CNL & CNC News Archives
OCTOBER 14, 2014
CNC Welcomes New Director
AACN is pleased to announce the new Certification Director for the Commission on Nurse Certification, Shantal Hall effective October 15, 2014. Ms. Hall has over ten years of experience managing professional certification programs. She is the former Director of Education for the School Nutrition Association (SNA) and joined SNA in October 2007. Ms. Hall managed SNA's Certificate and Credentialing Program, the Annual National Conference Call for Proposals and Education Sessions, the Keys to Excellence Standards and Benchmarking Program, Industry Boot Camp, SNA's Georgetown Executive Management Program, the School Nutrition University (SNU) online course platform, and the internship program. She has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Marymount University in Arlington, VA and is a member of ASAE and ICE.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
CNC’s Executive Director Tracy Lofty to Become Executive Director for IBHRE
AACN congratulates Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Executive Director, for accepting the Executive Director position for the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (IBHRE), effective September 29, 2014. IBHRE is a self-governing, affiliate organization of the Heart Rhythm Society that provides competency certification in the fields of cardiac electrophysiology and cardiac rhythm device therapy. Click here for more information.
AUGUST 29, 2014
Now Accepting Applications for the 2015 CNL Vanguard Awards
AACN and CNC are currently accepting applications for the CNL Vanguard Award and for the first CNL Educator Vanguard Award. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2014. Click here for more information.
MAY 19, 2014
CNL Certification Overview YouTube Video
The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) has added another video to its Clinical Nurse Leader Channel on YouTube. The second video, Overview of CNL® Certification Program, explains CNL Certification Exam eligibility and renewal requirements. To view, click here.
MAY 12, 2014
Summer Discount for the CNL Job Bank Postings
CNC is offering discounted rate of $99 for employers and recruiters to post positions with the CNL Job Bank. Positions are posted for two months. Offer expires August 30, 2014. Visit the CNL Job Bank for more information.
APRIL 22, 2014
CNL Certification Exam Review Course Now Available
AACN is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the only comprehensive online review course that reflects the content outline of the CNL Certification Exam. Developed by practicing CNLs and academicians, the course will be offered in 12 modules and may be used by individuals preparing for CNL certification or by other healthcare professionals seeking contact hours. To access and register for the review courses or individual modules, click here.
APRIL 10, 2014
Webinar Recording Now Available!
Marketing Yourself as a CNL: Passport to Success
If you have earned the CNL credential or are considering earning the credential, attend this Webinar to learn strategies to market your unique knowledge and skillset. For more information, click here.
MARCH 13, 2014
Certified Nurses Are Everywhere National PSA Campaign & CNC
The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) is on the list of certifying organizations promoting the Certified Nurses Are Everywhere PSA National Campaign. For more information and to view PSA, click here.
FEBRUARY 24, 2014
Celebrate being a CNL on March 19, 2014
March 19, 2014 has been designated as Certified Nurses Day. Click here to order a CNL lapel pin. Other promotional material can be found at www.aacn.nche.edu/cnl/employer-resources.
JANUARY 24, 2014
CNC Granted Accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA)
On January 16, 2014 the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) and the CNL Certification Program for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. Click here for more information.
JANUARY 15, 2014
CNC Launches New Video on YouTube
The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) has launched the Clinical Nurse Leader Channel on YouTube. To view the first video, Defining the Certified Clinical Nurse Leader, go to www.youtube.com/clinicalnurseleader.
NOVEMBER 21, 2013
CNC Call for Volunteers
The Commission on Nurse Certification is now accepting applications for two available positions on both the CNC Board of Commissioners (CNCBOC) and the Marketing Committee. CNCBOC positions require a three-year commitment. Service to the Marketing Committee is a two-year appointment. Click here or contact CNC’s Executive Director, Tracy Lofty at email@example.com for more information.
OCTOBER 31, 2013
CNC Offers Prize Drawing for CNLs due to renew on December 31
CNC is offering a prize drawing for renewing CNLs. One CNL will receive a New Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"Tablet. Everyone who submits a renewal application by December 6, 2013 (including those who have already renewed) will be entered into the drawing. Click here for Renewal Guidelines and Application. NOTE: A CNL job title not required for renewal.
