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Ashley Wright Accepts $5,000 Research Grant

Monday, June 15, 2015  
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Michigan Nurse Receives Research Award from Leading Nursing Organization

—Ashley Wright Accepts $5,000 Research Grant—


Washington, DC, June, 15, 2015 - Honoring research that explores childbearing and newborn nursing, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) today presented its 2015 Novice Researcher Award to Ashley Wright, BSN, RN. The award was presented at the AWHONN annual Convention in Long Beach, California.


Through generous charitable contributions from AWHONN members, the organization presented a $5,000 research grant to Wright for her study entitled, “Anticipatory Rounds: Perspectives of Postpartum Patients, Staff Nurses, and Nursing Leadership.” The Novice Researcher Award is intended to assist new researchers to begin areas of study, investigate clinical issues or launch a pilot study.

"AWHONN has a long history of supporting novice nurse researchers," said AWHONN's Chief Executive Officer, Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN. "Ms. Wright’s research will enhance best practices in nursing for postpartum patients.”


Ms. Wright is a staff nurse on the mother-baby unit at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Additionally, she serves as the Chair of the Obstetric Clinical Quality Council to determine best practices and help disseminate information to deliver safe and quality care to patients. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Western Michigan University (WMU) and has plans to pursue a Master’s degree also at WMU.


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