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Dana C. Wade

Dana C. Wade


Associate Chief Nursing Officer,
Nursing Quality and Practice,
Cleveland Clinic Health System,
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Executive Summary

Dana C. Wade, DNP, RN, CNS-BC, CPHQ, NEA-BC, is associate chief nursing officer for nursing quality and practice at Cleveland Clinic. With more than 30 years in the healthcare industry, Wade specializes in clinical performance improvement and has extensive leadership and management experience in nursing quality, quality and patient safety, accreditation, cardiology, and cardiac rehabilitation.

Throughout her tenure at Cleveland Clinic, Wade has made a significant impact in the health system’s attainment of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet® and Pathways to Excellence® designations. She has worked with various regulatory agencies, including The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the Ohio Department of Health. She has served on the University HealthSystem Consortium Nursing Quality Advisory Council and American Nurses Association Care Coordination Advisory Committee. Wade has also been an appraiser for the ANCC Pathways to Excellence® Program and abstract reviewer for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® since 2008. She was the 2011 recipient of Cleveland Clinic’s Abbie Porter Leadership Award.


  • DNP, Ohio State University, 2015
  • MSN, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, 1997
  • BSN, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia, 1980
  • ADN, South Georgia College, Douglas, Georgia, 1978


  • Advanced Nursing Executive (NEA-BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, National Association for Healthcare Quality


A proven leader, Wade drives quality outcomes, metrics reporting and performance improvement, utilizing strategies such as the standardization of policies and procedures, data management and more. A known collaborator with the nursing and health system leadership teams, she is chair of the Zielony Nursing Institute’s Enterprise Nursing Practice Council and is a nursing representative on several health system councils. With an extensive background in nursing quality, she has developed system-wide nursing quality department, nurse-sensitive indicator reports, and performance improvement plans. Wade also served as senior director in nursing education, implementing a refined on-boarding process for Cleveland Clinic’s more than 7,000 graduate and undergraduate nursing students.

Clinical Practice

Wade’s clinical areas of expertise lie within the areas of cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation, coronary critical care, medical/surgical homecare, and intensive care. She has also served as a clinical nurse specialist and research manager in the ambulatory care setting.


Having educated nursing and non-nursing students throughout Ohio and Texas, Wade has taught in the higher education setting as a clinical and leadership preceptor for graduate students at the following institutions:

  • Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
  • The University of Akron, College of Nursing, Akron, Ohio
  • Texas A&M, College of Physical Education, College Station, Texas
  • North Texas State University, College of Physical Education, Denton, Texas

Research, Publications & Presentations

Wade is a well-known presenter has published several articles on hospital discharge planning and vascular access infection rates in the home care environment, as well as other topics. She has also conducted research studies on varying subjects, including titles such as “An Investigation into Quality of Care Outcomes for Patients Transferred from an Acute Care Setting into a Subacute Care Setting,” and “The Health Care Needs of Homeless Women and Children.”

View a selection of her work.


2009-2015. Principal Investigator. Validating Use of Medical Record Data to Predict Risk Factors of Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers. Cleveland Clinic Health System. Cleveland, Ohio.

1997-2000. Study Coordinator. Multiple Cardiac Prevention Drug Studies.

1996-1997. Study Coordinator. Home Care Infusion and Home Health Care Workers Risk to Bloodborne Pathogens. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.

1996-1997. Study Coordinator. Prescreening for Post Acute Services in the Cardiothoracic Surgical Patient Population. Cleveland Clinic Health Care Ventures, Cleveland, Ohio.

1996-1997. Study Coordinator. An Investigation into Quality of Care Outcomes for Patients Transferred from an Acute Care Setting into a Subacute Care Setting. Cleveland Clinic Health Care Ventures, Cleveland, Ohio.


Braunscheidel, M., Pearce, J, & Shumway, S. (Ed.) Without Whose Aid: Wisdom, Compassion, and Courage. Second edition. Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, 2010. [book chapter]

Boyer, CL., Wade DC, and Madigan, L. “Prescreening cardiothoracic surgical patient population for post acute care services.” Outcomes Management for Nursing Practice, Oct/Dec., 2000; 4,4.

Boyer, CL. and Wade DC. “The impact of compliance on quality outcomes in the home infusion population.” The Journal of Nursing Intravenous Society, Supplemental Issue. Sept/Oct., 1998. Supplemental Issue.

Behrendt, DJ. (Ed.) Clinical Guidelines for Managed Home Care. Aspen Publishers, Inc., Gaitherberg, Maryland, 1997. [book chapter]


"Validating Use of Medical Record Data to Predict Risk Factors of Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers." 11th Annual Nursing Research Conference, Cleveland Clinic Health System, Cleveland, Ohio, April, 2015 [podium and poster presentation]

“Hand-off Communication: Implementation of an Electronic Shift Report to Improve Patient and Nurse Satisfaction” Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, April, 2015 [DNP Defense Presentation].

“Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Nurse Pathways/Career Development” at the Dimensions in Cardiac Care Annual Conference, Cleveland Clinic InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center, Cleveland, Ohio; 2012. [podium presentation]

“Organizational Teamwork in Decreasing Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers” at the University HealthSystem Consortium; 2011. [web conference]

“Organizational Teamwork in Decreasing Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers” at the NDNQI National Conference, National Database for Nursing Quality Indicators, New Orleans, Lousianna; 2010. [poster presentation]

“Using Nursing Morbidity and Mortality Conference to Improve Patient Safety and Quality of Care” at the ANCC National Magnet Conference, American Nurses Credentialing Center, Louisville, Kentucky; 2009. [poster presentation]

Professional Involvement

  • Member, American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and Greater Cleveland/Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives (GCONE/OONE)
  • Member, Ohio and National Association for Healthcare Quality (OAHQ/NAHQ)

Honors & Awards

  • The Abbie Porter Leadership Award, Cleveland Clinic main campus, 2011

Contact Information

Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue / IN8
Cleveland, Ohio 44195