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Connell School of Nursing's Joyce Edmonds Honored for Excellence in Education

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (August 2015) -- Connell School of Nursing Assistant Professor Joyce K. Edmonds has been honored by the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) with its 2015 Award of Excellence in Education for her commitment to educating student nurses.

Joyce Edmonds
Joyce Edmonds

Edmonds' research interests are in maternal health, health seeking behavior and health disparities, with a current emphasis on the influence of nursing in the safe prevention of low-risk cesarean delivery. She draws on her public health background to provide Connell School students with a perspective that considers patients' community, cultural, social and economic background as important elements in their health.  

"Dr. Edmonds' dedication to providing high quality, public health-minded education to current and future nurses is laudable," said AWHONN's Chief Executive Officer Lynn Erdman. "Her global perspective teaches nurses the importance of understanding the many different factors that influence an individual's utilization of women's health and obstetric services."

Edmonds presents her work at numerous conferences, including most recently at the American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting Proceedings on the Nurse Family Partnership Project. She is an active member of AWHONN, the Massachusetts Public Health Nursing Association and the JOGNN editorial board.

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and promoting the health of women and newborns and to strengthening the nursing profession through the delivery of superior advocacy, research, education and other professional and clinical resources to nurses and other health care professionals.

AWHONN presents its Award of Excellence in Education each year to an association member with an outstanding history of educating colleagues, patients and others. This year's award was presented at the AWHONN national convention in June.