The Doctor of Nursing Practice and Clinical Nurse Leader

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice and Clinical Nurse Leader

SKU# 9780826138286

Essentials of Program Development and Implementation for Clinical Practice


  • Joyce J. Fitzpatrick PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN
  • Meredith Kazer PhD, APRN, A/GNP-BC

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Designated a Doody's Core Title!

The construction of the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) and the clinical nurse leader (CNL) set in motion a sea change in graduate nursing education. In this book, Fitzpatrick and Wallace document the history, the driving forces, and the expectations for these new roles while providing a starting point for capacity  building for the development of DNP and CNL educational programs.

--Nursing Education Perspectives
The Research Journal of the National League for Nursing

This [book] is essential reading for graduate nursing students who are considering pursuing an advanced degree in nursing. Score: 100, 5 stars

- -Doody's

This is the first book to document and analyze the development and integration of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) and Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs in graduate nursing institutions. Editors Fitzpatrick and Wallace, established authorities in nursing education, present this text as an introduction to these exciting new degrees.

The contributors, ranging from architects of the programs to graduates from the programs, offer valuable information on the objectives, curricula, and expected outcomes of these two educational tracks. Ultimately, the book explores how the development of these new degrees has influenced health care delivery at large. Highlights of this book:

  • Delineates core program requirements and outlines what is expected of students in both clinical and academic arenas
  • Provides guidance to students making the transition from masters level nursing programs to doctoral level programs
  • Includes two chapters written by the AACN Taskforce on the new degrees, with essential information on how to gain and sustain accreditation
  • Identifies critical issues underpinning future DNP and CNL program development, and discusses the impact of the new degrees on nursing education, patient outcome, and health care

Offering comprehensive coverage of the DNP and CNL development, this book is required reading for students considering doctorates in nursing, as well as nurse educators and administrators working within the programs.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 22, 2008
  • Page Count 304
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826138286
  • EISBN 9780826138293

About The Author(s) 


, is the Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was dean from 1982 through 1997. She has received numerous honors and awards including the

American Journal of Nursing

Book of the Year Award 20 times. Dr. Fitzpatrick is widely published in nursing and health care literature, and serves as editor of three nursing journals. Her most recent Springer books are

Theory in Nursing: Application to Research and Practice

, coedited with Geraldine McCarthy,

Encyclopedia of Nursing Education

, coedited with Mary Jane Smith and Roger Carpenter, and

Concept Analysis

, coedited with Geraldine McCarthy. She also coedited, with Kathleen R. Tusaie, the Springer Publishing book,

Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing: Integrating Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, and Complementary and Alternative Approaches


Table of Contents 

1. Changes in Graduate Nursing Education
2. The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)
3. Adapting current Graduate Programs into Clinical Nurse Leader
4. The Clinical Nurse Leader Core
5. Clinical Nurse Leader Clinical Experiences
6. The Doctorate of Nursing Practice
7. Transitioning from Clinical Nurse Leader to Doctorate of Nursing Practice
8. The Doctorate of Nursing Practice Core
9. Doctorate of Nursing Practice Clinical Experiences
10. Certification, credentialing and licensure consideration
11. Impact of Clinical Nurse Leader and Doctorate of Nursing Practice on Clinical Practice and Patient Outcomes