“Risks of Obesity in Pregnancy”

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, Forest Campus
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Information and Registration


Celebrating Nurses

Past, Present and Future of Nursing Education

Saturday, October 11 from 8 AM to 4 PM
Information and Registration (external link)


Peninsula Chapter Meeting


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Visit the Chapter Page for more information

Nurse of the Year Awards Gala

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Richmond Omni Hotel and Resort



The 2014 Conference Page now contains the speakers' presentations from the 2014 Virginia AWHONN Section Conference.


One Woman,
One Newborn,
One Thousand Strong!


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. 

New to AWHONN?  Click the image below to find the Chapter Leader nearest to you.


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


National AWHONN Conference
June 13 - 17, 2015

Conference Information

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The 2014 Recruitment & Rewards Program

Invite your colleagues to join AWHONN today and be rewarded for your work. You could earn a free AWHONN membership, gift cards and so much more. It couldn't be easier; the more NEW members you recruit, the more prizes you get.

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Great New Prizes This Year Including

NEW! - Amazon Kindle

NEW! - iPod Shuffle

NEW! - $25 Gift Cards of your choice