Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Directory

Meet the APRNs at Miami Valley Hospital.

Beka Abraham

BAbrahamSpecialty area: Gyn Onc
Education: Undergrad - University of Cincinnati, Graduate studies - University of Cincinnati (Women's Health NP)
Credentialing: CNP credentialed by NCC in Women's Health
Role: Nurse Practitioner in the Gynecologic Oncology Center

Noriko T. Banerjee, MS, ACNP

Banerjee Specialty Area: Nephrology
Education: Masters of Science from Syracuse University in nursing role function medical surgical nursing and nursing education. Master’s of Science degree from Wright State University as Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Credentialing: Board certified nationally by the American Nurse Credentialing Center in acute care; licensed by the state of Ohio
Role: The ACNP of the Renal Physicians Inc.

Responsibilities:

Noriko’s role in hospital and hemodialysis unit is to collaborate with nephrologists to integrate renal patient care, as they are essential link between patients, families, and medical teams. Her specialized training and experience allow her to provide care to patients who have acute as well as chronic medical conditions.

She performs diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, prescribes medications, educates patients and their families, nurses in renal specialty as well as community to promote public well being and prevention of medical problems especially renal diseases, being role model of nursing care providers, coordinates APNs’ work schedules, promotes productivity of the employed organization by self initiation of ACNP function.

Deborah M. Bentley MS, APRN, CHS-BC, CHPN

BentleySpecialty Area:  Palliative Care
Education: Master’s degree from Wright State University as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Credentialing: Board Certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and licensed by the state of Ohio
Role: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for Palliative Care Program

Responsibilities:

Deborah’s responsibilities include the ongoing assessment and coordination of interventions for the chronically ill or patients with life-limiting health conditions by addressing the physical, emotional and psychosocial needs of these patients and or families.

She provides ongoing health assessments through direct clinical practice, collaboration with multidisciplinary health care teams. Her scope of practice also includes research, both development and implementation of research findings, along with clinical and professional leadership responsibilities facilitating innovation and change practice involving direct patient care systems.

Pam Black, MS, APRN, ACNP-BC

BlackSpecialty Area: Pulmonary Critical Care/ICU/Nephrology
Education: Graduate from WSU masters program as Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Credentialing: Board certified nationally by the American Nurse Credentialing Center in acute/critical care, and licensed by the state of Ohio
Role: The ACNP of the Pulmonary Critical Care Service

Responsibilities:

As an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Pam is involved in the direct care of patients with acute, critical, and chronic health illness in the acute and critical care inpatient setting. As an integral part of the ICU team she coordinates and integrates care with other practitioners, patients and families.

As a part of her role and scope of practice Pam performs invasive procedures such as endotracheal intubation, arterial lines, central line placement, lumbar punctures and gastric tubes. I am also involved in prescribing medication, management of hemo/peritoneal dialysis, and various other aspects of diagnostic interpretation and treatment.

Lisa Brennan, MS, RN, CNS, CCRN

BrennanSpecialty Area: Cardiovascular Surgery & Cardiology
Education: BSN -Wright State University, MS -The Ohio State University
Credentialing: Certificate of Authority State of Ohio
Role: Clinical Nurse Specialist for Cardiovascular Services

Responsibilities:

As the Clinical Nurse Specialist for cardiovascular services at Miami Valley Hospital, Lisa’s area of expertise is in cardiovascular critical care. She has 30 years experience in the care of the cardiovascular surgery and medical cardiac patients.

Suzanne Brooks, MS, RN, CNS-BC

BrooksSpecialty area: Palliative Care
Education: Graduate from Wright State University masters programs as a Community Health and Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist
Credentialing: ACNSs and CHCNSs are board certified nationally by the American Nurse Credentialing Center in adult and community health care, and are licensed by the state of Ohio
Role: Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care

Carol Broyles, MS, APRN, ACNP-BC

Broyles Specialty Area: Pulmonary Critical Care/ICU
Education: Graduate from WSU masters program as Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Credentialing: Board certified nationally by the American Nurse Credentialing Center in acute/critical care, and licensed by the state of Ohio
Role: The ACNP of the Pulmonary Critical Care Service

Responsibilities:

As an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Carol is involved in the direct care of patients with acute, critical, and chronic health illness in the acute and critical care inpatient setting. As an integral part of the ICU team she coordinates and integrates care with other specialists, patients and families.

