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Kathleen M. Hill

Kathleen M. Hill

MSN, RN, CCNS

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Surgical Intensive Care Unit,
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Executive Summary

Kathleen M. Hill, MSN, RN, CCNS, is a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) for the surgical intensive care unit at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus location. Hill is a diversified CNS, having practiced in a variety of intensive care settings, including coronary care, heart failure, cardiac surgery and medical and surgical intensive care. She actively lectures and publishes works on critical care and advanced practice nursing, including face transplantation, hemodynamic monitoring, ethical issues at the end of life, prescriptive authority for the CNS, role delineation for mid-level providers, and more.

Hill is an avid member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), serving as chair for the organization’s CNS scope and standards task force and as a member of the evidence-based practice resources work group. She also sits on several councils within Cleveland Clinic health system, such as the adult intensive care unit practice council and the advanced practice nursing privileging council. Additionally, since 2004, she has been an American Red Cross community volunteer, and through the Northeast Ohio Nursing Initiative, has participated in a high school student/professional shadow program. In 2010, she received the national Circle of Excellence Award from the AACN, which recognizes significant contributions to the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families.

Education

  • MSN, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 1984
  • BSN, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 1977

Certifications

  • Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (CCNS), American Association of Critical Care Nurses

Leadership

Hill’s work both within Cleveland Clinic and the healthcare industry has impacted the nursing profession on many levels. Her work ethic and leadership style is one that is focused on her clinical and professional expertise, from her lectures and published works on critical care nursing and advanced practice nurse roles to her notable participation within the AACN, both nationally and locally. Additionally, her active involvement in an initiative to improve the prevention and treatment of hospital acquired pressure ulcers has received recognition from the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, National Database for Nursing Quality Indicators, Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society and the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.

Clinical Practice

Hill’s clinical expertise is primarily in intensive care, specifically surgical intensive care and cardiovascular intensive care, with additional expertise in atrial fibrillation and thoracic and cardiovascular surgery.

Teaching

With a long history in higher education, Hill served as a faculty member within the division of continuing education at Cleveland State University for 23 years. Throughout her time with Cleveland State, she taught a wide variety of topics and courses, such as 12-lead electrocardiography (ECG) interpretation, hemodynamic monitoring, cardiovascular assessment, the registered nurse refresher series, and a critical care review course. Additionally, since 2009, Hill has presented in the CCRN/PCCN review course offered at Cleveland Clinic.

Research, Publications & Presentations

With many lectures and written works on critical care nursing and advanced practice roles, Hill has presented and published pieces on topics such as face transplantation, hemodynamic monitoring, ethical issues at the end of life, 12-lead electrocardiography (ECG) interpretation, prescriptive authority for the CNS, and role delineation for mid-level providers. In 2007, she was part of a team of clinical nurse specialists to receive a grant from ACCN to conduct the research study: “Evaluating the Impact of a Standardized Order Set on the Process of Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Treatments from Patients in the Adult ICU.”

View a selection of her work.

Research

2015. Principal Investigator. ICU Liberation ABCDEF Improvement Collaborative.

2007. Principal Investigator. Evaluating the Impact of a Standardized Order Set on the Process of Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Treatments from Patients in the Adult ICU.

Publications

Central Venous Pressure Monitoring, in Hemodynamic Monitoring Made Incredibly Visual, 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins, 2015; Ch. 5.

Brushing up on Interpretation Skills, in ECG Interpretation Made Incredibly Easy, 6th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, 2015.

Practice Makes Perfect, in ECG Interpretation Made Incredibly Easy, 6th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, 2015.

Hill K. AACN Scope and Standards for Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice.” Aliso Viejo, CA: American Association of Critical Care Nurses; 2014.

Hill K. Choosing the Best Evidence to Guide Clinical Practice: Application of AACN Levels of Evidence. Critical Care Nurse, 2014, 34, (2), 58-68.

