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MSN-CNL Testimonials

Kristin ThayerBriefly explain your project.
The purpose of my Capstone Project was to implement and evaluate evidence-based teaching methods for patients receiving In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). I utilized the Quality Improvement Model as a formal approach to enhance patient education, satisfaction, and empowerment by providing an alternate teaching method for IVF patients on the UIHC website.

Explain your future plans as a clinical nurse leader.
My immediate plan is to attain managerial experience as a CNL to enhance my competencies. In addition, I am considering the possibility of returning to graduate school to advance my nursing degree. The CNL degree allows for various and exciting career paths!

How did the UI College of Nursing prepare you for your new role?
The University of Iowa College of Nursing provided me with a sense of empowerment. I advanced my skills to become a leader in nursing. Through this program, I learned that I have special interests in quality improvement, outcomes measurement, and implementing evidence-based practices in my unit. I also just recently became board certified as a CNL! The University of Iowa College of Nursing MSN-CNL program prepared me for this endeavor. I would highly recommend the University of Iowa MSN-CNL program to the nursing workforce.

-- Kristin Thayer (MSN-CNL ’18) 

Leanne HaiwickBriefly explain your project.
The project I completed for CNL was implementation of a Fast Track process in our Emergency Department in the Veteran Administration  System in Des Moines. Briefly, we were able to dedicate four exam rooms in an unused area to be used for seeing non-acutely ill patients presenting to the Emergency Department. We triage patients based on the Emergency Severity Index scale and those that fall on the lower acuity end (ESI-4 and ESI-5) are able to be routed through our Fast Track, where their care is managed by a Physician Assistant and LPN. This frees up the Emergency Department beds to be used by patients with higher acuity illnesses that may require monitoring and higher-level care. It also alleviates congestion in the main Emergency Department, which decreases the need to periodically go on ambulance bypass.

Explain your future plans as a clinical nurse leader.
My future plans as a Clinical Nurse Leader are currently in evolution. I have accepted a new position as Clinical Nurse Leader on the hospice/palliative floor in our Community Living Center. I am excited for this opportunity to fully function in the role of a Clinical Nurse Leader.

How did the UI College of Nursing prepare you for your new role?
I feel the University of Iowa College of Nursing has given me a solid foundation to begin practicing as a Clinical Nurse Leader. I have made connections through my education at University of Iowa that will benefit me as I begin the role of Clinical Nurse Leader.

-- Leanne Haiwick (MSN-CNL ’18) 

Kristin ThayerBriefly explain your project.
I chose to initiate an interdisciplinary Unit Based Council (UBC) for my CNL capstone project at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. The microsystem assessment of my practice area revealed that our unit needed a forum to bring ideas from the frontline staff to the management and corporate levels of the hospital. A thorough literature search (which I learned how to conduct in the program) gathered ideas of what might work or not … and discovered tools (like the Nurse Practice Council effectiveness scale) to evaluate the performance of the UBC.

Explain your future plans as a clinical nurse leader.
I am patiently waiting for the CNL role to be recognized by my current employer – with at least 50% NPC time for microsystem assessments and initiation of projects to improve patient care. In the meantime, while working as a staff nurse, I will continue to advocate for frontline staff – who want to see the best possible outcomes for the patients they directly work with…every shift.

How did the UI College of Nursing prepare you for your new role?
The microsystem assessment, literature search, and implementation planning are much more effective when there is a step by step process. These tasks were not intuitive for me, but the CNL program gave a framework for performing these tasks, and I can use these tools to improve any patient care environment I am placed.

-- Stephanie Lacquement (MSN-CNL ’18) 

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