Thursday, June 8, 2017
Posted by: Courtney Duggan

Illinois Area Nurse Receives Writing Award from Clinical Nursing Journal
Catherine Bennett To Receive 2017 Excellence in Writing Award

Catherine Bennett, APN, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Nursing for Women’s Health Excellence in Writing Award for her article entitled “Implementing a Protocol Using Glucose Gel to Treat Neonatal Hypoglycemia.” The award will be presented by journal editor Mary C. Brucker, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, at the annual convention of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), in June in New Orleans, LA

The award honors the lead author of an original article published in Nursing for Women’s Health. Criteria for the award include the timeliness and relevancy of the topic; the readability and practicality of the article; and the potential of the article to meet the mission of the journal, which is to inform and enable nurses to provide evidence-based nursing care to women and/or newborns.

Ms. Bennett has been involved in perinatal nursing for 22 years and is an accomplished speaker and author.  She is currently the Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois.

“Ms. Bennett and her coauthors have demonstrated how applying evidence to practice can improve health outcomes and reduce admissions to the neonatal intensive care unit,” said Dr. Brucker. “Their project is one that can be replicated elsewhere and, indeed, we have heard from Ms. Bennett that she already has received more than 100 queries from nurses from other hospitals who are interested in replicating the work, some of whom have implemented the use of gel. It’s exciting to think of the widespread positive changes that could result from this one article.”

Ms. Bennett earned her master of science degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She is a certified instructor for AWHONN’s Fetal Heart Monitoring Program and a certified instructor for American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation Program, and an active member of AWHONN.

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Since 1969, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) has been the foremost authority promoting the health of women and newborns and strengthening the nursing profession through the delivery of superior advocacy, research, education, and other professional and clinical resources. AWHONN represents the interests of 350,000 registered nurses working in women’s health, obstetric, and neonatal nursing across the United States. Learn more about AWHONN at

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Now in its 21st year of publication, Nursing for Women’s Health is a bimonthly refereed clinical practice journal of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. The journal circulates to more than 25,000 nurses who care for women and newborns and is available online at