Education: Nursing and Clinical Nurse Leader Essay

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Question 1 identify the educational preparation and role(s) of the clinical nurse leader (CNL) designation. Give an example of how the CNL influences direct patient care whether in a hospital or out in the community.

Answer1 There are six elements to the CNL role, they are: leadership and change, interdisciplinary relationships, knowledge transfer, outcomes management, clinician at the point of care, and professional development.
CNLs should be assigned to a specific unit of the hospital or area. They are not a direct caregiver, but a facilitaor of direct care. They work with the healthcare team to provide support, assessment of patients that have complicated healthcare needs, discharge planning and rehab needs. They are a
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Client advocate: ensures clients, families and communities are well-informed and included in care planning and improving care. Also serves as an advocate for the profession and health care team. Educator, Information manager: able to use information systems and technology. Systems analyst/Risk anticipator: able to participate in systems review to improve quality of client care delivery. Team Manager: able to properly delegate and manage the nursing team resources and serve as a leader. Member of a profession, and Lifelong Learner: recognizes the need for and actively pursues new knowledge and skills as one’s role and needs of the health care system evolves.
Reference
American Association of College of Nursing (2012).White Paper on The Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader Retrived from: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/publications/white-papers/cnl

Question 2
Identify advocacy strategies that you can use to create change in your current workplace.

Answer 1
In a profession where others' health and well-being are priority, there leaves room for neglect of those who are delegated to care for these people. As a professional nurse, there are many obstacles that arise and affect the care provided to a patient, as well as the livelihood of the nurse. The current deteriorating and unsafe staffing conditions in hospitals and other institutions prompts workplace advocacy as the universally appropriate concept for maintaining professional nursing practice. Common
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