College of Nursing
Clinical Nurse Leader Program
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Consider our Master's Entry - Clinical Nurse Leader Program, for students with a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing major, our intensive 2-year program leads to a master's-level qualification and is the ideal way to begin a nursing career.
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Our Clinical Nurse Leader Program is designed to provide a fast-track for the non-nurse with a baccalaureate degree to become a nurse leader with a master’s degree. Against a background of an increasingly complex healthcare environment, this degree prepares nurses to effectively communicate and coordinate care across a range of professional disciplines, integrate evidence-based practice, and think critically for effective problem solving. The C.N.L. is not one of administration or management. The C.N.L. assumes accountability for patient-care outcomes through the assimilation and application of evidence-based information to design, implement, and evaluate patient-care processes and models of care delivery.

As the first direct-entry master’s nursing program in New Jersey, the C.N.L. is uniquely situated to benefit highly motivated and dedicated students. This rigorous, full-time, on-campus program takes 2 years to complete. The nursing curriculum is enhanced with courses in evidence-based practice, clinical experience, resource management, and utilization of informatics.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate is qualified to sit for the NCLEX-R.N. and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader examinations. Graduates of this program are prepared to provide direct patient care as well as manage care outcomes at the bedside, in both hospital settings and community locations. C.N.L.s utilize horizontal leadership skills, leading and collaborating to improve the overall quality of care within a frequently fragmented healthcare system, ensuring that the patients’ interests are always paramount.

(973) 761-9306
nursing@shu.edu
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