OCTOBER 10, 2013
Overview of CNL Certification Webinar Recording Available
On October 1, 2013, CNC’s Executive Director, Tracy Lofty, Chair of the CNC’s Board of Commissioners, Patricia L. Thomas, and CNC Board of Commissioners Member, Erica C. DeBoer discussed the application process, exam resources, renewal requirements and the overall importance of CNL Certification. Click here to access the recording.
AUGUST 19, 2013
AACN and CNC Now Accepting Applications for the CNL Vanguard Award
AACN and CNC are now accepting applications for the CNL Vanguard Award. The deadline to apply is October 11, 2013. This national award recognizes a certified CNL for innovative and outstanding professional performance and advocacy of the CNL role. In addition, the award promotes the contributions of the CNL in transforming healthcare. The 2014 recipient will be recognized at the CNL Summit, January 16-18, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Anaheim, CA.
AUGUST 15, 2013
CNC Seeks Volunteers to Serve as Item Writers
CNC is recruiting volunteers to serve as item writers. To apply, please submit a brief letter explaining your interest in serving as an item writer and summarize your professional experience. The letter must be submitted with a current resume or curriculum vitae. Go to CNC’s Get Involved page for more information, or contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUGUST 14, 2013
CNC Offers Prize Drawing for CNL Students
CNC is offering a prize drawing for CNL students this fall. One CNL student will receive a complimentary CNL Certification Application registration ($345-$410 value). To be eligible, CNL students must send an email to email@example.com, specify “CNL Information” in the subject line and provide name, mailing address, personal/non-school-issued email address, and school name. Requests submitted through October 11, 2013 will be considered. All entrants will be added to CNC’s database to receive future information about CNC activities and the CNL Certification Program. One winner will be announced by October 18, 2013. Students must meet eligibility criteria when planning to sit for the exam. The registration offer expires December 2014.
MAY 10, 2013
CNC Offers Job Bank Registration Discount
CNC is offering a discounted rate of $99 to post positions with the CNL Job Bank. Go to the CNL Job Bank for more information. Offer expires August 30, 2013.
APRIL 11, 2013
CNL Chat Room Session Transcript Now Available
A transcript of CNC’s CNL chat room discussion on March 25, 2013 is now available on The CNL Community, the CNL online discussion board for CNL students and graduates. Students, CNLs, and CNC staff participated in the 1 ½ hour exchange. Topics discussed included the CNL Certification Exam format, exam resources, passing rate, and much, much more. For instruction how to on access the transcript, click here.
MARCH 1, 2013
CNC Announces Proctor Policy Change
The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) has announced that effective July 1, 2013, faculty, and/or instructors (or anyone with a perceived conflict of interest) of CNL education programs may not serve as proctors for the CNL Certification Exam. The purpose for the policy change is to avoid a perceived conflict of interest and to comply with national certification program accreditation standards. Each proctor in compliance with all CNL Certification Exam policies and procedures will be paid $50 for their service during the applicable testing period. To receive payment, proctors must submit a W-9 form to CNC (complete the W-9 using the mailing address on file with the IRS). A check will be mailed to the proctor approximately 45 days after the testing period. For more information, contact Tracy Lofty, CNC’s Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 463-6930, ext. 242.
FEBRUARY 25, 2013
CNC to Host CNL Certification Exam Chat Room
The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) is hosting an online CNL Certification Exam chat room! Join the chat room of The CNL Community, AACN’s online discussion board, to participate in an exchange of information on March 25 from 1:00-2:30 pm (EST). This is a great opportunity for you to post questions to your colleagues prior to the CNL Certification Exam. The session is intended for you to connect with CNL students, CNLs, and CNC staff. For more information on how to join the chat click here.
