Lauren E. Gembala, MSN, APRN, CNS, CCRN, is a clinical nurse specialist in critical care at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital. Gembala bases her practice on the use of evidence-based research to develop initiatives that will improve nursing and patient outcomes. Gembala has worked in various positions throughout Cleveland Clinic health system since the start of her career in 2006. She accepted her current role in 2015, previously serving as the clinical nurse specialist for Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Hospital, prior to that as a staff nurse within the coronary intensive care unit at Cleveland Clinic main campus for six years, and beginning as a staff nurse within the main campus gastroenterology and renal hypertension nursing unit.
Gembala’s professional involvement throughout both Fairview Hospital and the health system has included the enterprise nurse practice council and policy and procedures committees, shared governance committee, and more. She has held memberships with the American Nurses Association, Ohio Nurses Association, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
- M.S.N., Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 2013
- B.S.N., Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 2005
- Critical Care Registered Nurse, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital
18101 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44111
Gembala strives to mentor and assist her nursing colleagues to improve their individual practice as well as overall patient outcomes. She is actively involved with Cleveland Clinic Lakewood’s nurse practice council, and quality improvement initiatives. Additionally, she is part of a group of advanced practice nurses who are furthering the development of a follow-up outpatient pneumonia clinic.
Clinical Practice & Teaching
Gembala’s clinical expertise lies within the areas of medical-surgical and cardiac intensive care nursing.
A mentor, collaborator, educator and coach to other nurses, nursing staff members and students, Gembala is an effective teacher both within and outside of the nursing unit. She helps her colleagues realize practice improvement opportunities and how to best implement evidence-based practice techniques to improve patient outcomes for the hospital. Additionally, Gembala assists with educational plan development as needed for scenarios such as staffing unit transitions.
- Member, American Nurses Association
- Member, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
- Past Member, Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association
- Past Member, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses