questions for value clarification. Through inquiry and analysis, I have been able to formulate and cast my Board vote in the best interest of the Association.

    As an OR leader, you will know me for my motivation, passion, and leadership competencies. I am enthusiastically committed to the Association and its members. I will deliver high-level energy as I continue to serve the Board in the activation of its mission and strategic plan. To each of you, I make this promise!

  • Evangeline (Vangie) Dennis

    Candidate Bio


    Evangeline (Vangie) Dennis, BSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO, is director of Patient Care Practice, Ambulatory Surgery Services at Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Chamberlain School of Nursing, St Louis, Missouri.

    Dennis has been a perioperative nurse for 34 years and a member of AORN for 28 years. She is a member of:

    • AORN Northwest Georgia (2011-present)
    • The Georgia Council (2015-present)

    Dennis has attended Congress 10 times in the past 10 years, 5 times as a delegate.

    Dennis has received the:

    • R. James Rockwell, Jr. Educational Achievement Award (2011)
    • AORN Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Clinical Nursing Education Award (2011)

    Highlights of Dennis’ service to AORN include that she is the:

    • AORN liaison to the American National Standards Institute (2009-present)
    • Treasurer of the Georgia Council (2015-present)
    • President-elect of the AORN Northwest Chapter (2016-present)

    She has been a:

    • Member of AORN of Suburban Atlanta (2007-2011)
    • Chair of the National Leadership and Development Committee (2015)
    • Member of the Recommended Practice Committee (2007-2011)
    • Member of the AORN Workplace Safety Committee (2007)
    • Member of the AORN Environment of Care (2007-2008)
    • Member of the AORN Environment of Care Surgical Smoke Task Force (2008-2010)
    • Vice president of the AORN Northwest Chapter (2014-2015)

    In other leadership roles, Dennis is:

    • Medical Practical Application Seminar chair of the International Laser Safety Conference (present)

    She has been a:

    • Member of the Laser Institute of America Board of Directors (2010-2012)
    • Chair of the National Certification Board for Laser Safety Officers (2010-2016)
    • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Lasers in Surgery and Medicine (2007-2015)
    • Member of the OR Nurse Editorial Advisory Board (2010-2016)

    In her community, Dennis has been a:

    • Member of the Women’s Services Advisory Council (2007-2011)
    • Member of the Communities Educators Network (2007-2011)
    • Member of the Marketing Advisory Council (2007-2011)
    • Chair of the Employee Giving Program “STARS” (2007-2011)
    • Member of the Arts Clayton Board of Directors (2011-2015)

    Election Statement


    Perioperative nursing presents its unique challenges with the transformation of health care. Together we must develop innovative opportunities and collaboratively promote processes that involve nurses as part of the decision. Perioperative nursing is an integral component of the patient experience, and we will be educated and empowered. Every great accomplishment is brought into manifestation through holding to the vision.

    The level of change has been unprecedented for the last decade. Among the most important stakeholders in all of this change are nurses. At the front lines of patient care, nursing is indispensable for the successful execution of any strategy health care might think to accomplish.

    My willingness to serve is the desire for a common goal to promote and improve the profession. When obstacles arise, I will change direction to reach our goals and will not alter my decision to get there. I feel strongly about my obligations and being prepared while not taking the opportunity for granted. High-quality leadership can improve engagement. Communication, trust, and a supportive working relationship can connect more nurses to our organization. Serving as the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee Chair, I am authentic and knowledgeable and my extensive education of perioperative nurses worldwide speaks to commitment, as does my dedication to guidelines by my staff. Our organization will continue to inspire me to go above and beyond. These are times of strenuous transition and we can design our new normal. I am an advocate for the perioperative nurse and dedicated to perioperative nursing.

  • Laura Gayton

    Candidate Bio


    Laura Gayton, MHCA, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, is a clinical nurse manager at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St Louis, Missouri. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois and her master of health care administration from St Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa.

    Gayton has been a perioperative nurse for 28 years and a member of AORN for 25 years. She is a member of the:

    • AORN eChapter (2008-present)
    • Leadership Specialty Assembly (2008-present)

    She has been a member of the:

    • Quad Cities Chapter (2007-2008)

    Gayton has attended Congress 15 times in the past 22 years, each time as a delegate.

