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Janet E Fuchs

Janet E. Fuchs


Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Ambulatory Services,
Cleveland Clinic Health System

Executive Summary

Janet E. Fuchs, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, is associate chief nursing officer for ambulatory services at Cleveland Clinic. Fuchs has spent 20 of her more than 25 years in the nursing profession with Cleveland Clinic, serving in various nurse manager and director roles in addition to her current position. For more than 15 years, she has focused her efforts on ambulatory and advanced practice nursing, achieving many career successes, including the promotion and passage of health policy legislation at the state level and the creation of ambulatory special interest groups to advance professional nursing practice and the staff nurse role in governance and practice development.

Most recently, Fuchs served as Cleveland Clinic’s senior director for ambulatory nursing where she was responsible for policy, safety and quality for ambulatory clinical nursing practice, developing and enhancing care-delivery models. Her career history also includes director of dialysis at St. John West Shore Hospital in Cleveland. Fuchs is an experienced presenter and published author, member of numerous professional associations and has served as a board member for the Council of Health Care Advocacy, member of the Governor’s Task Force on the state quality improvement initiative and more. In 2011, she received the Administrative Excellence Award from the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing and is a two-time recipient of the Excellence in Political Action Award from the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses.


  • M.B.A. in Healthcare, Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, 2009
  • M.S.N., Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 1987
  • B.S.N., Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 1983
  • Diploma, Fairview General Hospital School of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio, 1975


  • Board Certified Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist – Core, American Nurses Credentialing Center


Fuchs is responsible for leading and coordinating nursing practice within all ambulatory areas throughout Cleveland Clinic health system. She directs ambulatory nursing practice as it relates to quality, safety, regulatory compliance and operational activities while collaborating with executive leadership in the development and implementation of strategic operations. A leader both within and outside the health system, Fuchs also represents Cleveland Clinic’s ambulatory nursing program at local, regional and national levels within the nursing and healthcare industries.

Clinical Practice

Fuchs’ clinical expertise lies within the area of ambulatory nursing with additional expertise in care coordination, medical intensive care, renal and cardiology nursing.


Fuchs often serves as a mentor and educator for her nursing colleagues at Cleveland Clinic and fellow members of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing, focusing on the topics of patient care coordination and the application of care coordination in the ambulatory setting.

Research, Publications & Presentations

Fuchs has published many works throughout her career, appearing in publications such as the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Journal, the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Dialysis & Transplantation. She has presented regionally and nationally on topics ranging from Schedule II prescription drugs and development of an advanced practice nurse practice council to credentialing and privileging of advanced practice nurses and nurses as political change agents.

View a selection of her work.


Bahouth, M., Ackerman, M., Ellis, E., Fuchs, J., McComiskey, C., Stewart, E. & Thomson-Smith, C. (2013). Centralized Resources for Nurse Practitioners: Common Early Experiences Among Leaders of Six Large Health Systems. Journal of American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 25(14); 203-211.

Fuchs, J. Case Study of the Anemic Patient: Epoetin Alfa – Focus on Inflammation. ANNA Journal. 1994; 21, 78-81.

Fuchs, J., et al. A Prospective Randomized Study of Peritoneal Catheter Exit Site Care. Dialysis & Transplantation. 1990; 19, 81-84.

Fuchs, J. Kidney Dialysis – What are your Treatment Options? A Booklet on ESRD and Treatment Options for Patients and their Families. Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, 1989.

Fuchs, J. Patient’s Perceptions of Stressors on Hemodialysis and CAPD. ANNA Journal. 1988; 15, 282-286.

Fuchs, J. Use of Decisional Control to Combat Powerlessness. ANNA Journal. 1987; 14, 109-111.

Fuchs, J. & Schreiber, M. Using Computer Data to Examine Peritonitis and Peritoneal Catheter Complications. ANNA Journal. 1985; 12, 98-102.


“Staying on Target” at the AAACN National Conference; Las Vegas, Nevada; May 2013.

“Health Care Update” at the AAACN Conference; Orlando, Florida; 2012. [panel discussion]

“Update on Schedule II” at University Healthcare System, presentation to APNs; Cleveland, Ohio; 2012.

“Utilization of an APRN Satisfaction Survey to Assess & Improve APRN Practice” at the AANP Meeting; Phoenix, Arizona; 2010. [poster presentation]

“Credentialing & Privileging of Advanced Practice Nurses” to Case Western Reserve University APN Students; May 2010.

“Physician Perception of APN Role and Function” at the OAAPN Statewide Meeting; November 2009. [poster presentation]

“Roadmap to Establishing your APN Practice” to Ursuline College APN Students; May 2009.

“The Role of Peer Review in the APN Privileging Process” at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Conference; Nashville, Tennessee; 2009. [poster presentation]

“The APRN Directors Role in the Support and Development of APRN Practice in a University or Large Hospital System” at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Conference; Nashville, Tennessee; 2009. [poster presentation]

“Nurses as Political Change Agents” at the Cleveland Clinic Cardiac Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; September 2009.

“Development of an APN Practice Council” at the AANP Conference; 2008. [poster presentation]

“A Model for Extending Physician Specific Process Measures to Advanced Practice Nurses” at the American Medical Informatics Association; Washington, DC; 2006. [poster presentation]

Professional Involvement

  • Member, American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing
  • Member, Council of Health Care Advocacy
  • Member, American Organization of Nurse Executives
  • Member, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Past Board of Directors Member, Council of Health Care Advocacy
  • Chair, American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing Legislative Team
  • Past Chair, The Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses Schedule II Sub-committee
  • Past Member, Ohio Nursing Summit
  • Past Member, Governor’s Task Force: State Quality Improvement Initiative

Honors & Awards

  • Administrative Excellence Award, American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing, 2011
  • Excellence in Political Action Award, The Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses, 2008
  • Excellence in Political Action Award, The Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses, 2006
  • Linnea Henderson Award for Academic Excellence, Kent State University, School of Nursing, 1987

Contact Information

Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue / P3 Nursing Administration
Cleveland, Ohio 44195