Future Clinical Nurse Leaders Awarded Conference Scholarships
Current University of Iowa College of Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) students Lauren Maus (left) and Rania Schreiber have been awarded 2020 Dean’s CNL Conference Scholarships. Both used funds from the scholarship to travel to the CNL Summit in San Antonio in late February. The summit provides a national forum for all health care and academic audiences currently implementing or interested in exploring CNL education and practice. Conference topics typically include the impact and value of the CNL role on improving patient outcomes, implementing and sustaining the CNL role across diverse systems of care, innovations in education, and the complementary relationship between the CNL and other members of the health care team.
Maus, RN, BSN, CCRN, an assistant nurse manager in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, was eager to take advantage of the networking opportunities that are centered around the exemplary work done by CNLs in a variety of health care settings.
“The knowledge and experiences I gained from this conference will not only impact me but will also impact those individuals I work with,” explained Maus. “I’ve learned best practices, effective strategies for implementing care, and I now have the tools to help better understand and manage the continual changes in health care.”
Schreiber, RN, BSN, was grateful for this opportunity and represented UI’s College of Nursing with pride.
“This scholarship will help contribute to my long-term goals of becoming an expert CNL at UIHC,” she said. “I want to learn more about the impact that Clinical Nurse Leaders are making in our evolving health care environment and meet expert leaders from multiple segments of the health care industry.”
Attaining an advanced degree was something that both Maus and Schreiber had always intended to do. Pursuing a degree from UI’s highly revered CNL program (ranked 4th nationally) was an easy decision.
“I have always been eager to further my education by attending graduate school. UI’s CNL program will help me develop skills to function as a leader and a change agent within the health care microsystem,” said Schreiber.
“When exploring my options, Iowa’s CNL program stood out to me as it emphasized areas that I have a passion for … especially quality improvement and interprofessional education. I firmly believe the program will enable me to excel as I transition from bedside staff nurse to a nursing leadership role.”
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