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Sandra L. Siedlecki

PhD, RN, CNS

Senior Nurse Scientist,
Office of Research and Innovation,
Cleveland Clinic Health System

Executive Summary

Sandra L. Siedlecki, PhD, RN, CNS, is a senior nurse scientist with the Cleveland Clinic Nursing Office of Research and Innovation. Dr. Siedlecki is actively involved in a program of research for chronic non-malignant pain syndrome patients, as well as research on the effects of complementary therapies on health outcomes. In addition, she has an ongoing interest in chronicity and its impact on patients and their caregivers. With more than two decades of didactic and clinical nursing teaching experience, Dr. Siedlecki has instructed and educated students at five colleges, universities and schools of nursing. Presently, she is an adjunct assistant professor at both Case Western Reserve University and the University of Akron.

Her extensive clinical background encompasses critical care and emergency nursing, and her tenured career spans healthcare organizations such as Santa Rosa Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, Ohio State University Hospital, Parma Community General Hospital in Parma, Ohio, and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Siedlecki joined Cleveland Clinic in 2005. She is a member of numerous industry associations and professional organizations, is well-published and has presented locally and nationally on issues related to research, research utilization, pain, pain management, and the use of complementary therapies.

Education

  • Certificate in Higher Education, Laureate International University, Baltimore, Maryland, 2013
  • PhD in Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 2005
  • MSN, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, 1992
  • BSN, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, 1987 (magna cum laude)
  • Diploma, Fairview General Hospital School of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio, 1970

Leadership

As a senior nurse scientist, Dr. Siedlecki believes evidence-based practice is built upon a foundation of knowledge and it is the responsibility of every nurse to assist in maintaining and building this body of knowledge. A true leader in nursing research, she follows the philosophy that nurses, as a profession, should conduct high-quality, well-designed research studies and effectively disseminate the knowledge and findings of their work both within the nursing profession as well as the greater healthcare community.

Clinical Practice

Dr. Siedlecki’s clinical experience lies within the areas of pain management, orthopedic surgery, cardiac step-down, intensive care and emergency department nursing.

Teaching

For many years, Dr. Siedlecki has been heavily involved in higher education – from teaching to board and committee member positions. She has served on Ursuline College’s Institutional Review Board and nursing doctorate and bachelor’s degree planning committees. She has also participated on various committees for University of Akron’s College of Nursing. With experience as an adjunct assistant professor, assistant professor, online contributing faculty, and instructor, Dr. Siedlecki has taught at the following institutions:

  • Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio
  • University of Akron College of Nursing, Akron, Ohio
  • Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Ursuline College, Breen School of Nursing, Pepper Pike, Ohio
  • MetroHealth Medical Center School of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio

Research, Publications & Presentations

Throughout her career, Dr. Siedlecki has conducted extensive research, is widely published, having written books, book chapters, clinical journal articles, abstracts and more, and has given numerous presentations across the country. She has served as an editorial reviewer for several industry books and book chapters, and more than 15 publications. She also reviews abstracts and research grants for organizations such as the Midwest Nursing Research Society. Additionally, she consults on research design and analysis as well as nursing curriculum.

View a selection of her work.

2013»

Research

2013. Principal Investigator. Exploring how bedside nurses care for patients with chronic pain: A grounded theory study. [manuscript published 2013]

2013. Principal Investigator. Exploring the use of over-the-counter medications, complementary healthcare products (herbals, minerals, vitamins, and nutritional supplements), and mond/body/energy therapies by women with breast cancer. [survey design]

2013. Principal Investigator. State of the Science on Satisfaction with Emergency Department Care. [systematic mapping study]

2013. Principal Investigator. The use of music for symptom management by women with breast cancer. [systematic mapping study]

2013. Co-investigator. Exploring the use and perceived effectiveness of over-the-counter medications for management of bone pain in women with breast cancer who have received Neulastin®. [survey design]

2013. Co-investigator. Understanding patient expectations and the relationship between expectations and satisfaction with care in an Emergency Department. [descriptive correlation]

