Despite evidence of the positive impact of the clinical nurse leader
(CNL) role, implementation of supplemental nursing roles has proven to be challenging due to unclear role explanations and organizational unfamiliarity.
Nurses practice in a dynamic environment and need to cope with the rapid pace of change in practice roles. Outside of the preparation of the CNL, many nursing professionals are not educated or prepared on the essential aspects the CNL role.
A graphic illustration was developed to facilitate discussion and provide insight into the CNL role, with the aim of creating consensus on the CNL role functions and expectations.
Following the implementation of the CNL practice model
illustration, participants reported a significant improvement in their understanding and importance of the CNL role.
Conclusions: Professional practice model
illustrations may be beneficial in developing a consensus of practice.