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Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic to offer Cardiac Nurse Practitioner Program

Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation is offering a joint program this fall to train advanced practice nurses for an expanded role in acute cardiovascular patient care.

"We see this as an exciting opportunity for The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Case Western Reserve University to collaborate on a world-class cardiovascular acute care nurse practitioner program," said Janet Fuchs, R.N., director of advanced practice nursing at The Cleveland Clinic. "Graduates from the program will be prepared to function in a state-of-the-art acute care cardiac environment."

A subspecialty of Case's highly acclaimed Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) program, advanced practice nurses graduating from this program will be prepared to manage the care for patients with cardiac disorders in collaboration with cardiologists and cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons. Nurse practitioners with specialty training in cardiac care are critical to patient care and management from admission to discharge in collaboration with physicians and other members of the health care team.

The Clinic and Case are collaborating on this innovative program to train acute care nurse practitioners to function in the cardiovascular and thoracic surgery setting. The curriculum was developed jointly by nursing faculty at Case and advanced practice nurses and members of the medical staff from The Cleveland Clinic's Heart Center. Faculty for the program will come from both the Clinic and Case.

Upon completion of the program, students will have key advantages in seeking advanced nursing positions in cardiology and cardiac surgery.

"This partnership is an excellent example of The Cleveland Clinic and Bolton School's commitment to preparing the next generation of nurses," said May L. Wykle, dean and Florence Cellar Professor of Nursing at the Bolton School. "And what better institution for the Bolton School to collaborate with on acute cardiovascular patient care than the nation's No. 1 heart hospital?"

The nation's complex health care system is becoming increasingly focused on the care of the acute or critically ill patient. Acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs)—a critical component of successful health care today—practice in hospitals, intensive care units, emergency rooms and urgent care settings outside of the hospital.

Acutely ill patients who suffer from a wide range of chronic disorders increasingly dominate the inpatient population, says John M. Clochesy, the Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing Education at the Bolton School. Research has shown that in these settings nurse practitioners provide high-quality care, decrease length of stay, and improve patient and family satisfaction.

"The partnership with the Heart Center at The Cleveland Clinic provides ACNP students with opportunities to experience all of what they've learned in the classroom and simulation center in this tremendous clinical setting," Clochesy said.

While this educational partnership between the Clinic and Case is not the first such collaboration, it does build on years of other alliances, including a partnered program in anesthesiology, he added.


About Case Western Reserve University

Case is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work.

About The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. The Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names The Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. Approximately 1,500 full-time salaried physicians at The Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In 2004, patients came for treatment from every state and 100 countries. The Cleveland Clinic website address is