David has been a member of AORN since 1996 and has served in a variety of roles supporting AORN Nationally as well as with the San Antonio AORN Chapter 4409 and AORN's eChapter. David has held various roles, currently as a National Nominating Committee member, as well as holding positions locally as San Antonio Chapter 4409 President, President Ex-Officio, Vice President, Board of Directors and several years as the Chair for numerous committees.
A graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word, David has nearly 35 years of experience working in Operating Room environment. He has held a variety of leadership roles in surgical services throughout his career, including Regional Director, Senior Nurse Consultant, Administrative Director of Surgical Services, Adjunct Faculty at Loyola University in Chicago, NCLEX Instructor, and Nurse Educator. David is the owner of Resolute Advisory Group, LLC, providing Surgical Services Consulting throughout the country.
"I believe that perioperative nurses have the ability to impact the lives of their patients and their family members at some of the most vulnerable times in their life. For many, a surgical intervention can be a significant life event and every aspect of that medical care can have a profound impact. In some case this can affect them for a lifetime. Because our profession and the perioperative nursing specialty is continuously evolving it requires nurses to seek up-to-date information and continually educate themselves with relevant information in order to provide the very best to their patients. That is why AORN is so important to me. It has always been at the forefront of bringing its members recommended practice standards, evidence-based practices, new trends and treatments in surgical care through a variety of venues. I feel fortunate, organizations like the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) diligently works to collect and disseminate the latest innovations and best practices in perioperative nursing so we can be the best at what we do.”
Herb Laing MSN, RN
"I have been a member of AORN from 1983-2005 and rejoined as a life member in 2016. I have been a member of Chapter 4409 from 1995-2005 and rejoined in 2016 to present. I have served our chapter in several capacities including, President, President-Elect, and Board Member, and on the Winter Symposium Committee. I have worked with the National Silent Auction Committee for the past 6 years.
I have been an RN 35 years, having served in the Army for 15 years, retiring in 1997, and worked for Santa Rosa and CTRC after that. I have worked in many capacities as an RN from staff member to leadership positions, having learned a great deal from every experience.
AORN is a great organization which serves us in many ways, from education, providing representation at the state and national level, support for education through scholarships and grants, just to name a few."
Mari Groebner MSN, RN, CNOR
Wiley Smith RN
"I have been a member since 1991 and joined Chapter 4490 in 1995. I have served our Chapter in several capacities, including President, President Elect, and Board Member. I have also worked on the Winter Symposium Committee, and represented our Chapter at such functions as Under the Bridge and Elf Louise. I have helped at the national level by working on the Silent Auction Committee.
I have been an RN since 1991 and retired in 2010. I served in the Military for 32 years."
AORN provides us with leadership and represents us at the state and local level."
Carol Ann Hancock BSN, BA, RN.
"I have been in Nursing for over 40 years of which over 30 were in the peri-operative setting. I joined AORN in 1983. My mother was in Nursing, so It has played a big part of my life. When I started school in the 60’s, not getting in the school of my choice, I went into education getting a BA degree.
Later I became an LPN , then AAS degree in Nursing and a BSN. Working in different areas of Nursing , the Operating Room was where I wanted to be. I had to wait 2 years to get in as there was little turn over of staff. Early on I discovered I liked being a patient advocate and working with a team where there is collaboration to obtain the goals set for our patients. My last 3 years were in Central Sterilization, an area attached to the OR where sterile instruments were easy to get to. Without this department, there can be no Surgery. As an periOperative Nurse it’s important to attend our yearly Expo which is held in different cities throughout the US, to network, see new products on the market and get education benefits. Although retired, I try to attend , and alway see products / equipment I didn’t have when I was active in the OR.
I now teach hand washing to first graders in an elementary school twice a month. I also teach at my church. I also do other volunteering at our Military Hospital. All of this is rewarding as a retired Nurse."