Highlights of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) 2004 Convention

Susan M. Kendig, RNC, MSN, WHCNP

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August 02, 2004

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Not Your Mother's Nursing Conference: 2004 Convention Shatters the Status Quo

"When I go home, at night I know that I made a difference in someone's life. I know that all of you, as registered nurses, feel that, too." With these words, Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) President Debra Hobbins, MSN, APRN, NP,[1] welcomed over 2500 attendees to AWHONN's 2004 Annual Convention in Tampa, Florida. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, AWHONN invited participants to Challenge the Status Quo. New session designs, such as learning labs and journal clubs, offered participants a break from the usual conference lecture format. Interwoven with preconference workshops, expert lectures, and networking breakfasts, innovative formats provided participants with opportunities to practice heart and lung assessment skills, create a "medicine bundle" in the tradition of Native American healers, or participate in thought-provoking journal clubs focusing on groundbreaking articles in the fields of women's health, childbearing, newborn health, and nursing practice.

AWHONN has been long respected for its significant role in maternal child health. Participants at the convention underscored the group's unique role in promoting the health of women throughout the lifespan, and relevance for all nurses who care and advocate for women, newborns, and families. Attendees had the choice of sessions in AWHONN's 4 key focus areas: women's health, childbearing, newborn care, and professional issues, with specialty sessions focusing on advanced nursing practice and pharmacology.

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