UCSF's Dr. Audrey Lyndon Awarded National Association's Highest Honor

UCSF Faculty Member Receives the 2013 Distinguished Professional Service Award

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN, www.awhonn.org) today presented its highest honor, the Distinguished Professional Service Award, to Audrey Lyndon, PhD, RN, FAAN, for her contributions to the field of women’s and newborn care.

Dr. Lyndon is an Associate Professor at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing, and a Clinical Research Scholar in the UCSF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

The award was presented at the AWHONN national convention in Nashville, Tenn. in June 2013, and is sponsored by JOHNSON'S® Baby.

An expert in maternity care, Dr. Lyndon's research efforts focus on improving patient safety through collaborative communication among clinicians.

"Dr. Lyndon's commitment to improving the health of women and newborns through improved communication between providers will impact the lives of countless of families," said AWHONN's Chief Executive Officer, Karen Peddicord, PhD, RN. "Her exemplary leadership and dedication to the nursing profession make her a clear choice for AWHONN's 2013 Distinguished Professional Service Award."

Dr. Lyndon is a longtime member of AWHONN and the 2011 winner of AWHONN's Award of Excellence in Research. She holds a PhD and an MS in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, and a BA in Biology and Women’s Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has practiced as a staff nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and faculty in community and academic labor and delivery units in the Washington-Baltimore region and in San Francisco.

“At JOHNSON'S® Baby, we know that leading research and rigorous safety standards are essential for our caregivers to deliver what is best for baby,” said David Mays, Director of Scientific Engagement for Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. “As such, JOHNSON'S® Baby is committed to supporting nurses worldwide and is proud to support the 2013 Distinguished Professional Service Award.”

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is the foremost nursing authority that advances the health care of women and newborns through advocacy, research and the creation of high quality, evidence-based standards of care. AWHONN's 24,000 members worldwide are clinicians, educators and executives who serve as patient care advocates focusing on the needs of women and infants. A leader in professional development, AWHONN holds the distinction of twice receiving the Premier Program award by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for innovation and excellence in Continuing Nursing Education (CNE). Founded in 1969 as the Nurses Association of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the association became a separate nonprofit organization called the Association of Women's Health and Neonatal Nurses in 1993.