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Application of the Clinical Nurse Leader Role in an Acute Care Delivery Model

Smith, Sharon L. MBA/HC, MSN, RN, CMSRN; Manfredi, Tanya MSN, RN; Hagos, Olivia MSN, RN, CCRN; Drummond-Huth, Barbara MSH, MSN, RN, CNAA, BC; Moore, Patricia D. PhD, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration:

The authors describe a 6-month pilot project incorporating a modified version of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) clinical nurse leader (CNL) role as a prelude to implementation of the AACN-defined CNL role. The purpose of the project was to evaluate a new nursing care delivery model on a designated nursing unit, incorporating the modified CNL role. The pilot was evaluated using nurse-sensitive indicators. Results showed positive trends for all indicators.

Author Information

Authors' affiliation: Clinical Nurse Leader (Ms Smith, Ms Manfredi, Ms Hagos); Chief Nursing Officer (Ms Drummond-Huth) Flager Hospital, St. Augustine, Fla; Vice President (Dr Moore), Flager Life Institute, St. Augustine, Fla.

Corresponding author: Ms Smith, Flagler Hospital, 400 Health Park Boulevard, St. Augustine, FL 32086 (

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