Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration Added to La Roche’s MSN Program

Updated on August 9, 2017

La Roche College now offers a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) concentration to prepare master’s degree students for advanced practice roles in all health care delivery settings.

Offered as part of La Roche’s online MSN program, the concentration provides the skills that students need to manage and coordinate comprehensive client care. Students will fulfill 42 credits online, along with 400 mandated hours of practicum in a health care setting. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the CNL Certification Exam offered by the Commission on Nurse Certification.

“The Clinical Nurse Leader program offers an advanced degree for nurses who want to stay practice-focused and contribute to the clinical leadership role,” Terri Liberto, Ph.D., RN, chair of the La Roche Nursing Department, said.

The CNL is a leader in the health care delivery system, and assumes accountability for patient-care outcomes through the assimilation and application of evidence-based information to design, implement, and evaluate patient-care processes and models of care delivery. The impacts of CNLs include: reductions in patient falls; reduced incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia; decrease prevalence of pressure ulcers; patient satisfaction, nurse satisfaction and retention, and physical satisfaction; and a decrease in the length of a patient’s hospital stay.

La Roche’s MSN program builds on the knowledge and competencies of baccalaureate education. Graduate courses focus on the development of scholarly, critical thinkers and leaders who develop the skills necessary to transform knowledge into advanced practice. Three tracks are offered: nursing administration, nursing education and CNL.

Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies & Adult Education for more information: [email protected] or 412-536-1260.

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