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CNC CERTIFICATION
Clinical Nurse Leader Certification
  • Registered Nurse licensure (The candidate will be ineligible if currently being disciplined by a state nursing board.)

  • Graduation from a CNL master's or post-master's program, accredited by a nursing accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, that prepares individuals with the competencies delineated in the AACN white paper on The Education and Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader.


ANCC CERTIFICATIONS
Nurse Executive
(NE-BC)
  • Hold a current, active RN license within a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Hold a bachelor's or higher degree in nursing.
  • Have held a mid-level administrative or higher position (e.g., nurse manager, supervisor, director, assistant director) OR a faculty position teaching graduate students nursing administration OR a nursing management or executive consultation position, for at least 24 months' full-time equivalent in the last 5 years.
  • Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in nursing administration within the last 3 years. This requirement is waived if you have a master's degree in nursing administration.

Nurse Executive, Advance
(NEA-BC)

  • Hold a current, active RN license within a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Hold a master's or higher degree in nursing, or hold a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's in another field.
  • Have held an administrative position at the nurse executive level, OR a faculty position teaching graduate students executive-level nursing administration, for at least 24 months' full-time equivalent in the last 5 years.
  • Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in nursing administration within the last 3 years. This requirement is waived if you hold a master's degree in nursing administration.

AONE CERTIFICATIONS
Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)
  • Valid and unrestricted license as a registered nurse; and either a
  • Master's level degree or higher plus two (2) years of experience in an executive nursing role (one of your degrees must be obtained in nursing from an accredited institution) or a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) plus four (4) years in an executive nursing role.
Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)
  • Valid and unrestricted license as a registered nurse; and either a
  • Bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree or higher plus two (2) years of experience (minimum of 1,040 hours per year) in a nurse manager role or a non-nursing bachelor's plus three (3) years of experience (minimum of 1,040 hours per year) in a nurse manager role or a diploma or associate degree plus five (5) years of experience (minimum of 1,040 hours per year) in a nurse manager role.

ABOUT ACCREDITATION

There are two national organizations that accredit nursing education programs: The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). While not every nursing school and nursing program is NLNAC or CCNE accredited and a quality nursing education is possible without the mark of distinction, a degree from an institution accredited by one of these organizations ensures that you will be qualified to attend another accredited school of nursing, should you be interested in an advanced degree, for example an RN-to-BSN or Master's degree. Also, some scholarships are only available to students attending accredited nursing programs.

CCNE Accreditation
Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

NLNAC Accreditation
The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) is responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs (Clinical Doctorate, Master's Degree, Baccalaureate Degree, Associate Degree, Diploma, and Practical Nursing program). The Commission has authority and accountability for carrying out the responsibilities inherent in the application of standards and criteria, accreditation processes, and the affairs, management, policy-making, and general administration of the NLNAC. The NLNAC is nationally recognized as a specialized accrediting agency for both post-secondary and higher degree programs in nursing education.

Applicant Responsibility
Students are responsible for confirming school and programmatic accreditation and determining whether they will be eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification.

Clinical Nurse Leader
Clinical nurse leader and nursing executive degrees from accredited universities and colleges.

Clinical Nurse Leader

Clinical Nurse Leaders oversee the integration of care for a specific set of patients as well as the medical team they work with. Together with doctors, pharmacists, social workers, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists, Clinical Nurse Leaders help incorporate the latest technologies and innovations into treatment to give patients the best care possible. As a Clinical Nurse Leader, you'll be known as an advanced generalist—having advanced knowledge and education in general medicine as opposed to one primary discipline, like Clinical Nurse Specialists.

The CNL role has only been around since 2003. As the role of the clinical nurse leader has evolved and the value of the CNL role has become more evident, and the demand for clinical nurse leaders has grown. Adding CNL positions prepares organizations to meet quality improvement initiatives and deliver on these goals. CNLs are also uniquely positioned to plan and coordinate care across entire patient populations or service lines, working with the multidisciplinary healthcare team across the care continuum, and helping organizations reduce length of stay and prevent readmissions. Clinical nurse leaders have been able to find careers in a wide variety of healthcare environments, including hospitals, healthcare facilities, institutionalized healthcare environments, rehabilitation centers/hospitals, medical centers, and more.

