Pamela Bolton, Chair

AACN Certification Corporation Board
July 2012 - June 2013


Pamela Bolton, RN, MS, ACNPC, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN, serves a one-year term as chair on the AACN Certification Corporation board of directors from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. She completed a one-year term as chair-elect on June 30, 2012, and served as a director on the board from July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2011.

Bolton is a critical care nurse practitioner/clinical specialist at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, with primary responsibility for the management of acutely and chronically ill patients in the ICU. She serves on many of the hospital’s committees, including the Critical Care Committee since 2006.

Prior to her work at Good Samaritan, she was an acute care nurse practitioner with Comprehensive Cardiology Consultants, Inc., Cincinnati, from 2004 to 2006 and held clinical nurse specialist, staff nurse and faculty positions between 1986 and 2004 with numerous Ohio hospitals and universities as well as the University of Maryland Medical Systems, Baltimore and Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

Among her many affiliations, Bolton belongs to the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses, American Nurses Association, Ohio Nurses Association, American College of Nurse Practitioners, Emergency Nurses Association and Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). Local memberships include the Jackson-Clark Society and her local SCCM chapter.

In addition to her continuing service on the AACN Certification Corporation board, Bolton was a member of AACN’s Awards & Scholarships Review Panel in 2005-2006, the Board Advisory Team in 2003-2004 and the Advanced Practice Advisory Committee from 2002 to 2004.

She is currently a member of AACN’s Greater Cincinnati Chapter, including terms as nominations chair, research chair, treasurer, president-elect and president. She has served as chair of the chapter’s Scholarship Committee since 2007, and chapter advisor for Region 9 (Indiana/Ohio) since 2006.

An editorial board member of AACN Advanced Critical Care and a prolific presenter whose topics include meaningful recognition, strategic planning and clinical issues, Bolton received 1997 and 1998 research awards from Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. She also earned the Ohio Nurse Executives’ education and The Ohio State University’s “Excellence in Patient Education” awards in 1997.

In 1985, Bolton earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Health, where she received Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification in 2004. In 1992, she earned a Master of Science in nursing (trauma/critical care) from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore.


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