Barbara J. Ochester, R.N., M.S.N.

ACNA Director

Most recently, Barbara has pursued her passion for pristine and compassionate patient care. As her interest in medicinal cannabis has grown, she has become an avid student of research and data that supports the use of cannabis for patients with a great numbers of conditions and diagnoses. Barbara's journey led her to become a Director on the Board of the American Cannabis Nurses Association and to be active with the group in educating and helping clinicians and patients understand the benefits of the addition of cannabis to their regime. Of utmost importance is the glaring issue of opioids, their abuse and the devastating results of overuse.

Currently Barbara is pursuing her Doctorate in Health Administration ad Leadership with a focus on cannabis research and the dispensary experience. Education remains a top priority, teaching medical professionals, patients and caregivers what is available, what works, how to access, and how to use cannabis and cannabinoid products.

Barbara joined Universal Hospital Services (UHS) in early 2010 as a Clinical Solutions Specialist working in the Northeast Division. During her tenure in the division Barbara worked to build relationships with UHS customers and provide them with excellent customer service, clinical knowledge and expertise. Barbara enjoyed success in the territory and received the Eagle Award in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Barbara left UHS after spending several years in the position of Regional Clinical Care Manager. In this role, Barbara has worked to build a team of clinical experts, with a focus on talent, integrity and dedication. The team provided UHS customers and their patients with solutions that provide the best opportunity for optimum health. The team is guided by ethical practice operating with a “Servant’s” Heart. She built a strong group of professionals who treat their customers with respect and share solutions that help them do the best for their patients. “Because I Said I Would” is the principal we have adopted with our customers and we have become the Trusted Advisors as we work closely with them.

Prior to coming to UHS, Barbara spent six years as an associate professor of nursing focusing on community and medical/surgical nursing.

Barbara also spent twelve years at Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) where she worked as both the Occupational Health Nurse caring for the GSK employees, and as the Vaccine Nurse Educator. Barbara managed the Vaccine Information Program speaking nationally on immunology and GSK vaccine products.

Barbara attended Cornell University for her undergraduate work and received her Bachelors and Masters from LaSalle University in Philadelphia. She has additional certificate/board training in Occupational Health and Wound Care. She resides in Philadelphia with her husband and family.

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