My AWHONN Resources

Texas Nurse Receives Excellence in Writing Award

Dr. Sandra Cesario Accepts Nursing for Women Health Writing Award

NEWS RELEASE: June 27, 2011
CONTACT: Jessica Gillman, 202-296-2002

Washington, DC— The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) today presented its Nursing for Women's Health Excellence in Writing Award to Sandra K. Cesario, PhD, MS, RNC, FAAN, for her article entitled, "Advances in the Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer: How to Hear the Whispers Early." The award was presented at the AWHONN national Convention in Denver, Colorado.

The 2011 Excellence in Writing Award honors the author of an original paper published in Nursing for Women's Health during 2010. Papers were nominated by the journal editor and the winning paper was chosen by members of the Nursing for Women's Health editorial advisory board. Criteria for the award include the timeliness and relevancy of the topic; the readability and practicality of the article; and the potential of the article to meet the mission of the journal, which is to inform and enable nurses to provide optimum nursing care to women and newborns.

A longtime AWHONN member, Dr. Cesario is currently a PhD Program Coordinator and a tenured Professor at the Texas Woman’s University (TWU), College of Nursing in Houston. She is widely published on various women’s health topics and has received numerous honors, including the Good Samaritan Foundation Silver Award for Excellence in the category of Nursing Faculty, the Texas Organization of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education Innovations in Teaching Award, and the TWU Distinction in Teaching Award.

"Dr. Cesario’s article will help nurses better understand the early symptoms of ovarian cancer," said Nursing for Women’s Health editor, Dr. Anne Katz. "In the absence of adequate screening or diagnostic tests, education about the symptoms of ovarian cancer is the only tool we have to identify this disease at an early stage when it is most treatable."

Dr. Cesario is an active member of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the Texas Nurses Association. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Fort Hays State University, Master of Science from the University of Oklahoma, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from Texas Woman's University.


About Nursing for Women’s Health

Nursing for Women’s Health is a bimonthly refereed clinical practice journal of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. The journal circulates to more than 25,000 nurses who care for women and newborns and is available online at


The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is the foremost nursing authority that advances the health care of women and newborns through advocacy, research and the creation of high quality, evidence-based standards of care.

AWHONN's 24,000 members worldwide are clinicians, educators and executives who serve as patient care advocates focusing on the needs of women and infants. A leader in professional development, AWHONN holds the distinction of twice receiving the Premier Program award by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for innovation and excellence in Continuing Nursing Education (CNE).

Founded in 1969 as the Nurses Association of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the association became a separate nonprofit organization called the Association of Women's Health and Neonatal Nurses in 1993.

Visit AWHONN on Facebook.