For 22 years in a row, Cleveland Clinic has been ranked #1 in America for cardiac care and surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (ACNPs) in the Department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (CTA) have contributed to this national distinction through the application of their unique skills in critical care medicine and postoperative cardiovascular surgical management in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Heart & Vascular Institute. Their role in both the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute and the CVICU is integral to day-to-day clinical operations, as they are the essential link between patients, families, and their medical and surgical teams. ACNPs’ specialized training and experience allow them to provide intensive care to complicated heart surgery patients from all over the world with acute and chronic health conditions.

ACNPs are board certified nationally by the American Nurse Credentialing Center in acute/critical care, and are licensed by the state of Ohio. In the CVICU, ACNPs perform diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, prescribe medications, and treat acute situations that arise. Their scope of practice includes privileging for the performance of invasive procedures such as central line placement, arterial line placement, peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC), thoracentesis and endotracheal intubation. In addition, the department’s ACNP team has an important education mission because of its affiliation with ACNP training programs at major universities in Northeast Ohio, including Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University. Therefore, our ACNPs are active in clinical teaching and sponsor preceptorships for students in these ACNP training programs.

The ACNPs in the Department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology work together as equal partners with both their Intensivist colleagues and the surgical staff from the Department of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery. They share the mission of providing world class care to heart surgery patients at Cleveland Clinic, and they take pride in the collective achievement of Cleveland Clinic’s renowned Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute.

For additional information please contact:
Kathleen Ridella, MSN, ACNP
Manager, Acute Care Nurse Practitioners