Upcoming events in Tidewater and on the Peninsula
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AWHONN Virginia Section now has a Facebook page!


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The group is “closed” for now, however, after September 11th they will change the status to “secret”. Once that occurs, you will need to be invited by a member in order to join the group.


Please contact our Public Information Officer if you have any questions.


From the Section Chair

To the Membership of Virginia AWHONN and Sponsors,

It is with deep disappointment that I inform you the 2015 Section Conference has been cancelled. This week we learned that the Holiday Inn Ballston in Arlington, Virginia, suffered a fire in their conference center.  The center will not be available within a timely manner to provide for our scheduled conference. Much consideration went into rescheduling the Section Conference, but we had to be mindful of speakers’ schedules, vendors’ and sponsors’ availability to join with us, and most important, the memberships’ comfort and convenience to attend a rescheduled conference. 

At this time we are working with Eventbrite to refund 100% of registrations. Refunds will be from Eventbrite and please allow up to two weeks for a complete refund.

We are in the process of planning our 2016 Section Conference in Virginia Beach. We are looking at an early Spring conference. Please stay tuned to your email.

I would like to thank Lisa Klein and committee members: Dona Dei, Carola Bruflat, Barbara Moran, Marie Kodadek, and Candy Sullivan. I appreciate all the hard work, time, and effort put forth! Thank you all!!!!


Gerald A Lowe, MSN, RN

Virginia AWHONN Section Chair

AWHONN will be conducting national and section elections online by electronic vote from September 1 through midnight ET September 19. Only those full voting members whose membership is current as of August 15 will be eligible to vote. Each eligible voter will receive an email with a unique link that will allow them to cast one ballot. The following positions are on the ballot for the 2016 AWHONN Board of Directors: President-Elect; Secretary-Treasurer; and four directors. 

You can learn more about the candidates on our elections page.

One of AWHONN's 2016 Board of Director's Candidates for

PRESIDENT-ELECT is our own...



Emily Drake PhD, RN, FAAN is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia. Dr. Drake focuses her teaching, practice, and research on issues of Maternal-Child Health, Breastfeeding, and Post-Partum Depression and its impact on families and children. She has more than 25 years of experience that includes practice as a staff nurse, a clinical specialist, educator, and administrator.

The University has honored Dr. Drake with numerous awards including an Innovative Teaching Award; a Jefferson Trust Award for research; Sigma Theta Tau Chapter Service Award; and faculty membership in the prestigious Raven Honor Society. AWHONN honored her with the national Excellence in Education Award in 2013.

She is the author of several book chapters and publications in journals such as the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, JOGNN, Journal of Perinatal Education, Pediatrics, and Neonatal Network. She has presented at numerous conferences, workshops and special events. She has held leadership positions in the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) at the Chapter, State, and National level. She is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Nursing Honor Society (STTI). She also volunteers in her community providing pediatric and women’s health lectures and has been honored in the March of Dimes Volunteer Hall of Fame.

She holds a bachelor's and master's degree from UVA and a Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also “just mom” to 2 great kids. In her spare time, she enjoys skydiving, skiing down really big mountains, and taking power naps whenever she can!




Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital
Gunderson Health System

Resolve Through Sharing
Bereavement Services Conference

Craddock Auditorium, Lynchburg, VA

October 6-8, 2015

Click here for details and registration information


One Woman, One Newborn,
One Thousand Strong!


AWHONN Webinar Library

The Virginia Section has access to this great educational resource for another year!  It can be used for Chapter meetings and events. We hope you enjoy it's information and the CNE's through your local chapter meetings!

Contact your Chapter Leader for more information



Have you told anyone about our great organization lately?
Invite a friend or co-worker to your next chapter meeting and let them know about the many educational opportunities we share. 

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This website now hosts an employment section that will allow for posting of employment opportunities across the section. In addition, soon we will have a Webinar Library available to all members which will assist in continuing education.






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