AWHONN Position Statement: Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) supports full practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) as independent providers of health care services for women and newborns. AWHONN supports a woman’s right to choose and have access to a full range of providers and settings for pregnancy, birth, and women’s health care. Women have a right to fair, reliable, and unbiased information about care options so they can make well-informed choices best suited to their individual and family needs. A woman’s choice may be influenced by several factors, such as health status; personal circumstances and preferences; and family, religious, or cultural values. Clinicians should respect a woman’s health care provider choices.