The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the University’s Department of Nursing a three-year, $809,090 grant, which is being used to create a new academic concentration focusing on the clinical nurse leader (CNL) specialty within the master’s degree program.
The CNL speciality is a national initiative developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to improve health care delivery systems and increase nurses’ job satisfaction and long-term retention. It enables experienced, practicing registered nurses to develop advanced skills that allow them to remain at the bedside as an advanced generalist while coordinating very complex care in a holistic manner for patients in all health care institutions.
The program also aims to increase diversity in the advanced education nursing workforce by enrolling qualified nurses from disadvantaged and under-represented minority backgrounds. Another goal is to address health disparities by educating clinical nurse leaders for public health professions and community-based positions in underserved areas.