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Deborah G Klein

Deborah G. Klein

MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CHFN, FAHA

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Coronary and Heart Failure Intensive Care,
Cardiac Accelerated Recovery/Cardiac Short-stay/Post-Anesthesia Care,
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Executive Summary

Deborah G. Klein, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CHFN, FAHA, is a clinical nurse specialist in the coronary and heart failure intensive care units, and cardiac accelerated recovery, cardiac short-stay and post-anesthesia care units at Cleveland Clinic main campus. Klein boasts more than three decades of experience in critical care practice, education, consultation and research, having significantly advanced the nursing profession throughout her career. She is known for her work in therapeutic hypothermia post-cardiac arrest, pain assessment in patients who are unable to communicate pain, and end-of-life care.

Klein has published more than 45 book chapters and articles on critical care topics and has served as an editorial board member for numerous nursing journals. She is one of three editors of the last three editions of the book Introduction to Critical Care Nursing, winner of the 2009 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award. Additionally, she has been honored with several local and national awards for clinical practice and teaching, and was a recipient of the 2011 Circle of Excellence Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). That same year, she was also elected as an American Heart Association (AHA) Fellow for her contributions to cardiac care. She is an active member of several local and national industry associations, including the AACN and AHA.

Education

  • MSN, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1982
  • BSN, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1977

Certifications

  • Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN), American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  • Board Certified Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACNS-BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), American Heart Association
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Provider and Instructor, American Heart Association
  • Certified Heart Failure Nurse (CHFN), American Association of Heart Failure Nurses
  • End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Instructor

Leadership

Klein is an active nurse leader both within and outside the Cleveland Clinic health system. Grounded in evidence-based practice and education, her forward-thinking leadership philosophy encourages innovation and creativity. Klein is a proponent of professional development, multi-disciplinary collaboration, nursing research and more, and aims to lead through a hands-on learning environment. Her expertise is noted throughout various clinical units, councils and committees at Cleveland Clinic and in a number of professional industry organizations throughout the country.

Clinical Practice

Klein’s clinical expertise lies within the area of critical care nursing.

Teaching

An experienced educator, Klein has been educating nursing students as a clinical instructor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland since 1984. She has also taught as an adjunct clinical associate at the Kent State University College of Nursing in Kent, Ohio, since 1999.

Research, Publications & Presentations

Klein has served as an editorial board member for multiple critical care nursing journals and is a book and manuscript reviewer. She has published more than 45 book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals on critical care topics, including the role of the clinical nurse specialist and therapeutic hypothermia post cardiac arrest. With a vast history in nursing research, her most recent study focused on a new pain assessment tool for unresponsive critically ill patients.

View a selection of her work.

Publications

2013

Publications

Sole ML, Klein DG, Mosley M. Introduction to Critical Care Nursing. 2013; 6th edition, Philadelphia, Elsevier.

Klein DG. Code Management. Introduction to Critical Care Nursing. 2013; 6th edition, Philadelphia, Elsevier.

Stewart-Amidei C, Klein DG. The Nervous System. Introduction to Critical Care Nursing. 2013; 6th edition, Philadelphia, Elsevier.

Griffin MT, Klein DG, Winkelman C. Cardiovascular Genomics: Implications for Acute and Critical Care Nurses. Dimensions in Critical Care Nursing. 2013; 32(5): 213-221. [literature review]

Presentations

“Chill and Ship: How to Safely Transfer Patients for Definitive Post Arrest Care” at Scientific Sessions 2013, American Heart Association; November 2013; Dallas, Texas.

“End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Critical Care,” Lake Erie Chapter, AACN; Cleveland, Ohio; September 2013.

“Therapeutic Hypothermia after Cardiac Arrest,” at the China Heart Congress, Beijing, China; August 2013.

“Therapeutic Hypothermia after Cardiac Arrest: Strategies for a Successful Program,” at the National Teaching Institute, AACN, Boston, Massachusetts; May 2013.

“Developing a Winning Abstract & Poster,” at the 9th Annual Nursing Research Conference, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio; May 2013.

“Improving Heparin Infusion Administration and Monitoring: A Multidisciplinary Approach,” at the 9th Annual Nursing Research Conference, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio; May 2013. [poster presentation]

“Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Improving the Use of the Heparin Nomogram,”at the Quality and Patient Safety Innovation Summit, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio; May 2013. [poster presentation]

“End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Critical Care,” Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; April 2013.

“Therapeutic Hypothermia After Cardiac Arrest, Oh the Places You’ll Go,” at Fairview Hospital; Cleveland, Ohio; March 2013.

2012

Publications

Klein DG. Obesity: Good or Bad? The Connection. American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. 2012; 31:10-11. [literature review]

Presentations

“End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Critical Care,” Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; November 2012.

“12 Lead ECG Interpretation” and “Therapeutic Hypothermia Post Cardiac Arrest: What is the Latest Evidence?” at Dimensions in Cardiac Care 2012, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; September 2012.

“Mentoring Clinical Leaders as Bridge Builders,” at Celebrating CNS Practice: The CNS as a Bridge Builder, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; September 2012.

