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Patricia J. Klassa Accepts AWHONN Award for Nursing Practice

Monday, June 15, 2015  
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Michigan Nurse Receives National Association’s Excellence Award

Patricia J. Klassa Accepts AWHONN Award for Nursing Practice


Washington, DC, June 15, 2015 – The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) presented its 2015 Award of Excellence in Practice to Patricia “Trish” Klassa, MSN, RN, IBCLC, for excellence in clinical practice and continued innovation in the delivery of care for women and newborns. The award was presented at the AWHONN national Convention in Long Beach, California.


AWHONN presents its Award of Excellence in Practice each year to an AWHONN member with outstanding clinical expertise, dedication to promoting a professional image of nursing through practice, and contributions in their area of practice that have national or international significance. Ms. Klassa is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Birthing Center at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in West Bloomfield, Michigan. In that capacity, she is responsible for ensuring evidence-based practice within the Birthing Center, as well as the education, training, and competencies for75 staff members. She has special expertise and passion in the area of intimate partner violence (IPV) and has educated the hospital’s entire staff and raised their awareness and commitment to screening for IPV.


“Ms. Klassa’s contributions to increasing access to evidence-based nursing care have profoundly impacted the lives of women and their families," said AWHONN's Chief Executive Officer Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN. “Her dedication and passion are admirable.”


Ms. Klassa has been a member of AWHONN since 1989 and has served as the Chair of the Metro Detroit Chapter of the association. With more than 30 years of nursing experience in various aspects of obstetrics, she earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wayne State University. Ms. Klassa is a member of the Oakland County Coordinating Council against Domestic Violence and works closely with the staff of HAVEN, a nonprofit organization for victims of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. She has been recognized for nursing excellence and is a recipient of the Henry Ford Health System’s “Shadow of a Leader” award.


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