Oregon AWHONN

Promoting the Health of Women and Newborns

July 2016 Vol. 3 No. 2

In This Issue

From the Oregon AWHONN Chair

“All you have to do is hold up the time cues for the speakers.” And with those words many moons ago, my journey of service and rich rewards with the Oregon AWHONN section was underway. I heard those words as preparation for the Seaside Conference was in process and indeed, that’s all I did -- hold up the time cues for the conference speakers. In the years since, I have been just one of thousands of AHWONN volunteers serving to promote the health and well-being of over 4 million women and newborns each year. Having served as Conference Committee Member, Chapter Leader, Conference Co-Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer, I now have the privilege of serving as the Oregon Section Chair though the 2017 term. As you may recall, Nancy Irland was elected Section Chair and began her term in January but resigned her position for personal and health reasons. I’m sure you all join me in thanking Nancy for her service and wishing her well. Per the AWHONN bylaws, the Secretary/Treasurer, myself at the time, assumed the role of Section Chair and appointed a new Secretary/Treasurer. I am so pleased to announce that Donna Talain has accepted my appointment as the new Oregon section Secretary/Treasurer.


The Oregon AWHONN section supports women and newborns by carrying out the strategic goals of the national organization; public visibility, evidence-based care of women and newborns, membership and community. AWHONN seeks to be a leader in information and influence, to develop, promote and share evidence-based practice and provide a community for nurses serving women and newborns. This incredibly important work is supported by volunteers who, like myself, find that they receive as much as they give. In my years of service I have developed rich and enduring relationships with colleagues from across the state and nation. My own practice has been enhanced by the multiple services and educational opportunities AWHONN provides.


Now back to those time cues. There are many opportunities to volunteer with AWHONN at the state and national levels. And I promise, if you start by being in charge of timing speakers at the conference, it won’t necessarily lead to you chairing the section! We currently have openings for Chapter Leaders in Central Oregon, Portland and Northeast Oregon. Chapter leaders coordinate local educational, community, and networking opportunities for its regional members. We are also recruiting for Membership Chair, who ensures the needs of our 400 members are met and coordinates recruiting. Additionally, there will be opportunities to serve on the Conference Committee for 2017. If you are interested in joining the Oregon AWHONN leadership team, please contact us at info@oregonawhonn.org.


I hope to see you in September at the Oregon AWHONN Fall Conference September 25 - 27 at the Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton. We have a full slate of amazing speakers and registration is open! §

Upcoming Events

Register now for the 2016 Oregon AWHONN Conference

Introduction to Perinatal and Newborn Nursing, Part 1
by Northwest Perinatal Resource Network
Aug 22 - 25, 2016

High Risk Obstetrics: Current Trends, Treatments and Issues Seminar
by PESI Healthcare
Sep 23, 2016

2016 Oregon AWHONN Fall Conference
by Oregon AWHONN
Sep 25 - 27, 2016

Chapter Announcements

Southern Oregon


Hello from the Southern Oregon Chapter. Our goal for the coming year is to provide meetings for all that are interested in AWHONN participation. We will rotate meetings between facilities and would like to get feedback from all of you about your interests for webinars or guest speakers. We realize everyone is busy with summer vacation, families, etc. but we would appreciate hearing from you. Please contact us at soregon@oregonawhonn.org.
-- Donna Dial and Donna Salazar (AKA as Donna Squared) §

Newsletter Tip

Last edition's question:


What is your best tip for welcoming new nurses to your group?

Congratulations to Meggen Ditmore for her answer! She will be receiving a $10 Amazon.com e-gift card.

"Being one of the newest team members within my wonderful new unit I would say that the biggest suggestion in welcoming a new team member is creating an atmosphere of love and acceptance. Acknowledging that each one of us contributes a unique perspective to patient care. Don't be to quick to judge. Take your time and get to know each new persons strengths and weaknesses and then utilize those strengths to enhance your teams potential." §