Taking the road less traveled: An innovative approach to the CNL role

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308116
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Taking the road less traveled: An innovative approach to the CNL role
Author(s):
Noles, Kristen M.; James, David H.; Simmons, Emily; Block, Velinda J.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Nu
Author Details:
Kristen M. Noles, RN, MSN, CNL, knoles@uabmc.edu; David H. James, RN, DNP, CCRN, CCNS; Emily Simmons, MSN, RN-BC, CNL; Velinda J. Block, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013, Tuesday, November 19, 2013

In response to the growing concern over patient safety, quality, and health care outcomes, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), created the role of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL).  CNL practice involves team development, microsystem assessment, and process improvement.  Traditionally the CNL role is focused on the microsystem.  One attempt to implement the role in our organization resulted in role ambiguity, increased cost, and lack of quantifiable measures of influence. However, by utilizing the CNL at the macrosystem level, nursing leaders developed a unique way to maximize the impact of two CNLs.  The purpose of this presentation is to describe how the CNL skill set was used in an innovative, nontraditional role.

Applying the principles of the curriculum’s core competencies, the CNLs’ influence has been maximized.  From the macrosystem level, the unique aspects of the CNL role facilitated driving evidence based practice to the bedside, supporting care across the continuum, integrating technology into practice, and mentoring staff nurses as leaders. Their leadership has resulted in a) improvements in patient safety and quality, b) standardization of practice, and c) increased collaboration among a variety of disciplines. They influenced over 48 interdisciplinary teams, 27 hospital wide clinical practice changes, and multiple quality improvements projects. Additionally, in the past two years they have led nursing in the process of evaluating 3126 practice standards. 

As nurse leaders seek ways to utilize the CNL skill set, it is essential that they are open to the endless possibilities for the role within their organization.

Keywords:
outcomes; leadership; innnovation
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTaking the road less traveled: An innovative approach to the CNL roleen_GB
dc.contributor.authorNoles, Kristen M.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorJames, David H.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorSimmons, Emilyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBlock, Velinda J.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentNuen_GB
dc.author.detailsKristen M. Noles, RN, MSN, CNL, knoles@uabmc.edu; David H. James, RN, DNP, CCRN, CCNS; Emily Simmons, MSN, RN-BC, CNL; Velinda J. Block, DNP, RN, NEA-BCen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308116-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013, Tuesday, November 19, 2013</p>In response to the growing concern over patient safety, quality, and health care outcomes, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), created the role of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL).  CNL practice involves team development, microsystem assessment, and process improvement.  Traditionally the CNL role is focused on the microsystem.  One attempt to implement the role in our organization resulted in role ambiguity, increased cost, and lack of quantifiable measures of influence. However, by utilizing the CNL at the macrosystem level, nursing leaders developed a unique way to maximize the impact of two CNLs.  The purpose of this presentation is to describe how the CNL skill set was used in an innovative, nontraditional role. <p>Applying the principles of the curriculum’s core competencies, the CNLs’ influence has been maximized.  From the macrosystem level, the unique aspects of the CNL role facilitated driving evidence based practice to the bedside, supporting care across the continuum, integrating technology into practice, and mentoring staff nurses as leaders. Their leadership has resulted in a) improvements in patient safety and quality, b) standardization of practice, and c) increased collaboration among a variety of disciplines. They influenced over 48 interdisciplinary teams, 27 hospital wide clinical practice changes, and multiple quality improvements projects. Additionally, in the past two years they have led nursing in the process of evaluating 3126 practice standards.  <p>As nurse leaders seek ways to utilize the CNL skill set, it is essential that they are open to the endless possibilities for the role within their organization.en_GB
dc.subjectoutcomesen_GB
dc.subjectleadershipen_GB
dc.subjectinnnovationen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:27:07Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:27:07Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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