As an acting leader of the healthcare delivery setting, the CNL works with a group of healthcare professionals to integrate the latest evidence-based care tactics for a cohort of patients. The CNL works bedside to ensure that each patient is benefiting from treatment and has the authority to make changes where necessary.
Is there a need for the CNL role in the healthcare system?
There is a demand from healthcare leaders to have someone formally trained in the CNL or a similar program. There is a need for changes
to happen in order to improve patient outcomes, and the AACN believes that the creation of the CNL role will contribute to the improvements in the education and care deliveries of healthcare professionals. CNLs are experts in promoting critical thinking and innovation to constructively manage and promote a team-based approach to care. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of medical and health leaders is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all other occupations.
While the CNL role is new and direct information is not available, data shows that the CNL role may be a contributing factor. In 2010, there were 597 total candidates to take the CNL exam, while in 2015 there were 1080 total candidates. The number of total candidates nearly doubled in five years, which shows the increase in demand.
No, the CLN position is more advanced and has more responsibilities than a regular BSN. A nurse with a BSN has the ability to work as an RN, and while a CNL does too, the CNL degree is for nurses who want to do more. This role includes overseeing care coordination, providing direct patient care in complex situations, putting evidence-based practice into action, ensuring patients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery, evaluating patient outcomes, assessing cohort risks, and having the decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary.
How is a CNL different from a Clinical Nurse Specialist or other advanced practice nurse?
APRN’s responsibilities are clearly defined, and Advanced Practice Nurses are more specialized than CNLs. CNLs do not have a defined area of practice, while APNs do. Together they bring a complementary approach to the nursing practice.
Does CNL have a new legal scope of practice and license?
Who is eligible for the CNL Certification Examination?
Only students who graduate from a CNL Master’s program or those in their last semester of a CNL program that meets the following AACN criteria are eligible to take the exam. Nurses are required to pass both the CNL Certification Exam and the NCLEX Exam to receive their CNL license.
How do I arrange the Certification Examination for my CNL program graduates?
To take the exam, all students must undergo an application process. Once a verification email is received, the student will be allowed to take the exam.
Is CNL connected to the practice doctorate in nursing?
To be a CNL, a nurse must have an MSN and be a part of an AACN CNL endorsed program. While this program is not connected to the practice of doctorate in nursing, they both complement each other because one can’t pursue a doctorate education without having a master’s degree first.
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