2013. Co-investigator. Exploring perceived interpersonal and professional practice changes as an unintended consequence of a structured rounding program. [qualitative]

2013. Co-investigator. Development and psychometric examination of a scale to assess nurses management and leadership confidence. [instrument development study]

2013. Co-investigator. The New CNS: From expert to novice and back again. [phenomenological study]

2013. Co-investigator Child visitation in adult CV intensive care unit. [qualitative]

2009-2013. Co-investigator. Examining the Impact of Multimodal Pain Management in a sample of Patients Undergoing Elective Cosmetic Breast Augmentation.

Publications

Siedlecki, S. L. Comparative research design: A guide for the Clinical Nurse Specialist. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice. 2013; 27(2), 63-66.

Siedlecki, S. L., Modic, M. B., Bernhofer, E., Sorrell, J. I., Strumble, P., Kato, I. Exploring how bedside nurses care for patients with chronic pain: A grounded theory study. Journal of Pain Management Nursing. 2013.

Lahl, M., Modic, MB., & Siedlecki, S. L. Perceived knowledge and self-confidence of pediatric nurses as patient educators. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal of Advanced Nursing Practice. 2013; 4, 188-193.

Siedlecki, S.L. Factors that impact perceptions of health in people with HF: Implications for practice. Heart & Lung. 2013; 42, 298.

Modic, M. B., Vanderbilt, A., Siedlecki, S. L., Sauvey, R., Kaser, N., & Yager, C. Diabetes management unawareness: What do bedside nurses know? [in press, Medical-Surgical Nursing Journal]

Presentations

"Quality decisions require quality data" at the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ): 38th Annual Educational Conference; Louisville, Kentucky; October 7, 2013.

"Hand hygiene research: Shedding new light on an old subject" at the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ): 38th Annual Educational Conference; Louisville, Kentucky; October 7, 2013.

"Sampling in research: Preventing bias and errors" at the 9th Annual Cleveland Clinic Nursing Research Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; May 5-6, 2013.

"Collaboration: Nurse Physician Relationships" at the Fourth Annual Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience and Empathy Summit; Cleveland, Ohio; May 19-21, 2013.

“Sampling in research: Preventing bias and errors” at the 9th Annual Cleveland Clinic Nursing Research Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; May 5-6, 2013.

"Research ethics: What to do with the results" at the 9th Annual Cleveland Clinic Nursing Research Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; May 5-6, 2013.

2012»

Research

2012. Co-investigator. Impact of structured follow-up on 30-day readmission rates.

2012. Principal Investigator. Exploring the impact of “Blogs” on use of over-the-counter medications for management of nausea and fatigue in women with breast cancer.

2012. Principal Investigator. Using blogs to explore perceptions of caregivers of patients with Altheimers Disease.

2012. Principal Investigator. The impact and long-term consequences of “wittnessing” disrespectful or abuse behaviors in a healthcare setting.

2008-2012. Principal Investigator. Examination of self-rated health in a heart failure population.

Publications

Siedlecki, S. L. & Hixson, E. Development and psychometric exploration of the Professional Practice Environment Assessment Scale. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 2012; 43(4), 421-425.

Presentations

"Relationships do matter: Understanding how nurse-physician relationships can impact patient care outcomes" at the 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research; Washington D.C.; September 13-15, 2012.

"Assessing the Professional Practice Environment: Development of a tool for monitoring the organizational environment" at the MNRS 36th Annual Research Conference; Dearborn, Michigan; April 12-15, 2012.

“Understanding how to read the ‘Findings’ section of a research report” at the Cleveland Clinic Fall Research Workshop; Cleveland, Ohio; October 22, 2012.

