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Christian N. Burchill

Christian N. Burchill


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 Research and Innovation. Dr. Burchill’s program of research is in teamwork and violence in the healthcare setting and 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 department 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, as well as the nursing shared governance unit council on behalf of the emergency department. Dr. Burchill is a certified emergency nurse, certified group development questionnaire (GDQ) consultant, and a certified trainer in the management of aggressive behavior.


  • 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


  • Group Development Questionnaire Certified 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.

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.


2015 – present. Co-Investigator. A Study on the Effect of the Operating Built Environment on Patient Anxiety and Staff Satisfaction. [Data collection in process].

2014 – present. Co-Investigator. Perceived Versus Actual Knowledge Related to Insulin Administration Among Nurses on Medical-Surgical Units in a Community Hospital. [Data analysis in process].

2014 – present. Investigator. In Harm’s Way: The Experience of Being a Patient Companion with a Violent or Potentially Violent Patient. [Data collection in process].

2014 – present. Co-Investigator. Trial of Silk-like Linens for the Prevention of ICU-acquired Pressure Ulcers. [Data analysis in process].

2013 – present. Investigator. Emergency Nurse Perceptions of Workplace Safety. [Presented sub-study of results at two international nurses conferences].

2014. Co-Investigator. Practice Analysis Related to Post-Operative Vital Signs. [Published, MedSurg Nursing, 2015].

2013. Co-Investigator. Patient Satisfaction and Teamwork among Emergency Care Providers. [Published, Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2013]

2011. Principal Investigator. ED Nurse Practice Analysis of Repeating Vital Signs. [Presented at Magnet Conference, Baltimore, MD].


Burchill, C & Polomano, R. (Accepted for publication). Certification in Emergency Nursing Associated with Vital Signs Attitudes and Practices. International Emergency Nursing.

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

Siedlecki, SL, Butler, RS, & Burchill, CN. (2015) Survey design research: a tool for answering nursing research questions. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 29(4):E1-8. doi: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000134.

Burchill, C. Development and testing of the Personal Workplace Safety Instrument for Emergency Nurses. WORK. 2013.

Kipnis A, Rhodes K, Burchill C, Datner E. The relationship between patients’ perceptions of team effectiveness and their care experience in the emergency department. The Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2013;

Wheelan S, Burchill C, Tilin F. The link between teamwork and patient outcomes in intensive care units. American Journal of Critical Care. 2003; 12, 6, 527- 534.

Wheelan S, Burchill C. Take teamwork to new heights. Nursing Management. 1999; 30, 4, 28-32.

Wheelan S, Brunner A, Burchill C, Craig R, Tilin F. The utility of group development theory in consulting with small, social service organizations: A case study. Organization Development Journal. 1996; 14, 3, 4-15.


“Violence in Hospitals and Ambulatory Care,” at the 27th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare, IHI; December 2015.

“Patient-visitor Violence: What Makes Nurses Feel Safe,” at the ANCC Annual Magnet Conference; October 2015. [poster presentation]

“Factors that Make Emergency Nurses Feel Safe from Patient-visitor Violence,” at Emergency Nursing 2015, ENA; September 2015. [poster presentation – voted best research poster]

“Teamwork Research in Healthcare: Findings and Challenges,” at the First Annual Conference on Workgroup Development Theory, Research and Practice; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; March 8, 2013.

“Violence in the emergency department: Trends and issues,” Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; February 2013.

“Analysis of results of a survey of ED nursing staff members about workplace violence” at the first annual Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention Conference, University of Cincinnati; Cincinnati, Ohio; May 2012. [poster presentation]

“Development of a valid and reliable assessment tool to evaluate perceptions of workplace safety for emergency nurses” at the first annual Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention Conference, University of Cincinnati; Cincinnati, Ohio; May 2012.

“Analysis of vital sign practices in emergency departments: Are frequent vital signs really necessary?” at the ANCC National Magnet Conference; Baltimore, Maryland; October 2011. [poster presentation]

“Analysis of vital sign practices in emergency departments: Are frequent vital signs really necessary?” at the UPHS Nursing Research Symposium; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; September 2011. [poster presentation]

“Collaborative Research: The Role of the Nurse” at the UPHS Nursing Research Symposium; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; September 2011.

Professional Involvement

  • President of the Cleveland Chapter, Emergency Nurses Association
  • 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