Cathy C. Lewis, MSN, RN


Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Clinical Nurse Specialist

University of Michigan Health System
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, 12W
1400 E. Hospital Dr., SPC 4242
Room 12-155G
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-4242

Telephone: Offc: (734) 936-8058; Pager: 936-6267 #9226
Fax: (734) 763-4189

Scholarly Expertise / Activity

Interests:

  • EBP for pediatrics
  • Tracheotomy care
  • Pediatrics trauma care and prevention
  • Pediatrics rehabilitation
  • Pediatrics renal and renal transplant care

Cathy Lewis has over 38 years of experience in pediatric nursing and has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the past 24 years. She is currently the CNS for a pediatric acute care medical surgical unit in Mott which provides services to neurology, renal, renal transplant, endocrinology, rheumatology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, urologic surgery, vascular surgery, trauma, rehabilitation, and stable ventilator patients. She is active in developing and reviewing evidence-based practice guidelines for pediatric care. She has conducted numerous EBP projects in pediatrics and has presented the results at national conferences. In addition, Cathy is actively involved in the effort to pass state legislation to improve the practice environment for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in Michigan.

Current Research Grants and Programs:

  • Leading Evidence-Based Practice project to improve accuracy of pediatric discharge medication processes at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital with plan to pilot changes on 12W.

Teaching

Cathy Lewis provides lectures to nurses at Central Nurse Orientation in the areas of evidence-based practice and documentation for the new UMHS Model of Care. She lectures on pediatric tracheotomy care for nurse orientation, nursing students, and patients/families. She has lectured for undergraduate courses on pediatric renal care and evidence-based practice. Cathy provides numerous in-services for unit nursing staff on a variety of pediatric topics and practice initiatives. She has mentored undergraduate students in the management/leadership course and many graduate students in pediatric advanced practice programs. She has lectured at seminars and symposiums at the local and national level.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Society of Pediatric Nurses, 2002 – present
  • Chair, Clinical Practice Committee, Society of Pediatric Nurses, current – April 2014
  • Board Member-at-large, Michigan Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, August 2009 - present
  • Member, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, 2005 - present
  • Member, Advance Practice Registered Nurses Coalition of Michigan, 2010-present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Evidence-based Practice Award, 1st place, UMHS Nursing poster Day, 2011
  • Evidence-based Practice Award, 1st place, UMHS Nursing poster Day, 2010

Education

  • MSN, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1989
  • BSN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1974

Publication Highlights

  • Vollman, K., O'Brien, D., & Lewis, C. (2009). Creating a job description. In Duffy, M., et.al. (Ed.), Clinical nurse specialist toolkit - A guide for the new clinical nurse specialist (pp. 13-22). New York: Springer Publishing.

  • Nelson, V.S., & Lewis, C.C. (2000). Ventilatory support: Preparing for discharge. Topics in spinal cord injury rehabilitation, 6,16-24.

  • Lewis, C.C., & Dean, J.L. (1998). Role of nursing in the transition home for ventilator-assisted children. In Driver, L. E., (ed.), The ventilator-assisted child: A practical resource guide (pp.37-50). San Antonio, TX: Therapy Skill Builders.

  • Wheeler, T., & Lewis, C. (1993). Home care for medically fragile children: Urban vs rural settings. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 16, 13-30.

  • Lewis, C., Alford-Winston, A., Billy-Kornas, M., Mccaustland, M., & Tachman, C. (1992). Care management for children who are medically fragile/technology dependent. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 15,73-91.