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Defining Perioperative Leadership with Vangie Dennis

The Healthcare QualityCast

Defining Perioperative Leadership with Vangie Dennis

August 10, 2021

Defining Perioperative Leadership with Vangie Dennis

Vangie Dennis is the Assistant Vice President: Periop Services at AnMed Health. Prior to this role, Vangie served as the Executive Director of WellStar Atlanta Medical Center and Atlanta Medical Center South located in the metropolitan area of Atlanta. Vangie has been a nurse for 44 years.

Professional organizations include the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN), Laser Institute of America, AORN Specialty Assemblies, Laser Institute of America, American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopist, and the
American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery.

Professional activities and accomplishments are Past Chairperson for the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery, Past Assembly Chair for AORN Advanced Technology, Past Assembly Secretary for the organization, and member of the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopist. She is on the editorial board for the Journal for Clinical Laser Medicine and Surgery, Outpatient Surgery, and for OR Nurse.

Vangie has been published and cited in publications such as “OR Nurse, American Health, Laparoscopic Update, Surgical Services Management, Infection Control Today, OR Manager, Today’s OR, Outpatient Surgery, and Same-Day Surgery. She is also the author for the “Medcom Module: Laparoscopic Approach for Treatment of Urinary Stress Incontinence”, referenced in “The Joint Commission’s 2003 National Patient Safety Goals”, co-published the nursing Chapter 9, “The Team-Nursing’s Perspective” in the book Principles of Laparoscopic Surgery, Chapter 20 Laser Risks and Perioperative Safety: Donna Watson’s Perioperative Safety, Author of the 2011 AORN Recommended Practices for Lasers, author for the AORN Laser Study Guide, Module, and video.

Vangie sits on the Clinical Advisory Boards for the Gwinnett Technical School, OR Nurse, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Georgia Tissue Council, Medline Industries, Medtronics Corporation, Baxter, and Ethicon Endo-Surgery. She presently serves as the National Treasurer for AORN Board of Directors and served a term on the Board of
Directors.

Ms. Dennis is an independent consultant, lectures on lasers, endoscopic procedures, advanced technology, and nursing practice. Vangie has lectured nationally and internationally for AORN, AORN Chapters, Advanced Technology Specialty Assembly, American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery, The International Laser Safety Conference, Canadian Nurses Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, American Association Gynecological Laparoscopists, MedSun CODA Conference, and Medical Societies and facilities.

Here in Episode #130, Vangie starts our show with a leadership mindset to embrace what we truly want. She gives us a great overview of Perioperative Services, and how she has successfully navigated a 30+ year career within it. Vangie connects the dots on the critical role of quality across the continuum of Perioperative Services. She shares a dark moment story contrasting when to lead with your heart vs. your head.

Vangie tells how she leverages shared governance and appreciative inquiry to build strong teams. She shares her an AHA moment centered on influential leadership; and how the evolving world of preventative medicine will drive ongoing healthcare changes. Vangie highlights lessons learned so far from Covid-19 within surgical services. And closes our show with the needed encouragement to engage within our purpose to create WOW moments and make a difference.

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