Oregon AWHONN

Promoting the Health of Women and Newborns

December 2016 Vol. 3 No. 7

In This Issue

Chapters Abound with Networking and Educational Opportunities in the State of Oregon

by Debbie Castile, MN, RNC-OB, CNS, NE


Do you like... no... LOVE the Oregon Section annual conferences? Do you want to attend more great Oregon AWHONN educational or social offerings throughout the year? Well, you can. Simply attend any of our Chapter meetings.


Oregon AWHONN has several Chapters serving the following areas: Portland Metro, Mid-Willamette (Salem & greater area), Southern Willamette (Eugene/Springfield & greater area), Southern (Medford & greater area) and Central (Bend & greater area). Each of these chapters have multiple meetings throughout the year. Most recently Mid-Willamette, South-Willamette and Southern Oregon all had meetings.


The Oregon Chapters are planning their 2017 activities based on feedback many of you provided at the Oregon Section Fall 2016 Conference. You said you want meetings, we will have them. You want fun times, networking and raffle items, we will offer them. You want CNE’s, you will get them.


Updates and offerings from Portland Metro Chapter:

Hold Thursday, January 26th open on your calendar for the first event of 2017 for the Portland Metro chapter.  A speaker and CEUs as well as a dinner venue are in the works. Once plans are confirmed, the information will be emailed. Please mark your calendars to join us January 26th to learn, help plan additional events for 2017, and network with AWHONN friends!


Updates and offerings from Central Oregon Chapter:

Dec 7, 2016 will be the final meeting of the year for Central Oregon. CNEs will be offered to those that attend. We plan to have exciting networking and together, plan our four meetings that will occur in 2017. Our goal in 2017 will be to double our area’s membership and help generate lots of excitement for the 2017 Fall Conference that will be held right in our own beautiful backyard September 27-29, 2017!


Updates and offerings from Mid-Willamette Valley Chapter:

Our activity for 2016 was an educational offering in November discussing Maternal Sepsis and the importance of early recognition. For 2017, we plan to offer two educational offerings with guest speakers. Some topics suggested are mental health care for peripartum patients, specifically caring for patients with bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression; caring for adolescent moms; safe sleep; and opiate addiction. Look for our next meetings in early spring and fall. 


If you would like to know more about the Chapter meetings or get notified of an upcoming Chapter activity in your area, contact the following Chapter leaders. If you are interested in starting a Chapter in your local area or have general Chapter questions, contact Deb Castile at chapter@oregonawhonn.org.

Chapter Leader
Chapter Area
Email Address
Ruth Offer
Portland Metro Chapter Chair
Amy Brase
Michelle Hirschkorn
Mid-Willamette Valley Chapter Co-Chairs
Sara Mosher
Central Oregon Chapter Chair
Kathy Nice
Bonnie Root
South Willamette Valley Chapter Co-Chairs
Donna Dial
Donna Salazar
Southern Oregon Chapter Co-Chairs
Deb Castile
Chapter Lead

Students Share Their Experience at the Oregon AWHONN Fall Conference

For the past 5 years the Oregon Section has selected students from various schools of nursing from around the state to partner with AWHONN’s Oregon Section Fall Conference Planning Committee. Selected students are given a one year AWHONN membership and paid conference fees for their work with this committee and during the conference. Two students were selected to partner with the 2016 Fall Conference Committee this year. Their testimonials below describe how much they learned from and enjoyed the experience.

"I am a senior nursing student at Oregon Health & Science University on the Ashland campus. In early spring, I was presented with the opportunity to apply for a student volunteer position for the Oregon AWHONN section fall conference committee. This was something I wanted to apply for since I have a passion for the health of women, mothers and newborns. I knew that being a part of AWHONN would provide me with additional learning experiences that would benefit me as a student nurse and in my future nursing practice. Leading up to the conference my primary role was gathering donations to be raffled as prizes. I was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly local businesses supported our nurses and contributed to the conference. Once at the conference, I helped with coordinating the event and as many remember, I had the pleasure of presenting many of the attendees with prizes that were generously donated by local businesses in Bend and Southern Oregon. Being selected and volunteering with the conference committee exceeded my expectations. I was able to attend my first AWHONN conference and heard great speakers present on a variety of topics. Most importantly, I was able to network with nursing professionals and make connections with many individuals that shared my same passion for maternal/child health. I thank the Oregon AWHONN chapter for presenting me with this opportunity and many of the attendees who shared their pearls of wisdom."


Ireli Hernandez

OHSU School of Nursing, Ashland Campus

"As a student attending my first AWHONN conference, I couldn’t have expected to gain more insight and support. The experience of being surrounded by and working with, a group of nurses and doctors, whose passion for their career choices was extremely inspiring. When applying for the opportunity to attend fall conference, I of course knew that becoming a women’s health or family birthing nurse was a dream on my someday list. Now I can honestly say, I am even more passionate and certain I will be pursuing that dream sooner than later! I am also equally thankful, for the chance to reconnect with some faces I hadn’t seen in awhile and for the new connections made. In the future, I’m looking forward to more experiences with AWHONN, further developing my leadership skills and the opportunity to continue developing the relationships made with you all as peers."


Jessica Williston

Central Oregon Community College

Upcoming Events

Central Oregon Chapter Meeting

Portland Metro Chapter Meeting


SAVE THE DATE!

Hold Thursday, January 26th open on your calendar for the first event of 2017 for the Portland Metro chapter.  A speaker and CEUs as well as a dinner venue are in the works. Once plans are confirmed, the information will be emailed. Please mark your calendars to join us January 26th to learn, help plan additional events for 2017, and network with AWHONN friends!

Monday, Jun 24 at 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday, Jun 25 at 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday, Aug 27 at 8:00 AM - Friday, Aug 30 4:30 PM
Thursday, Sep 5 at 7:30 AM - Friday, Sep 6 4:00 PM