2013 CNL Summit

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The Clinical Nurse Leader: Answering the Call to Lead Change and Advance Health

The 2013 Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Summit will be held January 17-19, 2013 at the JW Marriott in New Orleans, LA. The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Summit provides a forum for all healthcare and academic audiences currently implementing or interested in exploring CNL education or practice. Conference topics include the impact and value of the CNL role on improving patient outcomes, implementing and sustaining the CNL role across diverse systems of care, the CNL role in quality and safety initiatives, innovations in education, and the complementary relationship between the CNL and other members of the healthcare team, including nurse managers, APRNs, and physicians. Special forums for the CNLA membership, CNL faculty, and Nursing/Healthcare Executives will also be offered. This year's Summit will also include two one-day preconference sessions: Introduction to Team Coaching Workshop presented in conjunction with the Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy and Advancing QSEN to Enhance Graduate Education and Practice funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The second CNL Research Symposium will also be offered Thursday morning prior to the beginning of the Summit. For more information and to register for the CNL Summit and pre-conference workshops, please visit:


Thursday, January 17

12:00 – 2:00 pm
Conference Registration and Sign-in

2:30 - 3:30 pm
Welcome and Award Presentations

3:30 – 4:15 pm
Opening Keynote Address
Growing and Sustaining the Vision: Implementing the CNL Across a Major Health System
Ten years ago, Dr. Clark’s vision and early research on care delivery models laid the groundwork for the CNL initiative. Flash forward to today when reimbursement for nursing services is being linked to improving care outcomes, the time is right for CNLs to be integrated throughout the country’s healthcare system.  Hear how Dr. Clark’s vision for the CNLs has evolved over the years and how she is working from the ground up to implement and sustain the CNL role across one major healthcare system. 
Speaker: Joan Shinkus Clark, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN, Senior Vice President and System Chief Nurse Executive, Texas Health Resources, Dallas, TX

4:15 – 4:30 pm

4:30 – 5:15 pm
Leadership and Care Coordination in Disaster Situations: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina
Maintaining leadership, quality control, and care coordination in disaster situations is a daunting task. The speakers will share their experiences during Hurricane Katrina and implications for the CNLs. 
Speakers: David Brennan, MSN, RN, BC, Director of Post-op Surgical Services, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, LA and Tere Crouchet, RNBC, CCTN, Director, Oncology/BMT unit, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, LA. 

5:30 – 7:30 pm
Reception, Exhibits, and Poster Presentations

Friday, January 18, 2013

7:30 – 8:30 am
Conference Registration and Sign-in

  • CNLA Breakfast Meeting

8:30 – 9:15 am
An Editor's Prescription for Successful Publishing
Journals are inundated with papers from students, faculty, and clinicians and many are often unpublishable. This leads to frustration and in many cases, good work is not disseminated. This session will describe the common "fatal flaws" inherent in papers and offer suggestions for increasing the chances of publication.
Speaker: Maureen Shawn Kennedy, MA, RN, Editor in Chief, American Journal of Nursing

9:15 – 9:45 am

9:45 a.m. – 12:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions
These complimentary sessions are held 9:45-11:00 am and 11:15 am – 12:30 pm, separated by a 15-minute break.  Topics repeat and you may select two.