    Gayton has received:

    • A Team Award for Quality Improvement from Barnes Jewish Hospital for Surgical Site Infection and Enhanced Recovery After Surgery protocol development (2016)

    Highlights of Gayton’s service to AORN include that she is:

    • Chair of the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2016-present)
    • A judge for AORN’s Outstanding Achievement in Mentorship Award (2015)

    She has been:

    • President of eChapter (2015-2016)
    • A member of the Patient Engagement Task Force (2014-2015)
    • President-elect of eChapter (2014)
    • Immediate past-president of eChapter (2016)
    • Secretary of eChapter (2010-2014)

    In other leadership roles, Gayton is an:

    • Item reviewer for the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) CSSM exam (present)

    She has been an:

    • Item reviewer, writer, and scorer for the CCI CSSM exam (2015)

    In her community, Gayton is a:

    • Member of the registration committee for Pancreatic Cancer PurpleStride St. Louis (2013-present)

    She has been a:

    • Volunteer official for USA Swimming (2007-2012)
    • Participant in Head for the Cure (2016)
    • Member of the Board of Directors of Iowa Swimming (2007-2010)
    • Member of the Board of Directors of Lourdes Catholic Church Parish Council Bettendorf, Iowa (2007-2008)

    Election Statement


    Throughout the year, “The Power of You” has been AORN President Martha Stratton’s theme for Expo. Her discussions focus on RNs as having the potential to be who we want to be in our practice, profession, and within our own organization.

    For me, “The Power of You” goes even further; “The Power of Us,” in that it takes all of us to engage our current and new members to be more involved within their chapter by running for office, continuing their education, obtaining certification, developing and sharing opportunities for growth within our places of employment. One of my biggest passions as a manager is a mentor/mentee program I developed, which allows experienced staff to choose a mentee to develop who could potentially take the mentor’s role in the future. It is about addressing the experiences and education needed to fulfill this role while engaging in a plan and conversation for their success and retention.

    If we need to address the future and continued growth of AORN, I believe it takes ongoing networking, mentoring others, and engaging conversations.

    My passion for perioperative nursing is supported by my strength in the ability to successfully lead others utilizing highly efficient organizational skills, thorough and timely communication, a hard-working and persevering character, but most importantly, the ability to recognize and celebrate the uniqueness of each of us in the future of AORN.

    I have the knowledge, skills, and expertise to serve on the AORN Board of Directors, and I ask for your vote.

  • Brenda G. Larkin

    Candidate Bio


    Brenda G. Larkin, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CNOR, is a clinical nurse specialist for Aurora Health Care System’s Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, and Aurora Memorial Hospital, Burlington, Wisconsin. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago; her bachelor of science in physiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana; and her master of science in nursing from Rush University, Chicago, Illinois.

    Larkin has been a perioperative nurse for 26 years and a member of AORN for 24 years. She is a member of:

    • AORN of Southeastern Wisconsin (2007-present)
    • The Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (2008-present)
    • The Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2013-present)
    • The Leadership Specialty Assembly (2013-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:

    • Chair of the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (2016-present)
    • A member of the national Continuing Education and Approval Committee (2014-present)

    She has been:

    • Education co-chair of the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (2015-2016)
    • A member of the AORN of Southeastern Wisconsin Board of Directors (2010-2012)
    • Past-president of AORN of Southeastern Wisconsin (2007-2008)
    • President of AORN of Southeastern Wisconsin (2007)

    In other leadership roles, Larkin has been:

    • Founding Treasurer for the Wisconsin Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (2007-2011)
    • A clinical nurse specialist representative to the Nursing Innovation and Research Council of the Aurora Health Care System (2011-2015)
    • A member of the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) CNS-CP Advisory Council (2012-2014)
    • An item writer for the CCI CNS-CP exam (2013-2014)
    • Lead author for the Intraoperative Care chapter in The Official CNOR Exam Prep book by CCI (2016)

    In her community, Larkin has been:

    • A contributor to the perioperative certiļ¬cate curriculum for the Gateway Technical College Advisory Committee (2013-2015)

    Election Statement


    This year, President Stratton has discussed various forms of power that we have as nurses. AORN is maintaining its leadership position in patient safety and perioperative practice and encouraging us to exercise our power to change the future. Thanks to early AORN leaders’ foresight, we have the science to support providing safe, effective, evidence-based care to our patients.

    I have been committed to AORN since early in my career. As a clinical nurse specialist, I have advocated for the highest level of preparation for new and currently practicing nurses. I was instrumental in obtaining Periop 101 for my 16-hospital system in 2005, and it has remained in every nurse’s orientation since.

    I have been an innovative leader both in the local chapter and the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (APN-SA). I partnered with industry representatives to provide dinner and education for chapter meetings. As APN-SA Chair, I began a leadership mentoring program and quarterly contact hour webinars. These have resulted in more member participation and engagement.

    As your Board member, I will bring this same innovative spirit to champion programs and tools to empower the future of AORN and every member. The alarming trend of the nursing shortage and decreasing numbers of managers in surgical services must be addressed. I will advocate for increased undergraduate internships and mentoring programs for managers. I will bring “outside-the-box” thinking to the boardroom to ensure that new nurses are equipped to meet the challenges of future perioperative care. I will be your champion.

