CNL Curriculum

Clinical Nurse Leader Role

In practice, the Clinical Nurse Leader oversees the care coordination of a distinct group of patients and actively provides direct patient care in complex situations, evaluating patient outcomes, assessing risks, and making decisions to change care plans when necessary. The Clinical Nurse Leader is a leader in the health care delivery system…”

– American Association of Colleges of Nursing

About the Clinical Nurse Leader Role

In response to the Institute of Medicine’s call for nurses to have advanced education, the AACN created the Clinical Nurse Leader Role (CNL).  A CNL is a master’s prepared nurse with preparation focused on quality improvement, evidence-based practice, interprofessional communication, and care coordination.


The Clinical Nurse Leader role provides vital administrative leadership and support to hospitals and healthcare organizations by focusing on core issues and outcomes such as saving only costly errors cost and saving lives.  Jones & Bartlett Learning is pleased to offer leading content for this curriculum to facilitate advanced nursing education.


Want to Learn More?

For a comprehensive overview of the Clinical Nurse Leader Role as well as the outcomes that can be realized by implementing this role within a hospital or healthcare environment we invite you to view the Webinar hosted by authors Linda Roussel and Tricia Thomas, subject matter experts and authors of Initiating and Sustaining the Clinical Nurse Leader Role, Second Edition.


Jones & Bartlett Learning texts that map to a standard Clinical Nurse Leader Curriculum

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