Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Review


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Cynthia R. King,Sally O'Toole Gerard,Carla Gene Rapp
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Cynthia R. King, PhD, NP, MSN, RN, CNL, FAAN, is an owner and consultant of Special Care Consultants. She specializes in consulting in health care and nursing as well as writing and editing. Previously, Dr. King was a full professor and developed a clinical nurse leader program while at Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina. She has presented numerous times at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader (AACN CNL) conference on the template she developed for a CNL review course on how to best study for the CNL certification exam. Dr. King has worked as a clinician (staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner), educator, administrator, and researcher. She presents nationally and internationally and has been a keynote speaker at several major meetings. Dr. King has published extensively, including four books and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and she has served as editor-in-chief of two nursing journals. She serves on numerous local, regional, and national committees and boards of nursing associations, nonprofits, and foundations. Sally O'Toole Gerard, DNP, RN, CDE, CNL, is an associate professor and track coordinator of the nurse leadership graduate program at Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut. Dr. Gerard has been in nursing for over 25 years and has a background in critical care and hospital education. She specializes in diabetes as a certified diabetes educator. Her publications and research focus on diabetes and improvement of patient-related outcomes, and include five articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Gerard has been involved in a number of academic collaborations with local hospitals to introduce evidence-based practice and improve quality care in the acute care setting. She has completed training in a national partnership for health care improvement practices with the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Dr. Gerard presents nationally and internationally on the subjects of nursing leadership and improvement science.

SECTION I: BECOMING FAMILIAR WITH THE CNL ROLE & CERTIFICATION EXAM 1. The CNL Journey for Clinicians and Academics 2. Making the Best Use of This Book 3. Information for Taking the Certification Exam 4. Test Taking Skills SECTION II: NURSING LEADERSHIP 5. Horizontal Leadership 6. Healthcare Advocacy 7. Implementation of the CNL Role 8. Lateral Integration of Care Services 9. Patient Assessment 10. Ethics SECTION III: CLINICAL OUTCOMES MANAGEMENT 11. Illness/Disease Management 12. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Injury Reduction/Prevention Management 13. Healthcare Policy SECTION IV: CARE ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT 14. Knowledge Management 15. Healthcare Systems/Organizations 16. Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration Skills 17. Team Coordination 18. Quality Improvement and Safety 19. Evidence Based Practice 20. Healthcare Finance and Economics 21. Healthcare Informatics Glossary Appendix A: Exam Content Outline Appendix B: Multiple Choice Questions and Case Studies Appendix C: Answers & Rationale Appendix D: List of Question Number under Appropriate Category

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