SBCH Labor and Delivery Nurse Awarded National Association's Highest Honor
The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) presented its highest honor, the Distinguished Professional Service Award, to Dodi Gauthier, MEd, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, for her contributions to the field of women’s and newborn care. The award was presented at the AWHONN national convention in Orlando, Florida and is sponsored by JOHNSON’S® Baby.
Since 1977, Ms. Gauthier has cared for laboring women in a variety of settings. She is currently the coordinator of perinatal education and maternal transport at Cottage Health System in Santa Barbara, California. In that capacity, 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 system wide and advanced cardiac life support with an obstetric focus.
A long-time AWHONN member, Ms. Gauthier has served as a leader in the AWHONN California section, as a Board Member at the national level, as a presenter at both state and national AWHONN conferences and webinars, as an author of AWHONN’s Fetal Heart Monitoring Principles and Practices, 4th and 5th ed., and as a mentor to AWHONN’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,” said AWHONN’s Chief Executive Officer Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN. “Her exemplary leadership and dedication to the nursing profession make her a clear choice for AWHONN’s 2014 Distinguished Professional Service Award.”
Ms. Gauthier received her diploma in nursing from Mercy Medical Center School of Nursing in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She earned both a master’s degree in education and baccalaureate degree in nursing from Westminster College of Salt Lake City in Utah. Ms. Gauthier is one of five nurses on the state-wide 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.