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National Candidate Highlight - Darlene Murdock

Posted 5 months ago by Falynn Chapman

NATIONAL VOTING - CANDIDATE HIGHLIGHT - Darlene Murdock

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Candidate Bio


Darlene B. Murdock, BSN, BA, RN, CNOR, is a clinical staff nurse IV at Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas. She earned an associate degree of technology in data processing from Jones County Junior College, Ellisville, Mississippi; a bachelor of arts in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston.

Murdock has been a perioperative nurse for 25 years and a member of AORN for 22 years. She is a member of:

  • AORN of Greater Houston (2008-present),
  • the Texas Council of Operating Room Nurses (2010-present), and
  • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2012-present).

She has been a member of:

  • the Trauma Specialty Assembly (2010-2012),
  • the Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Trauma Specialty Assembly (2012-2016), and
  • the Pediatric Specialty Assembly (2013-2017).

Murdock has attended Congress 7 times in the past 10 years, 6 times as a delegate.

Murdock has received:

  • the Star Award for Outstanding Contribution from AORN of Greater Houston (2017),
  • the Woman of Excellence Award from the Federation of Houston Professional Women (2014), and
  • the Perioperative Nurse of the Year Award from AORN of Greater Houston (2012).

Highlights of Murdock’s service to AORN include that she is:

  • a member of the Texas Council of Operating Room Nurses Board of Directors (2015-present),
  • advisor to the AORN of Greater Houston Board of Directors (2016-present),
  • editor of the AORN of Greater Houston Newsletter (2016-present),
  • chair of the AORN of Greater Houston Community Service & Outreach Committee (2012-present).

She has been:

  • a member of the AORN Membership Committee (2015-2017),
  • a member of the National Awards Committee (2013-2015),
  • an advisor to the Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Trauma Specialty Assembly (2013-2016),
  • an AORN Journal author (2008, 2013),
  • chair of the Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Trauma Specialty Assembly (2012-2013), and
  • president of AORN of Greater Houston (2013-2014).

In other leadership roles, Murdock is:

  • chair of the Professional Nurse Advancement Program at Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center (2017-present).

She has been:

  • a Competency & Credentialing Institute CNOR champion (2008-2014),
  • an item writer for the Competency & Credentialing Institute (2014-2015),
  • member of the Competency & Credentialing Institute CNOR Job Analysis and Ambulatory Surgery Job Analysis Committee (2014-2015), and
  • scribe for the Career Ladder Board at Memori al Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center (20142016).

In her community, Murdock is:

  • a Career Day presenter for the Fort Bend School District, Texas (2008-present);
  • a sort room volunteer for Medical Bridges, Houston, Texas (2015-present); and
  • an organizer for the Houston Food Bank, Texas (2017-present).

She has been:

  • an injury prevention champion at Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center, Houston (2015) and
  • a sort room volunteer for Project C.U.R.E., Houston, Texas (2011-2015).

Election Statement


Reports from the Institute of Medicine on the future of nursing challenge nurses to utilize their skills, knowledge, and power to positively transform the nation’s health care. AORN, who represents all perioperative nurses, is meeting this challenge by providing evidence for best clinical practices and surgical safety. To ensure that perioperative nurses remain unwavering in the forefront impacting health care, AORN must continue to have strong leaders who will lead through these historic times of health care transitions and challenges. I am confident that my positive attitude, enthusiasm, strong leadership, excellent communication, personal and professional experiences, and in-depth knowledge will contribute to AORN’s ongoing success.

Serving as an AORN volunteer leader locally and nationally has provided me with a deep, intuitive understanding of the needs of our profession, organization, and membership. I have developed a professional skill set that includes strategic planning, problem solving, networking, collaborating, and advocating. While serving as AORN president of a large chapter, I set the precedence of excellence that ultimately set the stage to obtain the highest award, Chapter of the Year. I provide leadership for my facility’s Magnet council, Professional Nurse Advancement Program, while elevating and promoting clinical and educational excellence throughout our campus. In my current role of clinical expert, I function as leader, educator, innovator, and mentor at my facility.

I am passionate about AORN and committed to perioperative nursing excellence! It will be my pleasure and an honor to serve on the Board of Directors and uphold AORN’s mission and vision.

Candidate Q&A

A new innovative product or service comes before the Board for consideration. What things will you consider when deciding if this is a good investment for the association?  

Innovation is one of our core values which include creativity, risk taking, and leading edge. Innovation is a complex process that requires research and development. The first thing I would do as a Board member would be to consider whether the product/service is consistent with the needs of perioperative professionals and with our mission, vision, and values. Next an in-depth cost-benefit analysis must be performed ensuring all risks are identified such as pricing, marketing, distribution, third-party vendors, implementation, and long-term strategies. I would also research the answers to the following questions to consider in the final decision-making process:

  • Is it a strategic good fit?
  • Does it complement existing products/services?
  • Can it be easily integrated into the existing product/service line?
  • Is the timing right?
  • Is it a good strategic direction for the association?
  • What is the product/service life cycle?
  • Is it really innovative?

Quality is one of our Core Values. Tell us how you will be a reliable and accountable member of the board.

Quality—reliable, timely, and accountable, is one of AORN’s principle core values. I have proven myself as a person of high integrity with an established reputation of excellence. As a reliable and accountable member of the Board I will do what I say I’m going to do, when I say I’m going to do it, and strive for excellence in everything that I do. I will be vigilant in maintaining a high level of positive professional presence and work tirelessly to uphold the mission, vision and values of AORN. As a new integral part of AORN’s leadership team, I will function as a transparent and engaged team member. I will also take into account the Board’s dynamics to foster teamwork and cohesiveness to ensure the ongoing success of AORN.


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