Inside best practice: Clinical nurse leaders focus on evidence-based practice

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, December 22, 2009

The clinical nurse leader (CNL) role has only been around for a few years, but it is growing at an impressive rate and many ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®-designated organizations—and those on the journey—are finding the role useful. The position allows nurses to advance professionally while staying in the clinical environment. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, CNLs are responsible for patient outcomes by applying evidence-based practices. They design, implement, and evaluate patient care by coordinating, delegating, and supervising the care provided by the healthcare team.

In the hospital and health system setting, the CNL role should explode as the graduate degree gains popularity and the opportunities presented by this role become better understood. Adding CNL positions prepares organizations to meet quality improvement initiatives and deliver on these goals.

CNLs are uniquely positioned to plan and coordinate care across entire patient populations or service lines, work with the multidisciplinary healthcare team across the care continuum, and help organizations reduce length of stay and prevent readmissions.

Source: This excerpt is from the December issue of HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. Don't have a subscription? Take a look at the benefits of becoming a member of HCPro's Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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