  • David A. Reinhart

    Candidate Bio


    David A. Reinhart, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR, is the specialty director of perioperative services at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his associate degrees in science in surgical technology and nursing from Owens Community College, Toledo, Ohio; his bachelor of science in health care administration from Toledo University, Ohio; his master of business administration from the University of Dallas, Texas; and his master of nursing from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois.

    Reinhart has been a perioperative nurse for 29 years and a member of AORN for 29 years. He is a member of:

    • AORN of Northwest Georgia (2016-present)
    • AORN of South Florida (2010-present)
    • The AORN Executive Roundtable (2013-present)
    • The Leadership Specialty Assembly (2007-present)

    He has been a member of:

    • AORN of Chicago (2007-2010)
    • The Vascular/Endovascular Specialty Assembly (2007-2016)

    Reinhart has attended Congress 7 times in the past 10 years, 2 times as a delegate.

    Reinhart has received a:

    • Mercy Care in Leadership Award from Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital (2015)

    Highlights of Reinhart’s service to AORN include that he has been:

    • President of AORN of South Florida (2012-2013)

    In other leadership roles, Reinhart has been a:

    • Team captain for the metro Atlanta American Heart Association (2013-2015)
    • Emory Saint Joseph system lead in nursing for the metro Atlanta American Heart Association (2016)
    • Moderator at the American Nurses Credentialing Center National Magnet Conference (2015)

    Election Statement


    AORN is respected and quoted by many professional organizations and has substantial accountability when it comes to setting the standards of perioperative practices. Health care of today is in a constant state of change, and AORN members look to our association for direction and guidance. Our association cannot forecast the future, but can provide stability and knowledge when it comes to practice. The center of the AORN Guidelines puts the patient first and provides evidence-based guidelines on allowing perioperative staff members to practice with confidence.

    Leadership’s responsibility is to serve as a beacon of constant change. I pride myself in leading with transparency and evidence. I will keep the membership informed on practice changes and how the changes will affect the members. As a manager, I will always do things right, but as a leader in our organization, it is about doing the right things. I want to positively contribute to the goals and objectives of AORN while never wavering.

    I am privileged to work for an organization that has attained a fifth Magnet designation where nurses are a pivotal position when making important patient decisions. My experience as a leader in a Magnet-designated hospital provides me with the skills and knowledge to take our organization to the next level. It is with utmost pride to be a part of AORN.

    As a member of the Board of Directors, I will promote nursing decision making at all levels while representing AORN’s solid foundation. I thank you for your support.

  • Jean Yee

    Candidate Bio


    Jean Yee, MA, RN, CNOR, is the manager of Perioperative Logistic, Analytics and Scheduling at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York. She earned her master of nursing administration from Columbia University Teachers College, New York, New York.

    Yee has been a perioperative nurse for 28 years and a member of AORN for 18 years. She is a member of:

    • AORN of New York City (2014-present)
    • The Pediatric Specialty Assembly (2016-present)
    • The Leadership Specialty Assembly (2016-present)

    She has been a member of:

    • AORN eChapter (2012-2014)
    • AORN of Long Island (2007-2012)

    Yee has attended Congress 7 times in the past 10 years, each time as a delegate.

    Yee has received a:

    • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Good Catch Patient Safety Award (2011)

    Highlights of Yee’s service to AORN include that she is a:

    • Chair of the national AORN Membership Committee (2016-present)
    • Peer reviewer for the AORN Journal (2015-present)
    • Contributor and writer for the AORN Journal (2015-present)
    • Contributor and writer for the News Advisory Group for Periop Briefing (2015-present)
    • Facilitator for AORN First Time Attendee Orientation (2015-present)

    She has been a:

    • Member of the national AORN Membership Committee (2014-2016)
    • Beta tester for the AORN website (2014-2015)

    In other leadership roles, Yee is a:

    • Member of the Nursing Mentorship Taskforce and Board for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (2015-present)

    She has been a:

    • National Council Licensure Examination test item reviewer for the Pearson RN Item Review Panel, National Council of State Boards of Nursing (2015)
    • National Council Licensure Examination panelist for the RN Strategic Job Analysis Panel, National Council of State Boards of Nursing (2014)
    • Participant for the Competency & Credentialing Institute CNOR Job Analysis Panel (2014)
    • Chair of the Perioperative Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement Shared Governance Council for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (2013-2016)

    In her community, Yee is a:

