Bringing joy, quality of life and improved function is my core focus.
Lori Ann McKenna, MSN, APRN, CPNP



I’m an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) specializing in pain management and pediatric palliative care. Should your child need this type of care, a palliative care referral can be initiated by any care team member — parent, nurse, child life specialist, provider or therapist.

Caring for children with life-threatening conditions has been a passion of mine since my youth. I incorporate mind, body and spirit into the care I provide to my patients and their families. Bringing joy, quality of life and improved function is my core focus.

I am honored to have been nominated for a Carol McKenzie Award for Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing (2015) and a University of Cincinnati TORCH Award for Excellence in Nursing (2021).

When I’m not working, I like to run, hike and travel. I also enjoy volunteering with Make-A-Wish and my kids’ sports and school activities.

BSN: Bowling Green State University in consortium with The Medical College of Ohio, OH, 1993.

MSN: University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, OH, 2003.

Certification:  Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (by PNCB), 2003; Certified Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (by PNCB), 2007; Certified Pain Management Nurse (by ANCC), 2007; Pediatric Advanced Life Support, 1996; Certificate of Authority from Ohio Board of Nursing, 2003.


Optimizing pediatric pain management

Services and Specialties

Palliative Care, Anesthesia


Nursing assessment of pediatric pain in verbal and nonverbal children

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