Graham receives American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Award

Columbus, OH (December 3, 2012) – Margaret Graham, PhD, RN, FNP, PNP, associate dean for advanced practice and community partnerships and associate professor at The Ohio State University has received the 2013 American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Ohio State Award for Excellence.


Graham is active at the state level in moving legislation and policies forward that will allow advanced practice nurses (APN) to providethe citizens of Ohio greater access to care. Her interests include health policy issues related to APNs, improving health promotion and disease prevention and in providing greater access to graduate education through online delivery methods.

An expert nurse practitioner, Graham has educated students on nursing and health policy for more than 30 years. She teaches at the graduate level and practices one day a week with Ohio State Department of Family Medicine. She is certified as both a family and pediatric nurse practitioner.

This annual honor recognizes outstanding achievements by NPs and NP advocates. The NP State Award for Excellence is given annually to an NP in each state who has demonstrated excellence in NP clinical practice. The Advocate State Award for Excellence is given annually to an individual in each state who has made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and acceptance of NPs. Examples of past recipients have been physicians, legislators, educators, etc. NPs are also eligible for the advocate award for non-clinical practice initiatives related to leadership, precepting, policy, politics, research, education, or community affairs. The awards are presented throughout the year in each state, and winners are recognized during the AANP National Conference.