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Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

CNL

The Clinical Nurse Leader or CNL® is a master’s educated nurse, prepared for practice across the continuum of care within any healthcare setting. The CNL was developed by AI in collaboration with leaders from healthcare practice and education to address the critical need to improve the quality of patient care outcomes.

The CNL is a clinical leader - at the point of care – who focuses on:

  • Care Coordination
  • Outcomes Measurement
  • Transitions of Care
  • Interprofessional Communication & Team Leadership
  • Risk Assessment
  • Implementation of Best Practices Based on Evidence
  • Quality Improvement

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Find a Program

Find a Program

Career Services

Career Services

CNL Resources

CNL Resources

CNL Summit

CNL Summit

Get CNL Certified

Get CNL Certified

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CNL Certification Exam Review ModulesCover of CNL Certification Exam Review Modules Brochure

The modules were created for those seeking to prepare for the CNL Certification Examination, practicing CNLs renewing certification through continuing education units (CEUs), and others seeking nursing continuing professional development opportunities. 

The CNL Certification Exam Review Course features 17 chapters across 6 separate modules. By completing all 6 modules, you are eligible to receive 18 continuing education credits.

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News & Announcements



July 29, 2022
CNC along with Prometric SMT and members of the CNL Job Analysis Committee have finalized the survey instrument that will determine the skills and abilities required to perform the job of the Clinical Nurse Leader. ! We ask all CNLs to complete the survey to assist CNC in developing the content outline for the new CNL exam that will be administered during Spring 2023 testing period. 

Value of the CNL

Congratulations to the 2023 CNL Award Recipients

headshot of robert roseCNL Visionary Award

Robert Rose, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Market Chief Nurse Executive, Central Division
Atrium Health


headshot of Jeanne BernierCNL Educator Award

Jeanne Bernier, MSN, RN, CNL
CNL Program Director
Mississippi College

Learn more about the CNL Educator Award Winners


headshot of chrissy bassCNL Vanguard Award

Chrissy Bass, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Clinical Nurse Leader
Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center

Learn more about the CNL Vanguard Award Winners