FEBRUARY 21, 2013
Cut Score Study of the CNL Certification Exam
The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC), in collaboration with Schroeder Measurement Technologies, Inc. and CNL subject matter experts, is currently updating items for the CNL Certification Exam. To ensure that the updated exam meets national certification standards, a cut-score study must be conducted. Subject matter experts in collaboration with the testing agency will participate in the study to determine a passing score that reflects the minimal competency of a CNL. Consequently, there will be a delay in all exam score results and pass/fail notices from the April 1-May 24, 2013 CNL Certification Exam period. Those taking the exam from April 1 to May 24 will receive their pass/fail results via email by June 24, 2013. It is extremely important that all examinees include an accurate primary email address on their CNL Certification Application. Successful candidates will receive an email notification of passing only – a score and diagnostic score report will not be provided to the candidate. Unsuccessful candidates will receive an email notification of failing the exam along with the score and diagnostic score report. CNC regrets the delay in the exam results. Originally, the study would have been completed with those registered the first week of April. Unfortunately, the majority of those testing registered for a later date, and a minimum number of examinees is required for the study.
FEBRUARY 12, 2013
AACN Awards CNL Visionary Leader and Vanguard Awards
AACN is pleased to announce that two national nursing leaders – Dr. Joan Shinkus Clark from Texas Health Resources and Dr. Marjorie Wiggins from Maine Medical Center – are the recipients of the 2013 CNL Visionary Leader Award. The highest honor presented by AACN to practice leaders making significant contributions to advancing the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) initiative, these awards were presented at the CNL Summit held in New Orleans last month. The CNL Vanguard Award, which recognizes the innovative work of a CNL-certified nurse, was also presented at the Summit in conjunction with the Commission on Nurse Certification to Barbara Edwards from St. Lucie Medical Center for her exemplary work as a true champion for patient safety.To view press release, click here.
FEBRUARY 7, 2013
Certified Nurses Day
March 19th is Certified Nurses Day. To acknowledge your CNL certification, proudly wear your CNL lapel pin or button. To order CNL merchandise, go to www.aacn.nche.edu/cnl/merchandise.
DECEMBER 13, 2012
CNC Call for Volunteers
CNC is currently recruiting volunteers to serve as members of the Board of Commissioners. Click here for more information.
NOVEMBER 9, 2012
CNC Offers Discount for the CNL Certification Exam
CNC continues to develop new items for the multiple-choice CNL Certification Exam. As such, the exam that has been administered since April 2012 will be updated beginning with the April 2013 testing period. However, CNC must beta test the items to determine the minimum passing score in compliance with national certification standards. The beta test will occur April 1-6, 2013. All participants who register for the beta test will receive a $50 discount off of the registration fee. To take advantage of this cost-savings opportunity, you must complete the hard copy of the application by March 1, 2013. Beta test participants will receive their exam results via email approximately four weeks after the testing period. For more information, click here.
NOVEMBER 1, 2012
CNL® Certification Exam Deadline Extended
The Commission on Nurse Certification has extended the registration deadline for the upcoming testing period (December 3 – December 14, 2012). Applications will be accepted until Friday, November 9, 2012. Click here to register.
OCTOBER 26, 2012
Team Coaching Workshop
In response to many requests, the format for the Team Coaching Workshop has been modified into a three-part series. We are pleased to offer a revised program that includes a pre-conference session at the 2013 CNL Summit and Research Symposium, along with two follow-up Web sessions. This program will support the CNL and CNL faculty to build capability to lead and coach health care improvement. The overall Team Coaching Workshop will review clinical microsystems and how team coaching offers support, guidance, and encouragement to interprofessionals CNL lead in improvement. The deadline for registration in the Team Coaching Workshop Series is November 30, 2012. Click here for more information and registration for this pre-conference.
September 20, 2012
Why Hire a CNL Brochure Now Available
This brochure is designed to provide you and employers with resources to enhance knowledge and communication of the CNL role. The brochure features examples of patient outcomes and definitions of the CNL role as reported by CNLs. Click here to view the brochure.
August 10, 2012
CNC Announces Board of Commissioners and Officers
The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) is pleased to announce the Board of Commissions and Officers effective July 1, 2012.
