Sandra L. Siedlecki, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, FAAN, is a senior nurse scientist in the Office of Nursing Research and Innovation. Dr. Siedlecki spent her clinical career working in critical care and ED/Trauma and her academic career teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. She continues to serve on PhD and DNP committees and provides mentoring to graduate students. Dr. Siedlecki has been an active member of the Midwest Nursing Research Society and Sigma Theta Tau International as well as many other professional organizations specific to her areas of research.

She has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles, authored two books, and authored chapters for three books. Dr. Siedlecki has also presented nationally and internationally. She is the editor for the research column for the Journal of Clinical Nurse Specialists. Dr. Siedlecki also serves as a reviewer for grants and manuscripts for a number of professional organizations, is an adjunct assistant professor at an Ohio-Based school of nursing, and a contributing faculty member for a well-known international on-line university.

Research Interests

With extensive experience and expertise, Dr. Siedlecki has several research interests and conducts both quantitative and qualitative research studies. She has conducted research on the professional practice environment, the management of chronic pain syndromes, the use of CAM therapy by healthcare professionals, and the long term effects of an Accreta Birth experience on women and their spouses. Her research on the professional practice environment resulted in the first scale to accurately assess the positive aspects of the professional practice environment. She also completed a RCT that demonstrated the impact of a self-administered music intervention on perceptions of power, pain, depression, and disability in working age adults (18-65) with a long standing history of chronic non-malignant pain. Dr. Siedlecki has a personal interest the Accreta Birth Experience and teamed up with the Hope for Accreta Foundation to conduct a large (N>900) international mixed-methods study exploring the long term consequences of this experience on women and their spouses.


  • Certificate in Higher Education (post-doc), Laureate International University, 2013
  • PhD in Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 2005
  • MSN, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, 1992
  • BSN, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, 1987
  • Diploma, Fairview general Hospital School of Nursing, Fairview Park, Ohio, 1970

Contact Information

Cleveland Clinic
Office of Research and Innovation
9500 Euclid Avenue / T4
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
[email protected]



Dr. Siedlecki serves as the chair for the annual nursing research conference, now in its 14th year, and the Nursing Research Quality Council for the Nursing Institute at The Cleveland Clinic. She also serves on numerous other committees and councils at the Cleveland Clinic, and is a member of the General Advisory and Study Review Committee for the NIH-funded Research Center.

Clinical Practice & Teaching

Clinical Practice & Teaching


Dr. Siedlecki has an extensive teaching background and has taught at the following institutions:

  • Walden University, Minnesota
  • Ursuline College, Beachwood, Ohio
  • University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
  • Metro-health Medical Center School of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Dr. Siedlecki has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and has written and reviewed numerous book chapters. She serves as a column editor for one nursing journal and as a manuscript reviewer for over 25 additional professional journals. Additionally, Dr. Siedlecki presents nationally and internationally. You can view her publications and presentations below by year or you can download a PDF of her work.

2019 – Publications

Siedlecki, S. L. (2019). Tips for developing good questionnaire items. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 33(6), 253-260. https://doi:10.1097/NUR.0000000000000478

Mau, K. A., Fink, S., Hicks, B., Brookhouse, A., Flannery, A. M., & Siedlecki, S. L. (2019). Advance d technology leads to earlier intervention for clinical deterioration on medical/surgical units. Applied Nursing Research, 49, 1-4. [9]

Siedlecki, S. L. (2019). Pilot or feasibility studies: An option for the clinical nurse specialist. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 33(5), 205-208. https://doi:10.1097/NUR.0000000000000468

Rezash, V., Reed, J., Gedeon, B., Parsons, E., Siedlecki, S., Daniels, B., & Shephard, D. R. (2019). Who needs what? Perceptions of patients and caregivers in oncology phase I Trials. Journal of Patient Experience, 6, (1), 1-7. [R]


Siedlecki, S. L. (2019) Help Change the World: Become a Research-Active Critical Care Nurse. May 21st, 2019. Orlando, Florida. American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition 

Siedlecki, S. L. (2019). If not you, then who? The Role of Orthopedic Nurses as Researcher or Scientist.  May 19th, 2019. Atlanta, Georgia.National Association of Orthopedic Nursing.

