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AWHONN CEO Karen Peddicord to Retire

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) on March 11 announced its chief executive officer Karen Peddicord, PhD, RN, will retire in September.

According to AWHONN, during Peddicord's nearly five-year tenure as CEO, the association has made critical advances in improving positive outcomes in women's and newborn health. AWHONN has more than 24,000 members in the U.S. and abroad.

Among successes under Peddicord's leadership cited by AWHONN were the publication of the 2010 Guidelines for Professional Registered Nurse Staffing for Perinatal Units, record-breaking  attendance at AWHONN's 2010 annual convention, the launch of consumer resources and the recent Go the Full 40 campaign, and annual growth in membership.

For the past seven years, including two as interim executive director, Peddicord has been the guiding force to propel AWHONN to the next level, says AWHONN President Mimi Pomerleau, DNP, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB, CNE. "She has done a tremendous job leading our organization and deserves the time to enjoy her retirement and be with family and friends," says Pomerleau of Peddicord.

AWHONN, which holds the distinction of twice receiving the Premier Program award for innovation and excellence in continuing nursing education from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, was founded in 1969 as the Nurses Association of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. AWHONN became a separate nonprofit organization in 1993. For more information, visit

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