Christian Burchill

Christian N. Burchill, PhD, MSN, RN, CEN, is a nurse scientist for Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Nursing Research and Innovation. Dr. Burchill’s expertise lies in adult and organization development within the healthcare industry. His program of research focuses on the impact of clinical nurse involvement in unit governance and practice-related decision-making on patient outcome and nurse engagement. Dr. Burchill also has an interest in survey development, creating valid and reliable survey instruments that can be used for both quality improvement and research purposes. He has also used his knowledge and expertise in organization development to consult with healthcare teams that may be struggling to improved productivity and efficiency. 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 nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, he is the Greater Cleveland Emergency Nurses Association chapter president and has been honored by the Journal of Emergency Nursing for his excellence in reviewing manuscripts. During his years in stretcher-side emergency nursing, Chris has been the witness to and victim of aggressive and violent acts by patients and visitors. He has become a tireless advocate for nurses’ safety from patient and visitor violence by consulting with healthcare organizations, developing a survey instrument that measures emergency nurses’ perception of safety from patient and visitor violence, speaking at local and national meetings, and participating in steering committees of the American Nurses Association’s workplace violence position statement and #EndNurseAbuse campaign.

Research Interests

Impact of teamwork and governance on patient outcome and nurse engagement; nurses’ knowledge and attitudes towards clinical practices and its impact on patient outcome; workplace violence in healthcare, its prevention, and its impact on nurse engagement.


  • 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


  • Certified Group Development Consultant, GDQ Associates, Inc.
  • Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), Board of Certification for Emergency Nurses

Contact Information

Cleveland Clinic
Office of Research and Innovation
9500 Euclid Avenue / T4
Cleveland, Ohio 44195



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 the ability of clinical nurses to drive their own practice through a structured and supported professional governance model. To that end, Chris developed and implemented a highly functional and productive unit-based professional governance model in his emergency department, and led it for many years. He is currently the chapter president for the Emergency Nurses Association and has been extensively involved in two steering committees of the American Nurses Association – Workplace Violence Position Statement steering committee and #EndNurseAbuse campaign steering committee.

Clinical Practice & Teaching

Clinical Practice & Teaching

Clinical Practice

Dr. Burchill’s clinical experience lies within the areas of emergency and trauma 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.

In Cleveland Dr. Burchill serves as Adjunct Faculty at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University as well as the College of Education and Human Services, Cleveland State University. He teaches Learner Assessment in Health Professions for the Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult Learning (CASAL) department’s Master of Education in Health Professions Education program.

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Dr. Burchill’s career encompasses 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 American Journal of Critical Care, Journal of Emergency Medicine, and Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing. He is a locally and nationally recognized expert and speaker on workplace violence in the healthcare setting having done numerous presentations on his experiences and knowledge related to prevention and treatment.

2018 - Journals

Burchill, C.N. (accepted for publication). Choosing between Single Center and Multicenter Data Collection. Journal of Emergency Nursing.

Burchill, C.N., Bena, J., & Polomano, R. Psychometric Testing of the Personal Workplace Safety Instrument for Emergency Nurses. (2018). Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 15(2):97-103. doi: 10.1111/wvn.12265. doi: 10.1111/wvn.12265


Podium Presentation, Researching Nurses’ Attitudes and Practices Promoting Sleep, Nursing Research Council, Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital Nursing Research Council, West Chester, Pennsylvania. April, 2018

Podium Presentation, Researching Nurses’ Attitudes and Practices Promoting Sleep, Nightshift Nursing Research Council, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. March, 2018

2017 - Book Chapters

Modic, M.B., Canfield, C., & Burchill, C.N. (2017). Being admitted to the hospital. In M.B. Modic & C.M. Canfield (eds.), Navigating Your Hospital Stay: A Guide Written by Expert Nurses (pp. 3 -10). Pennsauken, NJ: BookBaby.

Skowronsky, C., Colwill, J., & Burchill, C.N. (2017). Administering medications safely. In M.B. Modic & C.M. Canfield (eds.), Navigating Your Hospital Stay: A Guide Written by Expert Nurses (pp. 69 -77). Pennsauken, NJ: BookBaby.


Panel Member, Nurse Scientists in Practice: Engaging Nurses in Scientific Inquiry. 6th Annual Penn Medicine Nursing Research Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. December, 2017

Poster Presentation, Psychometric Testing of the Personal Workplace Safety Instrument for Emergency Nurses (PWSI-EN). 6th Annual Penn Medicine Nursing Research Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. December, 2017

Podium Presentation, Patient-Visitor Violence: It’s Not Part of the Job. Byers School of Nursing Research Day, Walsh University. Akron, Ohio. Invited keynote speaker. October, 2017

Podium Presentation, Developing Ideas for Evidence-based Projects, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center Annual Nursing Evidence Based Practice Conference, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio. October, 2017

Poster Presentation, Experience Impacts Empowerment in Shared Governance. Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses Convention. Palm Springs, California. October, 2017

Podium Presentation, Multi-Center Studies: Expand your Horizons! 13th Annual Nursing Research Conference: Transforming Nursing through Research and Dissemination, Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland, Ohio. May, 2017

Podium Presentation, Patient-Visitor Violence: The Continuum of Prevention. Cleveland Chapter, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing. Cleveland, Ohio. March, 2017

2016 - Book Chapters

Burchill, C.N. (2016). Role of research and evidence-based practice councils. In N.M. Albert (Ed.), Building and Sustaining a Hospital-based Nursing Research Program (pp. 61 – 90). New York: Springer.


Burchill, C. N. & Polomano, R. (2016). Certification in Emergency Nursing Associated with Vital Signs Attitudes and Practices. International Emergency Nursing, 27, 17 - 23. doi: 10.1016/j.ienj.2015.12.003

Professional Involvement

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Emergency Nurses Association
    • President, Cleveland Chapter
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International, Xi Delta Chapter
  • Member, American Nurses Association, Ohio Nurses Association
    • Member, Steering Committee, Workplace Violence Position Statement
    • Member, Steering Committee, #EndNurseAbuse
  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society
Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Faces of Care Award -- Cleveland Clinic – Recognizing nursing excellence in Northeast Ohio, Given by Cleveland Magazine and Greater Cleveland Nurses Association, 2017
  • Cleveland Clinic Caregiver Celebration Excellence Award – Recognizing service to Cleveland Clinic patients and employees, 2017
  • EMINENCE Mentoring Program, Academy of Emergency Nursing – Gordon Gillespie, PhD, RN, FAEN, FAAN assigned mentor for patient-visitor violence research, 2011
  • Sylvia Kunreuther Memorial Award for excellence in writing about issues related to women in the workplace and society – College of Education, Temple University, 2000