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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. Nancymarie Phillips, RN, BA, BSN, MEd, PhD, RNFA, CNOR(E), is Professor Emeritus at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio, where she was Director of Perioperative Education and the Surgical Technology Program Director. A perioperative nurse since 1975, Dr. Phillips is a registered nurse and Registered Nurse First Assistant, and certified in perioperative nursing. Active in many areas of the nursing field, Dr. Phillips has held local and national positions with AORN, and the Competency and Credentialing Institute (previously the Certification Board for Perioperative Nursing), in addition to authoring and contributed to many articles, textbooks, and book chapters. She holds undergraduate degrees in health services and nursing from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, as well as masters and doctoral degrees in adult education and development from Cleveland State.