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 1,000 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 40 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.
- MSN, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2002
- BSN, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1999
*Currently pursuing Executive M.B.A. degree with expected graduation in May 2017.
- Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP-BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center
- Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pediatrics (PCNS-BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center
- Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse (CPON), Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation
- Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), American Heart Association
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), American Heart Association
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor
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As a clinical leader, Lahl has spent her nursing career devoted to the pediatric oncology patient population. Through her guidance as an inpatient pediatric CNS, Lahl has supported general pediatric and pediatric hematology/oncology units, focusing on staff support, quality improvement, education and research. She has aided her colleges and future nurses through precepting, unit-based education and teaching within the higher education setting. Additionally, among other councils and committees at Cleveland Clinic, Lahl has made an extensive impact on Cleveland Clinic’s shared governance, image and branding, and legislative and health policy councils. Lahl’s clinical experience, coupled with her drive to establish Cleveland Clinic’s advanced practice nursing program as an industry frontrunner, has made her a talented, dedicated, trusted and well respected nurse leader.
Clinical Practice & Teaching
Lahl’s clinical expertise lies within the area of pediatric oncology, with additional expertise in caring for pediatric critical care patients in the intensive care setting.
Throughout her career, Lahl has served as a skills lab instructor for the University of Pennsylvania Nursing School, an independent nurse education consultant, a lecturer to new staff within Cleveland Clinic’s pediatric nursing orientation, and as a certified pediatric nurse review lecturer on the topics of childhood cancer and hematology dysfunction. She is an instructor for the APHON chemotherapy and biotherapy provider course, and has also served as a clinical faculty member for the following institutions:
- Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio
- Ursuline College, The Breen School of Nursing, Pepper Pike, Ohio
- University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
Research & Publications
At the start of her career, Lahl was a research assistant for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the area of pediatric oncology. Since then, she has been an integral part of several research studies and has presented locally and nationally on a variety of clinical and professional topics, including oral chemotherapy safety, care of the paraplegic pediatric oncology patient, and febrile neutropenia. She has been a featured speaker at national conferences for APHON and the ANCC’s annual Magnet® conference. Similarly, she has presented posters highlighting quality improvement projects within the pediatric nursing practice domain.
- Member, Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
- Member, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
- President, Ohio Chapter, Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (2012-2015); Co-President (2010-2012)
- Board Member Secretary, APHON (2015-2018) and Member of Mentoring Taskforce, Educational Provider Unit Committee
- Member, APHON National Conference Planning Committee (2013), Committee Chair (2014)
- Abstract Reviewer, APHON National Conference (2012, 2013, 2015)
- Member, APHON Nominating Committee (2010-2013)
- Liaison, Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation Board (2015-2018) and Member, Finance Committee
- Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing and Journal of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
- Content Expert Panel Member (2006-2014), Vice Chair (2008-2012) and Chair (2012-2014), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
- Member, Jazz Pharmaceuticals Speaker’s Bureau, Erwinaze (2012-2016)
- Content Expert, Oral Mucositis Advisory Board
- Member and Key Person, Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (OAAPN), Full Practice Authority Committee
Honors & Awards
- Jean Fergusson Excellence in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing Practice Award, APHON, 2012
- Nursing Excellence Award, The Carolyn Neiman APN Award, Cleveland Clinic, 2009
- Marcia C. Liebman New Writer Excellence Award, Publishing Division, Oncology Nursing Society, 2009
- Employee of the Month, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, January 2000