Sandi Tenfelde, RN, PhD, APN, assistant professor and director of the womens health nurse practitioner program at Loyola University Chicagos Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, has received the Hill-Rom/Celeste Phillips Family-Centered Maternity Care Research Award from the Association of Womens Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses for her research to reduce symptom burden for women with pelvic floor disorders, according to a news release. Her study focuses on postpartum musculoskeletal pelvic pain.
The award was presented at AWHONNs annual convention in Orlando, Fla.
The award is supported by Hill-Rom, Inc. and named for Celeste Phillips, a nurse and internationally recognized leader in family-centered maternity care. Phillips has worked extensively to introduce the single room maternity care concept to hospitals and physicians throughout the U.S.
Dr. Tenfeldes research explores a complicated and important aspect of maternal health, AWHONNs CEO Lynn Erdman RN, MN, CNS, FAAN, said in the release. We are appreciative of Hill-Roms continued support for this award and are eager to see the potential impact this research has on improving womens postpartum health.
Tenfelde works with an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Loyola University, including female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgeons, colorectal surgeons and gastroenterologists. She earned her BSN from the University of Michigan, her MSN from Loyola University and her PhD in nursing from the University of Chicago. She is widely published and received the New Investigator Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society in 2014.