Carol is an acute care nurse practitioner and adult hospitalist at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay, Ohio. She received her MSN/ACNP from the University of Southern Indiana in 2007, working both in a cardiology practice and for the past several years as a hospitalist here in Ohio. Prior to becoming an NP, she was a critical care nurse and clinical educator for many years. She continues to serve as a mentoCarolCairnsr/preceptor in her current role and is a member of AANP, as well as the Societies of Hospital Medicine, Cardiology and Critical Care. She has been an OAAPN CPG Committee member and is looking forward to meeting and serving advanced practice nurses statewide, both with respect to prescriptive authority as well as supporting the movement toward full practice authority. Carol is married to husband Glenn and they have 2 adult daughters.

Q & A with Carol

What is your 2015 New Year’s resolution (professional or personal)?

 I am looking forward to being actively involved as an OAAPN board member, working with and for members to advance prescriptive authority and in the movement to achieve full practice authority.

Why did you decide to volunteer your time in service to OAAPN?

I have been so impressed with the quality and passion of the work of every person I have encountered through OAAPN.  Their enthusiasm and commitment to excellence and advocacy for advanced practice nursing is inspiring.  I wanted to support and be a part of this vital organization that is really getting things done.

What is your proudest professional achievement? 

Becoming an Acute Care NP Hospitalist has been so rewarding.  I especially enjoy the ability to positively impact patients and families as well as mentoring NPs.