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Christian N. Burchill

Christian N. Burchill


Senior Nurse Researcher, Office of Research and Innovation,
Cleveland Clinic Health System

Executive Summary

Christian N. Burchill, PhD, RN, CEN, is a nurse researcher for Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Nursing Research and Innovation. Dr. Burchill’s program of research is in organizational contextual factors that impact the delivery of care and patient outcome. He has produced many published works on his research throughout his career. In addition to actively conducting research, Dr. Burchill mentors clinical nursing staff on the research process and the proper way to execute a research study. He also participates in and leads multi-disciplinary research studies, disseminates research findings both locally and nationally, and serves as a research consultant to others.

Dr. Burchill has extensive clinical practice experience in the areas of emergency and trauma nursing. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, he was a clinical emergency nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was one of a select few within the hospital to be named an expert in his area of practice by the hospital’s blue ribbon panel. Throughout his time with the organization, he was also a staff development instructor, a clinical nurse in the ortho-trauma surgical unit, and chaired the hospital’s emergency department safety and security prevention task force. He developed and chaired the nursing shared governance unit council on behalf of the emergency department. Dr. Burchill is a certified emergency nurse and certified group development consultant.


  • Ph.D., College of Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2001
  • M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1989
  • B.S.N., West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania, 1985


  • Certified Group Development Consultant, GDQ Associates, Inc.
  • Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), Board of Certification for Emergency Nurses


Dr. Burchill is an experienced leader, educator, and consultant. He is an innovative and dedicated healthcare professional who is committed to making an impact on the healthcare system by educating and mentoring future nursing leaders. He firmly believes in using evidence to support practice and is a trusted mentor who has helped numerous nurses realize their potential in the realm of nursing research by applying their skills and creative thinking to the deliverance of new research that supports evidence-based practice.

Clinical Practice

Dr. Burchill’s clinical experience lies within the areas of trauma and emergency nursing.


During his tenure with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Burchill supervised undergraduate and graduate nursing students who had a clinical interest in emergency nursing, oriented new staff members, and mentored less experienced staff members. He was also a staff development instructor, designing and delivering practice and professional development program curriculum for clinical nurses. Additionally, he has served as a guest lecturer within several nursing programs at Philadelphia-area universities.

In Cleveland Dr. Burchill serves as Adjunct Faculty at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University as well as the College of Education and Human Services, Cleveland State University. He teaches Learner Assessment in Health Professions for the Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult Learning (CASAL) department’s Master of Education in Health Professions Education program.

Research, Publications & Presentations

Dr. Burchill’s career encompasses several publications in nursing and medical journals, numerous podium and poster presentations and a variety of nursing research studies. His published works have been featured in journals such as the American Journal of Critical Care and the Journal of Emergency Medicine. Sharing his expertise in emergency services and trauma nursing and more, Dr. Burchill has presented throughout the country and has also served as an organizational consultant to AIDS service organizations and schools of nursing.

View a selection of his work.



2016. Principal Investigator. Searching for Magnet: Nursing Presence on Hospital Websites.

2016. Co-investigator & mentor. Frequency and Severity of Patient-Visitor Violence on Medical Units.

2016. Co-investigator & mentor. Evaluation of Quality of Sleep for Patients on Medical Units.

2016. Principal Investigator. Evaluation of Nurses’ Actual versus Expected Decisional Involvement.

2016. Principal Investigator. Psychometric Testing of the Nurses’ Attitudes and Practices Promoting Sleep Survey (NAPPSS).


Burchill, C. N. & Polomano, R. (2016). Certification in Emergency Nursing Associated with Vital Signs Attitudes and Practices. International Emergency Nursing. doi: 10.1016/j.ienj.2015.12.003

Burchill, C.N. (2016). Role of research and evidence-based practice councils. In N.M. Albert (Ed.), Building and Sustaining a Hospital-based Nursing Research Program (pp. 61 – 90). New York: Springer.


Poster Presentation, Certification in Emergency Nursing Associated with Vital Signs Attitudes and Practices. NursingManagement2016, Wolters Kluwer. Las Vegas, Nevada. November, 2016

Poster Presentation, Psychometric Testing of the Personal Workplace Safety Instrument for Emergency Nurses (PWSI-EN). State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science. Washington, DC. September, 2016



2015. Principal Investigator. The Experience of Being a Patient Companion.

2015. Mentor. Effect of Listening to Music in the PACU on Post-operative Abdominal Pain.

2015. Mentor. Effect of Leadership Education for Nurse Managers on Emotional Intelligence.


Burchill, C. N., Anderson, B., & O’Connor, P. (2015). Exploration of Nurses Beliefs and Practices about Postoperative Vital Signs. MedSurg Nursing, 24(4), 249-55.

Siedlecki, S.L., Butler, R.S., & Burchill, C.N. (2015) Survey design research: a tool for answering nursing research questions. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 29(4). doi: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000134.

Burchill, C.N. (2015). Development of the Personal Workplace Safety Instrument for Emergency Nurses. WORK, 51(1), 61-6. doi: 10.3233/WOR-141889.


Podium Presentation participant in a multidisciplinary panel, Violence in Hospitals and Ambulatory Care. 27th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Orlando, Florida. December, 2015

Poster Presentation, Patient-visitor violence: What makes nurses feel safe? ANCC Annual Magnet Conference. Atlanta, Georgia. October, 2015

Poster Presentation, Factors that make emergency nurses feel safe from patient-visitor violence. Emergency Nursing 2015, ENA. Best research poster award. Orlando, Florida. September, 2015

Podium Presentation in collaboration with Stacy Claus, MSN, RN, ACNS, All for One and One for All: Addressing the Complexity of Violence in the Healthcare Setting. Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting. Columbus, Ohio. June, 2015

Podium Presentation, Teamwork in Healthcare: A Nurse Researcher’s Perspective. Annual Nursing Research Conference, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Hospital. Invited keynote speaker. Galveston, Texas. May, 2015



2014. Co-investigator & mentor. Exploration of the Lived Experience of Being an Atypical Faller on a Medical Unit.

2014. Principal Investigator. A study of the effect of the built operating room environment on patient and staff anxiety and satisfaction.



2013. Co-investigator & mentor. Nurses’ Knowledge Related to Insulin Administration.

2013. Psychometric Testing of the Personal Workplace Safety Instrument for Emergency Nurses (PWSI-EN).

2013. Co-investigator & mentor. Exploration of Surgical Nurses’ Practices and Attitudes Related to Postoperative Vital Signs.

2013. Co-investigator. Patient Satisfaction and Perceptions of Teamwork among Emergency Care Providers.

2013. Principal Investigator. Emergency Nurse Practices and Attitudes Related to Repeating Vital Signs.


Kipnis, A., Rhodes, K., Burchill, C.N., & Datner, E. (2013). The relationship between patients’ perceptions of team effectiveness and their care experience in the emergency department. Journal of Emergency Medicine, 45(5), 731-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2012.11.052.

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Emergency Nurses Association
    • President, Cleveland Chapter
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International, Xi Delta Chapter
  • Member, American Nurses Association, Ohio Nurses Association
  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society

Honors & Awards

  • Kunreuther Award, Excellence in Writing about Issues Affecting Women, College of Education, Temple University, 2000

Contact Information

Cleveland Clinic
Office of Research and Innovation
9500 Euclid Avenue / J3-4
Cleveland, Ohio 44195