CNL Recommended Reading

CNL Recommended Reading

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The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) has prepared a list of recommended reading materials submitted by CNL educators that may be helpful in preparing for the CNL Certification Examination, in addition to AACN's Competencies and Curricular Expectations for Clinical Nurse LeaderSM Education and Practice. The list does not guarantee successful passing of the certification examination nor is it inclusive of all reading materials used by CNL education programs. CNC does not endorse any of the publications listed below nor does it have a proprietary relationship with any publishing company:


Agency for Healthcare and Research and Quality Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses.

Barker, A.M., Sullivan, D.M., Emery, M.J.  (2006). Leadership Competencies for Clinical Managers: The Renaissance of Transformational Leadership.  Canada: Jones & Bartlett, p. 9, 16.

Berkowitz, Aaron. (2007). Clinical Pathophysiology Made Ridiculously Simple. Med Master, Inc.

Brashers, Valentina. (2006). Clinical Applications of Pathophysiology: An Evidence-based Approach. (3rd ed.) Mosby Elsevier.

Burhardt, M.A. & Nathaniel, A.K.  (2007).  Ethics & issues in contemporary nursing. (3rd ed.).  Albany, NY:  Delmar.

Borkowski, N. (2009).  Organizational behavior, theory, and design in health care.  Sudbury, MA:  Jones & Bartlett.

Chitty, K.  (2005). Professional nursing: concepts and challenges. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier/Saunders.

Finkelman, A. (2006). Leadership and management in nursing. Prentice Hall.

Fitzpatrick, J. and Wallace, M. (2008). The doctor of nursing practice and clinical nurse leader: essentials of program development and implementation for clinical practice. Springer Publishing Company.

Gapenski, L.C. (2009) Fundamentals of healthcare finance.  Chicago, IL:  Healthcare Administration Press.

Hamric, A.B., Spross, J.A., Hansom, C.M.  Advanced practice nursing and interactive approach, 3rd ed., (2005) USA, Elsevier & Saunders, (pg. 878 – 879).
Harrington, C. & Estes, C.E.  (2008) Health policy: Health care delivery system, 5th ed.  Sudbury, MA:  Jones & Bartlett.

Harris, James L. & Roussel, Linda. (2013). Initiating and Sustaining the Clinical Nurse Leader Role: A Practical Guide. (2nd edition).  Jones & Bartlett Publishers, Inc.

Huber, D.  (2006). Leadership and Nursing Care Management, Philadelphia: Saunders.

Ignatavicius, D. and Workman, M. Linda. (2006). Medical surgical nursing (5th ed.).  St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

IOM:  The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. (2010). Washington, DC., National Academies Press.

IOM:  Keeping patients safe, transforming the work environment of nurses.  (2004). Washington, DC., National Academies Press, p. 257.

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Health Policy Institute. (2008). Unnatural causes: Is inequality making us sick?  CA:  California Newsreel.
Jones, R.A.P. (2007). Nursing leadership, management, and practice. Philadelphia, PA:  FA Davis.

King, C. R., Gerard, S. (2012) Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Review. Springer Publishing Company.

Kolb, D.A. (1984).  Experimental learning:  Experience as the source of learning and task development.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ:  Prentice Hall.

Kolorourtis, M. (2004).  Relationship-based care:  A model for transforming practice.  Creating Healthcare Management.

Lilienfeld, D.E. and Stolley, P.D.  (1994).  Foundations of epidemiology, 3rd ed., NY, Oxford University Press, p. 109.

Mason, D., Levitt, J.K. & Chaffee, M. (2006).  Policy and Politics in Nursing. Saunders Publisher.

Mason, D., Leavitt, J., & Chaffee, M. (2007). Policy and politics in nursing and health care.  Philadelphia, PA:  Saunders.

McCance, L.L. & Huether, S.E. (2002)  Alterations of Leukocyte, Lymphoid, and Hemostatic FunctionIn: Pathophysiology, The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults & Children, p. 873-883, St. Louis, MO: Mosby.