    • Volunteer member developing nursing modules, teaching curriculum, and learning materials for community education in underdeveloped countries for the United Nations Volunteers Program (2016-present)
    • Volunteer faculty and writer of Fundamentals of Nursing Practice courses used in underdeveloped countries by Professional Education, Testing and Certification Organization International (2016-present)
    • Volunteer researcher at Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (2016-present)
    • Medical volunteer for the New York City Marathon (2016-present)
    • Volunteer and fundraiser for HEART Rescue Group, Inc (2015-present)

    Election Statement


    I am proud to have been a perioperative nurse for over 20 years, with clinical and managerial experience in the entire spectrum of the perioperative setting, from scrubbing in surgery to balancing surgical block schedules. I am dedicated to AORN, and as the chairperson of the AORN Membership Committee, I promote our future by recruiting and retaining AORN members. Recruitment and retention across the generational continuum is of paramount importance to our growth, as we continue to highlight AORN’s commitment to ensuring patient safety while advancing perioperative nursing care.

    I have worked on virtual teams for AORN as a committee member and appreciate the importance of increasing virtual opportunities for members to keep pace with technology, address challenges, and ensure AORN’s continued success. In the future, I would like to collaborate with AORN and develop a formal AORN Mentorship Program. As a member of the Mentoring Task Force and the Mentoring Board at my institution, I utilize evidenced-based practice research to build a successful program. A mentoring program, which will include both leadership and skills development, will support the personal and professional growth of AORN members at all stages in their careers, and facilitate critical knowledge-sharing in our changing health care environment.

    I am gratified and honored that the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee has nominated me for this position. If elected to the Board of Directors, I will work for all the members of AORN, support your interests, build a greater virtual presence, and promote pride in AORN membership.

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (2 to Be Elected)

  • Elizabeth A. Austin

    Candidate Bio


    Elizabeth A. Austin, DNP, RN, CNOR, is a perioperative clinical nurse educator and interim manager for Instrument Processing, Orthopedic, and Neurosurgical Specialties, Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from West Chester University of Pennsylvania; her master of science in nursing with a specialization in nursing education from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and her doctorate of nursing practice from the Northern California Consortium of Fresno and San Jose State Universities.

    Austin has been a perioperative nurse for 25 years and a member of AORN for 16 years. She is a member of:

    • AORN of Northeast Florida (2007-present)
    • AORN of San Francisco and Marin (2014-present)
    • The Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2010-present)
    • The Pediatric Specialty Assembly (2009-present)
    • The Florida Council of Operating Room Nurses (2007-present)

    Austin has attended Congress 10 times in the past 12 years, 3 times as a delegate.

    Austin has received the:

    • Award Level II from Saint Luke’s Medical Center (2007)
    • Word of Life Camp Nurse Award (2010)
    • ROSE Award from the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (2008-2015)
    • Two outstanding poster awards for Walden University from Sigma Theta Tau (2012)
    • Lucile Packard Clinical Nurse Four Award (2014-2015)

    Highlights of Austin’s service to AORN include that she is a:

    • Member of the Periop 101 Advisory Committee (2016-present)
    • Proposal reviewer at the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo (present)
    • Member of the Pediatric Specialty Assembly Leadership Council (present)

    She has been:

    • A simulation facilitator at the AORN Surgical Conference & Expo (2014-2016)
    • Chair of the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2013-2014)
    • Education chair of the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2012-2013)
    • An AORN Journal book reviewer (2007)
    • A member of the Operating Room Nurses’ Council of California (2010-2012)

    In other leadership roles, Austin is:

    • A member of the Association of Camp Nurses (2011-present)
    • A member of Sigma Theta Tau (2012-present)
    • A member and mentor for the Nurses' Christian Fellowship (2009-present)

    She has been a:

    • Question item writer for the Review Committee for the Competency & Credentialing Institute CNOR Examination (2013)
    • Facilitator for Med School 101 at the Mayo Clinic Florida (2016)

    In her community, Austin is:

    • An advocate for Compassion International (2007-present)
    • A leader, educator, and facilitator for Girl Scouts of the United States (2007-present)
    • A mentor for the Nurses Christian Fellowship (2010-present)

    She has been a:

    • Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford University (2012-2015)

    Election Statement


    I am passionate about perioperative nursing and value the opportunity to serve AORN and those associated with the organization. Amidst the changes in health care and reform, the perioperative nursing focus remains steadfast on people and principles. The public, families, team members, professional colleagues, and our unique organization comprise the circles we influence and interact with daily. AORN guidelines, organizational standards, governmental health care mandates and laws, as well as the expectations of the public, affect the principles driving the practice of perioperative nursing worldwide.

