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A Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of Clinical Nurse Leader Roles

Andrews, Jennifer (2020) A Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of Clinical Nurse Leader Roles. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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As health care outcomes are tied to a healthcare organization’s bottom line more now than ever, organizations need to develop innovative care delivery solutions. Moreover, as healthcare delivery systems are becoming more and more complex, providers need to guide patients throughout the system. Appropriately addressing these two systematic issues, the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is a master’s educated nurse, prepared to deliver evidence-based care at the microsystem level across the continuum of care. Through this unique combination of education and practice, the CNL is able to address the critical public health need to improve the quality of patient and nurse outcomes. This paper provides a comprehensive overview of previous reports on the CNL role and implementation. A review of the literature provides preliminary evidence of the impact of CNL role implementation on improved patient outcomes and satisfaction, increased interdisciplinary collaboration, and increased employee satisfaction. Furthermore, this paper presents a budget impact analysis (BIA), which has not been found in previous research. While previous studies have pointed to the potential cost savings from instituting the CNL role, no previous report has performed a BIA. As such, this paper addresses the need to provide this information, especially as budgets are tightening and there is a necessity to deliver care more safely and effectively.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
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Committee ChairRoberts, Markmroberts@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberHoffmann, Rosemaryrho100@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 31 March 2020
Date Type: Submission
Number of Pages: 52
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2020 19:42
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2020 19:42


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