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Call for Applications to Serve on AWHONN’s 2019 National Committees

2019 National Committees


We are currently seeking new members for AWHONN 2019 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 Friday, November 9, 2018.  Selected members will be notified by early December 2018.


To be eligible to serve on an AWHONN Committee you must be a Full or Retired member of AWHONN in good standing. 


Please contact LaRhonda Usher with any questions at or 202-261-2441.


If you want to make a difference, apply below.


Finance Committee 

The National 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, 2019 and ends December 31, 2020, except President-elect and Secretary-Treasurer. Board members alternate.




Nominating Committee

The National Nominating Committee 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 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 and eight members plus AWHONN’s CEO (non-voting member). Please change to: The Committee is composed of the immediate Past President 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, 2019 and ends December 31, 2020.





Membership Committee

The mission of the Membership Committee is to ensure a growing and vital organization by providing recommendations, policies, procedures, and strategies to help improve membership growth and retention.

Note: The 2019 Membership Committee will meet during Convention.

The Membership Committee 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 Atlanta at their own expense. 


Term: One year terms that may be renewed for up to 3 years.




Public Policy Committee

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

The Public Policy Committee responsibilities include:

  • Taking part in a video conference call once per month. 
  • Planning the Legislative Forum at AWHONN’s Annual Convention.
  • Working via phone and email on position statements, grassroots and formal advocacy issues, and other resources for AWHONN members.
  • Reviewing and contributing to content for Draft Recommendations Statements to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
  • Participating in a face-to-face meeting once a year in conjunction with either the Leadership Conference or Convention. 
  • Developing and/or revising the Legislative Agenda for the association.

The Committee is composed of two appointed members of the AWHONN Board of Directors, as well as several additional members. Committee members are eligible to serve two one-year terms and should have experience with legislative, advocacy, or policy issues. The Committee is currently seeking two to three new members for 2019.


Term: Begins January 1, 2019 and ends December 31, 2019. Members are eligible to serve two terms.





AWHONN 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 2019.  The initial meeting will be in Atlanta, Georgia Feb 24-25, 2019.  Following this initial meeting, 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 2019 convention in Atlanta, Georgia and the 2020 convention in Phoenix, Arizona are mandatory. 


Program Committee 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.



Specific duties of the PC 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: The term of the Program Committee is 18-20 months. Each committee appointed one committee.






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. This includes:

-      Increase competency of nurses caring for women and newborns, particularly in the Women’s Health, Obstetric, Newborn and Reproductive Health space

-      Ensuring that AWHONN members may obtain quality educational programs and resources through multiple venues that enhance education and access

-      Elevate the practice of nursing.



  • AWHONN Member in good standing
  •  Direct contact with front-line nursing staff
  • MSN (preferred)
  • Interest in nursing education and development of nursing education offerings
  • Experience in the development of continuing nursing education activities or educational product development


Term: Each member will serve a term of two (2) years, and may reapply for an additional term. No Committee member may serve for greater than two terms, or four (4) years. 


AWHONN will be selecting four additional members in 2019, to add to the current Committee members. Term will begin January 1, 2019 and end December 31, 2020.



1)   Conference calls once per month, and as needed in the event of identified urgent educational needs

2)   Participating in a face-to-face meeting once per year at Convention (attendance to the Convention is not paid)





Section Advisory Committee

The Section Advisory Committee (SAC) assist 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, the Board of Directors and Headquarters with activities, communications and AWHONN-lead initiatives.  Committee members are eligible to serve two consecutive two-year terms and 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 following Sections are broken out into the following Districts:


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.

4.    Are available for monthly conference calls and can meet once a year for an in-person meeting. 

5.    Attend a mandatory one-day in-person meeting in conjunction with the AWHONN Convention.  AWHONN will cover all associated travel costs.


Terms:  Begins January 1, 2019 and ends December 31, 2020.




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, quality improvement (QI), and evidence-based practice (EBP) submissions. 

The RAP’s responsibilities include:

  • Review research proposals for the grant research program and select recipients.
  • Review abstracts for research presentations at the annual convention and select outstanding research, EBP and QI 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.

The RAP contains two types of members: panel members and corresponding members. The Co-Chair works along with the Vice-President of Research and Public Policy who also serves as an additional Co-Chair on the RAP.


Panel members:
The panel member group is comprised of 5-6 members. The panel member co-chair and at least three other panelists will hold a doctoral degree and one other degree in nursing. Other panelists must have a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing or related field and demonstrated expertise in research, QI or EBP practice change methodology methods. Terms for members are typically 1-2 years and are staggered for continuity, with the exception of the co-chair who may be appointed for up to 2 years.  

Corresponding members:
Corresponding members serve with panel members as reviewers for the grants program and convention research, EBP and QI abstracts. The proportion of members holding doctoral degrees is the same for the corresponding members as for the panel members. The corresponding members do not convene formally as a group. There is no limit to the number of corresponding members who can serve on the panel.


Term: Begins January 1, 2019 and ends December 31, 2019. Co-chair, panel and corresponding members serve a one year term and must reapply to serve the next year.




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