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Meredith A. Lahl

Meredith A. Lahl

MSN, MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC, PPCNP-BC, CPON

Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Advanced Practice Nursing,
Cleveland Clinic Health System,

Executive Summary

Meredith A. Lahl, MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC, PPCNP-BC, CPON, is 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.

Education

  • 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.

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 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

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]

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. Scrub the Hub, Cover the Cap, Let it Dry! What Really Prevents a CLABSI?. APHON Counts. 2014: 28, 1, 11.

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.

Presentations

“APRN’s Guiding Their Professionalism Through Shared Governance” at APSNA Scientific Conference; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; 2015. [poster presentation]

“Advanced Practice Nurses Awareness & Value of the IOM Future of Nursing Report” at Nursing Research Day, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; 2015. [presentation and poster presentation]

“Value of Certification Among Hospital Registered Nurses by Nurse Characteristics, Barriers and Future Likelihood to Certify” at Nursing Research Day, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; 2014. [poster presentation]

“State of the State: Rules & Regulations for the APN” at Dimensions in Cardiac Care; Cleveland, Ohio; 2014.

“APN Professional Development: I Have a Masters’ Degree Now What?” at Cleveland Clinic APN Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; 2014.

“A Model for Leveraging Nurse Practitioners” at Healthcare Roundtable; St. Louis, Missouri; 2014.

“Hemotologic & Oncologic Emergencies 101: The 411 on the 911” a pre-conference workshop at the APHON National Conference; Portland, Oregon; 2014.

“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.

Professional Involvement

  • 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

Contact Information

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