Nurse Recognized for Outstanding Mentorship in Perioperative Nursing

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Woman’s Hospital nurse Kristy Simmons, RN, MSN, CNOR, was recognized with the Outstanding Achievement in Mentorship award at the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses’ 2023 Global Surgical Conference & Expo on April 2. The award recognizes individuals who exhibit a commitment to strengthening career development, leadership skills and connections to help nurture professional and personal development of a perioperative nurse colleague or group.

“I’m honored to be recognized for my work in mentoring other nurses in the perioperative field,” Simmons said. “This amazing group of professionals has helped guide me through my career and inspired me to be a better nurse. I’m forever grateful for everything I’ve learned through AORN.”

AORN was founded in 1949 to establish a national community for operating room nurses who sought to share best practices for patients undergoing surgery. AORN provides evidence-based resources to establish the standards of excellence for each phase of perioperative nursing to achieve optimal outcomes for every patient.

Simmons is a lifetime member of AORN with more than 42 years of experience in perioperative nursing, of which 39 have been spent at Woman’s Hospital. She has served on numerous AORN task forces and committees at the state, local and national levels and currently serves on the Legacy Nurse Engagement Think Tank as well as the coordinating council of the Pediatric Specialty Assembly.

Previously, Simmons earned an AORN National Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award (2014); an AORN National Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Evidence-Based Practice Award (2014); and Perioperative Nurse of the Year, AORN of Baton Rouge Area (2015).

Often referred to as the “Woman’s Touch,” nurses at Woman’s Hospital are known to provide exceptional care and experiences for their patients and families. To learn more about nursing at Woman’s, visit

About Woman’s Hospital

Woman’s is a specialty hospital for women and infants located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Since opening in 1968, it has welcomed more than 375,000 babies, making it one of the largest delivery services in the country and the largest in Louisiana. Additionally, Woman’s operates a level III-S neonatal intensive care unit; this designation allows them to care for infants who are extremely premature, are critically ill or require surgical intervention. The hospital is also recognized for its expertise in mammography as well as breast and gynecologic cancer care. As a private, nonprofit organization, all funds are reinvested into the hospital to continue Woman’s mission to improve the health of women and infants through the latest technology, a highly qualified staff and critical community programs and services.