2020 Board of Directors Election Candidates

Amos M. Schonrock, MAN, RN, PHN, CSSM, CNOR

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It gives me great pride to tell people I am an operating room nurse. It is a topic I can talk about at length. I have worked in healthcare for over 22 years and I have been a perioperative professional for over 17 years. I have worked as a Certified Surgical Technologist, Staff Registered Circulating Nurse, Nurse Educator, Nurse Manager, and Nursing Leader. My profession has allowed me to practice in a variety of professional settings including academic medical centers, free-standing surgical hospitals, Level 1 and Level 2 trauma centers, community-based hospitals, and academic colleges of nursing. I am currently a Nursing Practice Leader for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, as well as a lecturer at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. These roles integrate my previous work and passions related to perioperative healthcare while also allowing me to incorporate education, quality, and safety for perioperative patients and professionals

I also have been an active member of AORN for over ten years and previously served on the Board of Directors for AORN Hiawathaland Chapter # 2402.

Why do you wish to serve as a member of the CCI Board of Directors?
I am eager to assist and promote CCI’s efforts to continue leading the way in credentialing, and would like to serve as an active driver in the future of nursing credentialing and research. When there are questions regarding the best perioperative patient care that have not yet been answered, CCI should be the sentinel resource sought by nursing professionals in their quest to guarantee safe, evidence-based patient care. There have been many intrinsic and extrinsic factors which have motivated me to continue, expand, and advance my ongoing relationship with CCI. I strive for excellence and a desire for both my colleagues and myself to practice at the highest potential, with the patients and the community we serve being the ultimate benefactors of our dedication to qualified and expert care. As a leader in perioperative care. I believe that all nursing professionals have a duty and an obligation to shape future professional expectations and standards for all perioperative healthcare members.

What specific skills and qualifications can you contribute to this role?
My professional past and current practice offer a distinctive lens, including current work in quality, patient safety, staff safety, and staff education. My previous work as a Magnet champion in the perioperative setting of academic medical centers afforded me the opportunity to evaluate the ANCC requirements for their designation. For the past four years I have served on the AORN National Committee on Education, working with perioperative educators from across the United States to increase professional practice and accountability for all AORN members via education initiatives and recommendations. I have explored, analyzed, and compared standardized testing measures, including the criteria for both the CNOR and CSSM exams offered by CCI. My previous work as a nurse manager has given me exposure to creating and managing a budget for a surgical services department; these budget components included capital equipment, FTE, payroll, and central services. I am adept at diplomacy, collaboration, and communication across various disciplines and practice areas.

How do you promote continued competency, certification, and lifelong learning?
I have had the privilege of working with CCI multiple times over the years. It has been an honor to serve on the CNOR exam review committee. Serving on this committee for the past two cycles has provided me with the ability to network with perioperative nursing professionals and perioperative practice content experts from around the country, while also working in partnership with international testing auditors and CCI test developers. It is apparent to me through my current work with CCI that all of their employees are dedicated to their mission of leading the way in promoting  safe, quality patient care. CCI continuously seeks out the highest quality employees to represent the organization and further all areas of professional practice in both the healthcare and credentialing arena. Overseeing and guiding where CCI leverages their time, efforts, human capital and financial resources is critical. CCI demands excellence from those who carry their certifications. I have worked with countless nurses to begin discussing and researching what is needed to achieve professional certification. I continually advocate for my peers and speak to members of my nursing leadership department to provide ongoing financial and and budgeted time for staff certification preparation. I also look forward to continuing my work with CCI as an exam writer for the CSSM exam in 2019.

Why did you originally seek certification and why do you maintain it?
Professional certification is the manifestation of time and effort by the nurse which culminate in optimal patient care. My relationship with CCI began before I completed my nursing degree. I have always strived to obtain the highest level of personal practice in all of my professions. Certification is one way of demonstrating this personal and professional commitment to myself, my colleagues, and the patients we serve. It was no surprise to my contemporaries that I had begun my research and knowledge acquisition of CNOR certification prior to obtaining my RN licensure. In addition to CNOR, I became the first individual in my organization (and one of seven people in the state of Iowa) to achieve the CSSM certification. I pursued the CSSM credential as both a personal and professional goal, while also demonstrating to my peers and colleagues the significance of ongoing accountability to professional practice and certification. I take pride in achieving the highest standards of knowledge, practice, and patient care – all of which are exemplified by CCI’s certifications.

