The Clinical Nurse Leader Program
The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL®) is a new major within the School of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. It is designed to help nursing professionals improve the quality of patient care and patient outcomes at the microsystem level while incorporating evidenced-based practice, patient safety and quality improvement to optimize healthcare. A new role for nurses, the CNL is a vital component in the clinical microsystem of a healthcare organization because they serve as a leader for the nursing staff, focus on preparing the next generation of CNLs, and increase the level of bedside nursing improving outcomes for many patients.
Launched in fall of 2010, the CNL program celebrated the graduation of its second cohort within the MSN degree plan this May. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in collaboration with leaders from the education sector and practicing professionals developed the CNL program.Read More
The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL®) program began in the fall of 2010 with the goal of preparing the next generation of nursing clinical leaders to be focused on bedside nursing and improving patient outcomes. Pauline Swiger, MSN ’13, RN, a Clinical Nurse Leader for Patient Care Services at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) at Joint Base San Antonio, is a recent graduate of the School of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program. Read More