CNL Role

Clinical Nurse Leaders Are Making an Impact on the Future of Health Care

To keep abreast of ongoing technological innovation, medical breakthroughs, and advancements in health care, today’s nursing professionals are encouraged to pursue advanced degrees. With the growing demand for further education comes an increased demand for new roles–roles that impact patients at all levels and incorporate leadership skills to facilitate positive change. The Clinical Nurse Leader role does just that. Developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the Clinical Nurse Leader role emerged after several years of research and discussion as a way to engage highly skilled clinicians in outcome-based practices and quality improvement strategies.

What is a CNL?


A Clinical Nurse Leader is more than just a nurse or a specialty focus–it’s a powerful role that was created to improve the quality of patient care and prepare nurses for leadership roles.

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10 AACN Guidelines of a CNL


The online MSN Clinical Nurse Leader program follows a set of guidelines outlined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

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How the University of San Francisco MSN Develops CNL’s


The online MSN Clinical Nurse Leader program aims to shape the future of nursing by empowering tomorrow’s leaders.

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USF: Innovator of the the CNL


A leader in innovation, the University of San Francisco was the first school to offer an MSN Clinical Nurse Leader program.

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