Integrate and Collaborate to Offer Quality Care
The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) position is a role that was developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in recognition of present and future changes in patient care. Clinical Nurse Leaders are advanced generalist clinicians who have the skills and knowledge to integrate patient evaluation, risk assessment, and communication with other health care team members to offer the best possible care across all types of health care settings.
The CNL specialization course work and 348 hours of role immersion prepares students to sit for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing CNL Certificate Exam. Students who are not planning on moving into the CNL role may be interested in this specialization to upgrade their skills and knowledge, take on educational roles, or move into other advanced nursing positions with a focus on patients.
|Core Courses||Credit Hours|
|NU 501||Health Care Policy & Ethics for Contemporary Nursing Practice||3|
|NU 530||Theory and Professional Roles for Contemporary Nursing Practice||3|
|NU 601||Principles of Health Care Research for Contemporary Nursing Practice||3|
|NU 602||Evidence-based Practice for Quality Care||3|
|Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Specialization Courses||Credit Hours|
|NU 550||Family and Community Context for Health Care||3|
|NU 553||Advanced Pathophysiology||3|
|NU 554||Application of Comprehensive Health Assessment Methods||3|
|NU 575||Health Care Information Systems||3|
|NU 611||Care Management and Resources Across the Continuum||3|
|NU 612||Disease Management and Outcomes Assessment||3|
|NU 680||CNL Role Immersion Practicum||3|
|NU 681||CNL Capstone||3|
NU 501 Health Care Policy & Ethics for Contemporary Nursing Practice This course examines health care policy issues such as financing, quality, and safety as well as the application of ethics to the field. Students will consider past and current nursing and health care practices and analyze policies and their implications for the future.
NU 530 Theory and Professional Roles for Contemporary Nursing Practice The class provides the foundation for advanced practice nursing by introducing theories from nursing and the natural, social, biological, and organizational sciences to frame their future practice. Students will also consider issues of cultural diversity to assure the delivery of effective care and minimize health disparities.
NU 601 Principles of Health Care Research for Contemporary Nursing Practice This course studies the field of research and its application to solving problems in nursing and health care. Each step of the research process is explored in-depth to develop the skills to apply research to practice. Students apply critical analysis to relevant research literature to determine its usefulness and application. Statistical methods and concepts are reviewed and integrated throughout the course to promote an understanding of those concepts within the context of health care research.
NU 602 Evidence-Based Practice for Quality Care This course builds on NU 601 by reviewing the principles inherent to a sound data collection and analysis, including differences between qualitative and quantitative research. Students will critique research articles according to criteria studied in the course and develop a project related to evidence-based practice.
Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Specialization Courses
NU 550 Family and Community Context for Health Care This course examines the family and the community as unique and dynamic systems that require advanced nursing expertise and care at various times across the life cycle. Particular emphasis is placed on family and community assessment strategies, the impact of culture upon the family and community systems, and the impact of various primary care-oriented health problems on family roles and functions. In addition, relevant concepts and principles of epidemiology are applied to the current and emerging health status of families and communities. Students learn to function interdependently with other health team members to evaluate a plan of care using standards for advanced clinical practice.
NU 553 Advanced Pathophysiology Students will learn methods of assessing the pathophysiology of common disease states, including areas of clinical pathology that address alterations in major body systems commonly found in the primary care settings across the life span. Student will also study common diagnostic tests used in advanced nursing practice.
NU 554 Application of Comprehensive Health Assessment Methods Students will learn how to assess patients' physical and mental health status via a complete and accurate health history and a thorough physical exam, and then use that data to formulate a working diagnosis. Integration of common medical testing is also addressed.
NU 575 Health Care Information Systems The class is an introduction to health information systems as tools for decision making and communication. Emphasis is on the ability to take advantage of information systems to deliver patient care and an exploration of the variety of tools available to assist in analyzing its quality.
NU 611 Care Management and Resources Across the Continuum Reviews the basic approaches to care or case management and how they are used in different health care settings. The role of practice guidelines and key relationships among health care professionals is explored, along with the contributions of technology and financial considerations. During this course, you will complete 24 clinical hours.
NU 612 Disease Management and Outcomes Assessment This course explores the benefits of a comprehensive case and disease management program in selected settings. Health priorities, models of chronic illness, and important concepts related to health status (including quality of life and functional status) are discussed. Research on the outcomes of case and disease management and strategies for identifying and measuring outcomes of care are also discussed. During this course, you will complete 24 clinical hours.
NU 680 & 681 CNL Role Immersion Practicum/Capstone These two courses provide the opportunity for in-depth analysis of the CNL role within various health care settings and specialties through a guided role immersion experience. Students are required to identify a preceptor in their community and complete 300 immersion hours in a clinical environment, preferably another masters-prepared CNL. Students will demonstrate their understanding of prior coursework through clinical role practice, case studies, and student presentations. Instructors will provide guidance and support.