The Zielony Nursing Institute thrives from a constant flow of nursing students. Every year since 2009, there have been over 7,000 nursing students partaking in clinicals at our hospitals. In fact, each day there are over 1,200 students engaged in best-practice learning across the entire Cleveland Clinic enterprise.
Because of our close partnerships with some of the top schools in the nation, we are able to bring the best and the brightest to the Zielony Nursing Institute. We take pride in mentoring and developing new nurse professionals, and offering student nurse employment options, educational rotations and self-directed learning formats.
Cleveland Clinic does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities, on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, color, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ethnicity, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Cleveland Clinic administers all programs and services without regard to disability, and provides reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified disabled individuals.
Due to COVID-19 this program is postponed until further notice.
Registered Nurse Shadows (RN)
Cleveland Clinic's Nursing Institute welcomes interested individuals to participate in a 4 hour shadowing experience on a medical-surgical unit at one of our Main Campus or regional hospitals. The shadowing experience pairs the participant with a nurse delivering care on the assigned nursing unit. The participant will be able to observe how Cleveland Clinic nurses deliver world class care to patients and their families, communicate and coordinate with other members of the care delivery team, and expertly navigate the healthcare environment to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.
- 16 years of age or over
- Confidentiality form
Request an experience:
Please click here to submit your application.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Shadows (APRN)
Cleveland Clinic's Nursing Institute welcomes currently licensed registered nurses to participate in a 2-4 hour shadowing experience with a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or certified registered nurse anesthetist at one of our Main Campus, regional hospitals, or family health center locations. The shadowing experience pairs the shadower with an advanced practice nurse during the normal delivery of care. The student will be able to observe how Cleveland Clinic nurse practitioners deliver world class care to patients and their families, communicate and coordinate with other members of the care delivery team, and expertly navigate the healthcare environment to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.
- Shadower must be a currently licensed registered nurse
- Confidentiality form
- Shadow must be a high school graduate
Request an experience:
Please click here to submit your application.
If you have any questions regarding the shadowing experience, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Shadowing Experiences Available:
- Physician Assistant: Shadow experiences can be requested by emailing Marie Hoppert at email@example.com. Please include your contact information as well as specifics on your request.
- Allied Health/Health Sciences: Health Sciences encompasses over 40 disciplines (Physical/occupational therapy, pharmacy, phlebotomy, radiology, etc.). For a complete list of programs offered, please click here. Shadow experiences can be requested by emailing Michelle Hrehocik at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your contact information as well as specifics on your request.
High School Senior Project
Due to COVID-19 this program is postponed until further notice.
Cleveland Clinic's Nursing Institute welcomes high school students to perform their for credit senior projects in the field of nursing. The experience can range in length from 1 to 3 weeks. The high school senior project experience pairs the student with a nurse delivering care on an assigned nursing unit. The student will be able to observe how Cleveland Clinic nurses deliver world class care to patients and their families, communicate and coordinate with other members of the care delivery team, and expertly navigate the healthcare environment to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.
Senior Project Requirements
- 17 years of age or older
- Completion of onboarding process prior to the start date of your senior project
- Onboarding overview
- Update and verify personal information
- Review and acknowledge Cleveland Clinic enterprise-wide policies
- Cleveland Clinic mission, vision, and values
- Complete Conditions of Use form
- Complete background release form (minors exempt)
- Complete Health Requirement Attestation
- Negative tuberculosis test (2 step mantoux or Quantiferon blood test)
- MMR vaccine(measles, mumps, rubella)
- TDaP vaccine(tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)
- Hepatitis B vaccine series or signed waiver
- Varicella/Chicken Pox
- Flu vaccine if attending between November 15 and April 1
- Upload verification of negative TB result
- Complete confidentiality agreement
- Complete COMET coursework
- Register for parking (if needed)
- Obtain ID badge
For questions regarding this process, please contact the Office of Nursing Education and Professional Development at email@example.com.
Nurse Associate Extern
Cleveland Clinic’s Nurse Associate Externship Program is a 10-week summer program offered to internal caregivers and external nursing students (incoming 4th year BSN students).
- Nurse Associate - Positions available across the Cleveland Clinic enterprise.
- Clinical opportunities are available in the following nursing specialties: medical-surgical, critical care, heart and vascular, neonatal intensive care, obstetrics, PACU, behavioral health and operating room nursing.