What is your vision for the future of nursing certification?  How can you contribute to your vision in this role?
This research-based investigatory undertaking should be underscored with fiscal responsibility by the Board of Directors, and the allocation of application time and resources - including human capital. This will involve the recruitment and retention of nursing research scientists, and experts in areas of perioperative and nursing care, to explore the relationship between professional certification and improved patient outcomes. This ongoing investigatory endeavor allows OR nurses to immediately see the relationship between their continued expert care and improved patient outcomes. The benefits of this are numerous. Nurses see increased career satisfaction. This leads to greater retention by hospitals of their high-quality staff. The patient benefits from quality-based care with fewer days of hospitalization. The hospital sees a return on the investment in their staff that far exceeds the cost of test-prep and the cost of certification. Nurses see increased career satisfaction, gain greater professional satisfaction, and retention of high performing peers in their professional practice areas is enhanced. Possessing both the practice and economic insights into certification in the perioperative setting will allow me to collaborate with all individuals in the CCI network to advance nursing certifications, while galvanizing and spotlighting the link between professional certified nursing practice and high quality patient care.



Antay Parker, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, CNOR, RNFA, C-EFM

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Greetings from Fort Worth, Texas.

My name is Dr. Antay Parker. I am a board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner in OB Triage at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth & independent registered nurse first assist in Fort Worth & the Mid-Cities area. I completed my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at The University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in May 2018. I also completed undergraduate degrees in history at East Texas Baptist University in 2008 and in nursing at The University of Texas at Arlington in 2011. I completed my Master of Science in Nursing Leadership at The University of Texas at Tyler in 2013 and my Master of Science as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at the University of Cincinnati in 2015.

My nursing career began in 2011 as a cardiovascular intensive care nurse followed by time in the operating room & post-anesthesia care unit. I am also a certified perioperative nurse. In July 2019, I left private practice to join Acclaim Physician Group. I am also a registered nurse first assist, specializing in obstetrics & gynecologic surgery as well as gynecologic robotic surgery. I have presented & published on a variety of topics ranging from postoperative pain management to cardiovascular health to healthcare risk management through error reduction. I am a content writer & exam reviewer for both CCI for the CNOR exam (2016-present) as well as NCC for the WHNP exam (2019-present).

I am a Legacy member of TNP, Lifetime Member of the Association of Perioperative Nurses (AORN), as well as an active member of Fort Worth Region Nurse Practitioners, National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Society of Maternal- Fetal Medicine, American College of Nurse Midwives, Sigma Theta Tau International, as well as multiple other professional nursing organizations. I am the Vice President of STTI Delta Theta Chapter at UT Arlington. I live in the Fort Worth area with my 15-year-old daughter, Peyton. We stay very busy during football season as Peyton is on the Colleyville Heritage HS Panther Band Color Guard. Almost every Friday night is dedicated to my daughter & Friday night lights as I volunteer as the photographer for the 193-member band. I am a native of Louisiana but have enjoyed living in the Fort Worth area for the last eleven years and call it home. I enjoy playing the piano, practicing Baptiste yoga, reading, watching movies, going to plays & concerts, traveling the world, photography, and spending time with friends.

It is my sincere hope to have the honor of serving you as a member of the CCI Board of Directors in the upcoming months.

Why do you wish to serve as a member of the CCI Board of Directors?
Serving as a member of the CCI Board of Directors places me in a position to impact and perpetuate forward and upward motion in the perioperative world. There are numerous opportunities for growth and advancement as a perioperative nurse as well as integration with other disciplines, which is an area of passion for me as I moved from the role of circulator to nurse practitioner/RNFA. It is always my goal to remember what it was like to be a circulator and do everything in my power to work as a united team to provide the best patient care possible. As a practicing women’s health nurse practitioner & RNFA, I bring a unique perspective to the table for integrating teams and increasing collaborative opportunities.

