Nancy M. Albert, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, NE-BC, FAHA, FCCM

2013 Distinguished Research Lecturer

Dr. Nancy Albert is senior director of Nursing Research and Innovation for the enterprise-wide Nursing Institute of the Northeast Ohio Cleveland Clinic healthcare system and clinical nurse specialist in the Kaufman Center for Heart Failure in Cleveland, Ohio.

She consults and mentors critical care nurses in neuro-ICU nursing research projects such as optimizing delirium assessment and studying the effects of early mobility. In addition, her programs of research focus on improving clinical outcomes for patients hospitalized with heart failure and improving evidence-based delivery of acute and critical care. 

She has served as principal investigator on randomized controlled trials of hospital-acquired infection with disposable compared with reusable ECG lead wires in multiple ICUs and whole-body impedance compared with pulmonary capillary wedge pressure to assess hypervolemia in critically ill heart failure patients.

In 2011, Dr. Albert presented results of a randomized controlled pilot study of fluid restriction to decrease hospital readmission in heart failure patients and a second study of critical care and acute care nurses’ comfort and frequency in delivering heart failure education. The former study will raise awareness of an alternative strategy to enhance outcomes for heart failure patients and the second study can facilitate improvement in hospital-based nursing processes related to patient education.

As a clinical nurse specialist, Dr. Albert uses research results in HF-related critical care and cardiac telemetry programs to promote evidence-based practices, patient safety and quality outcomes. In 2011 results of the multicenter study of nurses’ comfort and frequency delivering HF education research were used to revise processes to decrease hospital readmissions.

Dr. Albert is widely published in peer-reviewed healthcare journals and presents regionally, nationally and internationally in cardiac and research topics. She actively volunteers on steering committees, work groups and task forces of many national healthcare organizations.

In some roles, such as the Heart Failure Society of America’s Guidelines/Clinical Positions Committee and the American College of Cardiology’s Task Force on Practice Guidelines, her focus on keeping current in evidence-based practices and high quality, innovative research is a priority.

Dr. Albert received her nursing diploma from Huron Road Hospital School of Nursing, East Cleveland, her BSN from Cleveland State University and MSN and PhD from Kent State University.

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