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TWU’s Cesario receives writing award from national nursing organization


 Sandra Cesario


HOUSTON — Dr. Sandra Cesario, professor of nursing at the Texas Woman’s University Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center, recently received the 2011 Nursing for Women’s Health Excellence in Writing Award from the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN).

AWHONN’s 2011 Excellence in Writing Award recognizes the author of an original paper published in Nursing for Women’s Health journal during 2010. Dr. Cesario was honored for her article, “Advances in the Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer: How to Hear the Whispers Early.”

“I was inspired to write this article because my daughter Anna courageously battled ovarian cancer for more than five years,” said Dr. Cesario. Anna Cesario passed away in 2009 at the age of 29.

“My goal is to increase awareness amongst health care providers about this insidious and lethal disease,” Dr. Cesario said. “The majority of women with ovarian cancer are not diagnosed until the later stages of the disease when it is more deadly. I am passionate about seeing this change.”

Criteria for the Excellence in Writing Award include the timeliness and relevancy of the topic; the readability and practicality of the article; and the potential of the article to meet the mission of the journal, which is to inform and enable nurses to provide optimum nursing care to women and newborns.

“Dr. Cesario’s article will help nurses better understand the early symptoms of ovarian cancer," said, Dr. Anne Katz, Nursing for Women’s Health editor. “In the absence of adequate screening or diagnostic tests, education about the symptoms of ovarian cancer is the only tool we have to identify this disease at an early stage when it is most treatable.”

A longtime AWHONN member, Dr. Cesario currently is the Ph.D. coordinator and a professor at the Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing at TWU’s Houston center. She is widely published on various women’s health topics and has received numerous honors, including the Good Samaritan Foundation Silver Award for Excellence in the category of Nursing Faculty, the Texas Organization of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education Innovations in Teaching Award and the TWU Distinction in Teaching Award.

Nursing for Women’s Health is a bimonthly, refereed clinical practice journal of the AWHONN. The journal circulates to more than 25,000 nurses who care for women and newborns.

AWHONN has more than 24,000 members worldwide who are clinicians, educators and executives who serve as patient care advocates focusing on the needs of women and infants. For more information, visit

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