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Tennessee Nurse Receives National Association's Award of Excellence

Dr. Genae Strong Accepts AWHONN Award for Education


NEWS RELEASE: June 16, 2014

CONTACT: Kelly Mack 202-296-2002


Washington, DC - The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) today presented the 2014 Award of Excellence in Education to Genae Strong, PhD, CNM, RNC-OB, IBCLC, RLC, CLC, CNE, for her commitment to educating student nurses. The award was presented at the AWHONN national convention in Orlando, Florida.

AWHONN presents its Award of Excellence in Education each year to an AWHONN member with an outstanding history of educating colleagues, patients and others. Winners have made contributions to the knowledge base of women's or newborn health.

Dr. Strong is an Associate Professor at the University of Memphis, Loewenberg School of Nursing. With more than 20 years of supporting breastfeeding dyads and their families through teaching, research and service, she recently designed a breastfeeding education curriculum for pre-licensure nursing students that will provide a standardized curriculum including competency measures.

"Dr. Strong's dedication to providing high quality, evidence-based education to current and future nurses is laudable," said AWHONN's Chief Executive Officer Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN. "Her passion for breastfeeding support and education helps nurses provide the highest quality care."

Dr. Strong earned a PhD in nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, a master's degree in nurse-midwifery from the University of Kentucky, and a baccalaureate in nursing from the University of South Alabama. She has authored several publications in the field of maternal-child health, serves as a member of AWHONN's Research Advisory Panel, served on board of the Memphis Area Lactation Consultant Association (MALCA), and as the former president and currently as president-elect of MALCA for the second year.



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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Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AWHONN is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP580. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by AWHONN or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with educational activities.

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