    The Nominating and Leadership Development Committee’s goal is to identify members who are willing to lead, dedicated to promoting safe, professional nursing care, and responsive to factors competing for membership attention, and to provide clarity to the vision directing the future of AORN. A few of the challenges we face individually and corporately include health care changes, obstacles to perioperative nursing education, generational and cultural differences, financial constraints, and the perception of nursing. We need insightful nursing leaders who view this landscape with a realistic perspective of the present state combined with an imaginative vision of future possibilities.

    My qualifications include more than 37 years of professional nursing; 26 years of perioperative practice; military and workplace experiences; volunteer service with AORN, the Competency & Credentialing Institute, and community organizations; and an educational background that prepared me to recognize and identify future AORN leaders. It would be an honor to promote the principal quality of the AORN organization: the power of perioperative nursing practice.

  • Stephen Born

    Candidate Bio


    Stephen Born, RN, CertPN, DipAppSc(NurEd), BAppSc(Nur), MEd, FACORN, is a full-time master research student and a sessional academic at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, and an agency RN at Healthcare Australia, Wooloongabba, Brisbane. He earned his certificate in perioperative nursing from St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia; and his diploma of applied science in nursing education, bachelor of applied science in nursing, and master of education from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

    Born has been a perioperative nurse for 35 years and a member of AORN for 25 years. He is a member of the:

    • eChapter (2007-present)
    • Texas State Council (2014-present)
    • Advance Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (2013-present)
    • Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly (2013-present)
    • Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2013-present)
    • Perioperative Nursing Informatics Specialty Assembly (2013-present)
    • Sterile Processing/Supply Chain Management Specialty Assembly (2013-present)

    Born has attended Congress 5 times in the past 9 years, each time as a delegate.

    Born has received a:

    • Fellowship of the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (2014)

    Highlights of Born’s service to AORN include that he is:

    • A member of the Volunteer Leadership Task Force (2016-present)
    • President-elect of eChapter (2016-present)

    He has been a:

    • Member of the Leadership Task Force (2015-2016)
    • Member of the International Relations Committee (2014-2016)
    • Member of the Board of Directors for eChapter (2014-2016)
    • Chair of Education for eChapter (2014-2016)
    • Chair of Membership for eChapter (2014-2016)

    In other leadership roles, Born is:

    • Secretary of the Clinical Advisory Committee of the International Council of Surgical Plume, Inc (2015-present)
    • A member of the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses, ACORN Standards Faculty (2016-present)

    He has been:

    • An executive officer for the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (2010-2014)
    • Secretary of the Perioperative Nurses Association of Queensland (2009-2010)
    • President of Downs & South West Branch of the Perioperative Nurses Association of Queensland (2007-2009)

    In his community, Born is:

    • Co-leader of the Home Group at Samford Valley Community Church (2013-present)

    He has been:

    • Team leader of the Samford Valley Community Church Youth Program (2007)
    • Mentor to the Samford Valley Community Church Youth Pastor (2007)
    • Leader of the Student Minister Congregational Support Group at Samford Valley Community Church (2010-2011)

    Election Statement


    The Global Surgical Conference & Expo’s new name demonstrates our association’s leadership worldwide. I have been an active member since 1992 and presented at Congress in 1993, where I was introduced as the first speaker from outside the United States.

    After 37 years of state- and national-level service for the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses and receiving the Excellence in Perioperative Nursing Award from Queensland, I also became a member of AORN’s eChapter and am currently President-elect. I chaired the eChapter Education Committee and we provided online educational webinars for members. I fulfilled my duties as an eChapter Board of Directors officer and education chair via the internet, online conferencing, and physical attendance at Expo. AORN prepares our future leaders to take on national roles. The responsibilities of the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee include identification of potential leaders in our membership to present the best possible choices for your consideration.

    As an AORN member, I have met and learned from some of AORN’s best. I have also worked with many emerging leaders.

    I have 35 years of experience in all roles in perioperative nursing, including hiring staff members, preparing them for practice, encouraging ongoing learning, and mentoring them for leadership positions.

    It is an honor to run during AORN’s transformation to a global conference. I want to continue to serve AORN and our membership and use my skill set to develop our future leaders. I ask for your consideration and vote as we advance our global presence.

  • Nanette (Nan) Hamley-Hanauer

    Candidate Bio


    Nanette (Nan) Hamley-Hanauer, BS, ADN, CNOR, is a perioperative RN at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, Florida, and the infection control nurse at Global Microsurgical Center, Ocoee, Florida. She earned her associate degree in nursing from Florida Keys Community College, Key West, and her bachelor of science degree in health arts from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois.

