Catherine Skowronsky is a clinical nurse specialist for the Cleveland Clinic, where she focuses on the care of the medical patient with co-morbid behavioral health needs. Her role includes offering expert consultation on care planning, therapeutic communication, and safety to the bedside nurse. This role requires her to act as a liaison between psychiatric and medical providers. She has written protocols to guide care of the patient who ingests foreign bodies and patients with substance use disorder. Catherine served as the medical-surgical adviser to develop national competencies for the medical-surgical nurse caring for the patient at risk for suicide. She is an experienced presenter and public speaker, often offering educational presentations within the health system and at local, national, and international conferences. From 2011 through 2018 she traveled overseas to provide continuing education for the U.S Department of State. She has extensive experience teaching about psychiatric diagnoses and nursing care.