What Is a CNL?
Accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) initiative launched in 2003. The CNL position is unique to nursing because it promotes continuous personal and professional growth as a nurse.
A CNL is an experienced MSN-prepared nurse that still works bedside and interacts with patients. The original objective of the AACN was to develop a leadership role in nursing, and a CNL not only acts as a leader, but also makes substantial advances in the quality of healthcare. CNLs practice the full scope of their profession, in addition to managing the microsystem of the healthcare setting and implementing an outcomes-based practice that is responsive to the needs of their patients.