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Meredith A Lahl

Meredith A. Lahl

MSN, RN, PCNS-BC, PNP-BC, CPON

Senior Director, Advanced Practice Nursing,
Cleveland Clinic Health System,
and Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist,
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Executive Summary

Meredith A. Lahl, MSN, RN, PCNS-BC, PNP-BC, CPON, is senior director of advanced practice nursing for the Cleveland Clinic heath system and a pediatric clinical nurse specialist (CNS) at Cleveland Clinic main campus. Lahl is responsible for the oversight and supervision of the scope of practice, recruitment, quality, credentialing and privileging of Cleveland Clinic’s approximately 900 advanced practice nurses. Prior to her current position, Lahl was appointed coordinator for the CNS inpatient team within Cleveland Clinic Children’s and was a pediatric CNS for six years, as well as a staff nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit. Lahl’s career experience also includes 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. 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.

Education

  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2002
  • BSN, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1999

Certifications

  • 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

Leadership

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 had an extensive impact on Cleveland Clinic’s shared governance council. As a leader, Lahl’s clinical experience, coupled with her drive to establish Cleveland Clinic’s advanced practice nursing program as an industry frontrunner, has presented her with much career success.

Clinical Practice

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.

Teaching

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 & Presentations

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.

View a selection of her work.

Research

2013. Principal Investigator. Advanced Practice Nurses' Awareness & Value of IOM's Future of Nursing Report. [In data collection]

2013. Co-Investigator. Nursing Certification Value. [In data analysis]

Publications

Lahl M, Modic M, & Siedlecki S. Perceived Knowledge and Self-Confidence of Pediatric Nurses as Patient Educators. Clinical Nurse Specialist. 2013; 27, 4, 188-193.

Lahl M, Fisher V, Laschinger K. Ewing’s Sarcoma Family of Tumors: An Overview from Diagnosis to Survivorship. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. 2008; 12, 89-97.

Presentations

““What’s in it for Me? Beyond Paying the Fee: The Benefits of Professional Organization Involvement” at the APHON National Conference; Louisville, Kentucky; 2013. [poster presentation]

“I’m a Nurse, You Want Me to Do What? Project Management 101: Common Skills for a Project Manager” at the APHON National Conference; Louisville, Kentucky; 2013.

“Paper Covers Computer: Prompt Antibiotic Delivery for F&N” at ASPHO National Conference; New Orleans, Louisiana 2012.

“VTE Risk Assessment Tool for Pediatric Patients: Results of a Pilot Project” at the APHON National Conference; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 2012. [poster presentation]

“An Interactive Web-Based Journal Club” at the APHON National Conference; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 2012. [poster promoting clinical scholarship]

“When the Benchmark Isn't Good Enough: Using Innovative Fall Prevention Strategies to Drive Improvements” at the NACNS National Conference; Baltimore, Maryland; 2011.

“Sharing Best Practices: Using Shared Governance Days to Highlight Quality Improvement Projects Across a System” at the Magnet® National Conference; Baltimore, Maryland; 2011.

“Development and Implementation of a Pediatric Early Warning System (PEWS)” at the Cleveland Clinic Quality Innovation Summit; Cleveland, Ohio; 2011. [poster presentation]

“Thrombocytopenia is Not Anticoagulation,” Improving Antibiotic Time: One Stop Shopping” and at the APHON National Conference; Anaheim, California; 2011.

“Apples to Apples: Creating a Quality Benchmarking Program” at NACHRI; San Diego, California; March 2010. [poster presentation]

“Managing the Paraplegic Pediatric Oncology Patient” at the APHON National Conference; Minneapolis, Minnesota; 2010.

“Publishing & Journal Clubs” at Nursing Research Day, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; 2009 and 2010. [panel presentation]

“Pediatric Medical Evaluation Team (PMET): Rapid Response Teams in a Children’s Hospital within a Hospital” at NACHRI; Dallas, Texas; 2009. [poster presentation]

“Pediatric Medical Evaluation Team (PMET): Rapid Response Teams in a Children’s Hospital within a Hospital” at OAHQ; Columbus, Ohio; 2009. [poster presentation]

“Are There Silos in your Quality Structure?” at OAHQ; Columbus, Ohio; May 2009.

“We can Work it Out: Creating the Right Team for the Right Project” at Celebrating CNS Practice, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; 2008.

“Decreasing Exposures to Chemotherapy: A Collaborative Approach to Create Best Practice” at the APHON National Conference; Albuquerque, New Mexico; 2008. [lunch presenter]

“Nurse Educators” at the APHON National Conference; Albuquerque, New Mexico; 2008. [town hall moderator]

“Not Allowing the Well to Run Dry: Providing Resources for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses” at the APHON National Conference; Albuquerque, New Mexico; 2008. [poster presentation]

“Resident Survival 101: Partners in Care” at the Akron Children’s Hospital Nursing Day; Akron, Ohio; 2008. [poster presentation]

“Development and implementation of Pediatric Medical Evaluation Team (PMET)” and “The Impact of Family Centered Rounds on Patient Safety” at the 7th Annual Patient Safety Forum, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; 2008. [poster presentations]

“Failure Modes & Effect Analysis to Improve Pediatric Chemotherapy Administration” and “The Impact of Family Centered Rounds on Patient Safety” at NICHQ; Miami, Florida; 2008. [poster presentations]

“Silos in Your Quality Structure – Are They Really Gone?” at NACHRI; Miami, Florida; 2008. [poster presentation]

“The Building Blocks to Sustaining Family Centered Rounds in a Pediatric Inpatient Setting” at the Nursing Management Congress; Las Vegas, Nevada; 2008. [poster presentation]

“It Takes a Village to write a Chemotherapy Order: The Nurses’ Role in Chemotherapy Ordering” at the APHON National Conference; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 2007. [poster presentation]

“Pediatric Peripheral Intravenous Therapy Care: Improving Practice & Involving Families” at the Akron Children’s Hospital Nursing Day; Akron, Ohio; 2007. [poster presentation]

“Practical talk about research Perils and Solutions” at the Nursing Research Day, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; 2007. [panel presentation]

“Stretched Thin: The Education of Staff Nurses on General Pediatric Units about the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Patient Population” at the APON National Conference; Hartford, Connecticut; 2006. [poster presentation]

“Establishing Patient Safety Through Incentive Programs for Nursing Staff” at the Nursing Management Congress; Orlando, Florida; 2005. [poster presentation]

“The Establishment of a Primary Nursing Committee on the Inpatient Oncology Unit,” “Helping Staff Through Difficult Days: The Clinical Resource Role,” and “Enhanced Communication: The Attendance of Staff Nurses at Daily Nursing Rounds” at the APON National Conference; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 2003. [poster presentations]

Professional Involvement

  • Secretary, Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) National Board
  • Member, Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
  • Member, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • President, Ohio Chapter, Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing and Journal of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Member, APHON National Conference Planning Committee and 2014 Conference Planning Chair, Nominating Committee
  • Abstract Reviewer, APHON National Conference
  • Content Expert and Panel Chair, American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Member, Jazz Pharmaceuticals Speaker’s Bureau, Erwinaze
  • Content Expert, Oral Mucositis Advisory Board

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

Contact Information

Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue / HSB-111
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
216.445.2439
lahlm@ccf.org