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Career Development

Career enhancement offers an environment where nurses can grow in their profession and remain personally and professionally challenged. The Department of Nursing Education & Professional Practice Development provides a diversity of career paths in nursing that fulfill the desires of nurses for new and innovative opportunities that advance nursing practice.

Below are opportunities for nurses to take their career to the next level.

In order to provide opportunities at the forefront of education for its nurses, Cleveland Clinic has sought out partnerships with academic institutions. These affiliations open countless doors for nurses to advance and develop their careers.

Deans' Roundtable Faculty Initiative

In 2005, nursing leadership at Cleveland Clinic met with the deans of nursing schools to discuss how we could work collaboratively to solve the nursing shortage.

Nursing school faculty shortage issues consistently surfaced as the leading problem facing schools. In an effort to address these issues, the Deans’ Roundtable Faculty Initiative was formed. This collaborative effort between Cleveland Clinic and participating nursing schools is dedicated to aggressively addressing the nursing and nursing faculty shortages. After 18 months of problem solving, the Deans’ Roundtable Faculty Initiative determined that the following actions would help alleviate the problem:

  • Increase awareness of the nursing faculty shortage in Northeast Ohio
  • Identify, recruit and support area nurses who may be interested in serving as faculty
  • Identify teaching opportunities for nurses
  • Offer ongoing faculty development programs

Nurses (with or without prior teaching experience): If you are interested in teaching opportunities, visit www.clevelandclinic.org/facultyinitiative and submit a professional profile using the “Apply Now” feature in the “Please Logon” section.

How Does the Deans’ Roundtable Faculty Initiative Work?

In simple terms, the Deans’ Roundtable Faculty Initiative developed a website that matches potential faculty with available teaching opportunities at participating schools.

  • Nurses who are interested in teaching simply log on to the website and submit a professional profile.
  • Participating nursing schools log on to the website and post course profiles for which they need faculty.
  • The website compares selected data fields entered by nurses and nursing schools and assigns matches.

The Deans’ Roundtable Faculty Initiative provides ongoing support through a series of educational offerings including one-day faculty development programs, continuing nursing education programs and quarterly newsletters, which prepare potential faculty to become nurse educators.

What Makes the Deans’ Roundtable Faculty Initiative Unique?

It is open to all eligible nurses and all teaching venues (i.e., clinical, classroom, skills lab, preceptor, research environments). Similar efforts select nurses by committee and limit positions to clinical faculty.

Nurses have the flexibility to manage their profiles and can temporarily deactivate their profiles when they are not available to teach, even if just for one semester.

All participating schools are eligible to recruit potential faculty. Similar efforts limit the number of schools that can participate.

Join the Deans’ Roundtable Faculty Initiative

The Deans’ Roundtable Faculty Initiative will truly thrive with the cooperation and participation of all Northeast Ohio nursing schools and, most importantly, nurses. We invite you to be a part of this critical initiative and to help make an impact on the future of nursing.

DNP - Case Western Reserve University

For nurses looking to continue their education and attain their doctorate in nursing practice, or DNP, Cleveland Clinic offers a partnership with the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (FPB) at Case Western Reserve University. Ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top nursing schools, FPB has an 80 year legacy of nursing education excellence. Nurses who complete a DNP from such a renowned institution can apply their education and expertise to the front lines of nursing, reaching the pinnacles of their careers.

Program Highlights:
  • FPB was the originator of the doctorate in nursing practice and is the foremost leader in DNP education.
  • An intensive course format allows DNP students to work full time.
  • DNP students choose one of two elective sequences that expand the focus of their leadership: practice leadership and educational leadership.
  • Because of its affiliation with Cleveland Clinic, FPB can easily meet the needs of busy students with its innovative executive format as well as onsite classes.
Admission Requirements:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in nursing
  • Interview with a faculty member
  • Three recommendations
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Statement about practice/research issues of interest
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

The majority of classes are held in an intensive course format, meeting for a specified number of days and holding the majority of the meetings online. This allows DNP students to maintain a flexible schedule, but FPB requires its students to complete their degree in four years

For additional information, contact Program Director Donna Dowling, 216.368.1869, dad10@case.edu or visit fpb.case.edu/DNP.

MSN - Kent State University

Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to continuing nursing education allows nurses to achieve their professional goals. If you are looking to expand your knowledge and earn a Master of Science in Nursing, Cleveland Clinic has created a partnership with Kent State University that will accommodate your needs. Kent State University, one of the largest nursing schools in the United States, is noted for providing a comprehensive nursing program comprised of academic excellence and clinical knowledge. This program offers you the unique chance to work at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic as you earn your MSN degree from one of the best nursing schools in Ohio.

As partners, Cleveland Clinic and Kent State University have created an easily accessible MSN program for Cleveland Clinic nurses. We provide classes both on Cleveland Clinic main campus or online. Some courses will occur on the KSU campus but these are in the minority. Nurses can choose to attain the degree that best suits their goals:

Adult Nurse Practitioner

Adult Nurse Practitioners (ANPs) are advanced practice nurses who have received advanced education and clinical preparation at the Master’s degree level. As an APN, a nurse is fully prepared to diagnose and manage common primary care problems for adults. Nurses with this degree practice collaboratively with MDs and other health care practitioners in a variety of community-based practices.

Health Care Management

The MSN in Nursing and Healthcare Management program is comprised of 36 credit hours. It provides advancement in a healthcare setting, often preparing nurses for mid-level manager or more advanced positions. Although it is a shorter program than dual degrees, many executive nursing leaders feel fully competent in their positions without ever taking a full MBA or MPA program.

Health Care Management & Masters of Business Administration

Attaining a MBA, in addition to a MSN, is an educational advancement that prepares nurses for executive-level leadership roles within private organizations. Nurses who work in executive management positions in hospitals will be well prepared for their roles after receiving an MBA.

Health Care Management & Masters of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration program provides the knowledge a nurse needs in order to work within public or government agencies from an executive-level leadership role. Those interested specifically in management positions of the public agency field will benefit from the Master of Public Administration program.

The Career Ladder is designed to promote and recognize excellence in practice, foster professional growth and retain compassionate caregivers in direct care settings. The Career Ladder is in alignment with the Zielony Nursing Institute’s Professional Practice Model and leads to the advancement of Cleveland Clinic caregivers.

Cleveland Clinic is accredited by the Ohio Nurses Association as a provider of contact hours for continuing education programs. Contact hour workshops are offered each year covering a variety of topics that relate to clinical practice as well as professional and managerial issues. Other educational opportunities and resources available on campus include computer-assisted instruction, self-instructional programs, and a video and cassette tape library.

Cleveland Clinic supports the concept of lifelong learning and encourages employees to seek advanced education through academic programs.

Nurses are encouraged to participate on committees that address issues such as the structure of nursing at Cleveland Clinic, quality management/continuous quality improvement, continuity of care and case management. Active membership in professional nursing organizations is also encouraged.

In an effort to better meet the needs of nurses with many specialties and interests, we have compiled a listing of websites that offer continuing education for nurses. Many of these sites provide the education at no cost.