“Without ownership, there will be no CARE” at the 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research; Washington D.C.; September 13-15, 2012. [poster presentation]

“Impact of an Education Program to Prepare Clinical Nurse Educators” at the Midwest Nursing Research Society 36th Annual Research Conference; Dearborn, Michigan; April 12-15, 2012. [poster presentation]

“Childhood Obesity: Strategy for Participatory Intervention” at the Midwest Nursing research Society 36th Annual Research Conference; Dearborn, Michigan April 12-15, 2012. [poster presentation]

"Shedding light on what you read: Understanding statistics" at the 8th Annual Cleveland Clinic Nursing Research Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; May 7-8, 2012.

"An introduction into Qualitative Research Methods" at the Lerner Medical College, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; December 14, 2012.

"How to identify a research problem" and "Sometimes the answer can be found in the literature" at the Fairview Hospital (MRB Room); Cleveland, Ohio; December 11, 2012.

"How to identify a research problem", "If not you then who", and "Sometimes the answer can be found in the literature" at the Lakewood Hospital (Wasmer Auditorium); Lakewood, Ohio; December 6, 2012.

"If not you, then who? The role of the bedside nurse in both using and generating knowledge" at the Marymount Hospital Research Workshop; Cleveland, Ohio; October 25, 2012.

"How to identify a nursing research problem" at the Marymount Hospital Research Workshop; Cleveland, Ohio; October 25, 2012.

"Translating the evidence" at the Marymount Hospital Research Workshop; Cleveland, Ohio; October 25, 2012.

"How to develop a research proposal from scratch" at the Cleveland Clinic Fall Research Workshop; Cleveland, Ohio; October 22, 2012.

"Understanding how to read the “Findings” section of a research report" at the Cleveland Clinic Fall Research Workshop; Cleveland, Ohio; October 22, 2012.

"Shedding light on what you read: Understanding statistics" at the Cleveland Clinic’s 8th Annual Nursing Research Conference, Corporate College a Division of Cuyahoga County Community College; Cleveland, Ohio; May 7-8, 2012.

"Ownership: The most important decision we make" at the Orthopedic Nursing Pain Management Group. Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; March 2012.

2011»

Research

2011. Co-investigator. Comparison of sensor improved technology and observational methods for monitoring hand hygiene in a hemodialysis unit.

2011. Principal Investigator. Examining the meaning of “respect” as described by nurses and physicians: A qualitative analysis.

2011. Co-investigator. Observational study of hand hygiene practices in a PACU: Comparison between compliance rate and World Health Organization (WHO) hand hygiene knowledge test scores.

2009-2011. Co-investigator. Impact of Best Practice Guidelines on Patient Outcomes: Continuous Insulin Infusion for Management of DKA & HHS.

2009-2011. Co-investigator. Survey of Nurses Knowledge of Inpatient Management Strategies for Patients with Diabetes.

2008-2011. Co-investigator. Examining the importance of hip-waist circumference in a heart failure population. Funding: Internal, Nursing Research & Innovation, Cleveland Clinic. Grant funded by the Heart Failure Nurses Association.

2007-2011. Principal Investigator. Variations in nurses and physicians perceptions of the professional practice environment.

Publications

Research Journal Articles

Modic, M. B., Kozak, A., Siedlecki, S. L., Nowak, D., Parella, D., Morris, M. P., Braun, L., Schwam, S., & Bibiob, S. Do we know what our patients with diabetes are eating in the hospital? Diabetes Spectrum. 2011; 24(2), 100-106.

Presentations

"Basic Statistics for New Nurse Researchers" at Fairview General Hospital; Cleveland, Ohio; December 13, 2011; and Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; December 15, 2011.

"Developing a research question and writing your proposal" at Fairview General Hospital; Cleveland, Ohio; November 8, 2011 and Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; November 10, 2011.

"If not you, then who? Exploring the role of the bedside nurse in developing new nursing knowledge" at the 16th Annual Critical Care Conference, Fairview General Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio.

"Defining EBNP and developing competence in the acquisition and evaluation of evidence" at Lakewood Hospital Nurse Development Conference; Lakewood, Ohio; October 14, 2011.

"Relationships Matter: Looking at How Nurse Physician Relationships Impact Patient outcomes" at the Patient Experience: Second Annual Empathy/Innovation Summit; Cleveland, Ohio; May 24, 2011.

