Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurse Leaders Gather in Washington, DC
AWHONN Holds Largest Leadership Conference Ever; Focuses on Advocacy

NEWS RELEASE: January 31, 2008
CONTACT: Kristin Mellon, 202-296-2002

Washington, DC—The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) hosted its annual Leadership Conference January 26-28, bringing together more than 330 volunteer leaders from all 50 states, the Armed Forces and Canada to the Washington, DC area for the event. Karl Mecklenburg, former All-Pro Denver Broncos captain and popular motivational speaker, delivered the keynote address setting the stage for an inspiring educational and networking experience.

"This year’s Leadership Conference brought together a record number of nurses from across the country," said Joseph C. Isaacs, CAE, AWHONN Executive Director. "We also had more exhibitors and sponsors than ever before, suggesting strongly that AWHONN is being increasingly respected for its leadership development and partnership capabilities. These results are very gratifying and we are most appreciative to have earned such growing acknowledgement for our efforts to play a heightened leadership role in advancing the health of women and newborns."

Sponsored by Bayer Inc., Cottonwood Kids, CSL Behring, and the March of Dimes, the focus of the 2008 Leadership Conference was on various elements and opportunities to exemplify one’s leadership, emphasizing the vital role nurses play in direct patient care and broader public advocacy. After legislative and media training, over 50 nurses descended on Capitol Hill to speak out on behalf of those suffering from postpartum depression to targeted legislators from the states of Michigan, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, Nevada and Illinois.

"Nurses are often the first and most frequent point of contact in the health care system. They are powerful advocates for their patients, especially for new mothers who may be suffering in silence," according to Barbara Moran, the AWHONN 2008 President. "Our members did a great job of sharing their stories from within the trenches about the impacts of the nation’s nursing shortage and the plight of those suffering postpartum depression, a condition affecting one in every eight new mothers.

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About AWHONN

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.

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