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Jennifer P. Colwill

Jennifer P. Colwill

MSN, RN, CCNS, PCCN

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Heart and Vascular Institute,
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Executive Summary

Jennifer P. Colwill, MSN, RN, CCNS, PCCN, is a clinical nurse specialist for Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI). Colwill is responsible for the oversight of all clinical practice within the cardiovascular step-down units at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus location. With many notable career successes, she developed a pain management nursing champion program that offers nurses a combination of education and functional tools at the bedside. Additionally, her work has significantly impacted the advancement of evidence-based practice for the prevention of catheter associated urinary tract infections. Having a career history that spans the United States, India and Saudi Arabia, Colwill began her nursing career in India after receiving her bachelor’s degree from S.N.D.T. Women’s University in Mumbai.

A frequent industry resource and national presenter, Colwill often shares her expertise on topics such as pressure ulcers, adverse medication events and shared governance. Her research interests include translating knowledge to functional practice at the bedside, the role of technology in nursing practice and documentation, and more. With a professional philosophy grounded in innovation, Colwill has been honored with Cleveland Clinic’s annual innovator award five times. Most recently, in 2013, she received the award for the development of a clinical nurse specialist role capture and productivity tool, and for her ongoing efforts to automate the capture of information, improve tracking and reduce device-related infection as it relates to the insertion of patient lines, drains and airways.

Education

  • M.S.N., Adult Critical Care CNS, College of Nursing, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 2007
  • B.S.N., Minor in Midwifery, Leelabhai Thackersey College of Nursing, S.N.D.T. University, Bombay, India, 1991
  • Diploma, Counseling and Psychotherapy, ACCEPT, Ireland, 1998

Certifications

  • Certified Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (CCNS), American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  • Certified Progressive Cardiac Care Nurse (PCCN), American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Instructor and Healthcare Provider, American Heart Association
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Instructor, American Heart Association

Leadership

Colwill is an innovative, strategic thinker with a passion for quality and inquiry. A strong leader, she aims to help others develop their own critical thinking skills. She has guided HVI’s nursing team in the area of pain management, offering education and resources designed to improve the patient experience. She is also a leading figure in the organization’s shift to encourage and support evidence-based practice for the prevention of catheter associated urinary tract infections. She has also helped reduce central line infections and unit acquired pressure ulcers, and has empowered frontline nursing caregivers to actively engage in change efforts. Cowill is a co-chair of Cleveland Clinic’s adult nursing practice council, step-down practice council and nurse pain mentor program, and is a member of the steering committee for the organization’s Magnet® re-designation process.

Clinical Practice

Colwill’s clinical experience lies within the areas of cardiovascular nursing, specifically cardiovascular step-down, and critical care, including emergency department and cardiac and medical intensive care.

Teaching

As an adjunct professor at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, Colwill has experience precepting clinical nurse specialist students. Additionally, she is a long-time nursing mentor and strategist for the HVI pain mentor program. She facilitates the pain mentor sub-committee, a shared governance initiative within in HVI designed to develop an operationally functional unit expert innovative processes, additional education and resources for pain-related care.

Research, Publications & Presentations

With research interests in the areas of translating knowledge to functional practice at the bedside, the role of technology in nursing practice and documentation, and more, Colwill’s primary area of research study has been focused on understanding the work of clinical nurse specialists through the development and use of a role-tracking tool. She has presented the study’s findings at numerous conferences, both local and national, including the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists annual conference in 2013. Additionally, she often presents on issues such as pressure ulcers, adverse medication events, and shared governance.

View a selection of her work.

Research

2013. Primary Investigator. Understanding CNS work through development and use of a CNS Role Tracking Tool.

Presentations

“Idea to Innovation: Understanding the work of a CNS,” at the NACNS Annual Conference, The CNS: Leading Innovation for Healthcare Change; San Antonio, Texas; March 2013, and at the Cleveland Nursing Research Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; May 2013. [poster presentation at Cleveland Nursing Research Conference]

“Capturing the Work of the CNS: Development of a Measurement Tool,” at the Cleveland Clinic CNS as the Bridge Builder; Cleveland, Ohio; September 2012.

“Nurses tackling pain: A Win-Win Strategy” at the Dimensions in Cardiac Care, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; September 2012.

“Managing pain in the 21st Century Learning from the Past while Looking to the Future: Focus on the Cardiac, Vascular, and Thoracic Patient” at the NACNS 2012 Annual Conference; Chicago, Illinois; March 8-10, 2012.

“CNS Whisperer” at the NACNS 2011 Annual conference; Baltimore, Maryland; March 10-12, 2011, and at the Celebrating CNS Practice conference, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; October 2010.

