Queens University of Charlotte Illustrates the Importance of the CNL’s Role in Healthcare

The need for qualified CNLs is on the rise.

Charlotte, NC (02/26/14) – Queens University of Charlotte has compiled statistics in an easy-to-follow infographic about the importance of the Clinical Nurse Leader® (CNL) role in the healthcare system, and the findings illustrate why more individuals should consider returning to the classroom to pursue this rewarding career. The university’s objective is to demonstrate that to advance one’s career to the level of a CNL and become an effective advocate for patients in the healthcare system, individuals need an education that teaches them to interact with patients, physicians, pharmacists and social workers. The initiatives and strategies CNLs implement help facilities reduce costs while at the same time bettering patient care. The CNL role was introduced in 2003 to address critical issues facing the healthcare industry such as:

  • $17-29 billion in annual losses from medical errors
  • 98,000 preventable deaths each year
  • Twenty percent shortage of nurses by 2020

“The impact of the Clinical Nurse Leader role in healthcare units is huge. These individuals help bridge the gap between patient care and clinical leadership in a variety of healthcare settings,” stated Annette Hines, chair of the MSN program at Queens. “It’s for this reason that here at Queens we place an emphasis on ensuring that the graduates of our MSN with a Clinical Nurse Leader track leave with the highly developed, in-demand skills needed for this growing role.”

Queens University of Charlotte’ Online Master of Science in Nursing with a Clinical Nurse Leader track

Queens’ online Master of Science in Nursing with a Clinical Nurse Leader track offers nurses the needed skillset to become results-driven, interdisciplinary leaders within their organizations. Faculty members of the program create a supportive learning environment, where they act as mentors, helping each student reach their full potential. Graduates of the MSN program are immersed in the best practices of the healthcare industry and learn to:

  • Analyze data and evidence-based research and apply them to the design of patient care plans
  • Implement and evaluate patient care plans
  • Work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals, create effective solutions and think critically about issues
  • Use technological resources to their maximum benefit

Discover more about Queens University of Charlotte’s online MSN with a Clinical Nurse Leader track degree program. Click here or call 866-313-2356 to speak with an admissions specialist.

About Queens University of Charlotte:

Founded in 1857, Queens University of Charlotte is a private, co-educational university with a commitment to liberal arts and professional studies. Located in the heart of historic Charlotte, North Carolina, Queens serves approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Notable recognition includes being ranked No. 18 among regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report in 2014 (up from No. 20 the previous year). In addition, five members of Queens’ faculty have been honored as North Carolina Professors of the Year.