    Hamley-Hanauer has been a perioperative nurse for 37 years and a member of AORN for 23 years. She is a member of the:

    • AORN Action Center of Florida (2007-present)
    • Florida Council of periOperative Registered Nurses (FCORN) (2007-present)
    • Leadership Specialty Assembly (2007-present)
    • Perioperative Nursing Informatics Specialty Assembly (2007-present)
    • Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly (2014-present)

    Hamley-Hanauer has attended Congress 9 times in the past 10 years, each time as a delegate.

    Hamley-Hanauer has received the:

    • Perioperative Nurse of the Year Award from FCORN (2016)

    Highlights of Hamley-Hanauer’s service to AORN include that she is:

    • Chair-elect of FCORN (2016-present)
    • Chair of the FCORN Education Committee (2015-present)
    • A member of the AORN Action Center of Florida Board of Directors (2016-present)

    She has been:

    • Chair of the Perioperative Nursing Informatics Specialty Assembly (2007-2008)
    • A member of the FCORN Board of Directors (2014-2016)
    • Chair of FCORN (2007-2008)
    • Chair of the FCORN Informatics Committee (2010-2015)
    • President-elect of the AORN Action Center of Florida (2007-2009)
    • President of the AORN Action Center of Florida (2009-2011)
    • Secretary of the AORN Action Center of Florida (2012-2016)

    In other leadership roles, Hamley-Hanauer is:

    • Chair of the Perioperative Nursing Council at Health Central Hospital (2015-present)

    She has been a:

    • Member of the Perioperative Hand-off Communication Tool Project at Health Central Hospital (2012-2013)
    • Member of the Perioperative Case Cart Process Implementation at Health Central Hospital (2013-2014)
    • Member of the Surgical Services Information System Upgrade Project at Health Central Hospital (2015-2016)
    • Chair of the Nursing Excellence Committee at Health Central Hospital (2011-2014)

    In her community, Hamley-Hanauer has been a:

    • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer (2007-2012)

    Election Statement


    It is with honor that I accept the nomination to the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC). Of the many responsibilities of the NLDC, I believe that the most important is mentoring.

    Mentor is from the Greek. Odysseus gave his infant son to Mentor, an old and trusted friend, during his 20-year absence. Mentor’s influence was so significant that mentor has survived through the ages to describe anyone who has a positive, guiding influence on another’s life.

    Most experts agree that mentors, regardless of the vocation, embody certain qualities. As I look back at my career, my experiences in nursing and AORN have proven to me that the most important qualities of a mentor include commitment, open-mindedness, excellent listening skills, and the ability to motivate and inspire. Honesty and integrity are essential to foster a positive mentor relationship. I believe I exemplify these qualities and would be an asset to the NLDC, a long-respected and indispensable committee of AORN.

    AORN membership has many benefits and rewards; I have taken advantage of all that have been available. As a staff nurse, I see first-hand how AORN and its standards affect daily practice. My frontline experience gives me first-hand knowledge of what perioperative nurses need and want from AORN. I recognize that I have an obligation to give back to AORN and its members. Germany Kent has said, “If you’re not reaching back to help anyone then you’re not building a legacy.” I want to build a legacy.

  • Karen M. Knapp

    Candidate Bio


    Karen M. Knapp, BSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, is a travel nurse working both as an RN first assistant and a consultant. She earned her diploma in nursing from Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Phoenix.

    Knapp has been a perioperative nurse for 33 years and a member of AORN for 31 years. She is a member of:

    • AORN of Western Michigan (2007-present)
    • eChapter (2012-present)
    • The Michigan Council of Perioperative Registered Nurses (2007-present)
    • The RNFA Specialty Assembly (2007-present)
    • The Leadership Specialty Assembly (2007-present)
    • The Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (2010-present)
    • The Perioperative Nursing Informatics Specialty Assembly (2016-present)

    She has been a member of the:

    • Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Trauma Specialty Assembly (2010-2015)

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

    Highlights of Knapp’s service to AORN include that she is:

    • Chair-elect of the RNFA Specialty Assembly (2016-present)
    • AORN legislative coordinator for the state of Michigan (2007-present)
    • Chair of the Michigan Council of Perioperative Registered Nurses (2009-2010, 2013-present)

    She has been a:

    • Member of the AORN Board of Directors (2013-2015)
    • Member of the national Legislative Committee (2009-2013)
    • Chair and member of the RNFA Specialty Assembly Coordinating Council (2008-2016)
    • Member of the national RN First Assistant Futures Task Force (2012-2014)
    • Member of the national RN First Assistant Task Force (2009-2010)
    • Member of the national Education Standards Committee (2007-2008)
    • President of AORN of Western Michigan (2007-2009)

    In other leadership roles, Knapp is a member of:

    • Michigan’s Nursing Action Coalition Practice Action Team (2015-present)
    • The American Nurses Association (ANA) Professional Issues Panel: Barriers to RN Scope of Practice Committee/Advisory Panel (2014-present)