“Examination of self-rated health in a heart Failure Population” at the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing 36th Annual Conference; San Antonio, Texas; April 6-9, 2011. [poster presentation]

“Exploring how bedside nurses care for patients with chronic pain” at the Cleveland Clinic Nursing Research Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; May 2011. [poster presentation]

“Survey of Nurses Knowledge of Inpatient Management Strategies for Patients with Diabetes’ at the MNRS 35th Annual Research Conference; Columbus, Ohio; March 24-27, 2011. [poster presentation]

“Do we know what our patients with diabetes are eating in the hospital?” at the MNRS 35th Annual Research Conference; Columbus, Ohio; March 24-27, 2011. [poster presentation]

“Exploring how bedside nurses care for patients with chronic pain” at the MNRS 35th Annual Research Conference; Columbus, Ohio; March 24-27, 2011. [poster presentation]

“How Doctors and Nurses behave matters: Impact on the Professional Practice Environment and patient Outcomes” at the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing 36th Annual Conference; San Antonio, Texas; April 6-9, 2011. [poster presentation]

“Examination of self-rated health in a heart Failure Population” at the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing 36th Annual Conference; San Antonio, Texas; April 6-9, 2011. [poster presentation]

“Back to the Sandbox: Qualitative Analysis of responses to Open-ended questions by nurses and physicians on workplace bullying survey” at the MNRS 35th Annual Research Conference; Columbus, Ohio; March 26, 2011.

“Establishing and promoting a Hospital-based Nursing Research Program; Columbus, Ohio; March 24, 2011. [pre-conference workshop]

“Research or Quality: Who Cares?” at the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing 36th Annual Conference; San Antonio, Texas; April6-9, 2011.

“Assessing OR Practice Environments” at the AORN Congress; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; March 23, 2011.

“Symposium Coordinator: Relationships matter: Violence in the workplace, physical or verbal, Impacts patient outcomes,” at the Midwest Nursing Research Society Annual Conference; Columbus, Ohio; March 24, 2011.

“Nurses and physicians relationships matter: Impact of the professional Practice environment on failure to rescue” at the MNRS 35th Annual Research Conference; Columbus, Ohio; March 26, 2011.

2010»

Research

2010. Co-investigator. The feasibility of using sensor technology to monitor hand hygiene in a hemodialysis unit. [paper presentation, Cleveland Clinic Nursing Research Conference, May 2010]

2009-2010. Co-investigator. Venous Access: Midline IV Catheters in the Bariatric Surgery Patient. [presentation, Cleveland Clinic Nursing Research Conference, May 2010]

2009-2010. Co-investigator. Examination of IV therapy problems and outcomes related to timeliness of insertion. [poster presentation, Cleveland Clinic Nursing Research Conference, May 2010]

2009-2010. Co-investigator. Investigation of anxiety, sleep and pain on the functional ability of hospitalized medical patients. [data analysis]

2009-2010. Co-investigator. Examination of knowledge, perceptions, and positioning practices of parent of infants. [presentation, Cleveland Clinic Nursing Research Conference, May 2010]

2008-2010. Co-investigator. Meal Consumption of Hospitalized Patients with Diabetes mellitus on Medical Surgical Units. [manuscript published in Diabetes Spectrum, 2011; presentation, Cleveland Clinic Nursing Research Conference, May 2010 and MNRS, April 2010]

2008-2010. Perceived knowledge and self-confidence of pediatric nurses as patient educators. [manuscript in preparation in Journal of Clinical Nurse Specialists; presentation, Cleveland Clinic Nursing Research Conference, May 2010]

2008-2010. Principal Investigator. Development and psychometric testing of the Professional Practice Environment Assessment Scale (PPEAS). [manuscript published, Journal of Nursing Scholarship]

2006-2010. Principal Investigator. Stress response to non-weight bearing bedrest. A multidisciplinary and collaborative sub-study of A Quantitative Test of On-Orbit Exercise Countermeasures for Bone Demineralization Using a Bed Rest Analog [NASA].

