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CNL Research Symposium - January 19, 2012
CNL Summit - January 19-21, 2012

Hyatt Regency, Tampa, FL

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 will 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. In addition to plenary sessions, concurrent, abstract, and poster presentations allow participants to choose topics of interest in a smaller forum.  Special forums for the CNLA membership, CNL faculty, and Nursing/Healthcare Executives will also be offered.

This year's Summit will also include the CNL Research Symposium, a pre-conference workshop, hosted by the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) and the Clinical Nurse Leader Association (CNLA). The CNL Research Symposium, A CNL's Journey: Quality Measures Roadmap to Improving Patient Care Outcomes, is scheduled January 19th from 8am to 12 noon and will focus on the CNL and evaluating outcomes. Speakers will discuss data collection and analysis, the financial impact of the CNL (return on investment), and presenting data to demonstrate outcomes.

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CNL Vanguard Award
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) are pleased to announce the first annual CNL Vanguard Award. 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 2012 recipient will be recognized at the CNL Summit, January 19-21, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Tampa in Tampa, Florida.


The deadline for early registration is January 6, 2012. Late fees will apply to registrations received after January 6, 2012.

All registrants, including any from the Department of Veterans Affairs, must now register through AACN at the link below.

Registration Fees                                                                      

$399 by January 6                                                                  
$499 after January 6                                                                

- $30 (Discount for CNLA Members)
- $50 (Discount for CNL Graduate Students (not faculty)

CNL Research Symposium (separate registration required)
$99 by January 6
$129 after January 6

General Information

Hotel Information
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Tampa, 211 North Tampa Street, Tampa, Florida 33602. The room rate is $165 single/double. The cutoff date for reservations at the group rate is December 28, 2011. To make reservations, please call the hotel at 888-421-1442 and request the group rate for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) or 2012 CNL Summit. You may also place your reservation online at: The Hyatt Regency Tampa is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The room block may fill before the deadline, so be sure to make your arrangements early.

The Hyatt Regency Tampa is located approximately 8 miles from the Tampa International Airport (TPA). A taxi ride is approximately $20 each way. The Saint-Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) is approximately 17 miles from the hotel, and a taxi costs approximately $40 each way. For more information regarding transportation, please visit:

Continuing Education
Continuing Education contact hours will be provided. Certificates will be provided at the conclusion of the conference.

Refund and Cancellation Policy
CNL Summit: Registrations that are canceled up to one week before the meeting will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations received with less than one week’s notice will be refunded minus a $150 administrative fee. There will be no refunds for no-shows.

CNL Research Symposium: Registrations that are canceled before the meeting will be refunded minus a $45 administrative fee. There will be no refunds for no-shows.

AACN reserves the right to cancel this conference and any group activity that does not meet minimal group requirements. Non-refundable airline tickets are the responsibility of the registrant.

Contact Information

For more information, contact AACN, One Dupont Circle, Suite 530, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-463-6930. If you require any special access in order to take part in this meeting, please contact Nadja Beverage at AACN or by email at