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Advanced Practice Nursing

We are continually recruiting in all the sub-specialties: Certified Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Clinical Nurse Specialists. Read on for more about how you could fit in at Cleveland Clinic or apply to one of our Job Interest Communities today.

Advanced Practice Nursing

Fast-paced duties and critical patient interactions all across the hospital: this is a day in the life of an Advance Practice Nurse, where the rubber meets the road in world class care. There is a vast range of tasks and skills we need from these nurses, including performing physicals, ordering and interpreting tests and procedures, prescribing medications, coordinating care, educating patients, serving as clinical experts in a particular specialty, participating in research, staff development, quality improvement and clinical consultants.


There are several sub-specialties in the field:

  • Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) focus on women’s care from adolescents on up, including gynecology, the birthing process and post-partum checkups. Our CNM’s work out of multiple facilities throughout our system.
  • Certified Nurse Practitioners (CNP) provide specialty services in a range of departments throughout the hospital, from pediatrics to oncology. Our best CNP’s combine diagnostic, analytical and relational skills.
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists are devoted to patients with especially complex cases. Requiring advanced education, they might specialize in anything from acute care to psychiatry. Promoting evidence-based practice, they can work in our hospitals or in outpatient settings.


To advance the field of Advanced Practice Nursing, we established the APN Council, with representatives from across the Cleveland Clinic system. The Council’s work comprises the following:

  • Continuing education and mentorship programs
  • Explanatory brochures detailing APN roles and functions
  • A company-wide APN-specific newsletter
  • Recognition weeks for APN staff
  • An APN satisfaction survey, which had several notable results: improved orientation plan for APN’s; improved performance evaluation tools; and increased education of other staff
  • Tools to educate others regarding the APN scope of practice


In addition to the APN Council, another important factor in establishing a culture of excellence in this area has been the APN Privileging Committee, which includes APN representatives, as well as caregivers from Human Resources, the medical staff, the Credentialing Committee and Risk Management. The Committee developed the credentialing and privileging process, as well as quality monitoring. Their work includes:

  • Reviewing required documentation of primary source verification of education, licensure and certification
  • Determining appropriate references
  • Documenting reports from the Office of the Inspector General and National Practitioner Data Bank
  • Assessing evidence of current competencies
  • Evaluating current standard care arrangements with collaborating physicians
  • Developing standards for focused professional practice evaluation and ongoing professional practice evaluation