Cleveland Clinic's Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence welcomes interested individuals to participate in a 4-hour shadowing experience, Monday-Friday, at one of our Cleveland Clinic locations across Northeast Ohio.

The Nursing Shadow Program provides high school students (age 15 and over), college students, and adult learners an opportunity to observe Cleveland Clinic nurses, interact with patients at the bedside, allowing a firsthand experience of the profession. Participants will experience how Cleveland Clinic nurses deliver world class care to patients and their families, communicate and coordinate with other members of the team and expertly navigate their way through the healthcare environment to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients. This is a strictly observational experience with no hands-on patient care and does not qualify as credit towards clinical hours.

Program requirements

To participate in a shadowing experience, students must:

  • Be 15 years of age or over.
  • Complete the non-employee onboarding process prior to your shadow date.
  • Onboarding tasks include:
    • Update and verify personal information.
    • Review and acknowledge Cleveland Clinic enterprise-wide policies.
    • Review Cleveland Clinic mission, vision and values.
    • Complete Conditions of Use form.
    • Complete background release form (ages 18+).
    • Submit proof of negative tuberculosis test (two-step Mantoux or QuantiFERON blood test) from the last 12 months.
    • Complete confidentiality agreement.
    • Complete MyLearning coursework.
    • Obtain ID badge.

How do I request a nurse shadow experience?

To request a nurse shadow experience, please apply here.

Contact us

For questions or additional information, please contact the Center for Nursing Career Exploration (CNCE) team at NursingExploration@ccf.org

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