CNLs are Gaining Momentum

The Veterans Health Administration, the nation's largest employer of RNs, has embraced the CNL role and is moving to introduce this clinician into all VA hospitals nationwide. Support for the role is gaining momentum as more and more practice sites are reporting positive outcomes attributed to the CNL pioneers on the staff.

The VA recognized the value of the role, began encouraging nurses to pursue the CNL master's degree by offering scholarships, and has seen such good results that it expects to easily meet its goal of implementing a CNL at all points of care throughout the VHA system by fiscal year 2016.

With the signing of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, many more Americans will have the opportunity to receive elective and preventive health care. This will increase the pressure to maintain and improve existing outcomes and provides an ideal opportunity for CNLs to develop the role in a variety of clinical arenas.

>> Role of a Clinical Nurse Leader
>> Clinical Nurse Leader Education
>> CNL vs CNS / APN
>> CNL vs Case Manager (CM)
>> Clinical Nurse Leader Certification

Salary and employment figures are based on a national median and may vary by location.

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Western Governors University Onlineccne accredited

Leadership and Management
Master of Science in Nursing

The M.S. in Nursing—Leadership and Management (BSN to MSN) is designed for RNs with BSNs who are seeking a master’s degree to become effective leaders and managers in a variety of nursing settings. This challenging program incorporates competencies that are consistent with the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) standards for nurse administrators. Along with the rigorous online curriculum, this program requires completion of a 40-hour practicum in nursing management.

Note: Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), an unencumbered RN license, and currently be working in a healthcare-related field.

Leadership and Management (RN to MSN)
Master of Science in Nursing

The M.S. in Nursing—Leadership and Management (RN to MSN Option) is designed for RNs with associate’s degrees or diplomas in nursing who are seeking to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree to become leaders and managers of nurses. This challenging program incorporates competencies that are consistent with the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) standards for nurse administrators. You will complete bachelor’s degree coursework and earn your master’s degree. Along with the rigorous online curriculum, this program requires completion of a 40-hour practicum in nursing management.

Note: Applicants must hold an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing, an unencumbered RN license, and currently be working in a healthcare-related field.

The bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791).

Sacred Heart University Onlineccne accredited

Clinical Nurse Leader
Master of Science in Nursing

The Clinical Nurse Leader specialization focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to fulfill this new and evolving role, such as evaluating patient outcomes, assessing risk, and coordinating with other health care professionals to ensure high quality care. The program prepares students to sit for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing CNL Certificate Exam. Even those students who are not interested in the CNL position can benefit from the integrated knowledge offered in this specialization.

Note: This program does not accept applicants from certain States. Please confirm with the school on availability.

Nursing Management and Executive Leadership
Master of Science in Nursing

Sacred Heart's Nursing Management & Executive Leadership specialization is targeted toward those students who wish to move into positions of administrative responsibility in health care organizations. The role of leadership in organizing and delivering high quality health care is more important today than ever before. Students will learn the role competencies essential for today’s nursing leader.

The curriculum which includes 120 clinical practicum hours with an identified preceptor in the community focuses on the integration of information management, healthcare delivery systems, financial resources, research and ethics, human resource management, the quality improvement process, strategic planning, workforce development, and transformational leadership. Motivating others, creating a positive environment, building trust, and positive and influential communication are just a few select skills that will be covered in the specialty courses.

Note: This program does not accept applicants from certain States. Please confirm with the school on availability.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

ccne accreditedSaint Xavier University Online

Saint Xavier is ranked #1 amongst Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report, 2017.

Clinical Leadership
Master of Science in Nursing

Coursework in the MSN in Clinical Leadership program emphasizes clinical expertise in pathophysiology, pharmacology and health assessment. Applied research, epidemiology and population-based health are also examined. The advanced expertise you’ll gain in this nursing master’s degree program is applicable to all clinical settings.

The Clinical Leadership track stands out by combining advanced clinical nursing knowledge with leadership tools and evidence-based practice. In the area of clinical nurse leadership, improving patient care on an individual, department-wide and continuous basis is a key goal. Courses provide you with the advanced knowledge you need to take a leading role in analyzing, implementing and evaluating patient care plans, as well as the processes that support care delivery and patient safety.

Saint Xavier's bachelor and master's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791. The School of Nursing holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Illinois Association of Colleges of Nursing (IACN), and the National League for Nursing (NLN).