  • Establishing Yourself in the CNL Role
    CNLs from diverse educational backgrounds, including second-degree and BSN entry, will describe their successful acclamation to CNL clinical practice. Each speaker will describe their path to establishing themselves and promoting the CNL role within their respective clinical settings.
    Speakers: Veronica Rankin, MSN, RN, CNL, CMSRN, Clinical Nurse Leader, Carolinas Medical Center; Mary Mather, MSN, RN, CNL, Clinical Nurse Leader, South Texas Veterans Healthcare System; and Marissa Elliott-Vizcarrondo, MSN, RN, CNL, Clinical Nurse Leader, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System
  • Preparing for the New CNL Certification Exam
    Participants will gain an understanding of CNC’s recent CNL job analysis, and subsequent revisions to the CNL certification exam. This session will also cover new initiatives, resources, and exemplars to successfully prepare for the new CNL Certification Exam.
    Speakers: Tracy Lofty, MSA, CAE, Director, Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC); Pam DiNapoli, PhD, RN, CNL, Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire
  • Developing Leaders with the CNL Curriculum: A Focus on the Microsystem
    This session will highlight an innovative curriculum model with an emphasis on the 5 "P's" of  microsystem assessment (purpose, patients, professionals, processes and patterns).
    Speaker: Sally Gerard, DNP, CNL, RN, Assistant Professor/Track Coordinator Clinical Nurse Leader, Fairfield University School of Nursing
  • Team Coaching and Mentoring: An Important Component of CNL Practice and Education 
    Team coaching and mentoring skills are important components of leadership. The speaker will present an overview of unique strategies to help the audience, including CNL faculty and practicing CNLs, infuse team coaching and mentoring skills into their curriculum and roles.
    Speaker: Marjorie Godfrey, MS, RN, Co-Director, The Microsystem Academy, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice
  • CNL as Entrepreneur: Making it Work for You
    This session will introduce CNLs to the core skills associated with effective entrepreneurship including opportunity identification and evaluation and the steps and competencies required to launch a nurse-led service within an organizational context.
    Speaker: Mattia J. Gilmartin, PhD, RN, Senior Research Scientist, New York University, College of Nursing
  • Designing the  Master’s CNL to DNP Curriculum
    This session will discuss the commonalities in the Masters and Doctorate of Nursing Practice Essentials and how schools can build a CNL curriculum that allows for articulation into a DNP program.
    Speakers: Teri Moser Woo, PhD, RN, CNL, CPNP, FAANP, Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing Programs, Pacific Lutheran University; Linda Roussel,  DSN, RN, NEA, BC, Professor, University of South Alabama College of Nursing; and Enna E. Trevathan, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, CNL, CNL Program Director, University of San Francisco
  • Options for Advancing Your Career: Academic Progression for the CNL to the DNP & PhD
    Academic progression after completing the CNL curriculum can lead to many successful career paths. The speakers, all CNL graduates, will each present their journey through academia and practice after moving into doctoral education and how the CNL knowledge base enhanced their experience.
    Speakers: September Nelson, MS, RN, CNL, Director for Learning Resource Center, University of Portland, School of Nursing; Paula Miller, DNP, RN, CNL, Associate Nurse Executive Education/Research, Charlie Norwood VAMC; and Stephanie Christy, CNL, DNP Student, University of Tennessee Health Sciences.
  • Preparing CNL Students for Team Leadership through Interprofessional Education
    To ensure graduates have the opportunity for meaningful interprofessional education (IPE) prior to graduation, CNL faculty in the School of Nursing and partners in the School of Medicine developed an interprofessional clinical education assignment as part of required coursework.  In this presentation, the speakers will describe their unique approach and experiences in creating and implementing the IPE offering, including the products developed and assignments. 
    Speakers: Angela Jukkala, PhD, RN, CNL, CNE, Associate Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Rebecca Greenwood, PhD, RN, CNL, Assistant professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Kristen Noles, MSN, RN, CNL, Advance Nursing Coordinator; University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital; and Venessa Y. Long, BSN, PCCN, CNL Student, University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Box Lunch served

1:30 – 2:45 pm
Statistics for Non-Statisticians: Using the Data to Make Your Case
The speaker will provide an understanding of basic statistics: why they are used, how to compute them in Excel, what they tell us, and - very importantly - what they don't tell us.
Speaker: James Smith, PhD, Former Performance Manager and Quality Management Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs Network #3

3:00 – 5:00 pm
Abstract Sessions
Each session will be 25 minutes in length with 5 minutes between presentations to allow attendees to move from room to room.

5:15 – 6:30 pm
Special Forums

  • Clinical Nurse Leader Practice
  • CNL Program Faculty
  • Nursing/Administrative Executives

Saturday, January 19, 2013

7:30 – 8:30 am
Conference Registration and Sign-in

8:30 – 9:45 am
Communication For Leadership in Health and Wellness: How Words Can Change Your Brain
The speaker, a prominent neuroscientist, will explore how communication works via the human brain and how that information can teach us to be better and more compassionate communicators with our patients, colleagues, and friends. This session will focus on ways to enhance leadership potential by communicating more effectively, listening more deeply, collaborating without effort, and succeeding more quickly at any task.
Speaker: Andrew Newberg, MD, Director of Research, Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College

9:45 – 10:15 am

10:15 – 11:15 am
Advancing Health and Leading Change Across the System: The CNL is Key
Nurse executive panelists will share their vision for the CNL within their healthcare system; how they have or are making this happen and how the CNL has made an impact on the quality and cost of care. This session will demonstrate the impact that a CNL can have on a healthcare system from a first-hand perspective.
Speakers: Grace Sotomayor, MSN, MBA, RN, FACHE, Vice President, Administration, Chief Nurse Executive, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC; Lisa Johnson, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Morton Plant Mease, Tampa, FL; Mary Lou Wesley, MSN, RN, Chief Nurse Executive, WellStar Health System, Marietta, GA; and Velinda Block, DNP, Chief Nursing Officer, University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital 

11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Closing Keynote: The CNL: Scanning the Horizon
In 2003, in response to numerous reports that examined the country’s healthcare system and health professional education and after an extensive national dialogue, AACN published the Working Paper on the Role of the CNL.  This transformational document presented a new vision for what nursing could do to address the many needs and challenges confronting the healthcare system. Hear from one of the CNL movement’s leading advocates who will ponder the  potential for the CNL to lead change, consider what opportunities currently exist, and explore what the future of the CNL may look like.
Speaker: Marge Wiggins, DNP, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, FAAN, Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer, Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME.