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Cottage Health System nurse receives AWHONN’s highest honor


The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses presented its highest honor, the Distinguished Professional Service Award, to Dodi Gauthier, RNC-OB, BSN, C-EFM, the coordinator of perinatal education and maternal transport at Cottage Health System in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Johnson’s Baby-sponsored award, presented at the AWHONN national convention in Orlando, Fla., was for Gauthier’s contributions to the field of women’s and newborn care, according to a news release.

Since 1977, Gauthier has cared for laboring women in a variety of settings. At Cottage Health System, she orients new staff for the birth center and antepartum units, leads all unit policy and procedure updates, implements change both with new practices and new products and provides direct patient care as a staff nurse. She also is very involved teaching basic life support systemwide and advanced cardiac life support with an obstetric focus.

A long-time AWHONN member, Gauthier has served as a leader in the California section, as a board member at the national level, as a presenter at the group’s state and national conferences and webinars, as an author of AWHONN’s “Fetal Heart Monitoring Principles and Practices,” fourth and fifth editions, and as a mentor to the organization’s emerging leaders.

“Dodi’s commitment to improving the health of women and newborns through education and mentorship has impacted the lives of countless families,” AWHONN’s CEO Lynn Erdman, RN, MN, FAAN, said in the release. “Her exemplary leadership and dedication to the nursing profession make her a clear choice for AWHONN’s 2014 Distinguished Professional Service Award.”

Gauthier received her diploma in nursing from Mercy Medical Center School of Nursing in Oshkosh, Wis. She earned both a master’s degree in education and a BSN from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Gauthier is one of five nurses on the statewide pregnancy mortality review committee, a subcommittee of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative. She also educates paramedics, EMTs and firefighters on how to care for and transport pregnant women.


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