Kay Ball, Professor

Kay Ball

Phone
614-823-1213

Email
kball@otterbein.edu

Office
Roush Hall 439A

Kay Ball, PhD, RN, CNOR, CMLSO, FAAN: Kay received her BSN degree from Otterbein University in 1983. She received her PhD in Health Related Sciences from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the Past President of the national Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and the AORN Foundation. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurses (FAAN) and is very politically active in legislative activities for the Ohio Nurses Association and the MidOhio District Nurses Association. Kay worked at the White House in 1994 representing nurses in specialty practice when Hillary Clinton was attempting healthcare reform. Kay has written four editions of “Lasers: The Perioperative Challenge” along with many chapters and articles on surgical and nursing issues. Kay planned and assisted with the first laser surgery on a dolphin at SeaWorld and continues to lecture on laser surgery and surgical smoke evacuation practices throughout the world. Kay is a certified nurse in the OR (CNOR) and a certified medical laser safety officer (CMLSO). She is a member of Worthington Christian Church and is very involved with prison ministry at Marion Correctional Institute.

Education

  • Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 2009. Health Related Sciences.
  • MSA, Central Michigan University, Michigan, 1987. Health Care Administration.
  • BSN, Otterbein University, Westerville, OH, 1983
  • ADN, Columbus Technical Institute, Columbus, OH, 1974. Nursing.

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Surgical smoke research

Publications

Books Chapters (peer reviewed):
  • Ball, K. (2019) Surgical modalities in Rothrock, J. & McEwen, D. Alexander’s Care of the Patient in Surgery (16th ed.).  (pp.201-243). St. Louis: Elsevier, Inc.
  • Ball, K. (2018). Lasers: The Perioperative Challenge, 4th ed. Orlando, FL: Laser Institute of America.
  • Ball, K. (2016). Transition from the Operating Room to the PACU and Care and the Laser/Laparoscopic Surgical Patient. In J. Odom-Forren (ed.). Drain’s Perianesthesia Nursing: A Critical Approach (7thed.). Philadelphia:       Saunders/Elsevier.
  • Ball, K. (2015) Surgical modalities in Rothrock, J. Alexander’s Care of the Patient in Surgery (15th ed.).(pp.211-252).St. Louis: Mosby.
  • Ball, K. (2012). Transition from the Operating Room to the PACU and Care and the Laser/Laparoscopic Surgical Patient. In J. Odom-Forren (ed.). Drain’s Perianesthesia Nursing: A Critical Approach (6thed.). Philadelphia: Saunders/Elsevier.
  • Ball, K. (2012). Surgical modalities. In J. Rothrock (ed.). Alexander’s Care of the Patientin Surgery (14th ed.). (pp.204-249). St. Louis: Mosby.
  • Ball, K (2011). Hazards from Surgical Smoke: Decreasing Your Risk. In D. Watson (Ed.)Perioperative Safety.(pp. 214-221). St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Ball, K. (2011). Surgical modalities. In J. Rothrock (Ed.).Alexander’s Care of the Patient in Surgery(14th ed.).(pp.204-249). St. Louis: Mosby.
Journal Articles (peer reviewed):
  • Ball, K. (2018, December). Protecting patients from surgical smoke. AORN Journal, 108(6).
  • Haverkamp, J. Ribar, A. Ball, K. Ballard, K. Butz, S. Chovan, JD. Garrett, Fried, E. B. Hughes, K. Keane, Prusinski, R. Shoemaker, J. (2017). A map to successful CCME accreditation. Journal of Professional Nursing. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2017.09.003
  • Ball, K., Sorensen, E. (2016).Experiences of Faculty and Students in a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program (submitted for publication in the Journal of Professional Nursing, June 2016).
  • Ball, K., Doyle, D., Oocuma, N. (2015). Creating a perioperative nursing program to help solve nursing shortages in the OR. AORN Journal, 101(1): 115-136.
  • Haverkamp, J. & Ball, K. (2013). BSN in 10: What is Your Opinion? AORN Journal, 98(2):144-152.
  • Ball, K. (2013). The Three C’s of Policy Health: Create, Communicate, and Comply. AORN Journal, 98(2):189-191.
  • Ball, K. (March, 2012). Compliance with Surgical Smoke Evacuation Guidelines: Implications for Practice. ORNAC Journal, 30(1):14.(peer reviewed)
  • Ball, K. (2011). Surgical smoke evacuation recommendations. Hospital Healthcare Europe. The Official Hope Reference Book.
  • Ball, K. (2011, June) 14 irrefutable reasons to eliminate surgical smoke. Outpatient Surgery. 46-51.
  • Ball, K. (2011, Mar). Surgical smoke evacuation recommendations. Hospital Healthcare Europe, 023-027.
Study Guides & Articles (not peer reviewed): (Publication information available before 2011, if requested)
  • Ball, K. (2018). Safe Handling & Reprocessing of Rigid Endoscopes. Bellefontaine, OH: Mobile Instrument Service & Repair, Inc.
  • Ball, K. (2016). Smoke Evacuators. Outpatient Surgery Magazine, 17(1):130-131.
  • Ball, K. (2014). Stray Electrosurgical Burns from Insulation Failure: Preventable Accidents. Bellefontaine, OH: Mobile Instrument Service & Repair, Inc.
  • Ball, K. (2014). The Challenge of Small Diameter Flexible Endoscopes. Bellefontaine, OH: Mobile Instrument Service & Repair, Inc.
  • Ball, K. (2014). Powered Surgical Instruments & Equipment: The Challenge of Reprocessing. Bellefontaine, OH: Mobile Instrument Service & Repair, Inc.
  • Ball, K. (2014). Safe Handling & Reprocessing of Rigid Endoscopes. Bellefontaine, OH: Mobile Instrument Service & Repair, Inc.
  • Ball, K. (2014). The Care and Maintenance of Video Cameras. Bellefontaine, OH: Mobile Instrument Service & Repair, Inc.
  • Ball, K. (2013). The Hazards of Surgical Smoke. Phoenix, AZ: IC Medical Inc.
  • Ball, K. (2012, August). It’s time to go smoke-free (interview with Kay Ball – edited by Daniel Cook). Outpatient Surgery, 13(8):pp.22-26.
Kay appeared in the following videos as an expert in the hazards of surgical smoke:
  • Ball, K. (2018). Friends of Flo interview on surgical smoke hazards.
  • Ball, K. (2015). Interview on surgical smoke. Denver, CO. Cardinal Health.
  • Ball, K. (2012). Interview: In Behind the Mask:Facial Protection. Chicago: Cardinal Health.

