The Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence oversees the practice and education of nearly 35,000 nursing caregivers at Cleveland Clinic. Through the years, the Zielony Nursing Institute has developed and honed best practices, tools and services that have driven our mission to provide quality, compassionate care that puts patients first.

We invite your organization to learn more about our individualized programs and consulting and advisory services. Our dynamic offerings are designed to help guide your organization and can be customized to meet your needs.

We welcome the opportunity to work with you in achieving nursing excellence.

Consultation & Observation Services

Consultation & Observation Services

Healthcare organizations across the globe are facing complex issues as they consolidate facilities, respond to increased demands and the need for continuous improvement. To address these issues, healthcare organizations often turn to Cleveland Clinic to find out how we are successfully addressing similar challenges.

Through the years, we have pioneered advanced techniques and procedures that let us give our patients innovative, compassionate, quality and evidence-based care. Nurses often comprise the majority of the healthcare workforce in healthcare organizations. Because nursing care has such a profound impact on patient outcomes and experience, many times those organizations seek nursing solutions. Our consultants will work with your nursing team to adapt practices to fit your institution. We will evaluate any programs or initiatives your health organization is currently pursuing.

Our Office of Nursing Education and Professional Development will do a thorough inquiry into the needs of your organization. In collaboration with you, we will create objectives to match your needs and identify the best approach. The resulting experience is often a mixture of targeted consultation, observation, and discussion among nursing leadership and specific program experts.

Consultation and Advisory services can be onsite at Cleveland Clinic, or our consultants can come to you. Our nursing professionals are available for teleconferences, on-site assessments and training. To ensure your success, consultation may be one time or ongoing for a finite period.

We provide analysis on most clinical, operational and strategic challenges. We can work to develop and improve:

  • Resource management practices
  • Continuous improvement (CI) efforts
  • Education and development programs
  • Technology usage
  • Patient care protocols and best practices
  • Research initiatives
  • Standardization and onboarding efforts
  • Nurse residency programs
  • Shared governance
  • Certification efforts
  • Nurse recruitment efforts

Working with our consultants will help your health system capitalize on investments, streamline costs, explore new opportunities for growth and provide quality patient care.

Email Kathy Mau, at mauk@ccf.org to discuss consultation fees and how Cleveland Clinic can best work with you.

Visiting Nurse Scholars

Visiting Nurse Scholars

Visiting Nurse Scholars is an onsite observational experience at Cleveland Clinic that gives nursing leaders the opportunity to gain knowledge and new skills in the face of current challenges in healthcare organizations.

The scholar experience is tailored to meet career development objectives and the needs of the sponsoring institution. Based on learning objectives, scholars are matched with Cleveland Clinic experts who will serve as their mentor while visiting Cleveland Clinic. This helps scholars develop a deeper understanding of the area of interest along with alternative approaches to the management of complex patients.

The duration of the program is typically between one to four weeks depending on the need and can be combined with other Executive Education Programs offered at Cleveland Clinic.

Individual experiences can center on clinical specialties, leadership and more. Focused nursing tracks for group learning include:

  • Advanced Practice
  • Clinical Specialties (cardiology, neurology, oncology, etc.)
  • Emergency Department
  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Population Health
  • Peri-operative
  • Quality and Patient

Upon completion of the program, scholars will be able to apply best practices of the Zielony Nursing Institute to patient care at their own institution.

“Great learning experience that added value to my learning journey in nursing. Staff are forthcoming and willing to share their wealth of knowledge.”

- Yeo Ai Wah, MSN, RN, National University Hospital, Singapore

Required Applicant Qualifications

  • 5 years of nursing experience in a respective institution
  • Ability to speak and write fluently in English
  • Submission of written objectives identifying specific learning needs and requests for observational experiences
  • A letter of recommendation from sponsoring institution
  • Documentation of the following immunizations or proof of immunity:
    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (German measles), Polio, Varicella Zoster (chicken pox), Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis within last ten years).
    • Current negative tuberculosis screening within last 6 months
    • Proof of Hepatitis B immunization/Immunity or signed waiver
    • Flu immunization during the months of November through April

“I’m able to take back great ideas to my hospital, especially on quality. There is such a big focus on providing high quality care. I saw it everywhere.”

- Shih Chun, Lin, MS, RN, NP, Buddist Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital, Taiwan

Tuition and Travel Expenses

The tuition fee schedule is $4,000 per five-day week per scholar for applications received after May 1, 2023. A $200 non-refundable deposit is due for each scholar 10 days after acceptance into the program. The remaining balance is due at least 45 days prior to the first day of the visiting scholar’s experience.

Transportation, housing, food and expenses are the responsibility of the visiting scholar and/or sponsoring institution. Medical care is available, but healthcare costs are the responsibility of the scholar.

“My overall rating of this experience on a likert scale of 1 to 5 scores 5++. The overall organization, general interest, quality of the experience and the teaching-learning environment are rated as extremely satisfactory.”

- Rafika Zaatari, MSN, RN, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Lebanon

Apply to the Program

For more information, email visitingnurses@ccf.org.



International Emerging Leader Fellowship

The International Emerging Leader Fellowship is a two-month immersion program designed to give your organization's high-potential leaders a solid understanding of a specific functional area within a healthcare system.

View more information on the International Emerging Leader Fellowship

Executive Nurse Fellowship

In today’s complex and constantly evolving healthcare landscape, it’s more important than ever for nurses to be front-and-center as key drivers and contributors in senior hospital leadership. Executive nurse leaders bring unique, patient-centered viewpoints to the decision-making table that drive organizational success and most importantly, patient experience. Unfortunately, there are limited programs that educate aspiring nurse leaders. As one of the nation’s top nursing institutes, and a designated National League of Nursing Center of Excellence in Education, Cleveland Clinic is well equipped to meet this need.

The Executive Nurse Fellowship (ENF) program is a 5-day immersive experience where participants will gain essential leadership insights and learn from Northeast Ohio’s top academic and service executives.  The ENF is rich in compelling interactive learning, problem-solving, group exercises, role-based scenarios, and simulation. Participants will utilize real-world healthcare issues to further expand their knowledge and influence to address systemic issues through networking and community partnerships. In-depth debriefing and analysis provides participants with leadership strategies and competencies to quickly analyze, respond and lead.

Unlike other nursing leadership programs, the ENF is learner-centric with role-specific curriculum tailored to meet each fellow’s unique skill set and professional development needs. Fellows will be partnered with expert executive mentors to enrich the immersive experience and support continued learning and development throughout the first year following completion of the program.  In this way, the Executive Nurse Fellowship program creates a pipeline of future executive leaders who are well equipped to lead their respective healthcare organizations.

As a participant you will:

  • Enhance your ability to create, influence and drive outcomes and organizational change
  • Develop strategies to create high impact relationships
  • Discover your leadership strengths and enhance your leadership journey
  • Build an action plan to address systemic issues and incorporate promote systems thinking in a changing healthcare ecosystem

The curriculum will focus on:

  • Essential financial skills
  • Performance metrics
  • Technology optimization
  • Influence (tactical and inspirational)
  • Social capital and communication strategies
  • Leader relationships
  • Patient engagement
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Learning agility and innovation
  • Academic and community partnerships
  • Legislative policy
  • Innovation leadership
  • Postdoctoral Distance-Mediated Clinical Research Fellowship

For more information about the Executive Nurse Fellowship program or to become a participant, email Karelyn Coffin at COFFINK@ccf.org.