“Improving Heparin Infusion Administration and Monitoring: A Multidisciplinary Approach,” at Dimensions in Cardiac Care 2012, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; September 2012. [poster presentation]

“End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Critical Care,” Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; January and June 2012.

2011

Publications

Klein DG. Cardiac Output Measurement Techniques (Invasive). Procedure Manual for Critical Care. 2011; 6th edition, Philadelphia, Elsevier.

Presentations

“Therapeutic Hypothermia Post Cardiac Arrest: What is the Latest Evidence?” at the 2011 Cardiac and Critical Care Symposium, Trumbull Hospital; Warren, Ohio; November 2011.

“Therapeutic Hypothermia Post Cardiac Arrest: What is the Latest Evidence?” at the Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium 2011, Scientific Sessions 2011, American Heart Association; Orlando, Florida; November 2011.

“Empathy in the End of Life Care: Ethics, Morals, Costs,” at the Patient Experience Summit: Empathy and Innovation, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; May 2011.

“12 Lead ECG Interpretation” and “Therapeutic Hypothermia Post Cardiac Arrest,” at Dimensions in Cardiac Care 2011, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; April 2011.

"Preventative Cardiology: Strategies for Success," at the United States State Department; Singapore, Malaysia; February 2011.

2010

Research

2010. Co-Investigator. Pain Assessment In The Intensive Care Unit: Development and Psychometric Testing Of The Nonverbal Pain Assessment Tool (NPAT).

Publications

Klein DG, Dumpe M, et al, Pain Assessment In The Intensive Care Unit: Development and Psychometric Testing Of The Nonverbal Pain Assessment Tool (NPAT). Heart & Lung - The Journal of Acute and Critical Care. 2010; 39(6), 521-528.

Presentations

“Overcoming System Barriers to Providing Therapeutic Hypothermia,” at the Scientific Sessions 2010, American Heart Association; Chicago, Illinois; November 2010.

“Publishing the Work of the CNS: Captivating Posters and Engaging Manuscripts,” at Celebrating CNS Practice: Connecting, Collaborating, Creating, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center; Cleveland, Ohio; October 2010.

“How to Develop an Abstract and Poster for Presentation,” at the 2010 Nursing Research Fall Workshops, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio, October 2010.

“Hemodynamic Challenges,” at the Lake Erie Chapter, AACN; Cleveland, Ohio; April, 2010.

2009

Publications

Sole ML, Klein DG, Mosley M. Introduction to Critical Care Nursing. 2009; 5th edition, Philadelphia, Elsevier.

Klein DG. Code Management. Introduction to Critical Care Nursing. 2009; 5th edition, Philadelphia, Elsevier.

Stewart-Amidei C, Klein DG. The Nervous System. Introduction to Critical Care Nursing. 2009; 5th edition, Philadelphia, Elsevier.

Klein DG. Documenting Clinical Outcomes. Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit: A Guide for the New Clinical Nurse Specialist. 2009; New York, Springer Publishing Company.

Presentations

“Techniques for Cooling; Therapeutic Hypothermia,” at the Scientific Sessions 2009, American Heart Association; Orlando, Florida; November 2009.

“From Novice to Expert: Top 10 Things You Wish You Would Have Known About Being a CNS,” at Celebrating CNS Practice: The Many Hats of the CNS, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; October 2009.

“12 Lead ECG Interpretation” and “Cardiac Disease in Athletes,” at Dimensions in Cardiac Care 2009, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; September 2009.

“Characteristics of Patients Readmitted to the Coronary ICU,” at the Cleveland Clinic Research Day; Cleveland, Ohio; May 2009.

“Characteristics of Patient Readmitted to the Coronary ICU (CICU),” at the National Teaching Institute, AACN; New Orleans, Louisiana; May 2009. [poster presentation]

Professional Involvement

  • Member, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
    • Panel Member, Continuing Education Review and Practice Alert Review (Adult) Panels
    • AACN Ambassador
    • Member, CNS Scope and Standards Task Force
  • Member, American Heart Association 
  • Member, Lake Erie Chapter, AACN
  • Member, Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Member, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Member, American Heart Association
    • Chair, Planning Committee, Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium
  • Member, American College of Cardiology
  • Member, American Association of Heart Failure Nurses
  • Alumni, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Nursing Alumni Association, Case Western Reserve University
    • Past Board Member, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Nursing Alumni Association, Case Western Reserve University
  • Member, Alpha Mu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing

Honors & Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Cleveland Clinic Zielony Nursing Institute, 2013
  • Fellow, American Heart Association, 2011
  • Circle of Excellence Award, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 2011
  • Book of the Year Award, American Journal of Nursing, 2009
  • Excellence in Nursing Practice Award, Delta Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing, Kent State University, 2005
  • Award for Excellence, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Nursing Alumni Association, Case Western Reserve University, 1995
  • Inductee, Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing, 1977

Contact Information

Cleveland Clinic
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Cleveland, Ohio 44195
216.444.8559
kleind@ccf.org