As a part of her role and scope of practice Carol performs invasive procedures such as endotracheal intubation, arterial lines, central line placement, lumbar punctures and gastric tubes. She is also involved in prescribing medication, performing diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. 

Barbara J. Brush CNS-BC, MSN, CDE

BrushSpecialty Area: CNS Adult Health
Education: ADN Sinclair CC, BSN University of Cincinnati, MSN Wright State University and Masters Certificate in Nursing Education Wright State University
Credentialing: Board certified nationally by the American Nurse Credentialing Center; licensed by the State of Ohio Board of Nursing
Role: CNS for Total Joint/Orthopedic Program for MVH/MVHS

Marie Chambers, MS, APRN, CNP-BC

ChambersSpecialty Area: Pulmonary Critical Care/ICU
Education: Graduate from The Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio as Adult Health Nurse Practitioner
Credentialing: Board certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center; licensed by the state of Ohio

Responsibilities:

As a Certified Nurse Practitioner, Marie is involved in the direct care of patients with acute and chronic health illnesses.  As an integral part of the ICU team she coordinates and integrates care with other specialists, patients and families. She is also involved in prescribing medication, performing diagnostic and therapeutic intervention.

Gail M Crump, MS, APRN, CNRN, FNP-BC

CrumpSpecialty Area: Neuroscience
Education:  Indiana Wesleyan University graduate as Family Nurse Practitioner
Credentialing: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program; licensed by the state of Ohio.
Role: Neurology Nurse Practitioner

Responsibilities:

Gail’s primary role is to work collaboratively with the neurologist and other members of the health care team to deliver optimal quality, and excellent health care. She works within her scope of practice. Gail is an integral member of the neurologist group as a team member whose primary responsibility is management of a caseload of hospitalized patients. She has specialized skills and knowledge related to the setting in which she practices and performs, orders, schedules, reads and interpret appropriate laboratory studies, imaging, professional consultations, prescribes appropriate interventions, and medications, and provides direct patient care. Her additional duties include contribution to excellence in patient care, research, consulting, teaching, as well as provides leadership to the organization and nursing profession.

Beth Delaney RN, MS, CNS, FNP-BC, OCN, AHPCN

DelaneySpecialty area: Palliative Care and Oncology
Education: Wright State University Master's Degree in Nursing Administration also as a Family Nurse Practitioner
Credentialing: Beth has specialty certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner, an Oncology Nurse, and in Advanced Hospice and Palliative Care
Role: Beth is an Advance Practice Nurse on the Palliative Care team. The palliative care team at Miami Valley Hospital assists patients who have a life limiting illness and their families with interdisciplinary coordination and care as well as symptom management.

Johnnie Dillinger, MS, APRN, CCRN, ACNP-BC

DillingerSpecialty area: Neuro Critical Care/ICU
Education: Master’s degree as Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from Wright State University
Credentialing: Board certified nationally by the American Nurse Credentialing Center in acute/critical care and licensed by the state of Ohio
Role: The ACNP of the Neuro Critical Care Service

Responsibilities:

Johnnie is responsible for integrating the day-to-day clinical operations. The ACNP is the essential link between patients, families, and their medical and surgical teams. Johnnie’s specialized education and experience allows provision of intensive care to complex medical and surgical patients with acute and chronic health problems

Johnnie prescribes medications, performs diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, and treats acute and critical situations that arise. Johnnie’s scope of practice includes privileging for the performance of invasive procedures such as central line placement, thoracentesis, arterial line placement, lumbar punctures and endotracheal intubation

