Andrea Scarcipino, APRN-CNP, Lead APP, PM&R/Pain & Healing, started her career as a Registered Nurse with her ADN degree. As a single mom with two kids, she felt that route made the most sense to her. Once she began working as an RN in the MICU, she went back to school to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She then spent eight years as a bedside nurse in the ICU before becoming an APRN in 2020.
Andrea has taken part in shared governance as an RN, spent time as the education coordinator in the MICU, and chaired her hospital’s critical care practice council. After becoming an APRN and settling into her practice in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, she knew she wanted to do more. She started by joining her hospital’s APP Council and co-chairing the APP Graduate Student Education Committee. Andrea is currently employed at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, focusing on physical medicine and rehabilitation, and pain management.
Andrea has recently taken on a leadership role with OAAPN as Co-Director of the NE Region. When asked why membership and active participation in OAAPN is important, she said, “I feel that it is important to be a part of your professional organizations on all levels. It keeps you informed and allows for growth as a provider.”
As for the value OAAPN provides for one’s professional development, Andrea shares, “OAAPN has a whole host of offerings including CE, leadership courses, legislative advocacy, and networking with fellow APRNs, just to name a few!”
Andrea is married with three sons, aged from 8 to 21, and two dogs. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family, try new cuisine, cook, explore nature, and cheer on her boys in whatever sport they are currently playing. Fun fact: for much of Andrea’s young life, she wanted to be a lion trainer! Growing up in Las Vegas, she felt that was a pretty viable career option at the time.
Andrea’s Words to Live by
“Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.” -Unknown
Andrea’s advice for APRN students
This time is short, I know it doesn’t feel that way now. You are smart and stronger than you realize! Keep putting in the hard work and you will soon enjoy the fruits of your labor.