- Observation opportunities are available in primary care, care coordination, telehealth nursing and home healthcare. Locations include Cleveland Clinic main campus and regional hospitals
- Find out more about our employment opportunities
Cleveland Clinic provides clinical placements for over 6000 undergraduate nursing students from over 14 Schools of Nursing in Ohio. These undergraduate students are placed in clinical group rotations with their instructors and individual senior practicums with on-site nurse preceptors. We have affiliate agreements with the Schools of Nursing to develop new nurse professionals and promote health education.
As a nursing student at Cleveland Clinic, there are many opportunities for educational experiences through the Schools of Nursing across several clinical specialty areas. We offer student nurse employment options through our Human Resource Department, such as patient care nursing assistants, and Health Care Unit Coordinators which will further expose the student to the healthcare environment.
Student Nurses are a vital part of the future workforce for Nursing and we are committed to the nursing school programs in supporting the clinical component of the education.
Faculty Documents and Resources
- Frequently Asked Questions about Policy Location
- New and Renewal Faculty Checklist
(Current - Cleveland Clinic Employee)
- New and Renewal Student Checklist
- New Faculty Checklist
- Practicum Placement Request Form
- Nursing Student Assignment / Activity Sheet
- Renewal Faculty Checklist
(Previous Instructor at Cleveland Clinic)
- Schedule Classroom Assignment Request
Mandatory faculty orientation must be attended prior to clinical rotation. Registration is required. Please click here to register.
Student and Faculty parking at Cleveland Clinic Facilities
All students and faculty are to contact parking services at: 216.444.2255 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note anyone not parking in their assigned parking area is subject to having their car placed with a boot or towed.
Student/faculty parking is located in the lot to the left of the main hospital entrance - Park to the back of this lot
Student/faculty parking is permitted in any employee marked area
Student/faculty parking is located at the Cleveland IX Center
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Student/faculty parking is located at Hillcrest Medical Building parking garage. The top floor of the garage is for student/faculty parking. The garage is located on the north side of Mayfield Road, directly behind the Hillcrest Medical Building.
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Student/faculty parking is located in the parking lot off of Franklin Avenue and West 25th Street.
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Student/faculty parking is located at the tennis courts off of Granger Road.
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Student/faculty parking is in the general parking lot
South Pointe Hospital
Student/faculty parking is in the A6 parking area behind Building A.
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Student/faculty parking must be obtained by contacting the parking services department using the number at the top of the page to receive your parking assignment
Graduate Nursing Student Placement Request
The Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence is committed to providing an exceptional educational experience for nurses seeking an advanced degree. To accommodate the growing volume of placement requests, while continuing to provide a positive experience for graduate nursing students and preceptors, Cleveland Clinic has created a central application process.
Students interested in completing a rotation need to complete the Graduate Nursing Preceptor Placement Application.
Students and/or Academic Institution Representatives should not directly call or email individual Cleveland Clinic sites or caregivers to inquire about a placement.
There will be three cycles of the application process. Exceptions to the application periods cannot be made.
|Clinical Rotation||Application Period|
|Winter/Spring (January 1 - May 14)||July 1 - September 30 (notification by October 31)|
|Summer (May 15 - August 15)||December 1 - February 28 (notification by March 31)|
|Fall (August 16-December 31)||March 1 - May 31 (notification by June 30)|
The Graduate Nursing Preceptor Request Process is to be utilized by students who are:
- In good academic standing
- Have received placement approval from their academic institutions
- Have an active Ohio Registered Nursing License
- In a program in which a current affiliation agreement exists between Cleveland Clinic and the academic institution
- Receiving academic credit for their rotation, in which participation is a course requirement
Placement of students at Cleveland Clinic is highly competitive, and completion of the preceptor application does not guarantee placement. Applications will be reviewed by leadership for selection. If/when a preceptor match is found, the Office of Advanced Practice Nursing will contact the student to inform of acceptance and initiate the onboarding process. Once the notification deadline date, identified above, has passed and you were not contacted to initiate onboarding then unfortunately a placement could not be found.
If you have questions regarding this process, please contact the Office of Advanced Practice Nursing via email at email@example.com.