Brenda Gauby Currie MS, MBA APRN RNC CRRN

CurrieSpecialty Area: Geriatrics/Eldercare Department
Education: Masters of Science from Wright State University, Masters in Business Administration, University of Cincinnati
Credentialing: Board certified nationally by the American Nurse Credentialing Center in gerontology, the Rehabilitation Nurses Association in Rehabilitation; licensed by the state of Ohio
Role: Geriatric CNS

Responsibilities:

Through collaboration with the geriatric team, the geriatric CNS provides clinical consultation and recommendations pertaining to the coordination of care regarding complexities of older adults and their support systems with an emphasis on geriatric syndromes. Additionally, as the Geriatric Program Manager Brenda helps mentor staff and facilitates the education and quality improvement processes within the organization that are structured around the care of hospitalized older adults.

Tara Green, MS, APRN, CNS

GreenSpecialty Area:  Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from Wright State University 
Credentialing:  CNS with prescriptive authority/Ohio Board of Nursing
Role: CNS with Orthopedic Spine Service

Responsibilities:

As the Orthopedic Spine Clinical Nurse Specialist (with prescriptive authority), Tara provides and integrates care for inpatients and outpatients with a wide variety of spine conditions. Her care ranges from evaluation and work up of patients in the outpatient/clinic setting to managing hospitalized patients with anything from elective spine surgery to critically ill patients with traumatic spine/spinal cord injuries.  Patients with both acute and chronic spine conditions receive high quality, cost effective care from a multidisciplinary team. Seamless care is provided between the inpatient and outpatient arenas.

Lisa Katz, MS, APRN, CCRN, ACNP-BC

KatzSpecialty Area: Neuro Critical Care/ICU
Education: Master’s degree as Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from Wright State University
Credentialing: Board certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center in acute/critical care; licensed by the state of Ohio
Role: The ACNP of the Neuro Critical Care Service

Responsibilities:

Lisa is responsible for integrating the day-to-day clinical operations of critically ill patients with neurological conditions. The ACNP is the essential link between patients, families, and their medical and surgical teams. Her specialized education and experience allows her to provide intensive care to complex medical and surgical patients with acute and chronic health problems

Lisa prescribes medications, performs diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, and treats acute and critical situations that arise. Lisa’s scope of practice includes privileging for the performance of invasive procedures such as central line placement, thoracentesis, arterial line placement, lumbar punctures and endotracheal intubation

Erin K. Kelly, MSN, APRN, CWS, FACCWS

KellySpecialty Area: Burn and Wound Clinic/Burn Unit
Education: Master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University as Family Nurse Practitioner
Credentialing: Board certified nationally by American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Credentialing Center; American Board of Wound Management.
Role: The APRN of the Burn and Wound Clinic/Burn Unit

Responsibilities:

Erin sees patients in consultation for wound care which includes: History & Physical, review of concomitant disease, wound assessment, diagnostic evaluation, and prescribing medications. Interventions include sharp debridement, biopsies, management of infection, advanced wound care modalities, prevention and education.

She is known both for her efficient and excellent patient care, as well as for the sensitive and personalized attention she offers patients and their families in assisting them with any concerns they have regarding their care.

Diane Kimpel, MS,CNS, APRN

KimpelSpecialty area: Orthopedic Trauma
Education: BSN Capital University, MS Ohio State University
Credentialing: Licensed by the state of Ohio as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with Prescriptive Authority
Role: As the Orthopedic Trauma Clinical Nurse Specialist (with prescriptive authority), Diane provides and integrates care for inpatients and outpatients with a wide variety of orthopedic conditions. Her care ranges from evaluation and work up of patients in the outpatient orthopedic clinic setting to managing hospitalized patients with traumatic orthopedic injuries.  She works closely with the entire orthopedic team to optimize care in an efficient manner. Diane also participates in local and national educational efforts to enhance orthopedic nursing care.

