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Essential Knowledge for CNL and APRN Nurse Leaders

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Essential Knowledge for CNL and APRN Nurse Leaders

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  • 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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This is the first text to address the CNL/APRN roles within the wider scope of nursing leadership

This is the first text to address not only the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) role but also the Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) role within the wider scope of nursing leadership. Written for CNL and APRN programs in the US and beyond. By virtue of its expansive coverage of nursing leadership beyond the CNL role—case managers, clinical educators, quality improvement specialists, and many other arenas—the text will also be a valuable addition to other graduate 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, while covering 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.

Key Features:

  • Serves as the only text specifically designed to address the CNL and APRN roles
  • Encompasses the wide scope of graduate nursing leadership
  • The content should assist graduate nurse leaders to prepare for certification preparation
  • Facilitates in-depth understanding of material with chapter objectives, exemplars, and clinical examples

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 18, 2018
  • Page Count 511
  • 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.

Table of Contents 


Foreword James L. Harris, PhD, APRN-BC, MBA, CNL, FAAN and Grace D. Sotomayor, DNP, NEA-BC, MBA, CNL, FACHE



Introduction: The Evolution of Advanced Nursing Leader Roles Teri M. Woo


1. Trends in Leadership

Linda L. Cook and Joslin B. Leasca

2. Types of Leadership

Bridget F. Moore

3. Healthcare Advocacy

Andrea Bottorff

4. Implementation of a CNL®/Professional Practice Nurse Leader Role

Michelle L. Barnhart, Gayle Murphy, and Deanna Eichler

5. The Lateral Integration of Care Services

September T. Nelson

6. Integrating the CNL®/APRN Skill Set as Master’s-Prepared Nurse Leaders

Jessica Vaughn, Valerie Counts, Harjeet Kaur, and Christine Raby

7. Ethical Nurse Leadership

Donna S. Bowman


8. Advanced Patient Assessment

Heather H. Brown

9. Illness/Disease Management

Heather H. Brown

10. Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Injury Reduction

Kathleen Lovanio

11. Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration Skills

Erin Wilson

12. Health Policy, Laws, and Regulatory Issues

Karen H. Burrows


13. Healthcare Systems and Organizational Structure

Elena Capella

14. Change Is All Around Us

Emily M. Mize

15. Healthcare Economics Essentials for the Nursing Professional

Bridget F. Moore

16. Financial Principles for Nurse Leaders

Dana L. Zaichkin

17. Budget Principles for Nurse Leaders

Dana L. Zaichkin

18. Knowledge and Outcomes Management

Belen Camacho

19. Evidence-Based Practice

Hilary B. Sullivan, Sharon M. Mathai, Cristina M. Nuila, and Kristen Morse

20. Essentials of Research for Nurse Leaders

Kristin Bott

21. Evaluating Statistical Approaches in Nursing

Robin J. Miller

22. Building and Coordinating Teams

Bonnie Haupt

23. Risk Management and Legal Issues in Professional Nursing Practice

Donna Copeland

24. Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Laura Blackhurst and Christopher Blackhurst

25. Healthcare Informatics and Technology

Sharon Wallace

26. Conclusion

Cynthia R. King, Sally O. Gerard, and Carla G. Rapp

Appendix A AACN—The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing

Appendix B CNL®—2016 Job Analysis Summary and Certification Examination Blueprint

Appendix C AACN—Competencies and Curricular Expectations for Clinical Nurse Leader® Education and Practice

Appendix D AACN—CNL® Recommended Practice Experiences