Christina M. Colvin, MSN, RN, AOCNS, is a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute, working within the adult hematology and bone marrow transplant units as well as the Ambulatory Cancer Center. Colvin specializes in oncology, maintaining advanced oncology certification as a clinical nurse specialist (AOCNS) through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. As a member of the Office of Nursing Education and Professional Practice Development, Colvin works to develop and coordinate education, safety and support initiatives for patients, their families, and healthcare providers.
Colvin began her nursing career in 2000, as a bedside nurse at Cleveland Clinic main campus’ adult inpatient hematology/oncology unit. In 2004, she accepted a position as a clinical instructor for the adult hematology/oncology, palliative medicine and bone marrow transplant units, assisting in patient care coordination and nursing orientation. She obtained her AOCNS in 2008, serving as a CNS intern for three years prior. Since receiving her certification, Colvin has expanded her clinical focus to include ambulatory chemotherapy infusion and inpatient adult leukemia and hematopoietic stem cell transplant. Her professional interests include exploration of the relationship between nurses’ knowledge and comfort in providing end-of-life care, a topic she has presented on nationally, oncology nurse occupational exposure to hazardous drugs, and more. Colvin is also an End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), chemotherapy and biotherapy trainer.
- M.S.N., College of Nursing, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 2008
- B.S.N., The Breen School of Nursing, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, Ohio, 2000
- Advanced Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS), Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation
- Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN), Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation
- Trainer, End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)
- Trainer, Chemotherapy and Biotherapy
With a leadership approach that focuses on collaboration, Colvin’s priorities are centered on education, safety and support for all involved in patient care, including the patient and their family. Colvin’s primary professional goal is to achieve the highest quality care and practice throughout the disease trajectory and across practice settings. She serves as a member or co-chair for various nursing and multi-disciplinary committees throughout the health system.
Colvin is a clinical nurse specialist in adult hematology and bone marrow transplant and ambulatory cancer care, specializing in oncology.
Colvin’s career history includes service as a clinical instructor for Cleveland Clinic’s adult hematology/oncology, palliative medicine and bone marrow transplant units. A role centered on education and training for staff members within these units, Colvin assisted in the coordination of care and administration of chemotherapy, while also designing, implementing and providing oversight of all nursing orientation efforts. In her current role, Colvin actively mentors her nursing colleagues on evidence-based clinical processes and teaches various educational programs for licensed and unlicensed personnel.
Research, Publications & Presentations
Colvin’s professional research interests include the evaluation of national safe practice recommendations, oncology nurse occupational exposure to hazardous drugs, and the exploration of the relationship between nurses’ knowledge and comfort in providing end-of-life care, a topic in which she presented on nationally at the Oncology Nursing Society’s Annual Congress in 2006.
View a selection of her work.
DiGiorgio, M, Fatica, C, Oden, M, Bolwell, B, Sekeres, M, Kalaycio, M, Akins, P, Shane, C, Bako, J, Gordon, S, & Fraser, T. Development of a Modified Surveillance Definition of Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections for a Hematologic Malignancies Population. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 2012; Vol. 33, No. 9, pp. 865-868
“End of Life Care in the ICU: Communication and Ethics” at Lake Erie Chapter AACCN; Cleveland, Ohio; 2013.
“Communicating Care: courtesy, awareness, respect, empathy” at the Patient Experience: Empathy and Innovation Summit, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; 2013. [poster presentation]
“End of Life Toolkit for Patients/Families and Nursing Staff” at the Oncology Nursing Society 38th Annual Congress; Washington, DC; 2013. [poster presentation]
"Nursing Care at the End of Life" at Dimensions in Cardiac Care, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; 2012.
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