2021 National Committees

We are currently seeking new members for AWHONN 2021 National Committees. By serving on a National Committee, members have the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and experience in an area that will be useful in strengthening and expanding AWHONN.

Serving on a National Committee is highly rewarding. It’s an opportunity to learn more about AWHONN and gain a better understanding of national issues, nursing opportunities, healthcare changes, and/or policy issues affecting us as an organization. Applications are currently being accepted to serve on the committees listed below now through Thursday, November 19, 2020.  Selected members will be notified by early December 2020.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill out one application for each committee they seek for consideration. For example, if applying to 2 or more committees, please fill out 2 or more individual applications.  Please make sure that you change the responses and information in the essays related to the applied committee. (Note: The form automatically times out after 15 minutes of inactivity. Information will not be saved if the system times out.)

In addition, each applicant should fill out a conflict of interest and principles for ethical governance form. Only one form is needed on file even if you apply for multiple groups.

For questions, please contact either Nichole Goode at ngoode@awhonn.org (ph: 202-261-2413) or DJ Johnson at djohnson@awhonn.org (ph: 202-261-2454).

If you want to make a difference, apply below.

Conflict of Interest & Principles for Ethical Governance Form

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee supports the Board and staff primarily by providing financial oversight for the organization.  The Finance Committee’s responsibilities include:

  • Review and approval of annual operating budgets for Headquarters and the 51 Sections with the committee monitoring adherence to the budget.
  • Create policies and procedures for financial transactions and other areas of risk (e.g. capital purchases, gift acceptance, etc.).
  • Select an independent auditing firm to audit and express an opinion on the organization’s financial statements.
  • Review the draft audited financial statements and IRS Form 990 report as presented by the auditor for final Board approval.
  • Develop an investment policy detailing the objectives of the investment portfolio and ensuring that the provisions of the policy are followed by the investment/financial advisors which will review and update the policy when necessary in order to present to the Board for final approval.
  • Meet once a year, usually face-to face and occasionally by conference call.

Committee members should have experience with budgeting and financial planning. The Committee comprises the Chair, current Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Directors and two Board of Directors, two Members At-Large along with the President-Elect (non-voting member) and AWHONN’s CEO (non-voting member).

The committee is currently seeking two members from the AWHONN membership.

Term: Begins January 1, 2021 and ends December 31, 2022, except President-elect and Secretary-Treasurer. Board members alternate.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee (NC) is responsible for identifying qualified candidates to serve on AWHONN’s Board of Directors. The Committee is vital to the process of vetting, interviewing and selecting candidates for the Board of Directors slate. When applying it is important to know that the Nominating Committee’s work is time-limited and intense from January to April of each year and therefore requires committed members.

The Nominating Committee responsibilities include:

  • Meeting monthly by conference call between January and May in addition to a 2-3 hour call in April.
  • Identifying and/or recruiting candidates for office throughout the year – Requires making telephone calls.
  • Conducting weekly telephone and/or video interviews with prospective candidates in April and early May – All NC members are required to participate
  • Developing a slate of candidates to recommend to the Board for approval.

Committee members should have a wide network of colleagues, be familiar with leadership qualities essential for governing an association and have interviewing experience. The Committee is composed of the immediate Past President (who serves as Chair), eight committee members, and AWHONN’s CEO as a non-voting member. Members of the Committee, excluding the immediate Past President, shall serve a two-year term and shall be ineligible for reappointment for five years following conclusion of his/her term.

Term: Begins January 1, 2021 and ends December 31, 2022.


Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is responsible for ensuring a growing and vital organization by providing recommendations, policies, procedures, and strategies to help improve membership growth and retention.

The Membership Committee’s responsibilities include:

  • Planning and hosting the New Member and First Time Attendee session(s) at the AWHONN Convention.
  • Serving as mentors and helping to plan and actively participate in the activities of The Hive at the AWHONN Convention.
  • Reviewing the Recruitment & Rewards Program, suggesting ideas for improving and expanding the program and increasing member recruitment.
  • Developing new and innovative ways to attract new members as well as retain current membership.
  • Linking AWHONN with the attitudes, expectations, needs, and trends in the real world of our members.
  • Representing, involving, and serving AWHONN members.
  • Providing a forum for issues affecting the membership.

To be eligible to serve on the Membership Committee you must be a Full or Retired member of AWHONN in good standing. Committee members must be willing to commit to attend the AWHONN convention in Orlando at their own expense.

Note: The 2021 Membership Committee currently is slated to meet during 2021 Convention.

Term: Begins January 1, 2021 and ends December 31, 2021. One-year terms that may be renewed for up to 3 years.


Development Committee

The Development Committee helps to raise funds to support AWHONN’s mission of promoting the health of women and newborns by engaging members and others in supporting the Every Woman, Every Baby (EWEB) charitable giving program.

