Linda D. Pasek, MSN, RN, CNS, is a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in medical-surgical nursing at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital. A sought after resource, program and issues facilitator, problem-solver and more, Pasek boasts expertise in quality and compliance, policy and procedure and research-based nursing practice. She is a champion for patient safety and coordinates and chairs a variety of health system councils and committees, focusing on special projects, patient care nursing assistants, fall prevention and more. With forty years in the professional practice of nursing, Pasek accepted her first position in 1973, and became a practicing CNS in 1980. Her CNS career trajectory consists of 20 years in hematology, oncology and medical-surgical nursing. Among many notable successes, she planned, developed and implemented an inpatient and outpatient hematology and oncology program.
Her tenured and prosperous nursing career spans healthcare institutions such as St. Joseph Riverside Hospital in Warren, Ohio, Akron Children’s Medical Center, Georgia Cancer Specialists in Conyers, Georgia, DeKalb and Atlanta Medical Centers, and the Ireland Cancer Center at Cleveland’s University Hospitals, as well as Cleveland Clinic. She has held nursing director positions with the Ravenna Visiting Nurse Association in Ravenna, Ohio, and Sisters of Notre Dame in Chardon, Ohio, as well as case management and clinical instructor positions. Pasek’s interests include nursing research and community health, of which she has led several noteworthy programs from self-breast and testicular exams to grief recovery.
- MSN, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 1980
- BSN, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 1973
- Certificate of Authority
- Certified in Chemotherapy Administration
With an extensive career history that is rooted in management, Pasek has showcased her leadership skills within numerous healthcare settings. Her expertise encompasses three years in an assistant nurse manager position as well as three interim nurse manager positions, including one within the Cleveland Clinic health system. In her current leadership role, she has instituted a collaborative team philosophy for patient care delivery. She is experienced in staffing, mentoring and budgeting, and is an innovative problem-solver and resource.
Pasek’s clinical expertise lies within the areas of oncology and medical-surgical nursing.
Throughout her career, Pasek has taught a number of classes on topics within the realm of medical-surgical nursing issues, chemotherapy and oncology. She has served as a pediatrics clinical instructor at Akron Children’s Medical Center, and as an adjunct professor for the College of Nursing at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
Research, Publications & Presentations
An experienced presenter, Pasek has spoken to a variety of audiences on several topics related to oncology and the nursing care of oncology patients. She has presented for critical-care registered nurse review courses and has been an invited speaker for leadership seminars and pinning ceremonies.
- Member, Oncology Nursing Society
Honors & Awards
- Patient Safety Award, Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital, 2012
- Nurse of Hope, Trumbull County, American Cancer Society, 1981