What specific skills and qualifications can you contribute to this role?
The experience that comes with a doctoral prepared nurse with a strong desire to continue research in the realm of error reductions related to communication between patients, physicians, nurses, and all staff that come in contact with each and every patient provides a strong foundation for advancement in our field. As preventable medical errors are the number three cause of death in the United States, many of which occurred as a perioperative or postoperative complication, the perioperative nurse has a very important role in reducing this statistic. I possess an ongoing commitment to excellence in every aspect of nursing, with a particular focus in perioperative nursing and women’s health nursing. Combining my education, certifications in multiple areas, and desire for quality improvement allows me to provide unique contributions and perspectives. I also hold distinct insights as an advanced practice nurse actively working in the first assist role to help push for change and improvement for CRNFAs.

How do you promote continued competency, certification, and lifelong learning?
I promote continue competency by encouraging certification to all nurses once they have obtained sufficient experience, reminding them that this shows the world that they are qualified and becoming an expert in their respective field. I promote certification by becoming the first CNOR in my department in 2013 & encouraging others to also pursue certification. As a result, I was able to apply for and receive the first CNOR Strong award for my facility in 2014. I promote lifelong learning by not only encouraging others to obtain certification but also to participate in continuing education as well as continuing formal education. Even as a doctoral prepared advanced practice nurse with two master’s degrees, I am currently back in school at Texas Tech University Health Science Center pursing another post-master’s certification. It is never too late to follow your dreams.

Why did you originally seek certification and why do you maintain it?
I originally sought out certification as a personal validation of my ability to function in the role of perioperative nursing. Literature has shown time and time again that certified nurses tend to have better patient outcomes and are more satisfied in their careers. I have maintained my certification because I believe in understanding the evolvement and remaining on the forefront of an area that is not always my primary practice environment as I split my time between the operating room, outpatient clinic, and obstetric emergency departments. Being certified in multiple areas has allowed me to integrate a vast amount of knowledge and share that knowledge between disciplines, with both providers and nurses alike.

What is your vision for the future of nursing certification?  How can you contribute to your vision in this role?
My vision for the future of nursing certification follows in the footsteps of the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing 2010-2020, pushing end encouraging each of us to be our best self for our own self-confidence as well as improving patient outcomes. I can’t wait to see what the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 holds regarding where the IOM sees our profession heading in the next ten years. Certification will follow in the footsteps of increasing baccalaureate prepared and doctoral prepared registered nurses and advanced practice nurses across the United States. I contribute to this vision daily with ongoing integrity, loyalty, drive, innovation, passion, willpower, reliability, connection, optimism, and hope for a better tomorrow.


Sharon Ann Van Wicklin, PhD, RN, CNOR, CRNFA(E), CPSN-R, PLNC, FAAN, ISPAN-F

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I have more than 45 years’ experience as a perioperative registered nurse (RN) and have worked in all facets of the perioperative environment from scrub person to director. I received my Associate of Science in Nursing from Ventura College, my Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Middle Tennessee State University, and my Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) with minor in Gerontology Studies from Missouri State University. I am a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing and Phi Kappa Phi. I have earned certification as an operating room nurse (CNOR), as an emeritus RN first assistant (CRNFA[E]), as a retired plastic and reconstructive surgical nurse (CPSN-R), and as a legal nurse consultant (PLNC). In 2005, I was recognized by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) as a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in the Application of Perioperative Clinical Research Award. This award recognizes a perioperative RN whose application of perioperative clinical research reflects the goal of excellence in patient care. In 2017, I received the honor of being inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and in 2018, I was inducted as a Fellow in the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses (ISPAN-F).

In a previous position as a perioperative educator for a community hospital, I was responsible for the creation and coordination of educational projects and programs designed to improve hospital processes for orientation and ongoing educational development of more than 125 people in nine perioperative departments. As a Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist for AORN, I provided consultative services, authored various AORN publications including the AORN guidelines and Clinical Issues columns; and, represented AORN with a number of professional and regulatory organizations. I was also a member of the nursing faculty at Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Phoenix. In my current position as a perioperative consultant, I serve as a clinical advisor, editor, author, and presenter for a variety of perioperative educational products, presentations, and publications. My work as a legal expert witness involves reading and reviewing medical records and testifying about the scope and standard of perioperative nursing care.

