Department of Nursing Launches Clinical Nurse Leader Option

NOVEMBER 21, 2014 - A new academic program at the School of Nursing & Health Studies will help prepare nurses to lead and deliver high quality care to patients.

The school’s Department of Nursing has launched a clinical nurse leader (CNL) concentration within its longstanding Master of Science (MS) in Nursing Program.

“The CNL 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,” says the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Excellence and Values

The holder of this credential provides and manages care to individuals and groups of patients in any health care setting, according to AACN.

Georgetown’s program is for students who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in a field other than nursing and prepares them for master’s-level entry into professional nursing practice.

“We have been preparing nurses for the health care workforce since 1903,” says Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, the school’s interim dean. “Over the years, our programs have grown to meet the complex needs of patients and an evolving health care system. The CNL option allows us to extend our excellent, values-based approach to nursing education in a new and needed way.”

24-Month Program

The full-time program runs for six semesters, including two summer semesters, and lasts 24 months. The first five semesters take place on campus with a hybrid course delivery model. The final semester consists of a practicum experience that may take place with clinical partners throughout the United States.

“Georgetown-educated nurses are leaders in many areas of practice, and we are thrilled to offer this new program to continue making a solid impact on health and health care around the nation,” says Edilma Yearwood, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, interim chair of the Department of Nursing.

Yearwood also thanked several individuals for their work to design the program, including Colleen Norton, PhD, RN, CCRN, the CNL program director; Peggy Compton, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for research, evaluation, and graduate studies; Margaret Nolan, PhD, RN, instructor of nursing; Colleen Sanders (NHS’05), MSN, RN, FNP, instructor of nursing; Susan Coleman, MPH, RN, adjunct instructor of nursing; Nancy Crego, PhD, RN, CCRN, a former faculty member; and Laura Adams, associate director of admissions. 

By Bill Cessato