UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Cleveland, MSN, RN, James A.

School of Nursing
Office of Faculty Affairs and Diversity
(210) 567-5862

James Cleveland joined The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in the fall of 2009, after retirement from Army Nurse Corps in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with over 28 years of service. James enlisted in the Army in 1982; serving 3 years as a certified Environmental Health Specialist and NR-EMT (medic), assigned predominantly in the Pacific Region. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BSN in 1989. After graduation, he returned to active duty as an Army Nurse Corps Officer. His primary assignments included a combat tour of duty to Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War and to Hungary in support of the NATO peace endeavor of the Croatian-Serbian conflict. James specialized in Emergency and Trauma Nursing, 1992 he received his Certification in Emergency Nursing (CEN). In 1997, he was chosen to be the Nursing Director for the Dwight David Eisenhower Medical Center ED, Ft. Gordon, Georgia. Jim was also selected to be a member of a national research consortium (civilian and military membership) developing and verifying the congressionally funded project "MedTeams", 1997-1999. This body of work is now known as AHRQ`s Team STEPPS, in which Jim is a Master Trainer. In 1999 he was identified by the Army Surgeon General to be a team member on a new Department of Defense (DoD) initiative; The Joint Trauma Training Center (JTTC) located at Ben Taub Medical Center, Houston, Texas. While assigned with the JTTC, James was actively involved with ongoing interdisciplinary research. They were researching the use of high-fidelity patient simulation (HFPS) with surgical teams involved in trauma patient resuscitation. Upon publication this research was considered innovative in the application of HFPS and improving trauma resuscitation outcomes. In 2002, he attended the Medical College of Georgia, graduated with an MSN as an Acute CNS with an emphasis in Emergency and Trauma nursing. After graduation, he became the Director of the Army`s Phase1 M6 training program at the Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 2004-2006. Jim was designated as the Team Leader for a deployable Medical Team. His mission was to develop, design and deploy a portable medical training package to include simulation instruction for the Lebanese Armed Forces. His team successfully trained 25 medics/nurses and presented the HFPS to the Lebanese Surgeon General on behalf of the U.S. Embassy, Beirut. James was designated as the Chief of Emergency Nursing Services for the Brooke Army Medical Center`s Emergency and Trauma Department 2006-2009. Jim was selected as the Surgeon General`s Emergency and Trauma Nursing Consultant for the U.S. Army Medical Command. In this role he advised leadership on nursing policy, program development, consultation, deployment issues, practice guidelines and participated on MEDCOM disciplinary boards. Now retired from active duty James enjoys his faculty position at The University of Texas Health Science at San Antonio School of Nursing (UTHSCSA-SON). Currently he is the Director for the Center for Simulation Innovation and assigned to a teaching team for the Acute Care and Leadership & Management undergraduate courses, 3rd and 4th semester. James is involved in both didactic lecture and clinical teaching. He also teaches with the UTHSCSA ACE Center in support of the Team STEPPS Master Training Courses. Additionally James is a TNCC, and ACLS Instructor, also supports the local Emergency Nurses Association`s educational programs.

9/2016 - Present Clinical Assistant Professor, Director CSI UT Health San Antonio, School of Nursing, San Antonio, TX