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Catherine M. Skowronsky

Catherine M. Skowronsky


Clinical Nurse Specialist,
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Executive Summary

Catherine M. Skowronsky, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CMSRN, is a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) for inpatient internal medicine at Cleveland Clinic main campus. As part of her role, Skowronsky is highly involved in quality improvement programs at both the nursing unit- and health system-levels. One of her notable career accomplishments includes the improvement of patient safety through the introduction of a calculator specific to heparin dosing that requires dual sign-off. Additionally, as a means to better care for patients who are unable to follow instructions to maintain personal safety, she was instrumental in the establishment of the first close observation unit in medicine at Cleveland Clinic.

Skowronsky began her career at Cleveland Clinic in 2000 as a staff nurse in a 36-bed medical-surgical unit. In 2005, she accepted a clinical instructor position, focusing on new hire orientation, while also developing and presenting materials and information to experienced staff to enhance professional development opportunities. She is an experienced presenter and public speaker, often offering educational presentations within the health system and at local, national and international conferences and events. In 2011, she traveled overseas with a select group of advanced practice nurses to provide continuing education for U.S. Department of State nurses who were practicing outside the nation. Skowronsky is a member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and Academy of Medical Surgical Nursing.


  • MSN, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 2010
  • BSN, Chamberlain College of Nursing, St. Louis, Missouri, 2007
  • ADN, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio, 1999
  • BS in Biology, John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio, 1991


  • Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN), Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses
  • Board Certified Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACNS-BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), American Heart Association
  • Certified in Basic Life Support (BLS), American Heart Association


A consultant, clinical expert, educator and researcher, Skowronsky displays leadership abilities in many areas of her work. She is actively involved with the U.S. Department of State international nursing conference as co-director, where she is responsible for planning and coordinating continuing nursing education speakers, and more.

Clinical Practice

Skowronsky’s clinical expertise lies within the area of medical-surgical nursing.


As a clinical instructor for six years, Skowronsky has positively impacted many of Cleveland Clinic’s newly hired registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. In addition to new hire orientation and training, she has created and presented numerous presentations on professional development opportunities to experienced staff. Her teaching experience also includes basic cardiac life support instruction.

Research, Publications & Presentations

Skowronsky’s publishing experience entails the writing of a manuscript, titled the “Close Observation of Medical Patients with Complex Conditions to Prevent Falls and Minimize the use of Patient Care Companions,” which she submitted to the Journal of Nursing Care Quality. She is a content reviewer of medical-surgical nursing content for The Respiratory System, and has presented poster presentations and more on topics ranging from sepsis to nursing care of the patient with Parkinson’s disease and establishing a close observation unit.

View a selection of her work.


Skowronsky C. Close Observation of Medical Patients with Complex Conditions to Prevent Falls and Minimize Use of Patient Care Companions. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. Submitted for review November 2013. [manuscript]


“Trachs, Cannulas and Mucous Plugs. Oh, my!” presentation to AMSN; Cleveland, Ohio; November 2013.

“Sepsis: A one act play,” at the Cleveland Clinic Medical Surgical Nursing Conference, Cleveland, Ohio; October 3, 2013.

“Reducing the Incidence of CLABSI in the Non ICU Medicine Units of a large Academic Medical Center,” at the Quality and Patient Safety Innovation Summit, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; May 2013. [poster presentation]

“Close Observation of Medical Patients with Complex Conditions to Prevent Falls,” at the Nursing Research Conference, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; May 2013. [poster presentation]

“Revisiting the Heparin Nomogram: Leveraging Technology to Improve Quality,” at the American Society of Hematology; Florida; December 2012. [accepted for poster presentation]

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

“CIWA: Say What?” at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Conference; Chicago, Illinois; April 2012. [poster presentation]

“Keeping Patients Safe on a Budget: Establishing a Close Observation Unit,” at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Conference, Chicago, Illinois; April 2012. [poster presentation]

“Improving the Safety and Effectiveness of Heparin Infusions at a Large Academic Hospital,” National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare; December 2011. [poster presentation]

“The Respiratory System,” at the Department of State CE presentation; Singapore and Istanbul, Turkey; March and April 2011.

“Nursing Care of the Patient with Parkinson’s Disease,” at the Geriatric Resource Nurse Program, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; April 2006.

“Code Blue U,” at the NTI; Providence, Rhode Island; April 2006. [poster presentation]

Professional Involvement

  • Member, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Member, Academy of Medical Surgical Nursing

Contact Information

Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue / H80-57
Cleveland, Ohio 44195