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Cyndy Krening, MS, CNS, RNC-OB, C-EFM


Cyndy Krening, MS, CNS, RNC-OB, C-EFM 
Colorado, Region II

  • Video Introduction
  • Bio
  • Q & A

Video Introduction



Cyndy Krening holds a BSN and a MSN in perinatal nursing. She has worked in inpatient obstetric settings for 37 years in tertiary teaching, and community hospitals as an L&D staff nurse, charge nurse, manager, outreach coordinator and OB flight nurse. Cyndy is currently a perinatal CNS at a busy teaching hospital in urban Denver.

Cyndy has been active in AWHONN for the last 35 years. She has served on the national education, practice, public policy and section advisory committees, as Colorado section chair, and two terms on the national Board of Directors. She’s contributed to AWHONN publications, position statements, books, and spoken at many AWHONN conferences and conventions. Cyndy has served on NCC’s Inpatient OB and EFM certification test committees. She represents nursing on the Colorado Maternal Mortality and the NYC Maternal Mortality Steering Committees. Cyndy has won the Nightingale Award – the highest honor given to a Colorado nurse.



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’ve been an active AWHONN member for 35 years implementing numerous AWHONN products and initiatives to improve care for obstetric patients. In 1993 I assisted with revision of ‘Didactic Content and Clinical Skills Verification for Professional Nurse Providers of Basic, High-Risk and Critical-care Intrapartum Nursing’, and in 1997-1998 I chaired, planned, and spoke at AWHONN’s Intrapartum Practice Summits. I served as member of the national Education and Practice Committees in 1998. In 2011-2012 I served as Colorado section chair, then served 2 terms on the national Board of Directors. While on the board, I served on the Public Policy and Section Advisory committees and co-chaired the Education committee. In 2018, I co-authored a new position statement: Marijuana Use in Pregnancy. I’m an Intermediate FHM Instructor and have had numerous poster presentations and speaking opportunities at convention and state conferences on perinatal topics. I love our organization and all it represents!

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 life’s work is to maximize safety and outcomes for women and babies. Over my career, I’ve advocated for evidence-based FHR auscultation, low dose Pitocin, and nursing care that decreases CS rates, using AWHONN resources. In the 1990’s I spoke about ‘Normalizing Birth in a High Risk Setting’ and the nurse’s role in ‘Safely Reducing CS Rates’ for an AWHONN Teleconference, national ‘AWHONN Education to You’ workshops, and ‘AWHONN On the Air’. I’ve implemented second stage management based on AWHONN resources, and am a passionate advocate for the staffing standards that promote safest care for all women. I work in an urban facility with diversity of both staff and patients. Recently I’ve implemented MEWS, PPH resources, and POST BIRTH warning signs magnets. I lecture frequently, giving nurses these evidence-based tools for improving outcomes. These are all key to reducing preventable maternal mortality and morbidity for women of all racial backgrounds.

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

After experiencing an increase in poor outcomes in term neonates in my facility, we noted a systemic loss of situational awareness for centrally monitored FHR tracings. We implemented interdisciplinary fetal tracing huddles every four hours. All team members gather to review the previous four hours on all monitored patients and agree upon the assessment and plan of care. During implementation, I role modeled efficient review of tracings, and collaborative conversations regarding current status and plans. Another layer of safety was added, called ‘Code EFM’. At any time, any team member can call a Code EFM if they need urgent review of a tracing and team input. The entire team rapidly gathers to assess the situation and offer insight. This process of interdisciplinary huddles has maximized safety and improved outcomes. Staff and providers have come to view this as essential to team responsibility for all patients under our care!

Question #4
Provide your reasons as to why you want to serve on AWHONN’s Board of Directors.

I’ve worked in inpatient obstetric settings for 37 years in tertiary teaching, and community hospitals as L&D staff nurse, charge nurse, manager, outreach coordinator, and high-risk OB flight nurse. I’m currently a perinatal CNS in a busy teaching hospital in urban Denver. I’ve been very active in AWHONN serving on national education, practice, public policy and section committees, as Colorado section chair, and two terms on the national Board of Directors. I’ve contributed to AWHONN publications, position statements and books, and have spoken at state conferences and conventions. I’ve served on NCC’s Inpatient OB and EFM certification committees, and on Colorado and NYC’s Maternal Mortality Committees. I’m uniquely qualified to serve as AWHONN president because of years of obstetric experience and AWHONN involvement. My passions and goals fit perfectly with the name AWHONN!

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