A nurse from Ball Ground is an officer of a statewide association of nurses, the United Advanced Practice Nurses of Georgia announced.

The UAPRN of Georgia’s new 2022 officers are:

♦ President: Ashley Blackmon, Atlanta

♦ Vice President: Mark Reinhardt, Valdosta

♦ Assistant Vice President: Shade’ Reid, Atlanta

♦ Secretary: Lisa Ousley, Ball Ground

♦ Treasurer: Imelda Reyes Atlanta

♦ Director at Large: Breanna Brown, Atlanta

♦ Director of Outreach: Amy Malcom, Athens

Outgoing President Michelle Nelson will move to the organization’s Advisory Board to maintain the institutional knowledge and assist the new officers, as needed.

“Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, also known as Nurse Practitioners, are healthcare professionals who have earned masters or doctorate degrees, and who practice as certified registered nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and certified nurse-midwives,” Blackmon said in a statement. “The COVID pandemic has shined a light on the work we do and the value we bring to our patients, hospitals, clinics, private practice and other healthcare organizations. I am grateful to Dr. Michelle Nelson for her leadership of the organization and her hard work to ensure UAPRN of Georgia continued to provide support, education and collaboration opportunities for members during these extremely challenging times.”

UAPRN Lisa Ousley

Lisa Ousley

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