The Develop Committee’s responsibilities include:

  • Steward:  Create and implement the strategic plan, set and track goals, develop case for support.
  • Donor:  Make an annual gift of significance to AWHONN through a personal contribution.
  • Visitor:  Ask peers (AWHONN members to financially support the mission of AWHONN— by making a charitable gift to EWEB).
  • Prospector:  Engage in identification, prospecting and evaluation process of potential donors.
  • Advocate:  Serve as charitable giving ambassador for AWHONN; creating a culture of philanthropy for AWHONN members.
  • Visible Attendee:  Meet as a committee in person and through conference calls, attend AWHONN events locally and the AWHONN Convention (if possible).
  • Team Builder:  Report to and work with the AWHONN Board of Directors to ensure the success of the committee.

Term: Begins January 1, 2021 and ends December 31, 2021.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee advises AWHONN leadership on the strategic DEI needs of the organization and is responsible for assisting AWHONN leadership and staff apply a DEI lens to the services, projects and programs of AWHONN.

The DE&I Committee’s responsibilities include:

  • Examine the strategies of the association and ensure DEI is supported within the major pieces of work for AWHONN
  • Monitor, evaluate, and re-calibrate DEI goals, priorities and recommendations
  • Be the voice for members within AWHONN that are underrepresented
  • Serve as content experts on DEI
  • Build, model and sustain a culture which supporters DEI at AWHONN
  • Interact with and impact the other committees of AWHONN
  • Interact with and impact AWHONN sections and members
  • Partner with the staff of AWHONN, especially the VP of DEI to marshal the resources needed to meet DEI needs and goals
  • Review applications and recommend the annual DEI award recipient to the Board

To be eligible to serve on the DE&I Committee you must be a Full or Retired member of AWHONN in good standing. Committee members must be willing to commit to attend the AWHONN convention in Orlando at their own expense.

Note: The 2021 DE&I Committee currently is slated to meet during 2021 Convention.

Term: Begins January 1, 2021 and ends December 31, 2021. One-year terms that may be renewed for up to 3 years.

Public Policy Committee

The Public Policy Committee supports the Board of Directors and Headquarters staff in developing AWHONN’s federal public policy priorities, as well as the action plans behind them.

The Public Policy Committee’s responsibilities include:

  • Taking part in a video conference call once per month.
  • Planning the Legislative Forum at AWHONN’s Annual Convention.
  • Providing short-fused, rapid turnaround response via email for emerging or hot-topic legislative or policy issues.
  • Drafting one opinion editorial per year on a topic of their choice from AWHONN’s current legislative agenda.
  • Reviewing and revising selected position statements.
  • Lending guidance and support to inform public comment on issues related to public policy or governmental affairs.
  • Serve as a sounding board when rapid responses are needed to emerging opportunities or challenges that do not require board intervention.

The Committee is composed of one appointed member of the AWHONN Board of Directors, as well as 8-10 additional student or full AWHONN members.  Committee members are eligible to serve two one-year terms and should have experience with legislative, advocacy, or policy issues.  New members to the Public Policy Committee are required to have previously attended “AWHONN on Capitol Hill” or another similar lobbying training within the past five years.   Experience as a Section Legislative Coordinator is a bonus but not mandatory.

Term: Begins January 1, 2021 and ends December 31, 2021. Members are eligible to serve two terms.

AWHONN 2022 Convention Program Committee

The Convention Program Committee is responsible for developing the Convention’s educational content, selecting and inviting speakers, and identifying topics that will be of interest to attendees.

The Committee meets for a period of 17 months beginning February 2021. Following an initial face-to-face meeting in February, the committee meets once a month via conference calls that typically last 30 – 60 minutes. Attendance at the initial onsite meeting, active participation in the conference calls, attendance at the 2021 convention in Orlando, FL and the 2022 Convention at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Denver, CO are mandatory.

Program Committee (PC) candidates should have a broad network of professional contacts, be knowledgeable regarding current trends in clinical practice, research, education and professional issues.  Project management, previous conference planning and program planning skills are also highly desirable.

The composition of the PC must include representation from women’s health, obstetrics, and neonatal nursing. The PC also strives to include representation from the academic, educational and administrative nursing communities. A committee chair is appointed and works jointly with the staff liaison to ensure the work of the committee is completed according to established timelines.

The Convention Program Committee’s responsibilities include:

  1. Develop convention goals and objectives.
  2. Select topics and invite speakers for the pre-convention workshops, general sessions, nursing excellence sessions and selected specialty sessions.
  3. Review abstract categories and criteria. Make recommendations for change as appropriate.
  4. Review and score all submitted abstracts for innovative programs, case study and specialty sessions.
  5. Serve on site at the convention.  PC members are asked to door host, moderate sessions, assist attendees as needed and serve as ambassadors for AWHONN.