Saranda D. Manning, MS, APRN, ACNP-BC

ManningSpecialty area: Neuro Critical Care/ICU
Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Capital University , Masters of Science in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from Wright State University College of Nursing and Health
Board Certifications: American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) in Acute/Critical Care; Ohio Board of Nursing 
Role: Neuro Critical Care ACNP

Responsibilities:

As a member of the interdisciplinary health care team Saranda’s primary responsibilities include assessing and managing acute/critically ill patients with a variety of diagnoses including but limited to neurology and neurosurgery. Other responsibilities include facilitating the transfer process from the ICU to the general floors and assist in planning and facilitating the discharge process from the general floors to home or to an extended care facility. Her goals include facilitating and improving communication within the team as well as with patients and their family and to enhance patient care while decreasing length of stay, improve patient/family satisfaction and ultimately provide individualized quality care.

As an advanced practice nurse, Saranda has specialty training in advanced critical care and/or acute care. She works independently and interdependently with admitting and consulting physicians, nurses and other health care providers to actively coordinate the complex care of adult/geriatric populations requiring acute care. In collaboration with physicians, she is responsible for follow-up on patient care issues addressed by the multidisciplinary team. Saranda prescribes medications and/or diagnostic tests, performs diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, and treats acute and critical situations as they arise. Her scope of practice includes privileging for the performance of invasive procedures such as central line placement, thoracentesis, arterial line placement, lumbar punctures and endotracheal intubation.

Deborah L. Matosky, MS, APRN, FNP-BC

Matosky HSSpecialty Area: Trauma Program/Emergency General Surgery
Education: Bachelors of Science Nursing-University of Cincinnati, Master of Nursing-Wright State University-Family Nurse Practitioner
Credentialing: Board Certified by American Nurses Credentialing Center-Family Practice, Certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum Trained in Fundamentals of Critical Care Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support
Role: APRN for Trauma Program/Emergency General Surgery

Responsibilities:

Along with her colleagues, Deborah participates actively in the management of Trauma and General Surgery patients who present to our service. She is responsible for primary evaluation, intervention and care-plan development of acutely injured and surgically ill patients. Ongoing care of these patients is accomplished through close collaboration with surgical partners. Integration of medical, surgical and social disciplines enables her to provide comprehensive and appropriate care from admission through discharge. She is able to complement her practice with full prescriptive authority and treatment modalities which promote the health and wellbeing of patients.

In addition to her clinical role, Deborah is actively involved with the promotion of APRN Practice here at Miami Valley and serves as Co-Chairman of the APRN council, a member of the APRN Portal development committee, and the Advanced Practitioner Annual Update Conference planning committee.

Elena Mikalauskas, MS, RN, AOCNS

MilalauskasSpecialty Area:  Oncology
Education:  Wright State University graduate program
Credentialing: Board certified Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist
Role: Clinical Nurse Specialist in Oncology

Responsibilities:

Elena’s responsibilities include consulting for oncology and surgical oncology patients undergoing treatment. She assists with surgical harvest of bone marrow and provides cancer awareness and educational information for internal events and community outreach activities.  Elena organizes and integrates programmatic quality improvement activities for the MVH Commission on Cancer survey.  She is a board member for the West Central Ohio Oncology Nursing Society, American Cancer Society Community Quality of Life Committee and Colorectal Cancer Task Force.  Elena provides oncology related support groups for Miami Valley Hospital.

