The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) today announced that Leslie Harden, a perinatal nurse practitioner at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver has been elected to the 2005 AWHONN Board of Directors.
Harden is Patient Care Director for Women's Services and the Level I Nursery. Prior to joining the Medical Center, she was a perinatal clinical consultant to Mallinckrodt, Inc and a perinatal nurse practitioner at Rocky Mountain Women's Care Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center. Harden has also served as adjunct faculty for graduate level nursing at Regis University.
"I am excited to have the opportunity to help guide AWHONN in 2005," said Harden. "It is a great honor to be elected to help lead such a vital and important organization, and one that keeps its members on the cutting edge of health care."
In addition to AWHONN, Harden is a member of the national nursing society, Sigma Theta Tau. She is certified in neonatal resuscitation, advanced cardiac life support, basic life support, inpatient obstetric nursing, and as a nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist with prescriptive authority. She has conducted extensive research on fetal health issues and made numerous presentations on maternal and perinatal health.
"Leslie's extensive background and expertise in perinatal nursing will be a great asset to the AWHONN Board of Directors," said AWHONN Executive Director Gail Kincaide. "Her clinical and research experience will help us make the important decisions that guide our many programs and offerings."
Harden holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Regis University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing.
A leader among the nation's nursing associations, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) serves and represents more than 22,000 health care professionals in the U.S., Canada and abroad. AWHONN members are committed to delivering superior health care to women and newborns in hospitals, in home health and ambulatory care settings. AWHONN members' rich diversity of skills and experience make AWHONN the voice for women's health and neonatal nursing. AWHONN's website was one of the top-rated nursing organizations' sites reviewed by Medicine on the Net in 2003.