Presentations

"Exploring motivation for research by bedside nurses: A grounded theory study" at the VA Research Conference. Cleveland Botanical Gardens; Cleveland, Ohio; October 2010.

"The role of the CNS in the generation and use of nursing research knowledge" at the Clinical Nurse Specialist Education Conference, sponsored by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Plymouth, Michigan; November 23, 2010.

"Skill Enhancement: Publishing the work of the CNS: Captivating posters and Engaging manuscripts" at the Celebrating CNS Practice: A collaboration of Cleveland Clinic Nursing Institute, MetroHealth Systems and University Hospitals Medical Center; Cleveland, Ohio; October 8, 2010.

"The role of the CNS in creating and translating knowledge" at the The North East Ohio Clinical Nurse Specialist (NEOCNS) Group Spring Conference; April 29, 2010.

"Research or Ritual: Research 101" at the School of Enterostomal Therapy; Cleveland, Ohio; January 26, 2010.

2009»

Research

2007-2009. Exploration of evidence-based practice and research utilization: A system-wide survey.

Publications

Siedlecki, S. L. Racial variations in response to music in an African American and Caucasian sample of patients with chronic-non-malignant pain. Journal of Pain Management Nursing. 2009; 10(1), 14-21.

Siedlecki, S. L. Pain and sedation in critical care In P. Kirkwood (Ed.) AACN’s critical care nursing (Chapter 4). Philadelphia: Elsevier. 2009.

Albert, N. M., Rathman, L., Ross, D., Walker, D., Bena, J., McIntyre, S., Philip, D., Siedlecki, S. L., Lovelace, R., Gogarty, A. M., Maikut, B., & Zielinski, P. Predictors of over-the-counter drug and herbal therapies use on elderly patients with heart failure. Journal of Cardiac Failure. 2009; 15(7), 600-606.

Presentations

"Does this go to the IRB? Research or Quality" at the Clinical Nurse Specialist Research Conference: The Many Hats of the CNS; Cleveland, Ohio; October 2, 2009.

"Building evidence-based nursing practice: A path to excellence" at the Philippine Nurses Association of Ohio; Independence, Ohio; April 25, 2009.

"Examination of the conduct of research by clinical nurses: A grounded theory approach" at the 5th Annual Cleveland Clinic Nurses Research Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; May 8, 2009.

"Exploration of evidence-based nursing practice and research utilization" at the 5th Annual Cleveland Clinic Nurses Research Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; May 8, 2009.

Professional Involvement

  • Member, National League for Nursing
  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society (MRNS) and Committee Member, Pain Research
  • Section, Research Utilization Section and MRNS Grants
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Omega Chapter
  • Editorial Reviewer, Psychology of Music Journal, Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Journal of Depression and Anxiety, Worldviews on Evidence-Based Practice, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Journal of Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Reviewer
  • Editorial Board Member and Editorial Reviewer, Open Nursing Journal
  • Abstract Reviewer, Sigma Theta Tau International, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
  • Research Grant Reviewer, Sigma Theta Tau International and Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Past Member, American Pain Foundation, American Pain Society, American Academy of Pain Management, American Heart Association
  • Past Board Member, Case Western Reserve Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Alumni Association

Honors & Awards

  • Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who, LLC, 2008
  • Who’s Who in American Women, Marquis Who’s Who, LLC, 2008
  • American Nurses Foundation Scholar, American Nurses Foundation, 2007
  • University Partnership Outstanding Faculty Award, Lorain County Community College, 2002
  • Education Excellence Award for Utilizing Technology to Improve Education, University of Akron, 2001
  • Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award, University of Akron, 1999 and 2000
  • National Dean’s List, University of Akron, 1987

Contact Information

Cleveland Clinic
Office of Research and Innovation
9500 Euclid Avenue / J3-4
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
216.444.3896
siedles@ccf.org

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