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Colorado Nurse Receives National Association's Excellence Award

Isabelle DeSilver Accepts AWHONN Award for Advocacy


NEWS RELEASE: June 16, 2014

CONTACT: Kelly Mack 202-296-2002


Washington, DC - The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) presented its 2014 Award of Excellence in Advocacy to Isabelle DeSilver, MSN, RNC, CNM, for her contributions to the field of women's health and professional nursing. The award was presented at the AWHONN national convention in Orlando, Florida.

Nominees for the Award of Excellence in Advocacy are judged on their history of individual contributions to promote women's and newborn's health in the federal, state or local political arenas, including the ability to mobilize colleagues in a campaign or in support of an issue that reflects AWHONN's mission and standards.

Ms. DeSilver is a staff nurse at the University of Colorado Hospital in the Birth Center where she coordinates the orientation program for new labor and delivery nurses. Her interest in legislative issues began in 2008 when she began volunteering for the Obama campaign. Since that time, she has worked on many political campaigns and enjoys educating nurses and community members about the importance of engaging in the political process. Additionally, she led grassroots efforts to ensure the passage of the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act and assisted Colorado lawmakers in passing a bill that supports women's rights to reproductive health services.

"Politics and policy affect every area of nursing, whether it is scope of practice, education, or research," said AWHONN's Chief Executive Officer Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN. "Nurses, like Ms. DeSilver, must lend their voices to important national and state-level debates."

A nurse for more than 20 years, Ms. DeSilver earned a master's degree in nurse midwifery from the University of Colorado and a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida. She has been an AWHONN member since 2003 and currently serves as the legislative coordinator of the Colorado Section of AWHONN.




The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) 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 represents the interests of the more than 350,000 nurses who care for women (throughout their lifespan) and newborns. The membership of AWHONN is at a 15-year high and growing at 24,000.

AWHONN's members 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 holds the distinction of receiving the Premier Program award by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for innovation and excellence in Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) three times.

Founded in 1969 as the Nurses Association of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the association became a separate nonprofit organization called the Association of Women's Health and Neonatal Nurses in 1993.

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