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Anne O. Vanderbilt

Anne O. Vanderbilt


Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Nurse Practitioner, and Advanced Practice Nurse Manager Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Executive Summary

Anne O. Vanderbilt, MSN, RN, CNS, ANP-BC, is a clinical nurse specialist (CNS), adult nurse practitioner and advanced practice nurse manager at Cleveland Clinic main campus. With certifications from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in gerontological nursing and as an adult nurse practitioner, Vanderbilt has been in advanced practicing nursing at Cleveland Clinic since 2000. Her CNS experience includes both internal medicine and geriatrics. Leading initiatives such as Cleveland Clinic’s geriatric resource nurse program, hospital-wide fall minimization program and a multi-disciplinary falls clinic, Vanderbilt is highly skilled in patient care as well as caregiver education and support.

Vanderbilt began her career in 1988 as a staff nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital on a medical telemetry unit. She also spent time as a traveling nurse, working in academic and community hospital settings across the country, and in the medical and coronary intensive care units at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. For five years, Vanderbilt was a staff educator and nurse practitioner in long-term care at Montefiore in Beachwood, Ohio, where she found her passion for elderly adult care. Vanderbilt has a special interest in dementia and delirium, serving as the principal investigator on a research student screening delirium prior to orthopedic surgery.


  • MSN, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 1997
  • BSN, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 1988


  • Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP-BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Gerontological Nurse, American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), American Heart Association
  • State of Ohio Certificate to Prescribe


As an advanced practice nurse manager, Vanderbilt supervises 28 clinical nurse specialists in the Office of Nursing Education and Professional Practice Development. As part of her role, she has developed an orientation program and provides ongoing mentoring and educational support for new clinical nurse specialists. Throughout her career she has taken active roles in numerous committees and councils, such as co-chair of Cleveland Clinic’s patient falls committee, leader of the geriatric nurse resource program, and chair of the continuing education committee for the advance practice nurse council.

Clinical Practice

Vanderbilt’s clinical expertise lies within the areas of gerontological and internal medicine nursing.


As a member of the Office of Nursing Education and Professional Development, Vanderbilt orients, mentors and supports new clinical nurse specialists into their roles. For three years, as a staff development coordinator at Montefiore, she was responsible for the continuing education and development of 500 employees, conducting a comprehensive geriatric assessment course for professional nurses. She has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at the following institutions:

  • University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
  • Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Notre Dame College, South Euclid, Ohio
  • Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Research, Publications & Presentations

Vanderbilt’s published works include topics such as restraints and geriatric nursing protocols best practices. She also co-authored an article about nutrition and hydration in the Journal of Infusion Nursing. Her primary area of research has been on the screening for delirium prior to orthopedic surgery, but has also participated in a multicenter study investigating catheter associated urinary tract infections, a study on the association of the designed environment to fall risk in hospitals, and more. Vanderbilt has presented locally and nationally on many nursing and geriatric-specific topics.

View a selection of her work.


2012. Co-Investigator. REGISTRY: Assessing caregiver strain over time in the Cleveland Clinic Geriatrics Clinic.

2012. Co-Investigator. APN Autonomy at CCHS- survey.

2012. Co-Investigator.REGISTRY: Outcomes of the multi-disciplinary falls assessment clinic.

2010-2012. Principal Investigator. STOP- CAUTI- Reducing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) Hospitals.

2010-2012. Coordinator. Feasibility of routine screening of older adults presenting for elective orthopedic surgery for delirium risk.

2010. Principal Investigator. Contribution of the Designed Environment to Fall Risk in Hospitals Research Project.

2005-2006. Principal Investigator.Nurse Driven Protocol for removal of Indwelling Urinary Catheters.


Mion LC, O'Connell A. Parenteral hydration and nutrition in the geriatric patient: Clinical and ethical issues. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 2003; 26(3):1-7.

O’Connell A. Bedside Rails: Helpful or Harmful? Nursing Spectrum. Midwestern Edition. 2002.

O'Connell A, Mion LC. Use of physical restraints in the hospital setting. In: I Abraham, MM Bottrell, T Fulmer, MD Mezey (Eds.), Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice, 2nd Edition. NY: Springer Publishing Company. 2002.


“Geriatric Falls” at Women’s Health Essentials for Primary Care Providers; Cleveland, Ohio; 2013.

“Screening of older adults for delirium risk prior to elective orthopedic surgery; Is it feasible?” at a Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders webinar; 2012.

“Screening of older adults for delirium risk prior to elective orthopedic surgery; Is it feasible? What do we do about it?” at the NICHE Nurses Improving Care For Healthsystem Elders National Conference; Las Vegas, Nevada; April 2011. [poster presentation]

“Survey of Nurses’ knowledge of inpatient management strategies for patients with diabetes;” 2010. [poster presentation]

“Falls Huddle: A New Safety Strategy” at the Ohio Association for Healthcare Quality Conference; Columbus, Ohio; May 2010. [poster presentation]

“Nutrition: A Challenge for Persons with Dementia” at the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities; Strongsville, Ohio; 2010.

“Geriatric Clinical Practice Projects” at the Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE) Annual Meeting; New York City, New York; February 2008. [poster presentation]

“Nurse Driven Protocol for removal of Indwelling Urinary Catheters” at the Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE) Annual Meeting; New York City, New York; February 2007. [poster presentation]

“Making Research Happen at the Bedside” at the Promedica Health Systems; Toledo, Ohio; October 2006.

“Care of the Hospitalized Dementia Patient” at the Geriatrics: Your future is now; Beachwood, Ohio; September 2005.

“Up, UP and Away: Geriatric Ambulation Program” at the National Geriatric Nurses Association Annual Meeting; Las Vegas, Nevada; October 2004. [poster presentation]

“Bioethical Issues related to Tube Feeding in the Frail Elderly” at the Geriatrics: Your future is now; Beachwood, Ohio; October 2003.

“Ethical Issues in Geriatric Care” at the National Dermatological Nurses Association (DNA); San Francisco, California; March 2003.

“Clinical Nurse Specialists reducing use of companions in acute and subacute care setting” at the National Geriatric Nurse Association Annual Meeting; Denver, Colorado; October 2001. [poster presentation]

“Nurse Practitioner / Medical Director Teams in long-term care” at the Association of Ohio Philanthropic Homes for the Aged; Columbus, Ohio; May 1998.

“Staff investment 101: Many Happy Returns” at the Association of Ohio Philanthropic Homes for the Aged; Dayton, Ohio; May 1996.

Professional Involvement

  • Member, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Member, American Geriatrics Association

Contact Information

Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue / X-10
Cleveland, Ohio 44195