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Jeanne M. Sorrell

Jeanne M. Sorrell

PhD, RN, FAAN

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

Executive Summary

Jeanne M. Sorrell, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a senior nurse scientist for Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Research and Innovation. She is also a long-time academic educator and serves as professor emerita for the School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University. With a background that encompasses both clinical and academia, Dr. Sorrell brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to her current position. Her programs of research primarily focus on Alzheimer’s disease, ethics, and chronic illness.

With clinical expertise in intensive care, neurosurgery, oncology, and more, Dr. Sorrell’s bountiful career spans healthcare organizations such as Leila Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan, University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, Swedish Medical Center in Denver, and Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Virginia. She joined Cleveland Clinic as a senior nurse researcher in 2010, accepting her current position in 2012. Since 1984, Dr. Sorrell has received numerous recognitions, honors and awards, including ‘National Nurse of the Year’ (teaching) by Nursing Spectrum in 2006. She was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2001, and was selected as one of the ’99 Outstanding Nurses’ by the Virginia Nurses Association in 1999.

Education

  • PhD in Education, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, 1987 (converted from Doctor of Arts in Education in 1995)
  • MSN, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1975
  • BSN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1962

Certifications

  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

Leadership

Dr. Sorrell is an inspiring and supportive leader. Throughout her work in academia, she has provided one-on-one student mentoring, coached student groups on planning and execution of community projects, and served as a faculty liaison for a graduate outreach program. She has also chaired dissertation committees for 18 doctoral students and served as doctoral committee member for more than 20 additional students. On a daily basis, Dr. Sorrell encourages and teaches nurses how to effectively conduct evidence-based research, leading them through the research process and ensuring they successfully have the tools and resources needed to advance the nursing profession through innovation, creative thinking and best practices.

Clinical Practice

Dr. Sorrell’s clinical experience lies within the areas of oncology, neurology/neurosurgery, medical/surgical and intensive care nursing.

Teaching

Dr. Sorrell has a rich history in higher education having served as a professor, associate professor, instructor, acting dean, associate dean and special projects coordinator for several colleges and universities. She has taught coursework including theory, education, ethics and writing to undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students. Her experience includes the following institutions:

  • George Mason University, College of Nursing and Health Science, Fairfax, Virginia
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Adult Health Nursing, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Shenandoah College and Conservatory, Winchester, Virginia
  • Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, Colorado
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Madison General School of Nursing, Madison, Wisconsin
  • St. Luke’s School of Nursing, San Francisco, California

Research, Publications & Presentations

Dr. Sorrell is often viewed as an influential leader in nursing research, positively advancing both the nursing profession and the healthcare industry. Her published works are vast and she is a sought-after international speaker. Dr. Sorrell co-directed the first clinical nurse educator academy at George Mason University and scripted a theatrical play and two series of videotapes on medical terminology and normal nutrition. Additionally, she has served as project director for several books, and is an editor and content reviewer for numerous organizations.

View a selection of her work.

Research

2012

Publications

Sorrell, J. M. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: What Does it Mean for Mental Health Services for Older Adults? Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 2012; 50(11), 14-18.

Sorrell, J. M. Widows and Widowers in Today’s Society. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 2012; 50(9), 14-18.

Sorrell, J. M. Creating a Culture of Ethical Watchfulness. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. 2012; 17(3). Available at http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/
Columns/Ethics/Ethics-Culture-of-Ethical-Watchfulnes.html. DOI: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol17No03EthCol01

Sorrell, J. M. Understanding Hoarding in Older Adults. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 2012; 50(3), 17-21.

Bernhofer, E. I., & Sorrell, J. M. Chronic Pain in Older Adults. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 2012; 50(1), 19-23.

Presentations

“Back to the Sandbox. The Lived Experience of Evidenced-based Research,” at Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Zeta; April 2012.

2011

Research

2011. Co-Principal Investigator. Creating Expertise in Diabetic Education: Voices of Diabetes Management Mentors.

Publications

Collier, E., & Sorrell, J. M. Schizophrenia in Older Adults. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 2011; 49(11), 17-21.

Sorrell, J. M. Caring for Older Adults with Bipolar Disorder. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 2011; 49(7), 21-25

Silva, M. C., Sorrell, J. M., & Fletcher, J. J. Application of Ethics in the Community. In M. Stanhope & J. Lancasater (Eds.) Public Health Nursing. Population-centered Health Care in the Community. 2011; 125-140. 8th Ed. Maryland Heights, MO: Elsevier.

Sorrell, J. M. Mental Health of the Oldest-old. Listening to their Stories. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 2011; 49(5), 21-24.

Sorrell, J. M., & Durham, S. Meeting the Mental Health Needs of the Aging Veteran Population. A Challenge for the 21st Century. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 2011; 49(1), 22-25.

Presentations

“The Magic Stethoscope: Collaborative Creative Writing to Learn in Nursing,” at the Association for Integrative Studies, 33rd Annual Conference; Grand Rapids, Michigan; October 2011. [paper presentation]

“Evidence-based Practice. A Habit of Inquiry,” at Marymount Hospital; Garfield Heights, Ohio; June 2011.

“Invisibility of Persons with Alzheimer’s in a Faith Community,” at the Midwest Nursing Research Society 35th Annual Research Conference; Columbus, Ohio; March 2011. [paper presentation]

“Exploring How Bedside Nurses Care for Patients with Chronic Pain,” at the Midwest Nursing Research Society 35th Annual Research Conference; Columbus, Ohio; March 2011. [poster presentation with E. Bernhofer, S. Siedlecki, M. B. Modic, P. Strumble, I. Kato, T. Larsen, M. Mueller Mozarowsky, V. Cramer, & L. Borden]

“Establishing and Promoting a Hospital-based Nursing Research Program,” at the Midwest Nursing Research Society 35th Annual Research Conference; Columbus, Ohio; March 2011. [pre-conference presentation with Albert, N., Siedlecki, S., & Zeni, M.B.]

Professional Involvement

  • Department Editor, Ethics Column, OJIN: Online Journal of Issues in Nursing
  • Department Editor, Aging Matters, Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
  • Advisory Board Member, Advances in Nursing Science
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Program Evaluator
  • Editorial Review Board, Nursing Research

Honors & Awards

  • International Nursing Media Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Six Characters in Search of an Answer, original docu-drama, 2007
  • National Nurse of the Year (teaching category), Nursing Spectrum, 2006
  • Media Award, “The Magic Stethoscope,” American Academy of Nursing, 2003
  • AJN Book of the Year Award, 2003
    • Co-authored chapter with Fletcher, J., & Silva, M. C. Harming patients in the name of quality of life. In Diekelmann, N. (Ed), First, do no harm: Power, oppression, and violence in health care. Interpretive Studies in Healthcare and the Human Sciences, Vol. I. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press (lead chapter)
  • AJN Book of the Year Award, 2002
    • Community-based nursing curriculum: A faculty guide. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis. Co-editor with G. Redmond
  • International Nursing Electronic Media Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Stories of Quality Lives: Ethics in the Care of Persons with Alzheimer’s, 2001
  • “99 Outstanding Nurses” Award, Virginia Nurses Association, 1999
  • Meritorious Service Award, Virginia Nurses Association, 1998
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (one of 11 faculty throughout Virginia, and the only nurse, selected for excellence in teaching, research, and public service), 1996
  • Teaching Excellence Award, George Mason University (one of 10 faculty to receive), 1996
  • Inductee, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 1988

Contact Information

Cleveland Clinic
Office of Research and Innovation
9500 Euclid Avenue / T4-51
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
216.445.3457
sorrelj@ccf.org