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One of AWHONN’s 2013 emerging leaders hails from Washington


The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses has named its 2013 class of emerging leaders, which includes a nurse from Washington — Margie Bridges, RNC-OB, MSN, AWHNP-BC, a perinatal clinical nurse specialist at the Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue. She has spent 23 years in the field and lives in North Bend, Wash.

Launched in 2007, the Emerging Leaders Program engages nurses in a formal, year-long leadership training program. Activities include guidance from mentors, networking events, meetings with members of Congress and their staff, multiple continuing education opportunities, AWHONN committee assignments, and other training to build confidence and leadership skills among participants.

The program is made possible through a one-year educational grant from The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future. “We are impressed with the high caliber of future nursing leaders, and this year’s class is no exception,” AWHONN CEO Karen Peddicord, RN, PhD, said in a news release. “We are also extremely grateful for Johnson & Johnson’s continued commitment to this important program.”

Other 2013 emerging leaders include Carla Allen, RNC-OB, BSN, CNIV, senior staff nurse and perinatal lead charge nurse, Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center, Augusta; Jennifer M. Bliven, RNC-OB, MBA, MPA, CCE, CIME, clinical coordinator for maternity service, Saint Luke’s East Lee’s Summit (Mo.) Hospital; Mary Ellen Boisvert, RN, MSN, CLC, CCE, nurse manager, Tobey Hospital, Wareham, Mass; Edith Combs, RN, BSN, MSN, nursing supervisor of obstetrics and gynecology, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit; Natalie Lima-Garcia, RNC-OB, BSN, MPH(c), clinical manager, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C.; Tina Mendiola, RNC-OB, ADN, BSN, MBA, director of women’s services, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, Texas; Nicole Pendenza, RNC-NIC, BSN, clinical director, Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, N.H.; Lisa Pile, ADN, BSN, MSN, staff RN, Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, Ill.; and Dixie Weber, RNC, MS, director of woman and children’s services, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Idaho Falls.

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