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That’s a Wrap: Steelman Completes Term as AORN’s President

Victoria Steelman

In addition to managing all the important responsibilities that come with being a full-time faculty member, UI College of Nursing Professor Victoria Steelman has also spent the last year serving as president of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)—a specialty organization with more than 41,000 registered nurse members. Talk about a full plate!

Dr. Steelman has been involved with the association for many years. She was recently honored, following the completion of her year-long term as president, during the opening ceremony of AORN’s annual conference, which was held mid-March in Denver, Colo.

“I joined AORN immediately after graduating from my BSN program and have been an active member ever since,” said Steelman, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN. “For about 15 years, I’ve worked on national committees, chairing many of them, in an effort to integrate evidence-based practice into the work of AORN.”

As part of Steelman’s pursuit of excellence for the association, her year-long presidency focused on an agenda that included improving clinical practice, improving education, increasing internal collaboration, and providing recognition of excellence.

In total, Dr. Steelman will have served in three presidential-based appointments for AORN: president-elect, president, and immediate past-president—each with a one-year term. With two terms down, and one to go, Steelman firmly believes the association is well positioned for its future endeavors and that it will continue to advance the profession.

“AORN is a dynamic, progressive organization that will remain influential for many years to come. I left my presidency knowing that together we had accomplished a great deal, and that the volunteer leadership is poised to carry on.”

Although she has stepped down as acting president, Dr. Steelman now assumes the aforementioned role of immediate past-president, which will undoubtedly keep her heavily involved with the association … and quite busy!

“I am the advisor to the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee,” she said. “I am also chairperson of the Nursing Research Committee, studying safety in office-based surgery, and a member of the International Relations Committee, so, AORN will still be big part of what I do.”

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About AORN
The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) is a nonprofit association that represents the interests of more than 160,000 perioperative nurses by providing nursing education, standards, and clinical practice resources to enable optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. Learn more at

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Mar 27th, 2015