2007 KANSAS AWHONN NURSE OF THE YEAR
Crystal Young serves as Chairman for the Manhattan/Junction City Chapter of AWHONN (Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses). The local chapter includes Clay Center and the surrounding areas. Additionally, Young was the conference chairman for the 2007 annual Kansas Fall AWHONN Conference, held in Manhattan, Kansas. This was the first time in 8 years that an annual AWHONN conference has been held in this area. Young’s duties included conference planning; choosing appropriate topics, arranging speakers, and registration. The conference was designed for women's health, obstetrical and neonatal nurses, as well as other nurses and allied health professionals who were seeking to update their knowledge in current practice trends in family, women's and newborn care.
Eleven hours of continuing education credit were available to those in attendance. Speakers included Nurses, Nurse practitioners, Nurse Midwives, Nurse Anesthetist, Obstetricians and Pediatricians along with a physician specialized in Genetic Counseling.
During the conference, Young was nominated and awarded the Kansas AWHONN nurse of the year.
Young serves as a labor and delivery nurse and a nurse educator at Irwin Army Community Hospital. She also works in the obstetrical unit at Clay County Medical Center and serves as a nurse educator.
Concerning her affiliation with AWHONN, Young reported, “In January, six Kansas AWHONN leaders attended the 2007 AWHONN leadership conference that was held in Washington D.C. The Kansas AWHONN section was one of only four states that got to participate in Leaders on the Hill Program. We got the opportunity to go to capital hill and visit our congressional delegates. We discussed key issues facing the nursing profession. It was an incredible experience.”
Young says she enjoys everything about obstetrics and loves educating patients as well as staff. She is currently furthering her education and hopes to become a Nurse Midwife.