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Advanced Practice Nursing 101
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)

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  • Executive Director
  • Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Advanced Practice Nursing

Are you interested in learning more about Advanced Practice Nursing? Join Meredith Lahl, Executive Director/ACNO of Advanced Practice Nursing, as she will answer questions about the profession. Some common topics are: choosing an APN role, searching for available jobs, how to choose which career path to take and the current climate.

Meredith has had a leadership focus in her own career path and now she has the privilege of helping develop others. Cleveland Clinic supports Advanced Practice Registered Nurses throughout all the Institutes within the Cleveland Clinic health system. The Office of Advanced Practice Nursing provides scope of practice oversight, maintains the credentialing and privileging process, and provides educational opportunities for APRNs as well as graduate students. Advanced Practice Registered Nurses are key providers of high quality, safe patient-family centered care. APRNs work in collaboration with physicians to provide care including: histories, physical exams, diagnoses, treatment plans. They are able to diagnose, and treat illnesses and order diagnostic tests and prescribe medications. There are many opportunities available to APRNs today and with the right approach, you can build a great career and make a tremendous impact on the profession.

If you have any interest in learning more about the profession, are looking for opportunities or are interested in the current climate, we encourage you to register for this web chat.

About the Speaker
Meredith A. Lahl, MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC, PPCNP-BC, CPON, is executive director and associate chief nursing officer for advanced practice nursing at Cleveland Clinic. In her role, Lahl is responsible for the oversight and supervision of the scope of practice, recruitment, quality, credentialing and privileging of Cleveland Clinic health system’s more than 1,200 advanced practice nurses.

Prior to her current position, Lahl served five years as senior director of advanced practice nursing, also providing strategic leadership for Cleveland Clinic’s advanced practice nurses, as well as direct supervision for the health system’s inpatient clinical nurse specialists. Lahl’s Cleveland Clinic career experience also includes six years as a pediatric CNS, and a staff nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit. She has also worked in various nursing positions at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. With a passion for nursing advancement, Lahl is a dedicated professional whose expertise is noted throughout the healthcare industry through organizations such as the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She is the Ohio chapter president for APHON, involved with several national APHON committees, and is the 2012 recipient of the organization’s Jean Fergusson Excellence in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing Practice Award.

Additionally, she serves as a content expert and chair for the ANCC’s pediatric CNS exam and role definition study and is chairperson for the Cleveland Clinic nursing organization’s image and branding council, and legislative and health policy council. She holds a dual certification as a CNS and as a nurse practitioner in pediatrics, and has served as clinical faculty for advanced practice nursing students at several colleges and universities. Lahl has presented nationally on a variety of clinical and professional topics, and has been a featured speaker at many industry conferences. Ms. Lahl earned her BSN and MSN from the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA degree from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School.

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