PAST BOARD MEMBERS

ANDREA A PRUITT BSN, RN, CNOR

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Board Member & Past President

Andrea began her professional nursing career as a Perioperative nurse learning by the standards of AORN Periop 101 curriculum, 19 years ago when she became a member.

Andrea has served in various roles within the Perioperative services. Currently, Andrea serves as President. Andrea has been an RN for 19 years and has held many leadership roles. 

Andrea’s leadership positions include Clinical Educator, Case Manager, Adjunct Faculty at Alamo Colleges and Unit Supervisor.  Andrea will utilize all of her experiences rich with leadership and management to serve 

                                                 

“Foundation is so important when I look back at my Perioperative career. The foundation laid by AORN, implemented by the hospital, directed by my perioperative educator and OR Staff has served me well to this very day. This foundation has helped me to have an extraordinary OR life.  Being a part of a team that can change the trajectory of someone’s life is truly an honor. AORN is important to me because it has helped and continues to set the benchmark for patient safety as well as the Standards that we apply to every patient every time as they enter our OR’s.”

JESSICSA ZENETO BSN, RN, CNOR

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Board Member & Past Vice President

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David Taylor MSN, RN, CNOR

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Board Member & Past President

David has been a member of AORN since 1996 and has served in a variety of roles supporting AORN both Nationally as well as with the San Antonio AORN Chapter 4409 and AORN's eChapter.  David has held various leadership roles throughout his tenure. Elected to a two-year term on the National Nominating Committee, 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 over 35 years of experience working in the operating room and procedural environments.  He has held a variety of leadership roles in surgical services throughout his career, including Regional Director, Senior Nurse Consultant, Executive Director of Surgical and Endoscopy 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, Service Line Development, Leadership Consulting throughout the country.  

"I believe that perioperative and peri-procedural 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 medical and surgical intervention(s) 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 and procedural 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.”

Mari Groebner MSN, RN, CNOR

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Board Member

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Carol Ann Hancock BSN, BA, RN.

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Board Member

"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."