“Cardiac Tamponade” at the Dimensions in Cardiac Care conference, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; October 2009.

“Construction of a CLABSI Reduction Project with a group of cardiovascular step-down units using innovative translation of the evidence” at the OAHQ State Conference; Columbus, Ohio; May 2013. [poster presentation]

“Nurses driving successful quality outcomes for mechanical VTE prevention practices” at the Celebrating CNS practice: CNS as a Bridge Builder, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; September 2012, and at the Dimensions in Cardiac Care conference, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; September 2012. [poster presentation]

“Breakfast with Champions: Nurses Empowered to Impact Outcomes through Sharing” at the Celebrating CNS practice: CNS as a Bridge Builder, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; September 2012, and at the Dimensions in Cardiac Care conference, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; September 2012. [poster presentation]

"A Journey: A Step-down unit’s collaborative effort to reduce and sustain acquired pressure ulcers” at the Cleveland Clinic Shared Governance Day; Cleveland, Ohio; November 2011. [poster presentation]

“Functionalizing the pain champion in HVI” at the Cleveland Clinic Shared Governance Day; Cleveland, Ohio; November 2011. [poster presentation]

“Prevention of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CA-UTI): A nurse driven protocol” at the Cleveland Clinic Healthcare Quality Innovation Summit; Cleveland, Ohio; 2011. [poster presentation]

"No Pain: Treat the Fifth Vital Sign! Innovating to Impact HCAHPS" at the Cleveland Clinic Healthcare Quality Innovation Summit; Cleveland, Ohio; 2011 and at the Cleveland Clinic 2nd Annual Patient Experience Empathy and Innovation Summit; Cleveland, Ohio; 2011. [poster presentation]

“Impact of the CNS role competency of collaboration, consultation and mentoring on nurse sensitive quality outcomes” at the NACNS 2011 Annual conference; Baltimore, Maryland; 2011. [poster presentation]

“Shining the spotlight on adverse drug events” at the Cleveland Clinic Dimensions in Cardiac Care; Cleveland, Ohio; April 2011. [poster presentation]

“HVI Shared Governance: Stronger Together” at the Cleveland Clinic Dimensions in Cardiac Care; Cleveland, Ohio; April 2011. [poster presentation]

“A collaborative effort: role of the SCRN in unit acquired pressure ulcer improvement project” at the Cleveland Clinic Dimensions in Cardiac Care; Cleveland, Ohio; April 2011. [poster presentation]

“Use of Sense of Presence in the Adult Post-operative Open Heart Surgery Population to Reduce Anxiety” at the Cleveland Clinic Dimensions in Cardiac Care; Cleveland, Ohio; March 2007 and at the Heart of It All, Ohio State University; Columbus, Ohio; June 2008 and at the VCU, Virginia, November 2008. [poster presentation]

“Role of the SCRN in Unit Acquired Pressure Ulcer Improvement Project: A Collaborative Effort” at the Cleveland Clinic Dimensions in Cardiac Care; Cleveland, Ohio; October 2009, and at the Cleveland Clinic CNS Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; October 2009, and at the Ohio Hospital Quality Association meeting; Newark, Ohio; May 2010, and at the Cleveland Clinic CNS Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; October 2010, and at the NDNQI Annual Conference; Florida; January 2011. [poster presentation]

“Clinical ladder for Nursing: A Shared Governance Model” at the Cleveland Clinic Dimensions in Cardiac Care; Cleveland, Ohio; October 2009. [poster presentation]

Professional Involvement

  • Member, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Member, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Honors & Awards

  • Nancy M. Albert Award for Excellence in Nursing Research, Cleveland Clinic, 2013
  • Innovator Award, Hub Scrub and Use of Motion and Position Sensors to Reduce HAC, Cleveland Clinic, 2013
  • First Runner-up Nursing Innovation Award, Development of Heart and Vascular Institute Nurse Pain Champion Program, Cleveland Clinic, 2012
  • Innovator Award, CNS Sphere Tool: Productivity and Role Capture; and Quick Doc: Automated LDA Capture System, Cleveland Clinic, 2011
  • Innovator Award, Submission and Ongoing Development of EZ Pressure Ulcer Location Guide, Cleveland Clinic, 2010
  • First-place Award, Pressure Ulcer Incidence Reduction Project Poster Presentation, OHAQ, 2009
  • Innovator Award, E Box Idea and Invention Disclosure, Cleveland Clinic, 2008
  • Innovator Award, Automated Point of Care Systems, Cleveland Clinic, 2007

Contact Information

Cleveland Clinic
Office of Nursing Education and Professional Development
9500 Euclid Avenue / HSB 111
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
216.636.8029
colwilj@ccf.org