Melnyk, B. & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2005). Evidence based practice. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Monaghan, H. M., Swihart, D. L. (2012). Clinical Nurse Leader: Transforming Practice, Transforming Care: A model for the clinician at the point of care.

Moser, D.K., Ammon, S.E., Dennison, C.R., Evangelista, L., Frazier, S.K., Howie-Esquivel, Jr., & Trupp, R.  (2007)  Nurses meeting the clinical challenge of fluid overload in acute decompensated heart failure.  Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.

Nelson, E., Batalden, P. & Godfrey, M. (2007). Quality by design. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Nursing Exec Center (2008). Unlocking the potential of nursing IT. Washington, DC: The Advisory Board Co.

Pesut, D.J. & Herman, J. (1999). Clinical reasoning: The art and science of critical and creative thinking. Albany, NY: Delmar.

R. G. Hughes (ed.). Patient and safety and quality: An evidence-based handbook for nurses. (Prepared with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.) ARQ Publication No. 08-0043. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; April 2008.

Roussel, L. (2009) Management and leadership for nurse administrators. (5th ed.). Sudbury, MA:  Jones and Bartlett.

Saba, V.K. & McCormick K.A. (2006).  Essentials of Nursing Informatics, 4th ed., New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Shortell, S. & Kaluzny, A. (2005). Health care management: Organization design and behavior ( 5th ed.). Clifton Park, NY: Thomson Delmar Learning.

Tomey, Ann Marriner.  (2009). Guide to nursing management and leadership (8th ed).  St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier.

US Dept HHS (2003).  Standards for privacy of individually identifiable health.
Wojner, A. (2001). Outcomes management: Applications to clinical practice. New York: Mosby.


Apker, J., Propp, K., Ford, W. & Hofmeister, N. (2006). Collaboration, credibility, compassion and coordination: Professional nurse communication skill sets in health care team interactions. Journal of Professional Nursing, 22(3), 180-189.

Baker, C., Beglinger, J., King, S., Salyards, M. & Thompson, A. (2000). Transforming negative work cultures: a practical strategy. Journal of Nursing Administration, 30, 357-363.

Bandman, E.L. & Bandman, B. (1985).  Models of the Nurse-Patient-Physician Relationship. Nursing Ethics in the Life Span, p. 17-19, East Norfolk, CT: Appleton-Century-Crofts.

Cendain, J. (2006). Interdisciplinary work flow assessment and redesign decreases operating room turnover time and allows for additional caseload. Archives of Surgery, 141, 65-69.

Farquaharson, J.M.  (2004).  Liability of the Nurse Manager.  In T. Aiken (ed.) Legal, Ethical, and Political Issues in Nursing (p. 331). 

JCHAO Glossary of Terms (2005).

Healthy People 2020 

Kirkley, D. & Rewick, D. (2003). Evaluating clinical information systems. Journal of Nursing Administration, 33, 643-651.

Lalyer, Jeanne. (1995). Environmental turbulence impact on nurse performance. Journal of Nursing Administration, 25(4), 12-20.
The Leapfrog Group tracking of CPOE Implementation.

Mills, P., Neily, J., Luan, D., Stalhandske, E. & Weeks, W.  Using aggregate root cause analysis to reduce falls and related injuries. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 31(1), 21-32.

NCSBN Model Nursing Practice and Model Nursing Administrative Rules

NQF Voluntary Consensus Statement Core Measure Heart Failure – Smoking Cessation

Pain management. In: Evidence-based geriatric nursing protocols for best practice

Phillips, J. (2005). Knowledge is power: using nursing information management and leadership interventions to improve services to patients, clients and users. Journal of Nursing Management, 13, 524-536.

Whitemore, R., D’Eramo Melkus, G., & Frey, M. (2004) Applying the social ecological theory to they 2 diabetes prevention management. 

Journal of Community Health Nursing, 21 (2), 87-99.
Wolf, Z.R. (2002). Preventing medication errors. Nursing Spectrum. Part 1, pp. 1-9, Part 2, pp. 1-11.


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