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ANA Joins the AACN Clinical Nurse Leader Implementation and Evaluation Task Forces

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For Immediate Release

ANA Joins the AACN Clinical Nurse Leader Implementation and
Evaluation Task Forces

SILVER SPRING, MD - AACN has invited the American Nurses Association (ANA) to join the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Implementation and Evaluation Task Forces.

The Clinical Nurse Leader is a new nursing role being developed by the AACN in collaboration with leaders from the education and practice arenas. AACN launched the CNL initiative in response to the call from the Institute of Medicine and others to enhance the way nurses are educated and employed in the practice setting. The CNL initiative is a demonstration project that includes an extensive evaluation component to measure care outcomes.

The ANA Board of Directors has reviewed the working paper on the CNL and has posed a number of questions to the AACN regarding the proposal. AACN responded to the questions raised and invited ANA to collaborate more closely on this project to ensure that nursing practice issues are adequately addressed.

"The CNL proposal has significant implications for the profession," said ANA President Barbara A. Blakeney, MS, RN. "We appreciate AACN’s leadership in proposing this new role and are grateful for the opportunity to have ANA represented on these task forces, which will help shape it," she said.

In concept, the CNL oversees the care coordination of a distinct group of patients and actively provides direct patient care in complex situations. This master's degree-prepared generalist clinician will put evidence-based practice into action to ensure that patients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery. The CNL will evaluate patient outcomes, assess cohort risk, and has the decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary. The implementation of this role will vary across settings and facilities.

To support the creation of this new nursing role, AACN has launched a national pilot project involving almost 90 education-practice partnerships in 35 states and Puerto Rico. Partners are working together to develop master's degree programs to prepare CNLs, integrate this nurse clinician into the health care system, and evaluate outcomes.

Rose Marie Martin, BSN, RN, OCN, a member of ANA’s board of directors, will represent ANA on the Implementation Task Force. Kathy Player, EdD, RN, chair of ANA’s Constituent Assembly, will represent ANA on the Evaluation Task Force.

"AACN welcomes this new collaboration with ANA, and we value the input that Ms. Martin and Ms. Player will have on this important effort to transform nursing education and practice," said AACN President Jean E. Bartels, PhD, RN.



The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the only full-service professional organization representing the nation's 2.7 million registered nurses through its 54 constituent member nurses associations. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. Web site:

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is the national voice for university and four-year-college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 585 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. Web site:


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