The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) has awarded Fort Worth-area perinatal nurse Karen P. Langston, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, as one of the first recipients of the Fetal Heart Monitoring Instructor Recognition and Incentive Award. The quarterly awards program was launched in 2012.
"We established the awards program to recognize and acknowledge our instructors and their unwavering commitment and involvement," said Karen Peddicord, PhD, RN, CEO of AWHONN. "Because of so many dedicated volunteers, the AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring Program is nationally recognized and participants are empowered to provide superior care to women and newborns."
Langston has been an AWHONN fetal heart monitoring instructor since 2003 and an instructor trainer since 2007. In addition to volunteering as a fetal heart monitoring teacher, Langston has been a perinatal nurse and educator for more than 27 years. She is currently the perinatal outreach coordinator at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth, where she has worked since 1994.
The AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring Program provides fetal heart monitoring education to approximately 13,000 perinatal clinicians each year worldwide. The goal of the program is to strengthen the ability of nurses to confidently and accurately interpret fetal heart rate and uterine activity monitoring, which will help provide mothers and babies with the best possible start in life.