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Deborah L. Solomon

Deborah L. Solomon

MSN, RN, ACNS, BC

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Women’s Health, Urology and Short-stay
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Executive Summary

Deborah L. Solomon, MSN, RN, ACNS, BC, is a clinical nurse specialist for the women’s health, urology and short-stay units at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus location. Certified in adult health, Solomon’s clinical expertise is in women’s health as she has many years of experience caring for patients in postpartum, inpatient gynecology and urology. She is the clinical liaison for postpartum, oncology and benign gynecology, as well as benign and malignant urology patients. Solomon has also spent ample time studying the prevention of catheter associated urinary tract infection, which has aided in the development of an educational film on the catheter and leg bag, assisted in the writing of a catheter care protocol, and helped with physician, nurse and nursing assistant education on the topic.

A member of Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Nursing Education and Professional Development, prior to her role as a clinical nurse specialist, Solomon spent five years as a clinical instructor within the Cleveland Clinic health system working to orient and retain talented nursing staff. Her career experience also includes healthcare organizations such as St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lorain, Ohio, and Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2013, Solomon received, through a peer nomination, the Cleveland Clinic Nursing Alliance Award for support of the bedside nurse.

Education

  • MSN, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 2006
  • BSN, Breen School of Nursing, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, Ohio, 1989 (cum laude)
  • ADN, Lakeland Community College, Mentor, Ohio, 1979

Certifications

  • Certified Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACNS), American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS) Instructor, American Heart Association

Leadership

An active member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN), Solomon is a leader both within and outside of Cleveland Clinic. She sits on the AMSN’s local chapter board in the arena of education, and also plans and organizes guest speakers for the chapter. Helping to further professional development opportunities for Cleveland Clinic nurses, Solomon has organized medical-surgical review courses so that nurses are well prepared to sit for the certification exam. She is presently the chair of the Nursing Institute’s coordinating council. She is also a former chair of Cleveland Clinic’s nursing practice council and the cultural competency committee, among others.

Clinical Practice

Solomon’s clinical expertise lies within the area of women’s health, specifically oncology and benign gynecology and urology, inpatient, with additional expertise in postpartum and malignant urology.

Teaching

Throughout her career, Solomon has served as a nursing program clinical instructor and as a teaching assistant for a web-based RN-to-BSN program. Her experience includes the following institutions:

  • Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Research, Publications & Presentations

Solomon’s research interests center on issues related to nurses’ work environments, having published research works on the topic such as “Complexity in the role of the registered nurse,” which was featured in Clinical Nurse Specialist Journal. Additional research efforts also include investigation into the perceived value of certification and the likelihood for nurses to become certified. Solomon has also served as a reviewer for the women’s health chapter of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses’ Core Curriculum for Medical-Surgical Nursing (4th edition).

View a selection of her work.

Research

2013. Principal Investigator. An Inquiry to Explore Perceived Value of Certification among Registered Nurses and Registered Nurse Characteristics Associated with Likelihood to Certify. [In data analysis]

2013. Co-Investigator. Understanding CNS Practices Through a CNS Role Tracking Tool. [Presented locally May 2013 by Jennifer Colwill, PI]

2012. Principal Investigator. Multicenter Study of Registered Nurse Role Complexity. [Presented in Nashville, Tennessee, 2013; Presented locally, May 2012]

2011. Principal Investigator. Complexity of care is associated with distressing environmental factors. [Published in Clinical Nurse Specialist Journal, 2011]

Publications

Solomon D, Albert A, Sun Z, Bowers AM, Molnar M. Complexity of care is associated with distressing environmental factors. Clinical Nurse Specialist 25(4). 2011; 186-192.

Craven H. AMSN Core Curriculum for Medical-Surgical Nursing, 4th ed., content reviewer for The Reproductive System. 2009.

Solomon D, Bartlett J, Soat M. Orientation program spiced with international flavor. Nursing Spectrum. 2004; 32-43.

Massa G, Hopkins J, Rock R, Smith AM, Soat M, Solomon D. PCNA education program a win-win situation. Nursing Spectrum. 2003.

Presentations

“Multicenter Study of Registered Nurse Role Complexity” at the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses Convention; Nashville, Tennessee; September 26-29, 2013. [poster presentation]

“Understanding CNS Practices Through a CNS Role Tracking Tool” at the 8th Annual Nursing Research Conference: Idea to Innovation; Cleveland, Ohio; May 5-6, 2013. [poster presentation]

“Transforming and Empowering Future Clinical Leaders” at the NACNS Conference, Innovations; San Antonio, Texas; March 7, 2013.

“Readmissions and Impact on Studer Pouch” at the Urology Nephrology Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; March 23, 2013.

“Mentoring Clinical Leaders as Bridge Builders” at the Celebrating CNS Practice: CNS as a Bridge Builder Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; September 14, 2012.

“A Growing Problem: Prostate Disease” at the AMSN local chapter Funday; Cleveland, Ohio; June 8, 2012.

“Illuminating the Way. Multicenter Study of Registered Nurse Role Complexity” at the 8th Annual Nursing Research Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; May 7-8, 2012. [poster presentation]

“Defining State of the Art. Case Study in Postpartum Care” at the 8th Annual Urology Gynecology Nursing Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; March 31, 2012.

“Compassion Fatigue” at the AMSN local chapter Funday; Cleveland, Ohio; June 16, 2011.

“Prevention of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CA-UTI).: A Nurse Driven Protocol. Solomon” at the Cleveland Clinic Healthcare Quality Innovation Summit; Cleveland, Ohio; May 11, 2011.

“Defining State of the Art. Case Study in Bladder Treatment” at the 7th Annual Urology Gynecology Nursing Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; April 2, 2011.

“CNS Whisperer: Giving Voice to CNS Contributions” at the Celebrating CNS Practice Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; October 8, 2010.

“A Growing Problem: Prostate Disease” at the local chapter of C.A.A.C.N.; Cleveland, Ohio; September 15, 2010.

“Practice Makes Perfect, Complexity of Care is Associated with Distressing Environmental Factors” at the 6th Annual Nursing Research Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; May 6, 2010.

“Maintaining Consistency with Pressure Ulcer Documentation” at the Ohio Association for Healthcare Quality; Cleveland, Ohio; May 2010.

“Reducing Simultaneous Restraint and Sitter Usage” at the 2009 NICHE Conference; Orlando, Florida; 2009.

“CNS Intern: A Novel Approach to Education and Role Assimilation” at the 2008 Celebrating CNS Practice Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; 2008.

“CNS Role Practicum Capstone Course, Hand Hygiene” at the 2007 National Clinical Nurses Specialist Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; 2007. [poster presentation]

“Open for Discussion: Urinary Incontinence” at the 1st Annual Urology/Gynecology Nursing Conference; Cleveland Ohio; 2005. [poster presentation]

Professional Involvement

  • Member, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Member, Northeast Ohio Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Member, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (National and Local Chapters)
  • Board Member, Education, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
  • Reviewer, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses’ Core Curriculum for Medical-Surgical Nursing (4th edition), Women’s Health Chapter
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Nursing Studies

Honors & Awards

  • Nursing Alliance Award for support of the bedside nurse, Cleveland Clinic, 2013

Contact Information

Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue / H70-39
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
216.444.0276
solomod1@ccf.org