At its core, the mission of OAAPN is to promote advanced practice nursing through practice, education, advocacy, and leadership. OAAPN continually strives to remove barriers to APRN practice and has become a leading information resource within Ohio regarding APRN practice, legislative and reimbursement issues as well as providing a gateway of opportunities to employment and continuing education.
Of course, accomplishing the mission of OAAPN requires tireless effort and leadership of the OAAPN Executive Committee, which consists of President Kelly Shank, APRN-CNP, Immediate Past President Joscelyn Greaves, APRN-CNP, Secretary Sara Pease, APRN-CNP, and Treasurer Meredith Foxx, MBA, APRN-CNP.
Kelly Shank, APRN, ANP-C, took over the reigns as President of the OAAPN at the beginning of 2021, replacing outgoing President Joscelyn Greaves, APRN-CN. Cited among her goals for her term as President are to increase membership and member participation in OAAPN, increase CEU opportunities for members, and to pass legislation that directly impacts APRNs in Ohio.
In her President’s Message, Kelly Shank looks ahead to initiatives planned for the coming year. She notes, “We are launching a leadership course, planning the return of our in-person statewide conference, working on reimbursement issues that affect APRNs and continuing to work on the retirement of the SCA among other legislative efforts.”
As Immediate Past President, Joscelyn Greaves, APRN-CN, recently took time to reflect on her tenure as President of OAAPN. She notes that she is proud of some advancements for APRNs that occurred, including “the ability to collaborate with pharmacists, liability protection for providers related to COVID-19, permanent changes made regarding telehealth, and increased reimbursement for mental health for APRNs to 100%.”
Prior to taking on the role of Secretary, Sara Pease, APRN-CNP, was recognized with the OAAPN Leadership Award in 2014, and serves as a key person for OAAPN as legislation impacting APRNs makes its way through the General Assembly. She confirms that she is, “passionate about the APRN profession and working to ensure APRNS practice at the top of their license!”
In addition to her role as OAAPN Treasurer Meredith Foxx, MBA, APRN-CNP, serves as the Executive Chief Nursing Officer (ECNO) of the Cleveland Clinic’s Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence. As for why she has chosen to become so active with OAAPN, Meredith says, “OAAPN serves in the best interest of APRNs in our state, it informs us, and supports us. The only way to make change is to get involved.”