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Cheryl Larry-Osman, RN, MS, CNM, CNS



Cheryl Larry-Osman, RN, MS, CNM, CNS*
Michigan, Region III


  • Video Introduction
  • Bio
  • Q & A

Video Introduction



Cheryl Larry-Osman, RN, MS, CNM, CNS, is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She trained as a certified nurse midwife, and has over 23 years of experience in the areas of Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, High Risk Antepartum, Normal Newborn, and Women’s Health. As a complement to clinical practice, Cheryl received training as a Healthcare Equity Ambassador through the Henry Ford Health System.

She is an active member of AWHONN and is currently an elected member of the National Board of Directors, providing oversite for the organizations mission/vision, fiscal functions, programs/services, and legal/moral goals. Cheryl passionately advocates for the equitable care of all women and newborns, and provides strong leadership in the awareness of health disparities with her involvement in clinical strategies, presentations, and legislative policy at national, state, & local levels addressing maternal and infant morbidity and mortality.


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.

As a servant leader, I have made significant contributions to AWHONN and other organizations, including: current member of the AWHONN Board of Directors; Michigan Section Leadership Team; Detroit Chapter Leader; Revision Task Force-2019 AWHONN Standards and Guidelines for Professional Nursing Practice in Care of Women and Newborns,8th Edition; Chapter Reviewer-Cardiac Disease in Pregnancy, AWHONN Perinatal Nursing, 5th Edition (2019); 2012 AWHONN Emerging Leader-poster project on Healthcare Equity and legislative advocacy for the Prematurity Reauthorization Act; AWHONN Intermediate and Advanced Fetal Monitoring Instructor; AWHONN Delegate for the 2019 US Birth Summit in Santa Fe, NM-focus on Birth Equity; 2019 AWHONN on Capitol Hill-advocacy for MOMMA Act, Paid Family Leave, Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act; Public Policy Committee (2017 & 2018); AWHONN Diversity and Inclusion Task Force; Michigan Maternal Infant Strategy Group Member-align strategies supporting equity and decreasing disparities and maternal and infant morbidity/mortality, and; Michigan Obstetrics Initiative Advisory Committee- promote best practices for vaginal birth.

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.

I am an advocate for equitable care of women and children, and actively promote healthcare equity and awareness of disparities via legislative and clinical strategies addressing infant and maternal morbidity/mortality. I trained as a Healthcare Equity Ambassador, and actively engage in clinical and hiring practices embracing diversity, and equitable care practices for patients and families. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, I develop extensive individualized multidisciplinary plans of care for high-risk pregnant patients based on the collaborative discussions to impact maternal/fetal outcomes. In 2014, I represented AWHONN in partnership with retired Congressman John Conyers (D:MI) at a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill introducing the Maternal Health Accountability Act-state funding/efforts to eliminate health disparities, improve maternal outcomes, and reduce maternal mortality. I deliberately incorporate maternal mortality content into presentations throughout Michigan and the US to educate, highlight gaps, and recommend improvement strategies. In 2017, I also helped to revise the AWHONN Diversity Statement.

Question #3
Please describe a significant leadership challenge that you have experienced; how you addressed it and relevant outcomes.

I was the Primary Investigator and clinical lead for a nursing research study for a tablet-based application of a virtual nurse avatar providing education to postpartum moms in comparison to standard teaching methods of postpartum moms. There was approximately 2-years of planning, development, and training prior to the start date. During the study, I experienced several leadership challenges/barriers, including significant delay in IRB approval; low participation due to declinations (often due to post birth fatigue); unexpected volume of language barriers; limited consenters; and challenges with staff buy-in. I addressed the barriers with team collaboration, focused IRB discussions, expanded study to a sister hospital, extended study duration, trained all mother-baby nurses as consenters, and more staff education. Relevant outcomes included: increased staff engagement, favorable patient feedback, similar patient knowledge in control and study groups, and the recommended use in the ambulatory or high-risk pregnancy unit setting due to maternal fatigue after childbirth.

Question #4
Please summarize why you are uniquely qualified for the Board position you are seeking and, if elected, what you plan to accomplish as a member of the Board.

I have honorably dedicated the last 23+ years to caring for women & children, and intentionally gained competencies in system leadership, collaboration, education, research and evidence-based practice, clinical consultation, coaching and mentoring, legislative advocacy, healthcare equity, and direct patient care of low-high risk moms and babies. I am involved in local, state, and national efforts and teams addressing maternal and infant morbidity/mortality, and bridge my nursing scope in clinical practice, academia, research, and organizational leadership roles. In my 2nd term on the AWHONN Board of Directors, I will continue to uphold the mission & goals of the organization, and foster an environment supporting growth, diversity, collaboration, and the acquisition and delivery of knowledge. I will continue to use my voice in advocacy efforts addressing equity of care, reproductive rights, addressing disparities, and eliminating preventable maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, while in tandem mentoring nurse leaders of the future.




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