James B. Bryant, MSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, NEA-BC, is associate chief nursing officer of emergency services for Cleveland Clinic health system. With nearly 30 years of experience, Bryant has fulfilled roles that range from direct patient care and management of multiple nursing units and product lines to executive leadership. An expert in emergency services, he has achieved record-setting improvements through his leadership of the design and implementation of four state-of-the-art emergency departments, working diligently to ensure both staff and facility operate at a superior level using evidence-based best practices, improving patient experience and outcomes.
Throughout his first three years at Cleveland Clinic, Bryant integrated 16 emergency departments, including four free-standing sites and two international, re-designing the split-flow triage process throughout the system, improving patient flow and reducing time spent in the waiting room. Other career highlights include the design and implementation of electronic tracking and documentation systems and the development, marketing and implementation of an occupational medicine program dedicated to meeting community needs and improving revenue sources. Bryant is a noted award-winner, receiving various recognitions for his nursing skills and leadership.
- Emergency Department Design Certificate, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2004
- M.S. in Nursing and Health Systems Management, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 2003
- Business of Nursing Certificate, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 2001
- B.S.N., Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, 1984
- Board Certified Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center
- Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN), American Association of Critical Care Nurses
- Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing
- Adult and Pediatric Trauma Nursing, Emergency Nurses Association
A skilled clinician and outcomes-oriented leader, Bryant is committed to life-long learning, staff development and retention, fiscal responsibility, and quality care that optimizes patient outcomes and satisfaction. He excels at budget forecasting, development and monitoring with a proven track record of meeting financial goals and optimizing resources. In his current role, Bryant provides oversight of emergency services nursing throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system.
Bryant’s clinical experience lies within the areas of emergency services, trauma services (Level I and II) critical care transport (air and ground), critical care and medical/surgical nursing.
Bryant has enjoyed a long history of educating fellow caregivers on specific skills and life-saving techniques, including basic, advanced, pediatric and neonatal Advanced Life Support (ALS) through the American Heart Association, the instruction of a trauma nursing core course and an emergency nurse pediatric course through the Emergency Nurses Association, as well as regional emergency nurse certification review courses and critical care paramedic education. He has also served as a mentor in the area of nursing leadership.
Research, Publications & Presentations
Bryant and his team have made various nursing research contributions, including the initial work related to the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) comprehensive public health approach for alcohol and illicit drugs, sponsored by the Emergency Nurses Association; and in 2013, a Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-funded grant to establish best practices to reduce hemolysis during blood collection. Additionally, Bryant has traveled the globe presenting on topics ranging from emergency department successes and emergency department patient flow to shared governance as a best practice, as well as how to form a dynamic partnership between nursing and supply chain to optimize purchasing.
View a selection of his work.
“Transform ED” at the Emergency Nurses Association Leadership Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; 2013.
“Nursing and Supply Chain Partnership to Optimize Purchasing” at the University HealthCare Consortium, Orlando, Florida; 2012.
“Time Takers – Shared Governance in Action” at the National Magnet Conference, Miami, Florida; 2006.
“Emergency Department Success – Continuing Journey” at the University HealthCare Consortium, Baltimore, Maryland; 2006.
“Emergency Department Patient Flow” at the University HealthCare Consortium. Tampa, Florida; 2006.
“Cracker Jack Nursing – Get Out of Your Box and Be the Prize,” Blowing Rock, North Carolina; 2005.
“Emergency Nurse Certification Course” at the Area Health Education Center, Hickory, North Carolina; 2004.
- Member, American Nurses Association
- Member, American Organization of Nurse Executives and Greater Cleveland Organization of Nurse Executives
- Member, American Association of Critical Care Nurses
- Member, Emergency Nurses Association
- Past-President, Emergency Nurses Association – Piedmont Chapter
- Member, Sigma Theta Tau – Nu Beta Chapter, Johns Hopkins University
- Past-Treasurer, Maryland Nurses Association
- Board of Directors Member, Northern Ohio Trauma System
- Clinical Advisory Board Member, T-System
- Customer Advisory Council Member, Air Methods Cooperation
- Centricity Enterprise/CareCast Member, GE Medical System
Honors & Awards
- Best Overall Performer in Care of Chest Pain Patient/Cardiac Services, University HealthSystem Consortium, 2007 and 2010
- Best Overall Performer in Emergency Department Patient Flow, University HealthSystem Consortium, 2006 and 2008
- “Great 100” Nurses in North Carolina
- “Best Nurse Leader” Runner-Up, Advance for Nurses, 2006