MSN, RN CPNP-PC, CNLCP
Marsha Blount is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 35 years of experience in nursing care of children who are technology dependent. She began her nursing career in Texas working in the Pediatric ICU and fell in love with children with acute and chronic pulmonary disease. Throughout her career she has remained steadfast in providing quality care to children with chronic lung disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy and many rare and unusual lung diseases. For the past 18 years she has worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (#3 in Nation 10 yrs. in a row!!) in the Transitional Care center where she manages and treats children who are tracheostomy tube and ventilator dependent with complex medical needs. In addition to this, she owns her own business (MB Consulting, LLC) and serves as a Nurse Expert Witness in a variety of pediatric legal cases with a niche in catastrophic trach/vent cases. She just completed her education as a Certified Nurse Life Care Planner through FIG and hopes to create the best life care plans for children with catastrophic injuries.
Marsha received her BSN in 1985 from the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio Texas, MSN in 1991 from the University of Texas and her Post Masters Nurse Practitioner certification in 2005 from the University of Cincinnati. She was also certified in 1999 as a Legal Nurse Consultant.
She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative (GTC), American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) as well as the West Virginia/Upper Ohio Valley Chapter of AALNC and the American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners (AANLCP).
She has been involved in numerous research and quality improvement projects surrounding care of children with tracheostomy tubes as well as published and presented work on the subject. Her most recent publication: Using QI Methodology to Standardize Education for Families Considering Tracheostomy Placement and Permanent Mechanical Ventilation was published in 2017 and her most recent poster presentation: Chronic Ventilator Wean Protocol: A standardized approach to patient liberation from the ventilator in 2020.
Marsha is married with 2 adult sons and a German shepherd named Hans. In her free time she likes to travel, walk with her dog and shop!
Marsha is excited to be here and would like to thank you for allowing her to share her knowledge and expertise on children with technology dependence.