Sharon Van Wicklin, PhD, RN, CNOR, CRNFA(E), CPSN-R, PLNC, FAAN, ISPAN-F
Sharon Ann Van Wicklin has been a perioperative RN for more than 48 years and has worked in all facets of the perioperative environment from scrub person to director. Sharon received her BSN and MSN from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and her PhD in Nursing with a Minor in Gerontology Studies from Missouri State University. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing and Phi Kappa Phi. Sharon has earned certification in operating room nursing (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, Sharon was recognized by AORN as a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in the Application of Perioperative Clinical Research Award. Sharon has also received the honor of being inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) in 2017 and in the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses (ISPAN-F) in 2018.
As a former Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist for the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), Sharon provided consultative services, authored multiple publications including the AORN guidelines; and, represented AORN with other professional, accreditation, and regulatory organizations. She has also been a member of the nursing faculty at MTSU and the University of Phoenix.
In her current position as a perioperative and legal nurse consultant, Sharon serves as a clinical consultant, editor, author, and presenter for a variety of perioperative educational products, presentations, and publications. Her work as a professional legal nurse consultant involves reading and reviewing medical records and testifying as to the standard of perioperative nursing care. As Editor-in-Chief, Sharon manages the day to day operations of the peer-reviewed Plastic and Aesthetic Nursing (PAN) journal, the official journal of the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses (ISPAN).