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Nursing Professor and Graduate Student Receive Top Awards from OAAPN

January 10, 2014

Graduate student Amy Megery and professor Dr. Laura Goliat from the Breen School of Nursing recently received awards from the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (OAAPN), two out of seven awards given by the organization statewide.

The OAAPN held its 23rd Annual Statewide Conference at the Hilton Inn Polaris this past October in Columbus, Ohio. This year’s conference was the largest in the organization’s history with over 600 advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) attending.

Each year at the conference, the OAAPN recognizes four outstanding APRN students across the state who promote leadership and seek to make a positive difference in the healthcare field. This year, Megery, an Ursuline College graduate nursing student, was chosen as one of the 2013 scholarship award recipients. Recipients were given a $1,500 award to advance the professional development of APRN’s. Candidates selected have demonstrated a deep commitment to promoting the values and philosophy of the organization and are seen as a positive representative for APRNs in the future.

The OAAPN also recognizes outstanding educators in the state who represent the mission and philosophy of the OAAPN as well as demonstrate excellence in education. Goliat, Medical-Surgical Coordinator for the Undergraduate Nursing Program at Ursuline College, was one of three APRN’s selected in Ohio for the 2013 OAAPN Award for Educational Excellence.

“I am deeply honored and extremely grateful to have received this prestigious award,” said Dr. Goliat. “The OAAPN is an excellent and vital organization, effectively representing, engaging, and advocating for thousands of APRN’s in Ohio. I am proud to be an advanced practice nurse, educator, and member of the OAAPN and thank them for this incredible honor.”

Both Ms. Megery and Dr. Goliat were on hand to receive their awards at the Annual Statewide Conference in Columbus.

The Ohio Association for Advanced Practice Nurses (OAAPN) is a statewide organization that supports advanced practice nurses. Each year, the Selection Committee presents several awards, including 4 scholarships for nursing graduate students and 3 educational awards for advanced practice nursing educators. For more information about the OAAPN, please click here.

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