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Patricia A. Creehan Accepts AWHONN’s Distinguished Professional Service Award

Monday, June 26, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Illinois Nurse Awarded National Nursing Association’s Highest Honor

Patricia A. Creehan Receives the 2017 Distinguished Professional Service Award


The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) presented its highest honor, the Distinguished Professional Service Award, to Patricia A. Creehan, MA, MS, BSN, for her contributions to the field of women’s health and newborn care.  The award was presented at the AWHONN national Convention in New Orleans, LA and is sponsored by the JOHNSON’S® Brand.


Ms. Harvey is the Manager of Clinical Operations for Labor and Delivery at Advocate Chris Medical Center. She is certified in Maternal Newborn Nursing from the National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties and Neonatal Resuscitation Program from American Academy of Pediatrics & American Heart Association. She is an author of numerous publications, has given several presentations nationwide, and has been involved in the development of products for Intrapartum Pain Management Evidence-Based Practice Guideline.


“Patricia Creehan’s commitment to improving the health of women and newborns through education and clinical practice has impacted the lives of countless individuals,” said AWHONN’s Chief Executive Officer Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN. “Her exemplary dedication to the nursing profession and knowledge of Intrapartum Pain Management make her a clear choice for AWHONN’s 2017 Distinguished Professional Service Award.”


A long-time AWHONN member, Ms. Creehan has held numerous leadership positions with the organization since joining in 1977, including Illinois Section Chair and was part of the Development team for AWHONN’s Intrapartum Pain Management Evidence-Based Practice Guideline.  Ms. Harvey earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, a Masters of Science in Nursing from the Texas Woman’s University in Denton, and Masters of Art from the Governor State University in University Park, IL


“We know that nursing leadership is essential to delivering what is best for mom and baby," said David A. Mays, Senior Director of Scientific Engagement for Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. “As such, JOHNSON'S is committed to supporting nurses worldwide and is proud to support the 2017 Distinguished Professional Service Award.”


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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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