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    Nursing Dean is Elected President of Ohio Board of Nursing

    November 21, 2016

    Dr. Patricia A. Sharpnack, dean and Strawbridge professor of Ursuline's Breen School of Nursing, has been elected president of the Ohio Board of Nursing. She was nominated and elected by her board colleagues in mid-November.

    “It is an honor to be chosen by my peers to lead this important oversight body,” Dr. Sharpnack said. “I am committed to the effective regulation of nursing education and practice to protect the public. It is a privilege to work with my esteemed colleagues and staff of the Ohio Board of Nursing.”

    Dr. Sharpnack was appointed to the Ohio Board of Nursing in 2014. The mission of this body is "to actively safeguard the health of the public through the effective regulation of nursing care." Further information is available at

    Said Dr. Laura Goliat, Ursuline’s associate dean of undergraduate nursing, "This is a huge accomplishment and strong acknowledgement of Dr. Sharpnack's contributions to the Ohio Board of Nursing and nursing practice in the state of Ohio. We are very proud of the dean for the amazing job she has done on the board thus far and will do now as president of the board in representing patients and nurses (in practice and education) statewide."

    Dr. Sharpnack teaches leadership, policy and education courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs at Ursuline. She has been a chief nursing officer and administrator at major hospitals in the Cleveland area and has completed many professional presentations related to her research in nursing education, the use of standardized patients and simulation in the development of quality and safety competencies, active learning strategies, concept-based teaching, academic-practice partnerships and closing the education - practice gap.

    She has also extensively worked and researched holistic care in the Amish community. She received the Midwest Nursing Research Society Advancement of the Science in Nursing Educator of the year award, The Northeast Ohio Nursing Initiatives Legacy Award in 2015 and was inducted as a Fellow in the National League for Nursing Academy of Nurse Educators.

    Dr. Sharpnack earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Ursuline College, master of science in nursing degree from the University of Akron and her doctor of nursing practice degree from Case Western Reserve University.