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About the Author
Nancymarie Phillips, RN, BA, BSN, MEd, RNFA, CNOR Nancymarie Phillips has been a perioperative nurse since 1975. Her undergraduate degrees in health services and nursing are from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Her graduate degree in adult education and development is from Cleveland State. She is currently in the dissertation phase of her PhD in Education. Mrs. Phillips is the three-time recipient of the C. Joan Gowin Merit Scholarship. Mrs. Phillips is certified in perioperative nursing. She is credentialed as a Registered Nurse First Assistant by the Ohio State Board of Nursing. Her professional activities include many activities, such as local and national positions with AORN and the Certification Board for PeriOperative Nursing. She is also a member of the Association of Surgical Technologists, National Association of Theatre Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society where she serves as a member of the Distinguished Author Mentorship group. Mrs. Phillips has authored many articles, textbooks, and chapters in major texts for other authors. She is an Assistant Professor at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio where she is the Surgical Technology Program Director and Perioperative Nursing Educator.
Patricia Sedlak, RN, BSN, RNFA, CST, CNOR has been a perioperative nurse for more than twenty years. Her baccalaureate is in nursing from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. Mrs. Sedlak was the recipient of the C. Joan Gowin Merit Scholarship in 1995 and the Lorain County Community College Foundation Scholarship in 1998. She is certified in perioperative nursing and surgical technology and credentialed by the Ohio State Board of Nursing in Registered Nurse First Assisting. She is a member of AORN, AST, and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. Mrs. Sedlak was awarded the Community Health Partners Foundation Board Grant in 2003 and 2004 for medical missionary work in the Dominican Republic with the Lorain County Community College surgical technology students. She won the Teacher of the Year and Teaching Excellence distinction in 2001, 2002, 2003. She is the Program Director for Surgical Technology and Registered Nurse First Assisting at Lorain County Community College, In Lorain, Ohio.