Clinical Nurse Leader

A Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is a Master's educated nurse who is prepared to take on a role of leadership in any healthcare setting.

The role of a CNL was created to better prepare nurses for work in the modern health care system and to improve patient care.

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  • Demonstrate safe, accountable, and comprehensive nursing care to individuals, families, and communities.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and decision making in health care situations.
  • Evaluate and apply theories and research findings to the advanced generalist practice of nursing.
  • Collaborate with health care providers and consumers to design and initiate strategies to promote wellness, reduce risk, and influence the nature and outcomes of population-appropriate health care services.
  • Engage in advanced generalist practice based on legal and ethical principles and professional standards of practice.
  • Assume a leadership role in identifying, synthesizing, resolving, and evaluating issues that have an actual or potential impact on nursing and health care