CNC to Observe Certified Clinical Nurse Leader℠ Day

It has been proven that certified CNLs have a significant impact on healthcare delivery.

Today, the Commission on Nurse Certification announced the observance of Certified Clinical Nurse Leader℠ Day, which will be held on March 19th. Certified CNL Day promotes the positive impact certified CNLs have on the healthcare delivery system. On this day, CNC will join healthcare professionals around the nation in recognizing certified CNLs who have advanced their careers by earning the CNL credential.

“This year, CNC encourages certified CNLs to share their professional journey by telling peers how earning the CNL credential has helped them improve patient care,” said Shantal Hall, director, CNC.

In 2007, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) created the CNC as an autonomous certifying body to oversee policies and procedures for the CNL Certification Program. Since then, more than 6,000 professional nurses throughout the United States, and internationally, have earned the CNL credential. Educated at the master’s degree level, CNLs oversee care coordination and the integration of care for patients.

“It has been proven that certified CNLs have significant impact on healthcare delivery,” added Hall. “Anecdotal data from healthcare executives show that CNLs have helped to identify opportunities for improvement and greater efficiency in patient care. In so doing, these nursing professionals have been instrumental in helping healthcare teams achieve targeted goals, performance measures, and sensitive nursing indicators.”


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Studies show that, by engaging CNLs, medical facilities have enhanced their healthcare delivery system by:

  • Improving patient-centered care and patient satisfaction;
  • Enhancing critical thinking and innovation by staff;
  • Improving unit efficiency;
  • Better coordinating care across the healthcare setting in complex situations;
  • Increasing safety at the point-of-care (POC); and
  • Instituting continuity and consistency at the POC for physicians and other disciplines.

These professionals put evidence-based practices into action to ensure that patients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery. Although CNL skill sets vary across health care settings, in general, the CNL evaluates patient outcomes, assesses cohort risk, and has the decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary.



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Tune in as Certified Clinical Nurse Leaders discuss how CNL certification has impacted their careers. Employers will also learn how to make the business case for hiring a CNL at their healthcare facility.


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During this webinar, participants will learn about innovative and outstanding impact certified CNLs have had in transforming health care and nursing education. Panelist will discuss the importance of advocating for the CNL skill set, explain the value of achieving the CNL designation, and discuss how the CNL skill set transcends various work environments. This webinar is a great opportunity for nursing professionals to ask questions and learn from CNLs.

MODERATOR: Shantal Hall, Director, CNC


Christine M Ralyea, DNP, CNL, Assistant Vice President, Patient Care Services, Carolinas Medical Center

Connie S. Garret, MSN, CNL, AORN, Perioperative Field Advisor, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital

Deborah Hurley DNP, RN, CCRN-K, CNL, Critical Care, UR Medicine, Strong Memorial Hospital


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About the Commission on Nurse Certification

The Commission on Nurse Certification is the autonomous certifying body of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The mission of the CNC is to oversee Clinical Nurse Leader℠ (CNL®) certification activities to assure communities of interest that certificants have met accepted standards of practice. The CNL certification process is governed by the CNC Board of Commissioners (CNCBOC). The CNCBOC and staff are solely responsible for the policies and administration of the CNL Certification Program.

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