JuLY 11, 2012
CNL Self-Assessment Exam Updated
The Self-Assessment Exam (SAE) has been updated to reflect the new CNL Certification Exam content outline. Items are now linked to the current CNL competencies. Click here for more information.
June 21, 2012
AACN & CNC Archived Webinar Now Available
The CNL and Patient Safety and Quality: The Link to Magnet Status
With an emphasis on transformational leadership, structural empowerment, and new knowledge and innovations, this session focused on how the CNL role improves patient outcomes and professional practice. This session explains a CNO's experience with the CNL role promoting an environment of quality and safety thereby facilitating the achievement of the components required for Magnet status.
June 7, 2012
Faculty Eligibility Waiver Extended for CNL Certification Exam
The Commission on Nurse Certification's Board of Commissioners has extended the waiver for faculty of existing CNL education programs to apply for the CNL Certification Exam to December 31, 2016. Click here for more information, or contact CNC's Director, Tracy Lofty at email@example.com
May 22, 2012
AACN and CNC Host Webinar June 4, 2012
The CNL and Patient Safety and Quality: The Link to Magnet Status
With an emphasis on transformational leadership, structural empowerment, and new knowledge and innovations, this session focused on how the CNL role improves patient outcomes and professional practice. This session explains a CNO’s experience with the CNL role promoting an environment of quality and safety thereby facilitating the achievement of the components required for Magnet status.
April 27, 2012
CNL Cram Session - Transcript Now Available
A transcript of the CNL chat room’s CNL Cram Session hosted on April 26, 2012 is now available. More than 70 individuals including students, CNLs, and CNC staff participated in the two-hour exchange. Topics discussed included the CNL Certification Exam format, exam resources, exam registration process, and much, much more. To view the transcript, click here.
April 20, 2012
Cut Score Study of the CNL Certification Exam
To ensure that the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) offers a fair and quality-assured exam that meets national certification standards, a cut-score study will be conducted using an Angoff method for the new CNL Certification Exam. Subject matter experts in collaboration with the testing agency will participate in the study to determine a passing score that reflects the minimal competency of a CNL. Consequently, there will be a delay in all exam score results and pass/fail notices from the April 30th to May 18th CNL Certification Exams.
Those taking the exam from April 30th to May 18th will receive their pass/fail results via email during the week of May 21st. It is extremely important that all examinees included an accurate primary email address on their CNL Certification Application. Successful candidates will receive an email notification of passing only – a score and diagnostic score report will not be provided to the candidate. Unsuccessful candidates will receive an email notification of failing the exam along with the score and diagnostic score report.
March 22, 2012
CNC Call for Volunteers
CNC is currently recruiting for a volunteer to serve as a consumer/public member of the Board of Commissioners. The deadline to apply is May 18, 2012. For more information or to see other ways to get involved with CNC visit: www.aacn.nche.edu/cnl/cnc/get-involved.
January 27, 2012
CNL Research Symposium & Summit Presentations Now Available
There were over 500 attendees (including educators, practicing CNLs, students, healthcare administrators, nurses executives, and financial officers) at this year's CNL Research Symposium & Summit. To access these presentations visit www.aacn.nche.edu/cnl/professional-development/conferences/12CNLsummit.
AACN and CNC Announce CNL Online Discussion Board
The CNL Community, an online discussion board hosted by AACN and CNC, is designed for students and graduates of CNL education programs, and practicing CNLs. The CNL Community provides a forum to share information, resources, innovative practices, patient outcomes, and network with peers. For more information on how to join the discussion board click here.
October 3, 2011
CNC Marks Fifth Year with CNL Job Analysis Study
CNC proudly announces the fifth anniversary of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Certification Examination in conjunction with the release of the new CNL Job Analysis Study. The CNL Certification Exam was piloted November 2006 to January 2007. To date, more than 1,800 individuals have earned the CNL credential.
September 1, 2011
CNC Self-Assessment Exam Overview
The Self-Assesment Exam (SAE) is a 40-question online diagnostic tool that parallels the content and level of difficulty of the CNL Certification Exam. The SAE is designed for students, program directors, CNL candidates, and CNL certificants.