Cleveland Clinic's Nurse Residency Program is an innovative competency and simulation-based program that is one year in length. The program supports both new graduate nurses and experienced nurses entering into a new specialty. We honor and respect the experiences each nurse brings; therefore the program is tailored to meet each nurse’s unique clinical and professional development needs.
- Learn more about our Nurse Residency Program
- Learn more about our Perioperative Nurse Residency Program
Cleveland Clinic’s Nurse Residency program achieved Accreditation with Distinction from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in 2020.
Cleveland Clinic's residency provides an innovative, competency and simulation-based program tailored to meet each nurse’s unique clinical and professional development needs. Each nurse resident receives an individualized experience to grow and develop.
Supporting both new graduate nurses and experienced nurses, the program meets the learner where they are, creating a highly personalized experience.
Student and New Graduate Nurses’ Resource Station
All student nurses and new graduate nurses are welcome to schedule a “live” meet and greet.
- Review your resume.
- Discuss Cleveland Clinic application process.
- Discuss Cleveland Clinic interview process.
- Learn more about student nurse and RN new graduate nursing opportunities.
Flexible appointment hours are available to meet students’ scheduling needs. Evening and weekend phone sessions are also available by request.
Our office is located at:
Rockside II - Rockside Center West Creek
6100 West Creek Road
Independence, Ohio 44131
(Behind Cleveland Clinic Independence Family Health Center)
For more information, please contact:
Meg Duffy, RN
Senior Director of Staffing & University Outreach
Cleveland Clinic Nurse Scholars Program
Sponsored by the Howley Foundation and Cleveland Clinic
Calling all high school juniors who aspire to a career in nursing: This program is for you!
The ASPIRE Nurse Scholars Program is an enrichment program sponsored by Cleveland Clinic and the Howley Foundation in collaboration with Ursuline College Breen School of Nursing. This enrichment program is designed for high school juniors interested in pursuing a career in nursing.
The ASPIRE Nurse Scholars Program focuses on providing you with career information and critical skill sets to support their matriculation through higher education, nursing school, and beyond.
Applications are now being accepted with a deadline of 11:59 p.m. Oct. 30, 2020.
A $500 monetary stipend will be awarded upon successful completion of the program. Select participants will be invited to return for a second year as mentors, as well as to build on the foundation of skills and concepts learned in junior year. The returning seniors will have the opportunity to earn a scholarship to attend Ursuline College to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
This 12-week enrichment program will offer instruction to high school juniors to develop their understanding of a nursing career. Students can expect to be enlightened on a number of topics, with sessions on the following and more:
- Profession of Nursing.
- Relationship-Based Care.
- Personal Brand.
- Simulation Skills Lab Experience.
- Health Literacy/Healthcare Disparities.
- CPR Certification.
- A Shadow Experience.
- Healthcare & Technology.
- Diversity & Cultural Competence.
- Nursing and the Community.
- Research and Evidenced-Based Practice.
- Professional Communication/Presentation Skills.
- Application opens on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020
- All applicants will be notified via email in a timely manner and provided next steps of the process.
- Cleveland Clinic will make the final selections based upon the strength of the student’s entire application, including GPA, transcript, written essay, letters of reference and interview.
- Application deadline: 11:59 p.m. Nov. 6, 2020. Late applications will NOT be accepted.
PLEASE NOTE: Cleveland Clinic does not discriminate in admission, employment or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, color, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ethnicity, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Cleveland Clinic administers all programs and services without regard to disability and provides reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified disabled individuals.
- U.S. Citizen, non-citizen national, or legal permanent resident.
- Underrepresented population in nursing.
- Enrolled in the 11th grade during the 2020/2021 academic year.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale (as demonstrated by an official transcript).
- Ability to attend all 12 Saturday sessions.
Students must also meet 2 of the following 3 criteria:
- Underrepresented minority in nursing.
- Would be the first generation in their family to graduate from a four-year accredited college or university
- Demonstrates financial need. Use the following link as a guideline aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines as defined by annual family income.
- Students can initially self-report family income levels if they apply to the program. However, at a later date, students accepted into the program may be asked to provide documentation. Acceptable forms of documentation will be communicated upon acceptance.
- ASPIRE program sessions may be virtual, in-person, or a hybrid of both. We follow all CDC and Cleveland Clinic recommended safety guidelines related to Covid-19.
