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Clinical Nurse Leaders: A Case Study

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Sandra,
It can be difficult to encounter Clinical Nurse Leaders in many settings. But, from what I have experienced in the past and from what I could find information on CNLs from the American Association of College of Nursing (AACN), they do provide patient care just not at the APRN level. Just as they cannot sit for an exam for APRN though they may have 1000 hrs. of clinical experience and a master’s degree, their requirements for examination are specific. Only individuals who graduate from a CNL or similar master’s degree program in nursing that has meet the criteria delineated in the CNL Curriculum Framework and prepares nurses with the competencies identified in AACN’s white paper on The Education and Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader
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