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Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN, Resigns as CEO of Leading Nursing Association AWHONN

Monday, November 6, 2017  
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Erdman to Leave Position January 31, 2018 as AWHONN Board Searches for Successor


Washington, D.C. – November 6, 2017 –The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) announced today that Chief Executive Officer Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN has chosen not to renew her contract which ends on January 31, 2018. The AWHONN Board of Directors will begin the search for Erdman’s successor.


“The Board is thankful for the advancements in visibility and impact that AWHONN experienced during Lynn’s leadership as AWHONN’s CEO” said AWHONN 2017 President Emily Drake, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We are grateful for the many accomplishments AWHONN achieved over the past 4 years with Lynn as CEO and we  respect Lynn’s decision and wish her the very best. The AWHONN Board of Directors is confident that the organization remains well poised to enjoy continued successes in the future.”


“I have been honored to serve as AWHONN’s CEO” said Erdman.  “I am proud of the growth and impact AWHONN has made in improving the lives of women and babies and strengthening the nursing profession.  I remain committed to AWHONN’s mission and I will work to ensure a smooth transition for the new CEO.”


Erdman joined AWHONN in 2014 with more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare and nonprofit sectors. Prior to her role at AWHONN, Erdman previously held key national leadership positions with three global health organizations: the American Cancer Society, the American College of Surgeons, and the Susan G. Komen Global Headquarters.  Lynn has also served in top leadership positions with several hospitals and healthcare systems.


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