- Facial masks (to be provided), hand sanitizer (readily available), social distancing in all learning environments, hand washing stations, and regular disinfecting practices of surfaces.
- Students selected to participate must complete the Cleveland Clinic onboarding process (including obtaining ID badge) prior to the first Saturday session.
- Program hours are 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each Saturday. Students are expected to attend all 12 sessions to meet successful completion. (Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed on an individual basis.)
- Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all participants. Students (with help of guardians) will need to report any special diet requests (i.e., food allergies, religious restrictions, etc.).
- Transportation: Bus passes will be provided(round trip), if needed.
- Professional Appearance: Students are expected to dress professionally in proper program attire. Proper program attire consists of white ASPIRE polo shirt and khakis, black or navy pants. No jeans or leggings are permitted. Hair must be a natural color (i.e., no pink, blue, green, etc.). Scholars must attend sessions in uniform, neat, clean and well-groomed.
- Students who successfully complete the program will receive a $500 stipend.
General Program Information FAQs
- What is the selection process?
The selection process is a balance of scholar experiences, personal attributes and academic metrics. Selection is based on, but not limited to, the following criteria: review of high school transcripts, grade point average of 3.0 or higher, extracurricular activities/experiences, PSAT (or ACT) results (if taken), recommendation letter(s), independent testing, sufficient financial information to determine likely Pell Grant eligibility, interview and subjective evaluation. This holistic process is designed to consider a broad range of factors reflecting the scholar’s academic readiness, contribution to the incoming class, and potential for success, both in college and later, as a professional nurse at Cleveland Clinic.
- When does the program start and end?
The program starts Feb.7, 2021 and ends April 25, 2021.
- What are the start and end times?
Saturday sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.
- How many students will be selected?
There will be up to 25 students selected for the junior cohort.
- Is transportation provided?
Yes, scholars can be provided round trip bus passes if needed.
- Are meals provided?
Yes, when scholars are on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.
- Are provisions made for students with special dietary needs?
Yes, accommodations are made for food allergies and restrictions for religious purposes.
- Is there a dress code/uniform for the program?
You are expected to dress professionally in proper program attire. Proper program attire consists of white ASPIRE polo shirt and khakis, black or navy pants. No jeans or leggings are permitted. Hair must be a natural color (i.e., no pink, blue, green, etc.). Scholars must attend sessions in uniform, neat, clean and well-groomed.
- If I am selected, does that mean I get to continue in the program as a senior?
Senior selection is dependent on meeting all junior program requirements and evaluation by the ASPIRE leadership team.
- Is there any additional course work required for the program?
It is highly recommended for students to complete prerequisite classes through College Credit Plus (CCP) prior to college entry. Ohio's College Credit Plus can help you earn college credits by taking free college courses from community colleges or universities while attending high school. The ASPIRE team will assist in enrollment if the student has not started the process.
- If I am selected to participate, how do I get my $500 stipend?
Stipends are awarded after successful completion of the junior curriculum at the final ceremony.
- What if I am sick on one of the Saturday sessions?
Scholars are expected to attend all 12 Saturdays. Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed on an individual basis.
- Is time away allowed during the program?
Students offered placement in the program are expected to make a commitment to the full program, which consists of 12 consecutive Saturdays, from February to April. We encourage students to consider all of the program requirements and details and to choose mindfully before applying.
Ursuline College FAQ’s
- Do I get to choose a college if I earn a scholarship?
No, our academic collaboration is with Ursuline College Breen School of Nursing.
- If I get a scholarship to Ursuline, do I live on campus?
Yes, scholars are required to live on campus for the first 2 years in order to promote academic success.
- Does the scholarship include room and board?
Yes, however, depending on each individuals’ financial status, there may be minimal out-of-pocket expenses in the form of student loans that will be due after graduation. No decision is required by the scholar and family until they have been provided with an award letter from Ursuline College.
- How do I get more information regarding Ursuline College?
For more information about Ursuline College Breen School of Nursing
- Who can I contact for questions about Ursuline College?
The Ursuline contact is Roslynn Porch. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Review & learn IV skills before you go back to school.
- Talk with recruitment about RN application process.
- Stay connected during your school year.
Please check back at a later date. 2021 information coming soon!
For more information, please contact Cindy Willis at 216.444.4671 or email@example.com