The Clinical Nurse Leader is an emerging nursing role developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in collaboration with an array of leaders from the practice environment.
The CNL role, the first new nursing role in over 35 years, emerged following several years of research and discussion with stakeholders as a way to (1) improve the quality of patient care and (2) best prepare nurses with the competencies needed to thrive in the current and future health care system.
The CNL is a master’s prepared advanced generalist, who is nationally certified through AACN. The CNL role allows nurses to remain at the point-of-care while advancing to the highest level of the clinical ladder.
The 33-credit Clinical Leadership MSN is based at UMDNJ's Newark campus and can be completed in five (5) semesters of part-time graduate study. UMDNJ-School of Nursing is one of the few schools in New Jersey preparing CNLs. Applications are accepted year-round.
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Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader certification examination offered by AACN.
Mary Jo Bugel speaks about the Clinical Leadership MSN Degree Program
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Mary Jo Bugel PhD, RN, CNL, SNC
Track Coordinator, MSN in Clinical Leadership