TheClinical Nurse Leader, CNL
TheClinical Nurse Leader, CNL
Regardlessof the existing complexities (e.g. patient diversity and technology)in the current healthcare environment, a nurse is expected to managethe challenges and realize maximum results for patients and families.The aim of this discussion is to uncover the education preparationand roles of a clinical nurse leader (CNL), and how the leadersinfluence patient care.
ClinicalNurse Leader’s Educational Preparation
EveryCNL possesses a master’s level degree in nursing. A CNL is trainedto comprehend how to attend to patients and ensure quality cares.Besides, every CNL is subjected to curricula that support theoreticaland clinical experiences which sustain competencies needed to groomthe nurses to be skilled leaders and clinicians capable of handlingthe healthcare systems’ complexities and achieve best patientoutcomes (Jeffers& Astroth, 2013).
Rolesof Clinical Nurse Leader
Thereare several roles played by a CNL. First, the leader serves as aclinician who designs and coordinates the care given to patients andindividuals within the hospital. Second, because of thegraduate-level knowledge as a generalist in the fields of diseasecontrol, health evaluation, and ground-breaking nursinginterventions, the CNL brings forth the nursing leadership requiredfor quality nursing services (Jeffers& Astroth, 2013).Third, the CNL serves as a patient advocate by ensuring that the careenvironment meets the needs and preferences of the diverse patientgroups and families. Fourth, the CNL operates as an informationmanager, ensuring that the information systems and technologies inplace are accurate and considerate of the patients’ ethical needsso that there is patient compliance and quality outcomes. Besides,the CNL works as an outcomes manager who foresees quality improvementprograms and recommends interventions that can reduce nursing errors,sustain patient safety, and stream-line the process of healthcaredelivery. Finally, the CNL serves as an educator coach patients andfamilies regarding self-care (Jeffers& Astroth, 2013).
Howthe Clinical Nurse Leader Influences Patient Care
EveryCNL is an expert is his or her field, and is not only approachablebut also an excellent communicator who collaborates with others toattain maximum patient outcome. Consequently, the CNL serves as arole model who motivates others by matching his or her valuesconcerning nursing to the actual practice. For example, a CNL mayincorporate the preferences and values of a patient into the careplan with families and patients acknowledged as partners indecision-making and care. Through collaboration, the CNL can addressthe health differences related to age, insurance, education, andcultural barrier (Jeffers& Astroth, 2013).
TheCNL is critical in preparing nurses with the skills required tohandle the current and future complexities in the healthcare systemits importance in improving patients’ care outcomes cannot beoveremphasized.
Jeffers,B. R., & Astroth, K. S. (2013, July). The clinical nurse leader:Prepared for an era of healthcare reform. In Nursingforum (Vol.48, No. 3, pp. 223-229).