The AWHONN women's and neonatal health research priorities focus on the development, dissemination, and utilization of knowledge to guide clinical nursing practice. The research priorities recommendations from the Research Advisory Panel encompass nursing care of women across their lifespan, including childbearing and newborn care, as well as professional issues in nursing practice.
The Research Advisory Panel members discussed and described the relevance of the priorities for AWHONN members and their interconnectedness. For example, increasing normal births will reduce the number of women who experience post-traumatic stress disorder related to a traumatic birthing experience. Reducing overuse of interventions will improve patient safety and nurse sensitive outcomes.
Research Advisory Panel
Since 2003, AWHONN has created advisory panels to serve as "think tanks" in a consultant-client model to the Board of Directors. The Research Advisory Panel (RAP) members are appointed by the President of AWHONN through the Executive Office every year.
AWHONN's commitment to nursing research and scholarship is reflected in our 23-year history of funding nursing research and promoting evidence-based nursing care. Our program is designed primarily for researchers whose efforts are on the beginning developments of a program of research. Awards are granted to researchers whose proposals investigate variables relevant to women's health, obstetric, or neonatal nursing. Studies that are clinically focused and outcome based are a priority. Projects that focus on the nurse's role in delivering cost-effective care in these subspecialties are encouraged and will also be considered.