Clinical Nurse Leader
Clinical nurse leader and nursing executive degrees from accredited universities and colleges.

Clinical Nurse Leader

Clinical Nurse Leader Overview

The Clinical Nurse Leader or CNL® is a fast emerging nursing role developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in collaboration with leaders from the education and practice arenas. The national movement to advance the CNL is fueled by

the critical need to improve the quality of patient care and better prepare nurses to thrive across the health care system. The CNL role was developed following research and discussion with stakeholder groups as a way to engage highly skilled clinicians as leaders in outcomes-based practice.

The CNL oversees the care coordination of a distinct group of patients and actively provides direct patient care in complex situations. This master’s degree- prepared, advanced generalist evaluates patient outcomes, assesses risks, and has the decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary. The CNL is a leader in the health care delivery system, and the implementation of this role will vary across settings.

Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader

The role of the CNL encompasses the following broad areas:

  • Clinician: designer/coordinator/evaluator of care to individuals, families, and groups; able to competently deliver care to complex patients across the lifespan and continuum of care.
  • Outcomes manager: synthesizes data, information and knowledge to evaluate and achieve optimal patient outcomes with emphasis on health promotion and risk reduction.
  • Client advocate: adept at ensuring that clients and families are well-informed and included in care planning. The CNL identifies potential equity and justice issues in the delivery of client care.
  • Educator: uses appropriate principles, strategies and information to teach clients, groups and other health care professionals;
  • Information manager: able to use information systems and technology to improve health care outcomes;
  • Systems analyst/Risk anticipator: able to critically evaluate and anticipate risks to patient safety with the aim of preventing medical errors.
  • Team Manager: able to properly delegate and manage the nursing team resources (human and fiscal) and serve as a partner in the interdisciplinary care team.
  • Member of a Profession: effects change in healthcare practice, healthcare outcomes and the profession.

CNLs are Gaining Momentum

The Veterans Health Administration, the nation's largest employer of RNs, has embraced the CNL role and is moving to introduce this clinician into all VA hospitals nationwide. Support for the role is gaining momentum as more and more practice sites are reporting positive outcomes attributed to the CNL pioneers on the staff.

The VA recognized the value of the role five years ago, began encouraging nurses to pursue the degree by offering scholarships, and has seen such good results that it expects to easily meet its goal of implementing a CNL at all points of care throughout the VHA system by fiscal year 2016.

Clinical Nurse Leader Education

The CNL is a generalist clinician with education at the master's degree level. Graduate education is necessary because the CNL must bring a high level of clinical competence and knowledge to the point of care and to serve as a resource for the nursing team. The master's degree with a major in nursing will prepare graduates for a generalist role.

CNL vs CNS / APN

The CNL is not prepared as an advanced practice nurse (APN) as currently defined. The CNL is a generalist in contrast with the specialized focus of the practice by clinical nurse specialists (CNS) and nurse practitioners. Advanced practice nurses are prepared with specialist education in a defined area of practice. The CNL and APN roles complement one another. For example, the CNL may call on the CNS to provide consultation when a specialist area of concern arises (i.e. when a patient does not respond to nursing care or therapeutics as expected).

CNL vs Case Manager (CM)

The case manager (CM) role can vary in each practice setting, however, in general, the CM will coordinate the discharge plan, assure Medicare/Medicaid requirements are fulfilled and provide private insurers with clinical updates. A Clinical Nurse Leader coordinates the patients' plan of care with the health care team. This may also include patient or staff education, patient assessment, supervision and provision of best practice protocols and direct patient care for the complicated patient. The two roles complement each other in that they both help the patient move through the hospital admission as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Clinical Nurse Leader Certification

The CNL is a master's-prepared clinician certified by the Commission on Nurse Certification. To be eligible to sit for the CNL Certification Exam, an individual must be a graduate of a CNL education program or a student in their last term of a CNL education program. To be considered for full certification, a candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Registered Nurse licensure (The candidate will be ineligible if currently being disciplined by a state nursing board.)

  • Graduation from a CNL master's or post-master's program, accredited by a nursing accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, that prepares individuals with the competencies delineated in the AACN white paper on The Education and Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader.

Certification will be awarded by CNC upon documentation and verification of RN licensure and graduation from a CNL education program.

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