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Audrey Lyndon, PhD, RNC-OB, FAAN



Audrey Lyndon, PhD, RNC-OB, FAAN
California, Region I

  • Video Introduction
  • Bio
  • Q & A

Video Introduction



Audrey Lyndon, PhD, RNC-OB, FAAN has been a nurse for 26 years and is Chair of the Department of Family Health Care Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. Audrey worked as a labor and delivery staff nurse and perinatal clinical nurse specialist in community hospitals in San Francisco and Maryland from 1993-2002 and at UCSF as a perinatal CNS from 2002-2004. She returned to school in 2004 to study perinatal patient safety. She has been teaching, doing quality improvement work, and conducting perinatal safety research for 11 years on faculty at UCSF. She is a long-time fetal heart monitoring instructor as well as author and editor of the FHMPP textbook. She led AWHONN’s 2015 collaborative statement Transforming Communication and Safety Culture in Intrapartum Care. She serves as AWHONN Liaison to ACOG’s Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee. Audrey is dedicated to supporting staff nurses in their work.

Audrey presents frequently at conferences, has written articles and book chapters, and served on the JOGNN Editorial board for 7 years. Audrey is on the Executive Committee of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, co-chair of the CMQCC Obstetric Hemorrhage Task Force, and lead editor of CMQCC’s Obstetric Hemorrhage Toolkit.


Q & A

Question #1
Please describe significant contributions you have made to AWHONN and/ or in another professional leadership role. Include any examples where you have advanced the strategic agenda of AWHONN and/or other professional organizations. 

I have been an AWHONN member since 1994, serving at the chapter, section, and national level. I am presently the AWHONN Liaison to the ACOG Committee on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement. I am Senior Editor for AWHONN’s Fetal Heart Monitoring Principles and Practices textbook, led the integration of NICHD fetal heart monitoring terminology into the FHMPP program, and am a contributor to the AWHONN position statement on Fetal Heart Monitoring. I have contributed to AWHONN’s research program and was lead author on the “Transforming Communication and Safety Culture in Intrapartum Care: A Multi-Organization Blueprint” co-developed with AWHONN, ACOG, ACNM, and SMFM. As co-Chair of the CMQCC Obstetric Hemorrhage Task Force I organized and edited the work of our group of 20 volunteer clinicians and 4 staff to produce and open-source toolkit for improving response to obstetric hemorrhage that has been taken up throughout the country.

Question #2
Please describe your expertise or contributions related to promoting improved care for women and babies. Discuss this in terms of your position on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity, Workforce Diversity and other racial and ethnic disparities in reproductive healthcare.

My entire career as a clinician and nurse scientist has been dedicated to supporting nurses in providing the best possible care to women, newborns, and childbearing families. Three contributions I am most proud of are: leading revisions to the Fetal Heart Monitoring Principles and Practices program and textbook to focus on promoting physiologic goals for birth; serving on the Executive Committee for the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative and co-leading development of the CMQCC Hemorrhage Toolkit; and working to support internal institutional change at UCSF to achieve a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for nursing students and faculty. We must address systemic problems in bringing evidence to practice, ensuring access to care, and stopping disparate treatment of women of color if we are to make progress on eliminating preventable maternal and infant death.
Question #3
Please describe a significant leadership challenge that you have experienced; how you addressed it and relevant outcomes.

I was leading a team on a critical, time sensitive project. Our small team required people with very different temperaments and expertise. Team members often had difficulty communicating with each other effectively, and tension escalated within the team to the point where it was threatening the success of the project. I met with the team members individually and listened closely to their concerns. After listening to each person’s story, I asked a series of questions about what they needed to feel valued and be successful within the team. We developed mutually agreed upon expectations for working more collaboratively. Although this cycle had to be repeated two or three times, we were ultimately successful and delivered the work on-time. I regularly return to the strategy of listening with curiosity to learn more about how we can unlock achievements in a group that go beyond what we can do as individuals.




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