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Dr. Mary Brucker Named Editor of Leading Nursing Journal

Accomplished Author, Nationally Recognized Expert in Translational Science will Lead Nursing for Women's Health

NEWS RELEASE: March 9, 2012
CONTACT: Jessica Gillman, 202-296-2002

Washington, DC— The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is pleased to announce that Mary Brucker, PhD, CNM, FACNM, has been named editor of its clinical practice journal, Nursing for Women's Health. Dr. Brucker, a professor at Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing, assumes the position following Dr. Anne Katz, who is now serving as the editor of a leading oncology nursing journal.

Dr. Brucker will build upon the journal’s commitment to the translation of research into practice through the inclusion of evidence-based nursing such as translational science and quality improvement programs.

"Nursing for Women's Health is an outstanding publication that promotes the health of women and newborns, and I am honored to serve AWHONN and its members in this role," said Brucker. "I look forward to working with the journal's authors, reviewers, the editorial board, and the AWHONN board of directors and staff to meet AWHONN’s mission of advancing nursing scholarship for the care of women and infants," said Brucker.

A nurse-midwife for more than 30 years, Dr. Brucker has contributed to the nursing scholarly community in various editorial roles, including expert advisor and peer reviewer on the editorial boards for Nursing for Women’s Health and the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN). She is widely published on various women’s health topics and has received numerous honors, including the Nursing Excellence Award in Teaching from Nurse Week and the Award for Maternal Child Care from the National Perinatal Association.

"AWHONN conducted an international, professional search to fill the editor position and we are very excited to have someone with Dr. Brucker’s record of scholarship and clinical experience to lead this popular journal," said AWHONN's CEO, Karen Peddicord, PhD, RN. "Her passion for the care of women and, most recently, her publications in the area of pharmacology will be a great asset to Nursing for Women’s Health."

Dr. Brucker earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from Rush University in Chicago; a Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from the University of Mississippi; and a Master of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Louis University. She is an active volunteer with the March of Dimes and Lamaze International and a long-time member of AWHONN and the American College of Nurse-Midwives.


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.

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