Sarah Cole Hirsh Institute

Hirsh Fellowship

The Sarah Cole Hirsh Institute for Evidence-Based Practice in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing seeks to produce the nation’s top scientists through its Hirsh Fellowship Program. A fellow of the Sarah Cole Hirsh Institute earns full tuition support, as well as an educational allowance. This award includes a research assistant appointment (employment/activities), requiring participation in scholarship, education, service and research-related activities of the Hirsh Institute. Acceptance in this program is based on fit with the Institute’s mission, vision and aims, the student’s academic performance, and professional leadership potential. Previous experience in evidence-based practice implementation is highly desirable but not required.

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Dedicated to Evidence-Based Practice

The Sarah Cole Hirsh Institute for Evidence Based Practice is an endowed research and training institute to promote implementation of evidence into clinical practice. Established in 1998 with the generous endowment by Sarah Cole Hirsh, the center focuses on annual training and research in EBP for graduate students, leaders, and current clinicians. In close collaboration with the Quality Safety Education for Nurses Institute, the center’s key objective is to increase implementation of EBP guidelines and promote quality, safety and reduce cost in care.


Introducing: Shanell Hill

Shanell Hill

Shanell Hill, MSN, RN, CNE, is a nursing PhD student with fifteen years of experience with the Cleveland Clinic System. She currently works as a clinical bedside nurse in cardiothoracic surgical intensive care unit (CSICU) at Hillcrest Hospital, recovering open heart, lung, and vascular surgeries. Shanell received both her BSN and MSN from Cleveland State University in 2012 and 2018, respectively. Before joining CWRU’s PhD program Shanell was a Bridges to Doctorate Scholar. 

Hill’s interests include evidence-based practice research, mentoring student/new nurses, and nursing education. As a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, she understands the importance of continuing education and research to ensure best practices. Hill plans to study implementation science to help improve post-operative mobility efforts in cardiac surgery patients.  

Hill exudes leadership through her role as Chair of Research and Evidenced Based Practice Council at Hillcrest Hospital, helping to create ideas and changes that improve practice, staff satisfaction, and patient outcomes. Hill also has published a paper titled, “Understanding the Experiences of African American Nursing Student. A qualitative research paper that reveals the supports and barriers to nursing school completion.


Introducing: Tongyao Wang

Headshot photo of PhD student Tongyao Want, who studies at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. FPB is one of the top nursing schools in the United States.

Tongyao Wang is a second-year PhD nursing student at Case Western Reserve University and a Research Assistant working with Dr. Joachim Voss at the Sarah Cole Hirsh Institute. She graduated with a BSN from Ursuline College in Cleveland, Ohio. She also has working experience at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center as a surgical RN and in Sydney, Australia, as a traveling nurse. She is interested in developing an evidenced-based pictorial method to improve patients' self-efficacy and health outcomes.