She has been an AWHONN member for 32 years, actively engaged as chair of the National Practice committee and serving on advisory panels, JOGNN and NWH editorial boards and leading EBP guideline development teams. She is an AWHONN awardee for Distinguished Professional Service, NWH Excellence in Writing, and Excellence in Education.
Sandra’s research interests include violence against women, reproductive decision-making, gynecologic cancers, nursing education, second stage labor management, newborn abandonment, and cultural aspects of childbearing and birth. She has provided care to women and newborns throughout the United States and internationally and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2008.
Sandra holds leadership roles in Sigma Theta Tau, Texas Nurses Association, Texas Medical Center Women’s Health Network, and the Women’s Health Initiative of Texas.
Mission and goals for AWHONN:
Sandra passionately supports AWHONN’s advocacy goals through promotion of diversity and inclusivity, education of nurses and communities, and policy development to improve the care of women and newborns.