    She has been:

    • An abstract reviewer for the ANA Quality Conference (2015)
    • A member of the Michigan Hospital Association Keystone Advisory Committee (2012-2015)
    • A contributing author for the fifth edition of the AORN Core Curriculum for the RN First Assistant (2012-2014)

    In her community, Knapp is a:

    • Fund raiser for the Our Lady of Fatima, Shelby, Michigan (2007-present)
    • Fund raiser for the American Heart Association (2013-present)
    • Fund raiser for the American Cancer Society (2014-present)
    • Supporter of Future Farmers of America (2007-present)

    She has been a:

    • Troop leader for the Girl Scouts (2007-2008)

    Election Statement


    Someone once said this quote by Katharine Graham: “To love what you do and feel that it matters—how could anything be more fun?” How true that is for me. AORN provides us with many opportunities to make a difference; with your vote I will continue to serve by helping identify the leaders of tomorrow.

    One of my passions is to collaborate, encourage, and mentor potential leaders in chapters, Specialty Assemblies, and committees, inspiring them to take on stronger leadership roles. Serving on the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC) will mean working as a team to select candidates for the ballot, choosing leaders with the skills and passion to drive the business while supporting membership needs. My experiences on the Board of Directors and various committees have given me a deeper understanding of what is needed to be a candidate—a valuable asset as an NLDC member.

    Obviously, preparing a ballot is a lot tougher than it seems. My goal in 2018 will be to have a full slate of candidates. I offer my strengths of inclusion (leaving no one behind), activation (the ability to make things happen), and maximization (transforming strong into superb) to help achieve that goal.

    We all have the “power” to serve AORN; with your vote we can work together to promote professional leadership and organizational involvement through the NLDC. I challenge you to do what you love and make it matter! You are the power of AORN. I ask for your vote. Thank you.

  • Shirley Pollard Ramsey

    Candidate Bio


    Shirley Pollard Ramsey, DNP, APRN, CRNFA, is an advanced practice nurse practitioner, nurse educator, and the president of Bluegrass Surgical Assistants, Lexington, Kentucky. She earned her RN first assistant certificate from North Carolina State and Agriculture College, Greensboro; her associate degree in nursing from Lexington Community College, Kentucky; her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Kentucky, Lexington; and her master of science in nursing and doctorate in nursing practice from Frontier Nursing University, Hyden, Kentucky.

    Pollard Ramsey has been a perioperative nurse for 21 years and a member of AORN for 21 years. She is a member of:

    • AORN of Central Bluegrass (2007-present)
    • The Kentucky State Council of Perioperative Nurses (2012-present)
    • The RNFA Specialty Assembly (2007-present)
    • The Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (2014-present)
    • The Leadership Specialty Assembly (2014-present)
    • The Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly (2014-present)
    • The Perioperative Nursing Informatics Specialty Assembly (2014-present)

    She has been a member of the:

    • Business, Industry and Consulting Specialty Assembly (2014-2016)
    • Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Trauma Specialty Assembly (2014-2016)

    Pollard Ramsey has attended Congress 7 times in the past 7 years, each time as a delegate.

    Pollard Ramsey has received the:

    • Nurse Angel Award from Action Products (2011)

    Highlights of Pollard Ramsey’s service to AORN include that she is:

    • Conference coordinator for AORN of Central Bluegrass (2007-present)
    • Continuing education administrator for AORN of Central Bluegrass (2007-present)
    • Public relations chair for AORN of Central Bluegrass (2007-present)
    • A member of the Legislative Committee for AORN of Central Bluegrass (2007-present)
    • A member of the “Teddy Bear Clinic” Committee for AORN of Central Bluegrass (2007-present)
    • A member of the Central Bluegrass chapter “Perioperative Nurse Week” Radio Interview Committee (2010-present)

    She has been:

    • President of the Kentucky State Council of Perioperative Nurses (2013-2015)
    • President of AORN of Central Bluegrass (2013-2015)
    • President-elect of AORN of Central Bluegrass (2012)
    • Editor of the AORN of Central Bluegrass Newsletter (2007-2010)

    In other leadership roles, Pollard Ramsey is:

    • President of the Kentucky Coalition of Registered Nurse First Assistants (2015-present)
    • Cinical director of Surgery on Sunday in Lexington, Kentucky (2011-present)
    • A member of the legislative committee for the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives (2010-present)
    • A political action member of the Kentucky Advanced Practice Nurse Committee (2013-present)
    • An education and conference planning committee member of the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives (2015-present)

    In her community, Pollard Ramsey is:

    • A volunteer at Surgery on Sunday in Lexington, Kentucky (2007-present)
    • A member of the Lexington Kentucky Rotary Club (2016-present)
    • An invited nurse educator/presenter for the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives (2010-present)

    Election Statement


    I am privileged to be a candidate on the AORN ballot for the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC). I was introduced to AORN as a student nurse nearly two decades ago. My nurse mentor taught me AORN is a nurse’s “true north” and sets the standard of excellence for patient care through evidence-based practice and education. These standards of excellence have been and remain the guiding principles of my life’s work as a nurse.