Affiliations & Awards

  • 2019 Community Service in Nursing Award by Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Lambda Chapter
  • 2016 MODNA Volunteer of the Year Award
  • 2016 AORN Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Education, Academia
  • 2010 AORN Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Nursing Research
  • 2008 AORN Outstanding Achievement in Mentorship Award
  • 2008 Worthington High School Hall of Fame
  • 2004 ANA Barbara Thoman Curtis Award (Political Excellence Award)
  • 2003 AORN Award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing
  • 2003 ONA Excellence in Political Action Award
  • 1998 Alumnae of the Year
  • 1998, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH
  • 1997 Fellow in the American Academy of Nurses (induction into Academy)
  • 1997 Distinguished Alumnae Award, Otterbein College, Westerville, OH
  • 1990 Book of the Year Award for Lasers: The Perioperative Challenge, 1st ed. American Journal of Nursing
  • 1987 Sigma Theta Tau, Indianapolis, IN
  • 1983 Highest grade point average for class (BSN), Otterbein College, Westerville, OH
  • 1982-3 Torch and Key Honorary Society, Otterbein College, Westerville, OH
  • 1982 Resolution authored by the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons in recognition of Kay Ball’s pioneering efforts to form collaborative relationships between the nursing community and osteopathic physicians
  • 1974 Highest grade point average for class (A.D.N.) Columbus Technical Institute, Columbus, OH
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Who’s Who in American Women
  • Who’s Who is American Nursing
  • Who’s Who in the Midwest