Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader

The Master's of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader Program in the College of Graduate and Extended Studies at Central Methodist University provides a diverse, more encompassing, eclectic view of contemporary nursing theorists. Due to the strong influence of the core, foundational undergraduate program, there is continued understanding that persons, as biopsychosocial beings, are interacting constantly within a changing environment. We expand upon our understanding of many frequently researched, modern nurse theorists while continuing the scholarly pursuit of evidence-based nursing practice within a clinical nurse leadership role and the application of this dynamic role to the clinical setting. This program is offered entirely online.

Master's of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader Program Philosophy

The goal of the Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader Program is to provide opportunities for qualified students to acquire advanced knowledge and skills in nursing and clinical leadership in the health care delivery system across all health care settings. The CNL assumes accountability for client care outcomes through the assimilation and application of evidence-based information to design, implement, and evaluate the process of health care delivery. The goal also includes improving clinical or client outcomes and enhancing nursing practice through the identification and application of evidence-based care to clients and families. The CNL is accountable for a defined group of clients within the health care setting. The CNL is a formal leader and provides horizontal leadership to foster lateral integration of care.

The CMU MSN Program is based upon the MSN, CNL Guidelines set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2007).

Definition of Clinical Nurse Leader as defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
(from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing website with full written permission)

"The Clinical Nurse Leader is an advanced generalist clinician with education at the master's or post-master's degree level in a formal CNL education program. Graduate education is necessary because the CNL must bring a high level of clinical competence and knowledge to the point of care and serve as a resource for the nursing team. In practice, the CNL oversees the care coordination and integration of care for a distinct group of patients. This master's degree-prepared clinician puts evidence-based practice into action to ensure that patients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery. The CNL evaluates patient outcomes, assesses cohort risk, and has the decision making authority to change care plans when necessary. The CNL is a leader and active member of the interdisciplinary health care team."



Stephanie Brink
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