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Lashea Wattie Accepts AWHONN Award of Excellence in Community Service

Monday, June 15, 2015  
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Georgia Nurse Receives Community Service Award

Lashea Wattie Accepts AWHONN Award of Excellence in Community Service


Washington, DC, June 15, 2015 – The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) presented the 2015 Award of Excellence in Community Service to Lashea Wattie, RNC, C-EFM, BSN, M.Ed, for her dedication to improving the lives of women and newborns through community service. The award was presented at the AWHONN national Convention in Long Beach, California.


AWHONN presents its Award of Excellence in Community Service each year to an AWHONN member with an outstanding history of individual contributions to promote women’s or newborn’s health in a community and reflects AWHONN’s mission and standards through their work in the community.  Winners have made contributions to obstetric and neonatal nursing.


Ms. Wattie’s commitment to women and newborns is exemplified through her volunteer service to AWHONN. At the start of her involvement with AWHONN more than a decade ago, the association’s Atlanta area chapter had less than five people at its local meetings. Her efforts since then have resulted in an explosive increase in membership throughout the state of Georgia and attendance at Atlanta chapter events now averages 50 people. Additionally, Ms. Wattie has been a leader in AWHONN’s Postpartum Hemorrhage Project, serves as a coach and mentor for new nurse leaders, is an AWHONN fetal heart monitoring instructor trainer, and was the chair of the Georgia section of the association from 2010-1014.


“Ms. Wattie’s efforts to increase knowledge, involvement, and advocacy among Georgia’s perinatal nurses are nothing short of outstanding,” said AWHONN’s Chief Executive Officer Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN. “Her work demonstrates how one person can make a powerful impact in a community.”


Ms. Wattie is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia. A nurse for nearly 20 years, Ms. Wattie earned a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University, a Masters of Education from Widener University, and a Masters in Nursing from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been featured in interviews for Georgia Public Radio and is a regular presenter at nursing conferences and for student nurses.


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