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Why Should I attend the 2014 Virginia Section Conference?


Countdown to the Conference





2014 Section Conference Registration is now open!

Attendees and prospective Vendors can visit the Conference Page for information and links regarding registration, sponsorship opportunities, area hotels and conference presenters and agendas.  The 2014 Virginia AWHONN Section Conference is designed to enhance the professional knowledge and skills of all nurses. By attending this conference you will be able to network with your peers and learn more about best practice, and the latest scholarly research in the fields of women's health' obstetrics, newborn and intensive newborn care.

We look forward to seeing you here!



Service Project Announced in Conjunction with the 2014 Virginia State Conference

As the Rappahannock Chapter of Virginia AWHONN is finalizing the 2014 Section Conference.  The theme of this conference is “In Pursuit of Excellence.”  The Rappahannock Chapter is looking for all members to attend.  They have planned a Trolley Tour of Historic Fredericksburg on Friday afternoon followed by a reception and presentation from the Virginia Department of Health.  Saturday will be filled with educational sessions from hands on presentations, to motivational and professional development lectures.  These events and sessions will assist you in your professional Pursuit of Excellence.

As Virginia Section Chair, I would like to institute a new tradition with our Annual Virginia AWHONN Section Conferences.  The new tradition I would like to institute is a service project for a community-based organization within the borders of the Chapter hosting the Conference. 

Virginia AWHONN is a professional organization that promotes the health of women and newborns.  As a professional organization, I believe we have a duty to develop a sense of civic responsibility and help create a better community for all women and newborns.  This civic engagement will allow our collective actions to address just a small portion of societal concerns for women and newborns.

I have selected Mary’s Shelter to be the 2014 Service Project for Virginia AWHONN.  Mary’s Shelter provides housing and many other valuable resources to women and children in the Fredericksburg area.  Please visit their web site at to view the work they are doing for women and their newborns. 

Our service to Mary’s Shelter will be in the form of tangible donations.  Please find below a description from founder Kathleen Wilson as to how you, a group of nurses, or your organization can support the needs of Mary’s Shelter.  There is no compulsion to participate in this Service Project, but if you feel led to assist women and newborns in the Fredericksburg area, Kathleen Wilson will be on hand during the conference to accept your generous donations, to thank you, and tell us more about her work and how we can work together. 
I thank you in advance for your assistance in the Service Project!

Gerald A. Lowe, MSN, RN
Virginia Section Chair
“Our biggest needs are always diapers - mainly newborn and size 3 and 4, laundry detergent, white twin bed sheet sets, pillows, twin bed covers, pack-n-plays, strollers and car seats.  Gift cards to Wal-Mart or target are always a blessing so we can stock those items as each woman comes, but also if a woman has no job for the first few months and receives no benefits, we help provide food through donations, food banks but also encourage some shopping on their own of food so they learn.  We use gift cards for that.  In addition, personal items such as toothpaste and toothbrush, shampoo, baby shampoo and lotion and body soaps are a great need.”       

-Kathleen Wilson, Founder of Mary’s Shelter.


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One Woman,
One Newborn,
One Thousand Strong!

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.



A Message from the Section Leader

After this long and cold winter, I think it is safe to say, “Spring is now here!” Spring brings rebirth: trees are blooming, bumble bees are buzzing, and the sun is shining brighter and warmer. For the most part, it is a beautiful time of year. Spring is normally the time Sections and regional areas have conferences, symposiums, and other educational events. I have had the privilege to attend three conferences this Spring to represent Virginia AWHONN. First I joined our Section friends in North Carolina for their conference in early April. Their conference was well attended and had great speakers. Next, I had the pleasure of representing VA AWHONN at the Carilion Perinatal Conference in Roanoke, VA. At this conference, I hosted a vendor table with our Blue Ridge Leader, Lora Davidson, and spoke about VA AWHONN during their luncheon. Lastly, I attended the Riverside Perinatal Symposium in Williamsburg, VA. I was joined by our Public Information Officer, Deanna Daniel, to recruit new members for AWHONN.

Personally I like attending conferences! It is a chance to meet new people, network, and learn new ideas, methods for best practice, and the latest research. Conferences always bring a new perspective of the job you and I do. There are two more conferences I plan to attend this year: the Annual National AWHONN Conference in Orlando, FL and the Virginia Section Conference in Fredericksburg, VA.

The AWHONN National Conference is always an exciting time, offering a wealth of information from presenters, vendors, and special activities. It is a chance to meet nurses and providers from across the country, to listen to top presenters, and a time for a little fun! Although I am excited about the National Conference, I am even more thrilled about the Virginia Section Conference. The Section Conference will be held in Fredericksburg, VA, at the Fredericksburg Expo and Convention Center. Fredericksburg is my place of birth and a key historical place for the birth of this nation.

The Rappahannock chapter is now busy finalizing events and presentations for all attendees. Registration for the Section Conference will be open June 1st and AWHONN members will be notified by email. The theme this year is “In Pursuit of Excellence”. Vince Lombardi is quoted as saying, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” Please join me in Fredericksburg as we Pursue Excellence!!


Gerald Lowe
Virginia Section Leader


Awards and Honors

Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA

Congratulations to Ermie Cruz, RN, BSN, Clinical Care Lead (right) Jane Payne, RN, BSN (center) & Sonja Bass, RN (left) who presented valuable information on the treatment of post-partum hemorrhage at the Nursing Grand Rounds on March 18, 2014. All participants in attendance received 1 CEU. All three presenters are active members of AWHONN.

Congratulations to Lavada Werner, RN, BSN, Clinical Care Lead (center), AWHONN member who was nominated for the Daisy Award in March 2014 along with Robin Wilson, (left) RN-C who was the Daisy Award recipient for the month of February 2012. Submitted by Jacquelyn Claude (pictured right) RN, MSPH, BSN


Virginia Section 2014 Annual Conference
September 5-6, 2014
Fredericksburg Expo & Convention Center
Fredericksburg, Virginia

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