How would you like to work in a place where your contributions and ideas are valued? A place where you can serve with compassion, pursue excellence and honor every voice? At Wellstar, our mission is simple, yet powerful: to enhance the health and well-being of every person we serve. We are proud to have become a shining example of what's possible when the brightest professionals dedicate themselves to making a difference in the healthcare industry, and in people's lives.
The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is a Registered Nurse with a Master's degree in Nursing from a university with a specialized CNL program. The competencies unique to CNL practice are clinical leadership, care environment management, and clinical outcomes management. The CNL enacts these competencies at the clinical microsystem defined as functional front-line unit that such as hospital unit, outpatient clinic, or home health setting, or unit level to influence care delivery processes and dynamics. The CNL works with healthcare team members and leaders to coordinate care, manage resources, and compile and evaluate data with a focus on quality, patient safety, and outcomes. The CNL role was developed to seamlessly align with WellStar's Nursing Professional Practice Model, and is based in part on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Competencies and Curricular Expectations for Clinical Nurse Leader Education and Practice (2013), and an empirically validated conceptual model for CNL practice (Bender et al. 2016).
The CNL partners with patients, staff and providers. The CNL collaborates with nursing leadership to focus on the patient, at the point of care as a subject matter expert. To support this effort, he/she must maintain clinical knowledge. It is expected CNLs are RNs, CNL certified, clinically knowledgeable, uphold the practice of nursing as outlined by the Georgia Professional Nurse Practice Act, and implement the Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics Standards put forth by the American Nurses Association. As a member of the healthcare team, it is expected the CNL upholds the voice of the patient and WellStar's policies and procedures while supporting service excellence goals.
Required Minimum Education:
- Masters in Nursing (MSN) or Masters of Science in Nursing (MS) from an accredited school or university that has a CNL program recognized by the American Colleges of Nursing.
Required Minimum Licensure/Certification:
- Must be a Registered Nurse actively licensed in the state of Georgia.
- Must have a current BLS card from the American Heart Association on the first day of employment in position or complete prior the end of orientation.
- In certain work units, ACLS certification may be required and will be determined at the unit level.
- Must have certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader from the Commission of Nurse Certification.
Required Minimum Experience:
- Two to four years of acute care nursing for similar patient population.
- Progressive experience in health care including involvement in direct patient care, educating staff, and problem solving of unit or organizational issues.
Required Minimum Skills:
- Ability to identify improvement in clinical operations and implement change and willingness to challenge established ways of doing things in a constructive way.
- Ability to lead, mentor and develop staff. Exemplifies a strong, positive attitude toward internal and external customers and continuous service improvement.
- Excellent conflict resolution skills. Has well developed diplomatic, tact and listening skills.
- Adept at using technology as a tool to support real-time education at the point of care.
- Uses quality improvement methodologies to evaluate failures and patient safety practices at the microsystem level. Skilled at delegation, oversight and evaluation of care given.
Evaluation Of Care
Service Excellence Health Care
Complex Problem Solving