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Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Review

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Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Review

SKU# 9780826171177


  • Cynthia R. King PhD, MSN, NP, RN, CNL, FAAN
  • Sally Gerard DNP, RN, CDE, CNL

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“The authors have done excellent work, reinforcing major skills and responsibilities of this advanced generalist role. This book will be most useful for students as they prepare for certification.”

—From the Foreword by Linda Roussel, DSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNL
Co-Author, Initiating and Sustaining the Clinical Nurse Leader Role: A Practical Guide

The first and only resource of its kind, this review guide to the CNL certification exam stems directly from Dr. King’s classroom, where she proposes students to take the exam and has achieved a 100% pass rate.

The guide covers all aspects of the test, including basic test-taking skills, how to understand exam questions, multiple exam questions with answers and rationales, and content review of information derived from the AACN exam guide. The authors, who are noted CNL educators and practitioners, cover concepts of horizontal leadership, interdisciplinary communication and collaboration skills, and health care advocacy. They address care management, team coordination, illness/disease management, health promotion and disease prevention management, and advanced clinical assessment. The differences between health systems and the specific microsystems in which CNLs work are explored. The book also encompasses health care finance, economics, policy, informatics, ethics, and evidence-based practice as it is covered on the test. The material is presented in easily digestible sections that correspond to specific areas of the AACN exam guide. Multiple vignettes and unfolding case studies reinforce concepts. Also included is a sample test .

Key Features:

  • The first and only comprehensive review guide to the CNL certification exam
  • Presents guidelines on question dissection and analysis
  • Reflects changes and additions to new topics in the exam
  • Presented in easily digestible sections that correspond to AACN exam guide

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 10, 2012
  • Page Count 368
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826171177

About The Author(s) 

Cynthia R. King, PhD, MSN, NP, RN, CNL, FAAN ,

is owner of Special Care Consultants where she specializes in health care and nursing consulting as well as writing and editing. Previously she was full Professor at Queens University of Charlotte where she developed a Clinical Nurse Leader Program. Dr. King has presented numerous times at the AACN CNL conference on the template she developed for a CNL review course and how to best study for the CNL certification exam. She has worked as a clinician (staff nurse, CNS, NP), educator/faculty, administrator, and researcher. She presents nationally and internationally and has been a keynote speaker at a myriad of meetings. Dr. King’s extensive list of publications includes four books and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has served as Editor-in-Chief of two nursing journals. She serves on numerous local, regional, and national committees, boards of nursing associations, non-profit organizations, and foundations.

Sally Gerard, DNP, RN, CDE,

is Associate Professor and Track Coordinator, Nurse Leadership graduate program,

Fairfield University. She has been in nursing for over 25 years with a background in critical care and hospital education. Dr. Gerard specializes in diabetes as a Certified Diabetes Educator. Her publications and research have focused on diabetes and improvement of patient related outcomes, and include several articles in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Gerard has been involved in the Clinical Nurse Leader role since inception as well as specializing in academic collaborations with local hospitals to introduce evidence-based practice and improve patient outcomes. She has completed training in a national partnership of health care improvement practices with The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Dr. Gerard has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to nursing leadership and improvement science.

Table of Contents 




1. Information for Taking the Certification Exam

2. Test-Taking Skills

3. Horizontal Leadership

4. Interdisciplinary Communication and Collaboration Skills

5. Advocacy and the Clinical Nurse Leader

6. Integration of the Clinical Nurse Leader Role

7. Lateral Integration

8. Illness and Disease Management

9. Knowledge Management

10. Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Injury Reduction

11. Evidence-Based Practice

12. Advanced Clinical Assessment

13. Team Coordination

14. Economics and Finance for the Clinical Nurse Leader

15. Health Care Systems/Organizations

16. Health Care Policy

17. Quality Improvement, Risk Reduction, and Patient Safety

18. Health Care Informatics

19. Ethical Considerations for Clinical Nurse Leaders

Appendix A: Exam Content Outline

Appendix B: Reflection Questions for the Chapters

Appendix C: Multiple-Choice Questions and Case Studies

Appendix D: Answers and Rationale