Adrian J Miller, MS, APRN, CWOCN, CWCN-AP, CNS

MillerSpecialty Area: General surgery and orthopedic surgery     
Education: Wright State University Masters Program Administration and Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
Credentialing:  WOCNCP National Certification, licensure in the State of Ohio, and Credentialed with Premier Health Partners collaboratively under Surgery and Orthopedics Board Certified in Ostomy Management Board Certified in Wound Management,
Foot and Ankle Care, Board Certified in Continence Management 
Role:  WOCN Clinical Nurse Specialist

Responsibilities:

This role provides Adrian the opportunity to prescribe care and medication specific to the populations defined with the WOCN certification. The role may be primary or adjunctive in nature and requires diagnosis and therapeutic interventions with acute, emergent and critical care situations. She collaborates with all medical and surgical teams. Practice settings include inpatient care and outpatient clinic care. Interventions may include counseling, irrigation and bowel stimulation, pouching complex stomas and fistulas, medical and surgical excision wound debridement, local I&D, assisting in special procedures including injections, discharge planning, urodynamic testing, ankle brachial index testing, nail care, callous reduction, and the full spectrum of wound management.

Patricia O’Malley Ph.D., RN, CNS, CCRN

OMalleySpecialty area: Critical Care, Palliative Care and Education/ Research
Education: BSN College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, MS, PhD in nursing, The Ohio State University
Credentialing: Certificate of Authority, State of Ohio & ELNC- End of Life Care; CCRN for 25 years; now CCRN alumnus
Role: Nurse Researcher Center of Nursing Excellence since 2004; Support APRN Palliative Care Program

Responsibilities:

Patricia’s responsibilities include overseeing the nursing research program for Miami Valley Hospital, education of nursing staff in ethics, nursing assessment, mentoring, and role development in nursing. She also mentors graduate students, writes for publications and critical evaluation/reviews for evidence-based practice.

Her other responsibilities include adjunct undergraduate and graduate faculty for Wright State, Indiana University and Urbana. Journal Reviewer for Critical Care Medicine, Heart and Lung, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Western Journal of Nursing Research and Mosby.   Column Editor/Reviewer for the journal Clinical Nurse Specialist. 

Rachel Perretta MS, RN, ACNS-BC

PerrettaSpecialty Area:  Palliative Care
Education: Master of Science in Nursing as an adult health clinical nurse specialist from Wright State University; Bachelor of Nursing from Marquette University
Credentialing: Board Certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and licensed by the state of Ohio
Role: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for Palliative Care Program

Responsibilities:

Rachel is responsible for the ongoing assessment and coordination of interventions for patients who are chronically ill or have life-limiting health conditions while addressing the physical, emotional, and psychosocial needs of these patients and their families.

She provides ongoing health assessments through direct clinical practice and through collaboration with multidisciplinary health care teams. Her scope of practice includes development and implementation of research findings, clinical and professional leadership, and facilitation of innovative practice changes involving direct patient care systems.

Cheryl L. Rawe, MS, RN, CNS-BC

RaweSpecialty Area:  Acute Pain Services
Education: Master’s degree from Wright State University Master’s in Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult Health tract.
Credentialing: Board Certified through the American Nurse Credentialing Center in Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult Health; Certified through the American Nurse Credentialing Center in Pain Management.
Role:  Acute Pain Services CNS

Responsibilities:

As a CNS for acute pain services, Cheryl’s role is to see patients who are referred to their service because of uncontrolled pain. She acts in the role of consultant, follows up on consults until pain issues are stable. She also assists with policy development, policy review, and revision of policies which pertain to pain management. Cheryl assists the bedside nurse and offers feedback as requested. She assists as needed with unit-based pain PI’s, and assists with reviewing complications related to analgesic therapy. Cheryl precepts and mentors undergraduate, graduate and medical students as requested. She leads the Pain Resource Interest Group monthly and coordinates education related to pain with this group as well as the rest of the hospital on request. She teaches epidural class monthly in nursing orientation and collaborates with all other disciplines to promote organizational excellence in the area of pain management.