Hill K. Shock, Sepsis, and Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome, in Sole, ML, et al: Introduction to Critical Care Nursing, 6th ed. St. Louis: Elsevier, Inc. 2013; Ch. 11.

Hill K. What you need to know about face transplantation. OR Nurse. 2012; 6(5), 40-46.

Contributor, Hemodynamic Monitoring Made Incredibly Visual, 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins. 2011.

Contributor, ECG Interpretation Made Incredibly Easy, 5th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins. 2011.

Presentations

“Engagement + Empowerment = Reduction in Hospital Acquired Conditions” at the Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives Annual Meeting; Columbus, Ohio; November 2015 and at the 6th Annual Patient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit; Cleveland, Ohio; May 2015. [1st place poster presentation]

“Prescribing Blood and Blood Products: Indications and Controversies,” concurrent session at National Teaching Institute, American Association of Critical Care Nurses; San Diego, California; May 2015.

“Blood and Blood Product Transfusion: Controversies and Recommendations,” “Evidence-based Practice in the Progressive Care Unit,” “Ethics and Privacy: Caring for High Profile Patients,” concurrent sessions at Progressive Care Pathways, American Association of Critical Care Nurses; Nashville, Tennessee; September 2014.

“Information Transformation: Moving New Ideas to Reality with Evidence-based Practice,” “Blood and Blood Product Transfusion: Current Controversies and Recommendations,” “The VIP in the ICU: Caring for High Profile Patients,” concurrent sessions at National Teaching Institute, American Association of Critical Care Nurses; Denver, Colorado; May 2014.

“Peer Review is Not Chart Review: Making a Real Attempt to Improve Professional Performance” at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Annual Convention; Nashville, Tennessee; June 2014. [poster presentation]

“Peer Review: I know what you did last year” at the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses Annual Meeting; Columbus, Ohio; October 2013, and at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Annual Convention; Las Vegas, Nevada; June 2013.

“Intensive Care for the Rich or Famous.” Concurrent session at the National Teaching Institute, American Association of Critical Care Nurses; Boston, Massachusetts; May 2013.

“Oh the Things You Can Do that Are Good: Helping Staff Nurses Overcome the Barriers of EBP.” Concurrent session at the National Teaching Institute, American Association of Critical Care Nurses; Boston, Massachusetts, May 2013.

“Nursing Practice: Knowing What to Keep and What to Throw Away.” Concurrent session at the National Teaching Institute, American Association of Critical Care Nurses; Boston, Massachusetts; May 2013.

“Is the Way We Always Do It, the Way to Always Do It?” at the 30th Dimensions in Cardiac Care, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; September 2012.

“Peer Review” at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual Meeting; Chicago, Illinois; March 2012.

“Sustaining clinical outcomes in pressure ulcer prevention” at the American Nurses Association Nursing Quality Conference; Las Vegas, Nevada; January 2012. [poster presentation]

“Confronting Moral Distress” at the 2nd Annual Patient Experience: Empathy and Innovation Summit, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; May 2011.

“The Newly-Minted CNS: Form Follows Function” at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual Meeting; Baltimore, Maryland; March 2011.

“An APN-WOCN Partnership” at the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel 2011 Biennial Conference; Las Vegas, Nevada; February 2011. [poster presentation]

“Measuring Excellence through Dramatically Reduced Pressure Ulcer Rates” at the National Database for Nursing Quality Indicators Annual Conference; Miami, Florida; January 2011. [poster presentation]

Professional Involvement

  • Chair, CNS Scope and Standards Task Force, American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Member, Evidence-Based Practice Resources Work Group, American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Member, Circle of Excellence Award Review Panel, American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Past Member, CCNS Exam Development Committee and Clinical Nurse Specialist Scope and Standards Task Force, American Association of Critical Care Nurses

Honors & Awards

  • Nursing Excellence Award, Lifetime Achievement, Cleveland Clinic, 2012
  • Circle of Excellence Award, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, 2010

Contact Information

Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue / G54
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
216.444.0134
hillk4@ccf.org