A clinical nurse leader or CNL is an advanced practice registered nurse who’s primary job focus is to improve the quality of patient care/outcomes and team dynamics by observing, correcting and implementing better health care practices among the medical teams they are assigned to/or work with.
Clinical nurse leaders will observe patient current care practices in order to correct issues that may arise during treatment and improve employee performance, enhance teamwork and communication dynamics, develop effective and proven treatment strategies and act as an inspiration for others in the field that may need help or assistance with understanding and developing their skills on an individual and team level among other educational and leadership related objectives.
Clinical nurse leaders may work with doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, clinicians, social works and pharmacists among other health care providers in order to ensure that patients are receiving the best care possible and to make sure that the best practices, policies and procedures are put into place.
These health care specialists are advocates for better patient care and are educators for both the patients and health care specialists they serve.
In addition to observation and implementation of better health care practices and policies CNL’s also focus on researching the latest health care practices and technologies, so that they can stay ahead of the newest health care changes and develop strategies that allow health care facilities and teams to prosper and provide excellent care.
Below you can find a list of skills clinical nurse leaders must master in order to be effective in the field.
Team communication and development – CNL’s are responsible for improving the communication skills among various team members and help them improve their performance in order to facilitate effective patient care and treatment standards.
Research and risk analysis – CNL’s are often focused on researching the latest technologies and health care standards/policies in order to consistently develop effective teams and ensure patients are receiving the best care possible.
Information management – CNL’s may be in charge of information management as they are often tasked with overseeing entire teams, evaluating their performances, communicating with employees on an individual and team level and implementing new health care strategies.
Patient care observation and implementation strategies – CNL’s are in charge of observing teams in order to look for weaknesses and communication gaps among team members so that they can develop better team structure and dynamics for the benefit of both the patients and medical teams involved.
Patient/Client advocate – CNL’s may act as advocates for their patients and clients by supporting their cause, educating those within their influence sphere and spreading the word through various social channels and networks.
In the end clinical nurse leaders focus on developing effective medical teams through research, strategy development, implementation and advocacy work in order to help patients receive the best care possible and help medical teams perform at the highest level of medical care.