Joni L Reser, MS, APRN, EMT-P, ACNP-BC

ReserSpecialty Area: Wright State Physicians/MVH Transplant Services
Education: Master’s Degree from Wright State University in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program at Clark State University.
Credentialing: Board certified nationally by the American Nurse Credentialing Center in acute/critical care; licensed by the State of Ohio Board of Nursing, Certificate of Authority, and Drug Enforcement Agency for prescriptive authority
Role: ACNP for Transplant Services

Responsibilities:   

Joni’s responsibility is to integrate day-to-day clinical operations for Transplant recipients and living donor’s within the hospital and clinic settings. The ACNP is the essential link between patients, families, and their medical and surgical teams. Joni’s specialized education and experience allow her to provide intensive care and thorough education to staff, family members, and complex medical and surgical patients with acute and chronic health problems.

ACNPs prescribe medications, perform diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, and treat acute and critical situations that arise. Her scope of practice includes privileging for the performance of invasive procedures such as central line placement, arterial or peripheral line placement, endotracheal intubations, and management of immunosuppressive therapy.

Pamela K. Shadley, MS, APRN, CNRN

ShadleySpecialty Area:  Neurosurgery
Education: Master’s degree from Wright State University Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Credentialing: Clinical Nurse Specialist; licensed by the state of Ohio.
Role: Clinical Nurse Specialist for Neurosurgery

Responsibilities:

Pam’s responsibilities include the ongoing assessment and coordination of interventions for the Neurosurgical patients, including trauma, spine surgery, tumors, shunts and many other diagnoses. I incorporate the physical, emotional and psychosocial needs of these patients and or families to enhance the best outcomes. I implement care based on clinical practice guidelines.

Pam provides a continuum of care through direct clinical practice and collaboration with multidisciplinary health care teams from admission through discharge. She advocates for the patients and their families through close communication and collaboration.

Andie Slivinski, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CEN

SlivinskiSpecialty Area:  Emergency Medicine
Education:  Masters degree from Wright State University as Adult health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certificate in nursing education
Credentialing:  Board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult health Clinical Nurse Specialist and licensed by the state of Ohio
Role:  Clinical Nurse Specialists for the Emergency Departments

Responsibilities:

As the clinical nurse specialists for the emergency departments, Andie coordinates quality and performance improvement activities through analyzing and incorporating current evidence-based practice into bedside care and workflows within the EDs.  She collaborates with nursing and physician partners to improve workflows, nursing care, overall turnaround times, and patient and staff satisfaction.  She assists in direct patient care based on consult, volume, and acuity needs.

Carole A. Smith, CNS, BC, CCRN

SmithSpecialty Area: Perioperative Pain Management
Education: Diploma in Nursing, Community Hospital School of Nursing, Springfield, Ohio; BSN, Capital University, MS, Adult Health and Illness; Wright State University CONH
Certification: CNS, Adult Health; certified by the ANCC, CCRN, Adult; certified by AACN
Role: Perioperative Pain Management

Responsibilities:

As the Perioperative Pain Management CNS, Carole is a member of the Pain Service at MVH. This role entails assessing, treating, and evaluating pain in patients expecting to undergo surgery at MVH. Heavy focus is on pre-emptive (pre-surgical) and intraoperative treatments aimed at reducing the risk of chronic pain development. Patients are monitored post-operatively whenever necessary. Specific populations of focus include: hip fractures, pelvic fractures, bariatric surgeries, anterior spine fusions, and elective orthopedic surgeries. Pain data collection is completed to facilitate ongoing disease certification in the Prevention of Chronic Intractable Pain. Education is provided on an ongoing basis to nursing and physician personnel to improve knowledge and encourage evidence based practice. Involvement in research is ongoing to facilitate development of ordersets and protocols used to guide the care of patients at risk for chronic pain development.