Term: February 2021 and ends June 2022. The term of the Program Committee is 18-20 months.  

Educational Advisory Committee

The mission of the AWHONN Educational Advisory Committee is to provide the highest levels of educational products and services to our members, and to assure the engagement and development of nurse educators practicing in women’s health, obstetric and neonatal nursing while supporting those educators working in unique and diverse practice settings.

The Educational Advisory Committee’s responsibilities include:

  • Increase competency of nurses caring for women and newborns, particularly in the Women’s Health, Obstetric, Newborn and Reproductive Health space
  • Ensure that AWHONN members may obtain quality educational programs and resources through multiple venues that enhance education and access
  • Elevate the practice of nursing
  • Conference calls once per month and as needed in the event of identified urgent educational needs.
  • Participating in a face-to-face meeting once per year at Convention (attendance to the Convention is not paid).


  • AWHONN member in good standing
  • Direct contact with front-line nursing staff
  • MSN required.
  • Interest in nursing education and development of nursing education offerings
  • Experience in the development of continuing nursing education activities or educational product development

Term: Begins January 1, 2021 and ends December 31, 2021. Each member will serve a term of two years, and may reapply for an additional term. No Committee member may serve for greater than two terms, or four years. AWHONN will be selecting three additional members in 2020 to add to the current Committee members.

Section Advisory Committee

The Section Advisory Committee (SAC) assists Sections in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating strategies for success at the regional level. The SAC serves as a liaison between the Districts, Sections, Chapters, Board of Directors and Headquarters with activities, communications and AWHONN-lead initiatives. Committee members must have experience as an elected Section Leader or previously served on the AWHONN Board of Directors. Current elected Section Chairs and Secretary-Treasurers are not allowed to apply.

The Section Advisory Committee’s responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for hosting quarterly phone calls with leaders from their region.
  • Attend a mandatory one-day in-person meeting in conjunction with the AWHONN Convention.
  • Available for conference calls every other.
  • Respond to questions or support requests from volunteer leaders and AWHONN Headquarters.
  • Participate or offer feedback on national trainings, resources and webinars for volunteer leaders.
  • Identify best practices and recurring challenges to address at AWHONN volunteer leadership trainings.
  • Be a supportive representative/liaison of AWHONN’s national volunteer leadership at Section/Chapter meetings.

Time Commitment: An average of 1-2 hours per week, 4-6 hours per month + additional time during the  (virtual) 2021 Leadership Development Conference (LDC) and the 2021 AWHONN Convention in Orlando.

SAC advisors are assigned to one of Districts represent the listed below:

District 1: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana

District 2: Nevada, California, Hawaii

District 3: Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming

District 4: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa*

District 5: Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin

District 6: Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Armed Forces

District 7: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut

District 8: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York

District 9: West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware*

District 10: Texas, Oklahoma*

District 11: Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama

District 12: Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina

*Districts with openings


  1. A current AWHONN member in good standing.
  2. Must have been a former elected section leader OR elected section secretary-treasurer OR were elected to the Board of Directors.
  3. Are not currently serving as an elected leader within AWHONN.

Terms: Begins January 1, 2021 and ends December 31, 2022. Each member will serve a term or two years and may reapply for an additional term.  No Committee member may serve for greater than two terms, or four years.

Research Advisory Panel

The Research Advisory Panel (RAP) is responsible for developing the Association’s research agenda, mentoring novice researchers, selecting recipients for AWHONN’s small grants program and scoring annual convention research, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement abstracts and papers.    The committee is comprised of 5-6 full panel members and an unlimited number of corresponding members.

The Research Advisory Panel’s responsibilities include:

 Full Panel Members:

  • Review research proposals and select recipients for the small grants research program.
  • Review abstracts for research, evidence-based practice and quality improvement presentations for AWHONN’s Annual Convention and select outstanding research poster awards.
  • Review applications for the Award of Excellence in Research and select recipient.
  • Respond to any research issues that require the input of the Research Advisory Panel.
  • Mentor novice researchers.

 Corresponding Panel Members

  • Review and score research proposals for the small grants research program.
  • Review abstracts for research, evidence-based practice and quality improvement presentations for AWHONN’s Annual Convention.
  • Respond to any research issues that require the input of the Research Advisory Panel.

Term: Begins January 1, 2021 and ends December 31, 2022. The Chair, Panel and Corresponding members serve a two year term.  Full Panel members are limited to serving one two-year term.  Corresponding Panel members may serve multiple terms with no limit.  For 2020 there will be five openings for the Full Panel and an unlimited number of openings for corresponding members.