Category: Members

May 1st, 2017 by Northeast Ohio Nurse Practitioners

Congratulations to 2017 Nurse Practitioner of the Year Laura Bobrowski, shown with NEONP Secretary Christine Suchan, left, and President Anita Groeschke, right.  Laura received her award during the Annual NP Conference held in Cleveland, Ohio on April 28th.

This year, the Northeast Ohio Nurse Practitioners (NEONP) is pleased to present the Annual Nurse Practitioner of the Year award to an NP who we feel embodies the spirit of true and selfless patient care.

Laura started on her path to becoming a Nurse Practitioner at Huron Road Hospital School of Nursing.  She earned her BSN at Ursuline College, her MSN and CNS at Akron University, and received a post Master’s Certificate as an Adult NP from Ursuline College.  As she was doing this, she volunteered at Faith Wellness and Pregnancy Center as well as donating her time to several other inner city health promotion events.  She continues to volunteer her time as an NP to the undeserved population  She has also served in several international health care experiences in such places as Ethiopia, South Africa, Mozambique and, most recently, in Guatemala.

She is employed as a Hospice NP and is actively working on a certificate in Spiritual Ministry so that she may work in the Women’s Ministry of her church.

She has participated in research to better nursing efficacy and improve patient care experiences at Case Western and Metrohealth Medical Center.  Laura gives back to the nursing community by guest lecturing at several educational institutions, as well as mentoring NPs and medical students.Northeast Ohio Nurse Practitioners

She has dedicated her nursing career to rehabilitating people back to their full potentials, and plans to focus on developing her counseling abilities to better serve people in all their needs.

Please join us in celebrating NEONP’s Nurse Practitioner of the Year. We are very proud to honor Laura Bobrowski for her services and dedication as a nurse practitioner.

Well done and congratulations again, Laura!

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May 17th, 2016 by Northeast Ohio Nurse Practitioners

The 2016 Annual Nurse Practitioners Conference hosted by the Northeast Ohio Nurse Practitioners (NEONP) yielded several highlights, including a record-setting number of attendees and exhibitors this year.

One highlight in particular represented what NPs can accomplish to promote compassion, education, and improved care to those who need it most: The awarding of the “Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award” this year went to NEONP’s Teresa Lagerlof, MSN, CNP, DNP.

Dr. Lagerlof serves as NEONP’s legislative and OAAPN/AANP representative, volunteering many miles and hours to further the role of NPs in Columbus, Ohio and elsewhere. Receiving the honor is rich with meaning for her.

“Receiving the 2016 Nurse Practitioner of the Year means much to me because of what it represents. It legitimizes what I so seriously work for and believe in.  Because of my indigent heart-failure patients’ struggles — and the legislative changes that are still needed — for this award I want to thank NEONP.  Together as Nurse Practitioners and Researchers, we’ll achieve our legislation.  Health care is becoming a sentinel event — where yet hidden populations need our help.

“NEONP is dear to me. We work together. Our forte is welcoming new grads as they navigate the road to expertize. And so now, more than any other time in history, outdated practice restrictions in Ohio need to be eliminated so that we can mentor our own.

“I was very surprised to receive this award. Someone had to nudge me at the conference, ‘Hey, they just called your name, get up there!’

“I would like to credit Greg Graham, my post-graduate statistics professor, with helping me the most. He helped me discover that statistics can be fun.”

What’s next?

“After publishing my dissertation, I’d like to apply for the Evidence for Action federal grant Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health, involve a nonprofit and get some friends to help.

“Thank you for sharing my dream,” she added.

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Joining Nurse Practitioner of the Year Teresa Lagerlof (front row far right) to help celebrate her honor are, from left, NEONP’s Anita Groeschke and Christine Williams; and, back row from left, Laura Bobrowski, Chris Armstrong, Betty Petitt, Dolores Nelson (who as NEONP President presented the award) and Christine Suchan. Not pictured because she volunteered to take the photo is Gail Beriswill. (Thank you, Gail!)  Dr. Lagerlof received her award at the Annual Nurse Practitioners Conference presented by NEONP at the Hilton Garden Inn, Cleveland/Twinsburg, Ohio, April 29, 2016 before a record crowd.

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June 16th, 2015 by Northeast Ohio Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioner and NEONP leader Lucy Thomas has earned national recognition from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).  Congratulations Lucy, your award is well-deserved!

Congratulations to Nurse Practitioner Lucy Thomas, a long-time member and leader of the Northeast Ohio Nurse Practitioners.

Congratulations to Nurse Practitioner Lucy Thomas, a long-time member and leader of the Northeast Ohio Nurse Practitioners.

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