Kim Temple, MS, APRN, CCNS-BC

TempleSpecialty Area: Pain Services
Education: Master of Science, Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist Concentration from Wright State University College of Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Indiana Wesleyan University, Associate of Science in Nursing, Kettering College of Medical Arts               
Credentialing: National certification as an Adult Acute/Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses; Licensed by the State of Ohio Board of Nursing as an Advanced Practice Nurse with Certificate of Authority as Clinical Nurse Specialist with Prescriptive Authority; Board certified in Pain Management by the American Society of Pain Management Nursing
Role: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for Pain Services

Responsibilities:

Kim collaborates with Dr. Townsend Smith, Miami Valley Hospital’s board certified pain management specialist, to provide consultative services to patients, physicians and nursing staff aimed at improving both acute and chronic pain in the hospitalized patient.

She assists anesthesiologists in management of epidural catheters, fascia iliaca compartment blocks, as well as other types of blocks to improve post operative pain control in surgical patients.

Lisa Trefz, MSN, RNC, IBCLC

TrefzSpecialty Area: Perinatal Services
Education: Masters Degree from the University of Cincinnati as a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
Credentialing: National Certification Corporation (NCC) - Inpatient OB, International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) - Certified Lactation Consultant
Role: Provide education and counseling for selected low risk/at risk inpatients and outpatients, Lactation Consultant for childbearing mothers and mentors nursing personnel at all levels of clinical practice. Coordinates Performance Improvement activities in Maternity to include identification of patient care issues and care outcomes.

Responsibilities: Maintains Perinatal Departments manual for MVH & MVHS. Perinatal Outreach liaison for 17 counties in Region II. Communicates on a daily basis to care providers who transport high risk patients to MVH from Level I & level II facilities. Attends regional M&M committee meetings and serves as a resource to those care providers on an on-going basis. Nursing Administrator of the infant security system at MVH & MVHS. Serves as an educator for staff and nursing students.

Kara Warren, MS, APRN, ACNP-BC

WarrenSpecialty area: Neuro Critical Care/ICU
Education: Master’s degree from Wright State University in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program
Credentialing: Board certified nationally by the American Nurse Credentialing Center in acute/critical care; licensed by the state of Ohio
Role: The ACNP of the Neuro Critical Care Service

Responsibilities:

Kara’s responsibility is to integrate day-to-day clinical operations. The ACNP is the essential link between patients, families and their medical and surgical teams. Kara’s specialized education and experience allow her to provide intensive care to complex medical and surgical patients with acute and chronic health problems.

ACNPs prescribe medications, perform diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, and treat acute and critical situations that arise. Her scope of practice includes privileging for the performance of invasive procedures such as central line placement, thoracentesis, arterial line placement, lumbar punctures and endotracheal intubation.

Deborah Wise, MS, APRN, AOCNS

WiseSpecialty Area:  Blood and Marrow Transplant
Education:  Wright State University Graduate Program
Credentialing:  Certification from the Oncology Nursing Society as Advanced Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist; licensed by the State of Ohio to prescribe medication; member of West Central Ohio Oncology Nursing Society and Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses.
Role:  Function as Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) patient clinical coordinator. 

Responsibilities:

Deborah receives all patient referrals for BMT and provides initial transplant education/consultation.  She develops and coordinates BMT patient treatment plan/schedule in collaboration with BMT Medical Director. She assists the BMT Medical Director with surgical bone marrow harvest and coordinates National Marrow Donor Program patient activities at MVH. 

Lori Wulf, MS, RN, CCRN, ACNS-BC

WulfSpecialty Area:  Pulmonary
Education: Master of Science in Nursing, Adult Health-Clinical Nurse Specialist, Ball State University
Credentialing: American Nurses Credentialing Center, Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Role: Pulmonary Clinical Nurse Specialist, COPD Certification Program Manager

Responsibilities:

Lori’s responsibilities include the ongoing assessment and coordination of interventions for the chronically ill or patients with life-limiting health conditions by addressing the physical, emotional and psychosocial needs of these patients and or families.

CNS’s provide ongoing health assessments through direct clinical practice, collaboration with multidisciplinary healthcare teams. The CNS scope of practice also includes research, both development and implementation of research findings, along with clinical and professional leadership responsibilities facilitating innovation and change practice involving direct patient care systems.


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