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Oregon AWHONN Builds a Road Map for Your Success
by Becky Moore, RNC-MNN, BSN
If you are anything like me, New Year’s resolutions are a mixed bag. Sometimes I make them; sometimes I don’t. And sticking to it... that bag is even more mixed! Happily, the Oregon AWHONN leadership is off to a wonderful start with this year’s resolutions after a slight delay due to our January weather events.
In November, many of our section leaders attended the AWHONN leadership the conference in Washington D.C. We had the opportunity to network with other leaders, learn strategies for best serving our membership and promoting the health of women and children. Earlier this month, the fourteen amazing section leaders I am blessed to work with came together to apply what we had learned and create a road map for the coming year -- a road map that will help ensure your own professional success.
- Local chapter events: Our chapter leaders in Portland, Central Willamette Valley, South Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon and Central Oregon have planned several events in each area this year. Watch the newsletter for informative and creative events that include perinatal movie screenings, guest speakers, social gatherings, article reviews and dinner events.
- Membership: AWHONN members have access to the most current evidence-based practice to serve women and children. We have opportunity to increase our membership and diversity in practice. We will be reaching out to nursing schools, NICUs and clinics to encourage AWHONN membership.
- Access to expert leaders: Our Women’s Health and Neonatal liaisons, Kara Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Pat Scheans (email@example.com) will be available to answer your practice questions. In fact, if there are specific topics you'd like to read more about, drop them an email or fill out our form and they'll add it to their queue of articles to write in upcoming newsletters.
- Communications: Our newsletter enjoys readership above industry average. We will continue to innovate new ways to connect with our members and welcome any feedback or suggestions.
- Annual conference: Work is already underway for our conference in September at the River House in Bend. Last year’s conference attracted over 200 attendees and we anticipate another excellent agenda this year.
Have you made any resolutions this year? It isn’t too late! Here are three simple and rewarding commitments for this year: 1) Review each month’s newsletter for a local event in your area. Plan to take a friend and a new or student nurse. What a great way to help a novice nurse form a firm foundation of evidence-based practice! 2) Be sure to renew your membership. Your membership dues help to promote best practice, provide education and training across the country. 3) Consider attending the AWHONN national convention June 24-28 in New Orleans! This convention offers over 70 sessions presented by experts and colleagues. You will be surrounded by over 3000 women’s health and newborn nurses for an experience you won’t regret. Those who register prior to April 10th receive $100.00 off registration.
Thank you for your continued commitment to women and children. Please leverage the resources of Oregon and national AWHONN to promote their health and well-being and support your practice. We look forward to serving you.
Central Oregon Chapter Meeting
Portland/Metro Chapter Meeting
South Willamette Valley Chapter Meeting
Advanced Fetal Monitoring: Issues in Safety, Choice and Consensus