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Essential Knowledge for CNL and APRN Nurse Leaders

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Essential Knowledge for CNL and APRN Nurse Leaders

SKU# 9780826183613


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

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The first text to address the CNL role and the wider scope of nursing leadership

This is the first text to address not only the Clinical Nurse Leader role but also the wider scope of nursing leadership through the lens of the Clinical Nurse Leader. Written for CNL programs in the US and beyond, the book is organized according to the test blueprint of the AACN’s content outline for the latest CNL certification exam. By virtue of its expansive coverage of nursing leadership beyond the CNL—case managers, clinical educators, quality improvement specialists, and many other arenas—the text will also be a valuable addition to other nursing leadership programs.

The text examines APRN/CNL leadership trends, types of leadership, health care advocacy, role implementation and integration, lateral integration of care services, and ethical nurse leadership. It broadly addresses patient assessment and clinical outcomes management, and covers the many facets of the care environment, from organizational structure to risk management to health care informatics and technology. Chapter objectives, clinical examples, exemplars, and other resources facilitate information retention. The text also serves as an authoritative study guide for CNL certification exam preparation.

Key Features:

  • Serves as the only text specifically designed to address the CNL role
  • Encompasses the wider scope of nursing leadership beyond the CNL role
  • Follows the most recent CNL Certification text blueprint, making it an ideal resource for test preparation
  • Facilitates in-depth understanding of material with chapter objectives, exemplars, and clinical examples

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 21, 2018
  • Page Count 500
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826183613
  • EISBN 9780826183712

About The Author(s) 

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

is an owner and consultant of Special Care Consultants. She specializes in consulting in health care and nursing as well as writing and editing. Previously, Dr. King was a full professor and developed a clinical nurse leader program while at Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina. She has presented numerous times at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader (AACN CNL) conference on the template she developed for a CNL review course on how to best study for the CNL certification exam. Dr. King has worked as a clinician (staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner), educator, administrator, and researcher. She presents nationally and internationally and has been a keynote speaker at several major meetings. Dr. King has published extensively, including four books and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and she has served as editor-in-chief of two nursing journals. She serves on numerous local, regional, and national committees and boards of nursing associations, nonprofits, and foundations.

Sally O’Toole Gerard, DNP, RN, CDE, CNL,

is an associate professor and track coordinator of the nurse leadership graduate program at Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut. Dr. Gerard has been in nursing for over 25 years and has a background in critical care and hospital education. She specializes in diabetes as a certified diabetes educator. Her publications and research focus on diabetes and improvement of patient-related outcomes, and include five articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Gerard has been involved in a number of academic collaborations with local hospitals to introduce evidence-based practice and improve quality care in the acute care setting. She has completed training in a national partnership for health care improvement practices with the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Dr. Gerard presents nationally and internationally on the subjects of nursing leadership and improvement science.