Deborah G. Klein, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CHFN, FAHA, is a clinical nurse specialist in the coronary and heart failure intensive care units, and cardiac accelerated recovery, cardiac short-stay and post-anesthesia care units at Cleveland Clinic main campus. Klein boasts more than three decades of experience in critical care practice, education, consultation and research, having significantly advanced the nursing profession throughout her career. She is known for her work in therapeutic hypothermia post-cardiac arrest, pain assessment in patients who are unable to communicate pain, and end-of-life care.
Klein has published more than 50 book chapters and articles on critical care topics and has served as an editorial board member for numerous nursing journals. She is one of three editors of the last four editions of the book Introduction to Critical Care Nursing, winner of the 2009 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award. Additionally, she has been honored with several local and national awards for clinical practice and teaching, and was a recipient of the 2011 Circle of Excellence Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). That same year, she was also elected as an American Heart Association (AHA) Fellow for her contributions to cardiac care. She was elected to the AACN Board of Directors (2014-2017) and she has also served as secretary on the AACN Certification Board (2016-2017). She is an active member of several local and national industry associations, including the AACN and AHA.
- MSN, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1982
- BSN, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1977
- Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN), American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
- Board Certified Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACNS-BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center
- Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), American Heart Association
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Provider and Instructor, American Heart Association
- Certified Heart Failure Nurse (CHFN), American Association of Heart Failure Nurses
- End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Instructor
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Klein is an active nurse leader both within and outside the Cleveland Clinic health system. Grounded in evidence-based practice and education, her forward-thinking leadership philosophy encourages innovation and creativity. Klein is a proponent of professional development, multi-disciplinary collaboration, nursing research and more, and aims to lead through a hands-on learning environment. Her expertise is noted throughout various clinical units, councils and committees at Cleveland Clinic and in a number of professional industry organizations throughout the country.
Clinical Practice & Teaching
Klein’s clinical expertise lies within the area of critical care nursing.
An experienced educator, Klein has been educating nursing students as a clinical instructor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland since 1984. She has also taught as an adjunct clinical associate at the Kent State University College of Nursing in Kent, Ohio, since 1999.
Research & Publications
Kaser has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in nursing and medical journals on a variety of topics, including diabetes management education, caring for the bariatric patient and weight-loss surgery. Additionally, she actively presents both regionally and nationally.
- Member, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
- Panel Member, Continuing Education Review and Practice Alert Review (Adult) Panels
- AACN Ambassador
- Member, CNS Scope and Standards Task Force
- Member, American Heart Association
- Member, Lake Erie Chapter, AACN
- Member, Society of Critical Care Medicine
- Member, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
- Member, American Heart Association
- Chair, Planning Committee, Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium
- Member, American College of Cardiology
- Member, American Association of Heart Failure Nurses
- Alumni, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Nursing Alumni Association, Case Western Reserve University
- Past Board Member, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Nursing Alumni Association, Case Western Reserve University
- Member, Alpha Mu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing
Honors & Awards
- Lifetime Achievement Award, Cleveland Clinic Zielony Nursing Institute, 2013
- Fellow, American Heart Association, 2011
- Circle of Excellence Award, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 2011
- Book of the Year Award, American Journal of Nursing, 2009
- Excellence in Nursing Practice Award, Delta Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing, Kent State University, 2005
- Award for Excellence, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Nursing Alumni Association, Case Western Reserve University, 1995
- Inductee, Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing, 1977