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Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Review, Second Edition w App

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

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Now in its second edition, this book remains the only comprehensive resource for clinical nurse leaders preparing for certification. The guide stemsdirectly from Dr. King’ s acclaimed exam preparation course, which resulted in a 100% pass rate among students who took the course. The second editionreflects the new requirements of Competencies and Curricular Expectations for Clinical Nurse Leader Education and Practice (2013), featuring new andupdated chapters with information about risk mitigation, lateral integration, interprofessional skills, care coordination, and evidence-based practice; anupdated glossary of key terms; and new multiple-choice questions and case studies.

The resource mirrors the format of the AACN exam, and continues to cover all aspects of the current test, providing detailed information on taking theexam, how to analyze and interpret exam questions, basic test-taking skills, questions to stimulate critical thinking, a sample exam with answers andrationales, and content review of everything you need to know to succeed on the exam. The review not only helps individuals preparing for the exam, butalso provides strategies to help groups of students make the best use of the book. It offers direction for faculty who are designing review courses andserves as a valuable resource during the clinical nurse leader program itself.


  • Reflects new competencies
  • Presents new and updated chapters
  • Includes a new glossary of terms
  • Provides new multiple-choice questions and case studies
  • Addresses risk mitigation, lateral integration, interprofessional skills, care coordination, and evidence-based practice


  • Delivers top-notch, comprehensive test-preparation assistance
  • Presents guidelines on question dissection and analysis
  • Facilitates critical thinking with multiple-choice questions and case studies written by certified clinical nurse leaders

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  • Includes all the high-quality content from the book!
  • Information at your fingertips anytime, anywhere.
  • Available on iOS, Android, and the web, with a powerful, simple-to-use interface.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 14, 2016
  • Page Count 472
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826172198
  • EISBN 9780826172242

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.

Table of Contents 



Foreword Linda Roussel, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNL



Section I: Becoming Familiar With the CNL Role and Certification Exam

1. The Clinical Nurse Leader Journey for Clinicians and Academics

Teri Moser Woo

2. Making the Best Use of This Book

Cynthia R. King and Sally O’Toole Gerard

3. Information for Taking the Certification Exam

Cynthia R. King

4. Test-Taking Skills

Cynthia R. King

Section II: Key Certification Topics: Nursing Leadership

5. Horizontal Leadership

Jodi A. Erickson and Teri Moser Woo

6. Interdisciplinary Communication and Collaboration Skills

Denise M. Bourassa

7. Advocacy and the Clinical Nurse Leader

Jonathan P. Auld

8. Integration of the Clinical Nurse Leader Role

Cynthia R. King

9. Lateral Integration

September T. Nelson

Section III: Key Certification Topics: Clinical Outcomes Management

10. Illness and Disease Management

Audrey Marie Beauvais

11. Knowledge Management

Deborah C. Jackson and Katherine A’Hearn

12. Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Injury Reduction

Sally O’Toole Gerard

13. Evidence-Based Practice

Cynthia R. King

14. Advanced Clinical Assessment

Grace O. Buttriss

Section IV: Key Certification Topics: Care Environment Management

15. Team Coordination

Bonnie Haupt

16. Economics and Finance for the Clinical Nurse Leader

E. Carol Polifroni and Denise M. Bourassa

17. Health Care Systems/Organizations

Dawn Marie Nair and Stephanie Collins

18. Health Care Policy

Catherine Winkler

19. Quality Improvement, Risk Reduction, and Patient Safety

Kathryn B. Reid and Soraya Rosenfield

20. Health Care Informatics

Carol A. Fackler

21. Ethical Considerations for Clinical Nurse Leaders

Sally O’Toole Gerard


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