OAAPN Excellence Award

2020 OAAPN Excellence Award


Joyce KarlWe are excited to announce that Joyce Karl, DNP, APRN-CNP, is the recipient of OAAPN’s 2020 Award for Excellence! The Award for Excellence is bestowed upon an APRN who exemplifies the mission of OAAPN through professional development, advocacy, mentorship, collaboration, and service.

Throughout her career as an APRN, Joyce has shown her commitment to the APRN profession in several ways. She pioneered innovations in clinical care as a CNS and NP developing education programs and inspiring interdisciplinary research-based practice and quality initiatives. She has actively advocated for APRN title recognition, prescriptive authority, and procedural privileges in the state and has provided APRN proponent testimony at the Ohio Statehouse.

In her current role as a Director with The Ohio State College of Nursing, Dr. Karl teaches in the DNP and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner programs where she continues to pursue her commitment to education and mentorship. She has been published in several peer reviewed journals and book chapters and has spoken nationally and internationally. She continues her service to the profession as a Director with OAAPN and also volunteers as a provider with the Columbus Free Clinic.

We congratulate Dr. Karl and thank her for her many years of excellence and dedication to the APRN profession, her patients and future APRNs!

2020 OAAPN Preceptor of the Year


Kathryn ThompsonEach year OAAPN recognizes an APRN who exemplifies professionalism, service to others, and lifelong learning. This year we are honored to bestow the Preceptor of the Year Award upon Kathryn Thompson, APRN-CNP.

Kathryn has shown time and again her commitment to precepting, often times working with multiple students while also juggling a demanding patient load through her work in internal medicine, transplant medicine, oncology, and critical care. She pushes those she precepts to accept nothing less than excellence in their practice ensuring a smooth transition to practice and a bright future for the APRN profession.

While Kathryn remains dedicated to her role and responsibilities as a preceptor she also pushes her peers to do the same. She advocates for precepting in every level of the APRN career insisting that precepting be a requirement for professional promotion during the authoring of the Advanced Practice Professional Promotion Program at her current institution.