James Madison University

Multiple Nurses Earn Clinical Nurse Leader Certification

The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has announced that Margaret Bagnardi, Maria DeValpine, Jamie Lee and Hilda Taylor have earned the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL®) certification.

The Clinical Nurse Leader is an emerging nursing role developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in collaboration with leaders from the education and practice arenas. The Clinical Nurse leader (CNL) Certification Program provides a unique credential that recognizes graduates of master’s and post master’s Clinical Nurse Leader programs or similar master’s programs that prepare advanced generalists.

The CCN promotes high quality patient care through the certification of qualified graduates of advanced generalist master’s programs by recognizing formally those individuals who meet the eligibility requirements of the CNL Certification Program and pass a certification examination. The CNL certification is based upon a national standard of requisite knowledge and experiences, thereby assisting employers, the public and members of the health professions in the assessment of a CNL.

The CNL mark of excellence promotes safe, quality practice through its ongoing requirements for professional and personal growth. The initial CNL certification is granted for a period of five (5) years. Certificants are required to renew their designation to ensure continuous learning relevant to the role of the CNL.

The CNL is an autonomous arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and manages the CNL Certification Program. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for America’s baccalaureate- and higher-degree nursing education programs.

AACN’s educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor’s- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care , and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate education, research, and practice in nursing--- the nation’s largest healthcare profession.

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