Lecturer Awarded AWHONN Nurse Leader of the Year Award

Williams-WEB.jpg5/21 - School of Nursing Prelicensure Clinical Coordinator and Lecturer Nina Williams was awarded the NC Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Nurse Leader of the Year Award for her continued dedication to women’s and children’s health in North Carolina.

AWHONN’s mission is to empower and support nurses caring for women, newborns and their families through research, education and advocacy.

“It’s a distinct honor and privilege to represent nurse leaders, nurses and student nurses across our state,” Williams said of the recognition. “Our collective goal is to improve outcomes in maternal/infant healthcare.  The Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses serves as a proponent and champion for women and nurses across the United States: empowering, educating and transforming healthcare delivery for women and infants. This recognition allows me to further advance the issues surrounding women's and children's healthcare needs. It also allows me to broaden my scope of engagement into legislative, educational, technology development and applications and clinical settings across the spectrum of local, state, national and international audiences to improve maternal/infant mortality and morbidity rates.”

Being a clinician, academician and consultant in the field of maternal/infant health, Williams primary focus is to improve outcomes across the hospital and community setting by implementing innovative quality improvement and best practices strategies.

Williams began her professional journey as a licensed practical nurse, after receiving her LPN degree from Richmond Community College. She earned her BSN from Winston Salem State University and her MSN Nursing Education from East Carolina University. Williams is currently a DNP candidate at Gardner-Webb University. Her nursing practice areas consist of labor and delivery, pediatrics, neonatal intensive care, postpartum mother/baby, general med-surgical and gynecology. She has also served as a unit-based educator in labor and delivery.

In addition to her work at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Williams has served in multiple professional roles ranging from bedside care expert, nurse management, clinical nurse educator and academic nursing faculty. Currently, she is teaching UNCW School of Nursing clinical students enrolled in the prelicensure maternal health and pediatrics and in the RN-BSN health policy course.

“AWHONN uses evidence-based peer-reviewed research as its central platform of education,” School of Nursing Director Linda Haddad said. “Through AWHONN, Dr. Williams has access to a plethora of academic research and guidelines surrounding women's and children's healthcare. She brings this into her classroom so each student will benefit from the latest research. Dr. Williams’ leadership role as the southeastern coordinator for the NC AWHONN chapter is perfectly timed as we move forward on what I consider the door to discovery and a bridge to the future in student nursing development, clinical reasoning and application. AWHONN, through Dr. Williams, puts at our fingertips insights from across the world on every aspect of nursing advancement.”