    I have a thirst for knowledge and a passion for learning. I have earned associate, bachelor, and master degrees (family nurse practitioner), and finally a doctorate in nursing. Further, I have earned my CRNFA and CNOR—the “gold standard” for our profession’s recognition of achievement, expertise, and clinical judgment.

    I am a lifetime member of AORN and have served my local chapter as president, vice president, Board member, conference coordinator, and legislative liaison, and am currently the education chair. I have served as president of the Kentucky State Council of AORN. Having attended Congress for the past six years, I have proudly served as a Kentucky delegate.

    Active membership in AORN offers many opportunities for excellent outcomes that can be achieved through a collaborative group effort. Framing this from a global perspective, I see the potential to make a difference through the continued support, education, and empowerment of our nurses. As such, I am committed to paying it forward by serving on our NLDC. Thank you for your support and vote.

  • Nikki Washington

    Candidate Bio


    Nikki Washington, MSN, MBA-HCM, RN, CNOR, is a clinical manager at the DeBakey Heart & Vascular Catherization Laboratory, Houston, Texas. She earned her master of science in nursing administration from the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovations and her master of business administration with a focus on health care management from American Intercontinental University, Chicago, Illinois.

    Washington has been a perioperative nurse for 13 years and a member of AORN for 14 years. She is a member of:

    • AORN of Greater Houston (2007-present)
    • The Texas Council of periOperative Nurses (2012-present)

    She has been a member of the:

    • Neurosurgery, Orthopedic and Trauma Specialty Assembly (2014-2016)

    Washington has attended Congress 4 times in the past 13 years, each time as a delegate.

    Washington has received the:

    • Federation of Houston Professional Women Award (2015)

    Highlights of Washington’s service to AORN include that she is a:

    • Liaison for Clinical Hot Topics (2016-present)

    She has been:

    • President of AORN of Greater Houston (2014-2015)
    • President-elect of AORN of Greater Houston (2013-2014)
    • Interim chair of the Nominating Leadership and Development Committee (2013)
    • Chair of the Public Awareness Committee (2008-2013)

    In other leadership roles, Washington is:

    • Liaison council member for Magnet in Motion at Houston Methodist Hospital (2012-present)
    • Endoscope/probe transfer for the Periop & Procedure Areas Committee lead at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Catherization Laboratory (2016-present)
    • A member of the Houston Community College System Surgical Technology Advisory Board (2014-present)

    She has been:

    • Chair of the Perioperative Council at Houston Methodist Hospital (2012-2014)
    • Unit lead of the Patient Satisfaction Task Force at Houston Methodist Hospital OPC OR (2012-2015)

    In her community, Washington is a:

    • Member of Changed Ministries Community Outreach for Feeding the Homeless (2014-present)
    • Mentor for Teen Mothers through “This Girl Is” (2015-present)
    • Facilitator for Hurricane Community Preparedness for Inwood Northwest (2013-present)

    Election Statement


    Perioperative nurses are recognized leaders shaping and influencing best practices and surgical safety beyond the OR. I am proud to say I am one of those perioperative leaders. On AORN’s web site it is stated that AORN is the leader in advocating for excellence in perioperative practice and health care. I exemplify this statement by striving for excellence in my everyday practice as a perioperative leader, mentor, educator, clinician, innovator, and collaborator. As president of a large AORN chapter, I contributed to our chapter earning the Gold Chapter of Excellence Award. I also represented my chapter as a Woman of Excellence for the Federation of Houston Professional Women. As Magnet Champion, I am instrumental in ensuring my facility maintains excellence in nursing. As a CNOR course instructor, I demonstrate my passion for perioperative clinical excellence.

    I will bring to the national AORN leadership team a proven record of excellence and a strong, enthusiastic desire to be engaged in decisions affecting growth and progressive change in the perioperative and health care settings. I possess people skills, values, discernment, and knowledge that will help me to identify, recruit, and develop emerging strong perioperative leaders who will lead AORN into the dynamic future.

    I am exhilarated about the opportunity to take my servitude to the next level by functioning as a member of the Nominating Leadership and Development Committee (NLDC). I respectfully and humbly ask that you consider me to serve you as a team member of the NLDC.