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Governor Appoints Breen School of Nursing Associate Dean to Ohio Board of Nursing

February 25, 2014

Ursuline College is pleased to announce that Gov. John Kasich appointed Dr. Patricia Sharpnack, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, Associate Dean of the Breen School of Nursing, to the Ohio Board of Nursing Feb 12. As a member of the Board, Sharpnack will be among a select group of eight registered nurses in Ohio appointed to ensure that state nursing laws are upheld.

“I am committed to the profession and the public’s welfare, and believe that my appointment will enrich the Board of Nursing’s strategic goals and mission to actively promote and protect the health of the citizens of Ohio through the safe and effective practice of nursing as defined by law,” Sharpnack said.

“I believe that my knowledge and experience in all facets of this profession will contribute significantly to the Ohio Board of Nursing in achieving the goal of competent practitioners, informed public and a law which accurately reflects the dynamic practice of nursing. I am thrilled to represent nursing on this board, as the first DNP to serve in this capacity.”

The Board is made up of eight registered nurses, four licensed practical nurses and one consumer. Board members serve as public officials for up to two consecutive terms meeting several times a year in Columbus. The Board has the authority to establish requirements that individuals must meet to obtain a license or certificate to practice nursing or provide dialysis care. It also approves pre-licensure nursing education programs and dialysis-training programs, oversees the licensure examination of nurses, and takes disciplinary action when a licensee or certificate holder violates the law.

“Pat will represent all of nursing education very well. This is a great honor for the Ursuline College Breen School of Nursing,” Christine Wynd, PhD, RN, CNAA, The Breen School of Nursing Dean and Strawbridge Professor, said.





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