The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is an evolving nursing role developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in collaboration with leaders from the education and practice arenas. AACN is advancing the CNL as a clinical expert focused upon improving the quality of patient care and helping professional nurses to thrive in the health care system. The CNL role has demonstrated effectiveness in improving outcomes, elevating current evidence-based practice, enhancing quality, and providing continuous leadership in the microsystem. Upon completion of the MSN:CNL, graduates are prepared for eight role functions: clinician, educator, advocate, outcomes manager, information manager, system analyst, member of the profession, and outcomes.
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