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Elizabeth L. Sharpe


Associate Professor Clinical Nursing

The Ohio State University

Elizabeth Li Sharpe is an Associate Professor Clinical Nursing and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track Director at The Ohio State University. She has been named as a Distinguished Practitioner Fellow by the National Academies of Practice and a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Dr. Sharpe is a respected expert in neonatal/pediatric vascular access, designing and conducting the largest survey of Neonatal Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC) in Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the United States. Her work exploring the diversity of practices influenced the National Association of Neonatal Nurses PICC Guideline for Practice, of which she is a co-author. This is the only resource on PICCs in infants and is used as a reference for policy and standards impacting nursing and interprofessional practices nationally and worldwide. She serves on the Infusion Nurses Society Standards of Practice Committee composed of international experts to guide protocol development for implementing best practices in vascular access and infusion therapy around the world. She is a pioneer for minimally invasive strategies in vascular access, and has published extensively in neonatal care, vascular access and harm prevention. On the Board of Directors of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, she coalesced research and evidence-based practice initiatives. She is a globally consulted nurse leader and educator, and was named the First Dr. Janet Pettit Scholar by the Association for Vascular Access.

Dr. Sharpe completed her BSN at Florida Atlantic University, her MSN at Vanderbilt University and her DNP at Northeastern University.

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