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Clinical Nurse Leader Program - Overview

Online MSN with a Clinical Nurse Leader® Track

Coordinate Care for Optimal Outcomes

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing introduced the Clinical Nurse Leader role in 2003 to help nurses succeed and improve the quality of patient care in a changing healthcare system.

CNLs use input from doctors, physical/occupational therapists, nutritionists and other healthcare professionals and synthesize it into comprehensive, detailed patient care plans. CNLs also seek out and share new research, technology and practices with fellow nurses.

Since the role was introduced, the presence of a CNL has been proven to reduce the occurrence of infections, falls, pressure ulcers and readmissions and to improve medication adherence.

“The CNL coordinates care between MDs, physical/occupational therapies, nutrition, discharge planners and other providers involved in the patients’ care. We are the glue that binds the different healthcare disciplines together so that information or detailed assessments are not missed.” — Queens alum Caroline Hosseini in “A Day in the Life of a Clinical Nurse Leader”

Through the Clinical Nurse Leader (MSN-CNL) track of Queens’ online Master of Science in Nursing, you’ll learn to:

    • Design, implement and evaluate patient care plans
    • Collaborate with other healthcare professionals, design creative solutions and think critically about issues
    • Analyze and apply new data and findings in evidence-based research
    • Take advantage of technological resources
    • Assess patient risk

Take charge of your patients’ care with the Clinical Nurse Leader track of the online MSN at Queens. Call us at 866-313-2356 to speak with an admissions advisor, or request more information.