Barbara Moran Elected President of Leading Women’s Health Organization
Award-Winning Professor to Lead Governance of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
NEWS RELEASE: February 5, 2008
CONTACT: Jackie Cooper or Karen Addis, 202-296-2002
Washington, DC—The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is pleased to announce that its 2008 President is Barbara Moran, PhD, CNM, an assistant professor at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and a Certified Nurse Midwife with Andersen & Maanavi, Ltd. in Northern Virginia. Dr. Moran was elected by the AWHONN membership last August and assumed the leadership post effective January 1, 2008.
"It is an extreme honor to lead an organization that represents the most prominent hands-on caregivers for women and newborns in the health care setting: nurses," said Moran. "I am very proud of my long time involvement with AWHONN at both the local, state and national levels and look forward to doing my part to further advance an organization that has been at the cutting edge of progress in our field and a leader in promoting evidence-based quality care."
Dr. Moran has been active in AWHONN since 1979. Prior to serving on the AWHONN Board of Directors, she was the AWHONN Virginia Section secretary and treasurer, a fetal heart monitoring instructor and a member of the National Task Force for Competencies and Program Guidelines for Nurse Providers of Perinatal Education. She also affiliated with LAMAZE International, the American Nurses Association, the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International and the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.
Prior to faculty appointment at Catholic University, Moran was an education coordinator for 13 years at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., one of the leading health care institutions in the national capital area serving the needs of women and infants. She has also served as a women’s health Nurse Practitioner for Kaiser Permanente HMO, and as a public health nurse.
“We are very excited to have someone with Dr. Moran’s enthusiasm, experience and expertise guiding AWHONN from its highest volunteer leadership post,â?? said Joseph C. Isaacs, CAE, Executive Director of AWHONN. "Her passion for the nursing profession and the health of women and newborns will be a great asset to the work of the association as it pursues fulfillment of an ambitious strategic plan focusing on visibility, knowledge and membership."
Dr. Moran was awarded the AWHONN Education Fellowship Award in 1993. Other honors include: 1987 Nurse of the Year by LAMAZE International and 1982 Maternal Child Health Nurse of the Year by the Hawaii Nurses Association. Moran earned her PhD degree in Nursing from the University of Virginia, her Master of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Villanova University.
The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) was founded in 1969 and 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 22,000 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 is the first and only association to be awarded the designation Premier Provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for innovation and excellence in Continuing Nursing Education.