Siedlecki, S. L. (2019). The Professional Practice Environment: Exploring the Research on Nurse/Physician and Nurse/Nurse Relationships February, 22-24, 2019. Sigma Theta Tau: Creating Healthy Work Environments, New Orleans, Louisiana

2018 – Publications

Siedlecki, S. L. (2018) Avoid Common Mistakes when Presenting your Research, Evidence-Based Practice or Quality Improvement Projects. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 32(5). [R]

Siedlecki, S. L. (2018). Research intervention fidelity: Tips to improve validity of your intervention study. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 32(1), 12-14. [R]

Burns, K. A., Reber, T., Theodore, K., Welch, B., Roy, D., & Siedlecki, S. L. (2018). Enhanced early warning system impact on nursing practice: A phenomenological study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, [on-line ahead of print] http://DOI: 10.1111/jan.13517 [R]


Siedlecki, S. L. (2018). Who is at Risk for failure to rescue? A Medical-Surgical Nurses’ Dilemma. September 15, 2018. Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurse Annual Convention at Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Siedlecki, S. L. (2018). Non-Pharmacologic Interventions Used, Taught, and Recommended by Nurses. Midwest Nursing Research Conference April 14th, 2018 in Cleveland Ohio

Siedlecki, S. L. (2018). Writing for Publication: Taking the fear out of rejection. American Association of Neuroscience Nurses Annual Educational Meeting March 17th, Pre Conference Workshop at the Marriott Marquis Sand Diego Marina, California.

Siedlecki, S. L. (2018) Accuracy and Precision of Noninvasive temperature Monitoring device Compared to PAC in Adults in ICU. February 24-28, 2018.Critical Care Congress sponsored by The Society for Critical Care Medicine. Held in San Antonio, Texas.

2017 – Publications

Book Chapters

Albert, N. M., & Siedlecki, S. L. (2017). Evaluating your research program and nurturing it for long-term success. In N. M. Albert (Ed.), Building and sustaining a hospital-based nursing research program (pp. 217-226). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co.

Siedlecki, S. L. (2017). Building blocks for a strong nursing research program. In N. M. Albert (Ed.), Building and sustaining a hospital-based nursing research program (pp. 43-60). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co

Siedlecki, S. L. (2017). Pain and Sedation (Chapter 39) in Vicki S Good and Peggy L. Kirkwood (eds.) Advanced Critical Care Nursing (2nd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Saunders

Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals [R, research or research-related]

Siedlecki, S. L. & Albert, N. M. (2017). Understanding inter-rater reliability and validity of risk assessment tools used to predict adverse clinical events. Clinical Nurse Specialist Journal, 31(1), 23-29. https://doi10.1097/NUT.0000000000000260 [R]

Siedlecki, S. L. (2017)). Create a Poster that will attract an Audience: Suggestions Driven by Evidence. American Journal of Nursing, 117(3), 48-54. [R]

Siedlecki, S. L. & Albert, N. M. (2017). Research-active clinical nurses: Against all odds. Journal of Clinical Nursing 26, 776-773. http://doi:10.1111/jocn.13523 [R]


Siedlecki, S. L. (May 9-11, 2017). Understanding what nurses know about non-pharmacologic interventions and therapies: A descriptive Study. American Academy for Ambulatory Care Nursing, New Orleans, Louisiana

Siedlecki, S. L. (2017). Creating a Poster that Attracts and Audience. Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio. October 25, 2017

Siedlecki, S. L. (2017.) The problem with risk assessment tools: Why is everyone at risk? Medical-Surgical Nursing Conference. Palm Springs, CA, October 14, 2017

Siedlecki, S. L. (2017). The Use of Music for Oncology Patients. ” at the 2017 Oncology Nursing Conference- The Ever Changing Landscape of Oncology Nursing: From Diagnosis to Survivorship, sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Oncology Nursing and Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Cleveland OH, April 6, 2017.

Professional Involvement

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Northeast Ohio Clinical Nurse Specialist Association
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International
    • Collateral Reviewer
  • Member, Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Member, National league for Nursing
  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society
    • Grant Reviewer
  • Member, American Association of Neurological Nurses
Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), 2019
  • Life Time Achievement Award- Cleveland Clinic, 2017
  • March of Dimes Distinguished Nurse of the Year Award, 2016 (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Finalist for March of Dimes Nurse Researcher of the Year Award, 2015 (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Faces of Care Award, 2014
  • Who’s who in America, 2008 - 2015
  • Who’s who in American Women, 2008- 2015
  • American Nurses Foundation, ANF Scholar, 2007
  • Lorain County Community College University Partnership Outstanding Faculty Award, 2002
  • University of Akron Education Excellence Award for Utilizing Technology to Improve Education, 2001
  • University of Akron, Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award, 1999 & 2000
  • National Dean’s List, 1987
  • Magna cum Laude, 1987