As a world leader in healthcare with exceptional nurses working with leading-edge technology and renowned surgeons, Cleveland Clinic is an exciting place to be a practicing perioperative nurse.

Nurses in Perioperative Services for the Cleveland Clinic health system provide evidence-based care in a multidisciplinary setting. The ability to manage patient populations within the surgical continuum is a unique professional experience for our nurses as they are involved in groundbreaking procedures and care for some of the sickest patients in the country and from around the world.

A quick overview

  • Our surgical nurses provide support for 10 clinical institutes located at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, its hospitals and outpatient centers throughout the enterprise.
  • In 2015 Surgical Services performed 208,807 surgical cases across the system.
  • More than 2,000 caregivers are employed in Surgical Services.
  • We manage more than 280 operating rooms throughout the enterprise from tertiary care to ambulatory surgery centers

Our Rankings & Surgical Innovations

U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's top hospitals in its annual “America's Best Hospitals” survey and has named Cleveland Clinic's heart program No. 1 in the nation since 1995. Our surgical expertise is deep and broad in many specialties and has also been home to many surgical innovations. In 2011, the heart surgical team from Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute performed the nation’s first transcatheter valve replacement and repair, and in 2008, our Head & Neck Institute surgical team performed the first near-total face transplant in the country.

About our practice

Perioperative nursing at Cleveland Clinic focuses on optimal outcomes through quality, safe and effective care for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. Nurses are an integral part of a professional surgical team that places the utmost importance on communication, respect, camaraderie and collaboration at the highest levels. We also encourage autonomy and the ability of our nurses to function independently as they utilize their critical thinking skills and develop consistent clinical practice.

Operating at the top of our profession, five of our hospitals are Magnet®-recognized hospitals (main campus, Fairview Hospital, Hillcrest Hospital, Akron General, and South Pointe Hospital) and others have earned Pathway to Excellence® designation (Euclid Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, Marymount Hospital and Medina Hospital).

Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Our perioperative surgical nurses have the opportunity to teach, to learn and to grow in their careers. Along with learning how to provide the safest care for our surgical patients, they learn the many technical aspects involved in their overall scrub and circulating responsibilities. Our perioperative nurses direct their nursing careers by selecting a surgical specialty that is most desirable to them. Our nurses also have the chance to be directly involved in perioperative research, with the potential to create a new paradigm and direct our surgical nursing practice.


Our nurse residency and nurse associate programs are unique in offering nurses in training a chance to experience a rotation in one of our 280 Cleveland Clinic ORs. And our new perioperative nurses go through an intensive onboarding program to get them up to speed in a busy and dynamic environment.

If this overview is of great interest to you, we encourage you to explore your options as a surgical nurse with Cleveland Clinic and to seek a dynamic career with us.