Why do you wish to serve as a member of the CCI Board of Directors?
I would like very much to be more intimately involved with the work of this great organization. For many years I have fully supported the mission of the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) to promote certifications and continuous professional development that drive safe, quality patient care. I support the vision of CCI to be a catalyst and integral partner of a growing community of lifelong learners. I support CCI's values by promoting the significance of the CCI's credentialing programs, seeking appointment to the CCI Board to assist with developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with others who support CCI's mission, supporting thorough competency assessment of all perioperative RNs and other perioperative team members in all areas of perioperative practice, engaging in evidence-based research and quality improvement efforts for perioperative practice, and providing my personal expertise whenever the opportunity arises.

What specific skills and qualifications can you contribute to this role?
I believe my expertise as a perioperative RN for over 45 years can be helpful to the CCI Board when exploring various issues relevant to perioperative practice. I am organized and efficient and have excellent time management skills. My experience and expertise in writing the AORN guidelines, competency verification tools, policies and procedures, and other perioperative documents can be helpful as the Board develops similar documents. As a PhD, my research skills can be helpful in reviewing the evidence specific to Board decisions and in conducting research to support the mission, vision, and values of CCI.

How do you promote continued competency, certification, and lifelong learning?
I believe that education and hands on practice and mastery of various perioperative skills and tasks promotes competency. I regularly provide educational presentations on a variety of topics for perioperative and infection prevention RNs and sterile processing technicians across the United States. My work in advocating for competent perioperative nursing care also includes writing for the AORN Journal and other peer-reviewed journals. My passion is to provide evidence-based answers to perioperative practice questions and to promote the importance of patient safety, nursing competence, and certification. I promote certification by seeking a greater role within the CCI, by maintaining my own certifications, and by encouraging and supporting other perioperative team members to achieve certification. I promote lifelong learning by inspiring and mentoring others in their quest for lifelong learning and by being a lifelong learner myself. At 62 years, I returned to school to earn a PhD in Nursing with a minor in Gerontology Studies.

Why did you originally seek certification and why do you maintain it?
Nursing licensure is intended to ensure a minimum competency level of RNs, while certification demonstrates a higher level of competence and expertise in a particular nursing specialty. The rewards of certification are both intrinsic (e.g., enhances feelings of accomplishment) and extrinsic (e.g., promotes recognition from peers). More than 20 years ago, I sought certification as a way to verify my expertise and to have others recognize me as a skilled and knowledgeable perioperative RN who is committed to the profession. I maintain my certifications for the very same reasons, and I believe that most nurses obtain and maintain their certifications for similar reasons.  

What is your vision for the future of nursing certification?  How can you contribute to your vision in this role?
My vision for the future of nursing certification is that there are two critical issues facing certification Board members. These issues include the necessary educational level for obtaining certification, and the perceived value of certification. The debate about educational levels necessary for obtaining certification has been ongoing for many years. Board members carry the responsibility for determining what the requisite educational levels should be for individuals seeking certification. This decision must be based on a diligent review of the educational levels of individuals currently performing in the role and a careful consideration of the knowledge and academic education required for competent clinical performance in the role. Relative to the perceived value of certification, Board members will need to explore how its members perceive the value of certification. Sadly, many members of professional organizations place little or no value on certification. This may be due to the fact that many health care organizations provide no financial incentive or reward for obtaining certification. For this reason, the value of certification needs to be promoted and the public also needs to be made aware of the value and benefits of certification for health care professionals. To contribute to my vision in this role, I will work with the CCI Board members to solve these two critical issues. Throughout my career, I have been committed to serving the public and the profession through leadership that provides and advocates for safe patient care. My years as an educator and mentor demonstrate my dedication and service to the nursing profession and to those who are both entering and advancing in the profession. My passion is to promote the importance of patient safety, nursing competence, and certification. To that end, I will seek to contribute to the success of the CCI Board and the organization.  


Eligibility to vote for CCI Board of Director candidates requires that you are an active CCI certificant and hold a current CNOR, CSSM, and/or CNS-CP credential.

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