DENVER, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), the largest membership association of perioperative registered nurses in the world, today announced that Joy Don Baker, Ph.D., RN-BC, CNE, CNOR, NEA-BC, has been appointed editor-in-chief of AORN Journal, effective May 1. Baker succeeds Patricia C. Seifert, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, CRCST, who after four years as editor-in-chief will retire.
"Our goal is to make AORN Journal the leading source of scientifically valid and well-referenced standards and recommended practices for the perioperative registered nurse," said Linda Groah, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN, Executive Director/CEO, AORN. "Joy Don Baker is the perfect choice to lead our editorial board in the next phase in this vision." Baker will report to Lynn King, director of publishing, AORN.
Baker, of Watauga, Texas, has been a member of AORN for 36 years. She is a clinical associate professor at University of Texas at Arlington and has a doctorate degree in philosophy in human and organizational systems, as well as three master's degrees in nursing, business administration, and organization development. She is a CNOR and certified in nursing administration, advance; nursing informatics; and nursing education. Baker has served as a member of the AORN board of directors, vice president, former Journal editorial board member, guest editor for an issue of the Perioperative Nursing Clinics: Informatics, and is currently a Journal peer reviewer. She is also a consultant to hospitals, specifically in the surgical services area relative to system analysis, teambuilding, collaboration, and quality-improvement projects.
"Perioperative nursing relevance and journalistic excellence are the hallmark foundation of the AORN Journal," said Baker, "and our goal is to become a must-read among health care professionals who influence patient and worker safety in the operating room. To that end, we will continue to select papers that provide new, original and important contributions to perioperative knowledge."
AORN represents the interests of more than 160,000 perioperative nurses by providing nursing education, standards, and practice resources—including the peer-reviewed, monthly publication AORN Journal—to enable optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. AORN's 41,000 registered nurse members manage, teach, and practice perioperative nursing, are enrolled in nursing education or are engaged in perioperative research. www.aorn.org
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