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CNL Certification Exam Review Course Descriptions

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Advanced Assessment: Physical Assessment, Clinical Assessment and Pharmacology

Content Experts: Virginia M. Ulanimo, DNP, RN, CCRN, VHA-CM, CNL;
Susan Weber Buchholz, PhD, ANP-BC; and
Lola Coke, PhD, ACNS-BC, FAHA, FPCN

Course Objectives:

  • Review the components of an advanced holistic history and physical examination.
  • Identify the components of an advanced clinical assessment,
    including laboratory and diagnostic tests as they apply to a client’s plan of care.
  • Examine key components of pharmacology used by the advanced clinician.
  • Apply clinical judgment and decision making-skills in the delivery of client-focused care.

Cost: $59.00
Contact Hours: 2.4

Evidence-Based Practice

Content Expert: Linda Roussel, DSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNL

Course Objectives:

  • Differentiate between research, evidence-based practice and quality improvement processes.
  • Describe the steps in the evidence-based practice process.
  • Describe the components of the clinical question, including
    the patient/population, intervention, comparison, and outcome(s).
  • Integrate the evidence review process into the development of the clinical
    question, key terms, and search strategies.
  • Determine level of evidence using a variety of hierarchies to assess the
    credibility of the evidence.
  • Critically appraise research evidence including quantitative, qualitative,
    and mixed methods designs using a variety of appraisal tools. 
  • Identify appropriate measure tools for specific clinical outcomes.

Cost: $59.00
Contact Hours: 1.7

Healthcare Advocacy and Lateral Integration of Care Services

Content Experts: Branden Nelson, MSN, RN, CNL and Kim Hall, MSN, RN, CNL, VHA-CM

Course Objectives:

  • Explain the unique role of the CNL in healthcare advocacy.
  • Describe how the CNL can effectively advocate for clients and populations
    at both the microsystem and macrosystem level.
  • Describe how advocacy relates to at least fi ve (5) assumptions regarding the CNL role.
  • Analyze how a CNL facilitates lateral integration in providing continuum of care
    that is patient centric through partnering with multiple disciplines in health care. 

Cost: $59.00
Contact Hours: 2.1

Healthcare Finance and Quality Improvement

Content Experts: Susan Penner, DrPH, MN, MPA, RN, CNL and
Linda Roussel, DSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNL

Course Objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of economics, health policy and financial
    management suffi cient to assume leadership roles expected of the CNL.
  • Apply strategies for cost-effective, evidence-based stewardship of healthcare
    resources.
  • Ensure that fiscal decisions support social justice and ethical conduct.
  • Acquire skills for proposing a business case to improve health care.
  • Define quality improvement identifying steps in the improvement process.
  • Describe the components of the quality improvement process, including the
    planning, implementing, assessing, and evaluating of structure, process, and
    outcomes.
  • Assess healthcare outcomes through data acquisition and gaps, and
    inconsistencies in patterns of care delivery.
  • Evaluate systems and outcome datasets to anticipate individual client risk
    and improve quality care.
  • Describe measures and metrics (baseline, and ongoing) that can be used to
    determine successful outcomes of quality improvement initiatives.
  • Outline process mapping as a tool for process analysis in quality initiatives.
  • Describe how collaboration with health professionals to design, coordinate
    and evaluate outcomes facilitates quality improvement initiatives.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and synthesize data related to risk
    reduction and patient safety, including root cause analysis (RCA), and
    Failure Mode Effect Analysis

Cost: $59.00
Contact Hours: 2.3

Healthcare Policy

Content Expert: Janice Phillips, PhD, RN, FAAN

Course Objectives:

  • Outline components of the policy-making process.
  • Describe the role of stakeholders in the policy-making process.
  • Describe the role of legislation in influencing healthcare delivery and health
    outcomes.
  • Discuss the rationale for nursing’s involvement in the advocacy and health
    policy arena.
  • Identify resources that facilitate policy awareness and engagement. 

Cost: $59.00
Contact Hours: 1.4

Healthcare Systems and Healthcare Informatics

Content Expert: Angela Jukkala, PhD, RN, CNL, CNE

Course Objectives:

  • Apply change management theory to guide change and dissemination of
    knowledge within healthcare systems.
  • Apply organizational theories and system thinking to address problems and
    develop solutions.
  • Use quality improvement methodology to evaluate individual and aggregate
    client care.
  • Recognize economic, legal, and political factors that infl uence healthcare
    delivery.
  • Understand healthcare delivery system organization, fi nance, and the
    relationship of these to patient care.
  • Identify basic components of the systems development life cycle: analysis,
    design, development, implementation and evaluation.
  • Evaluate the impact of information technology on patient, families, and
    systems.
  • Evaluate health information from the internet and other electronic sources.
  • Describe the use of information systems to document patient care, advance
    patient education, and inform patient care. 

Cost: $59.00
Contact Hours: 1.4

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Management

Content Expert: Sheila Ford, MSN, RN, CNL

Course Objectives: Explain the unique role of the CNL in healthcare advocacy.

  • Describe how the CNL can effectively advocate for clients and populations
    at both the microsystem and macrosystem level.
  • Describe how advocacy relates to at least five (5) assumptions regarding the CNL role.
  • Analyze how a CNL facilitates lateral integration in providing continuum of
    care that is patient centric through partnering with multiple disciplines in health care.
  • Participants will be able to identify those groups most at risk for tobacco abuse.
  • Participants will be able to discuss the importance of placing patient
    preference information into a holistic plan of care.
  • Participants will be able to discuss ongoing HHS Initiatives, including that
    of Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC’s) and design health promotion and
    disease prevention activities specifically targeted to clients with MCC’s.
  • Participants will be able to list and discuss methods used to improve health
    promotion and disease prevention efforts in the Patient Centered Medical Home.

Cost: $59.00
Contact Hours: 1.4

Horizontal Leadership and Interdisciplinary Communications and Collaboration Skills

Content Expert: Miriam Bender, PhD, RN, CNL
Course Objectives:

  • Understand current leadership theories.
  • Characterize leadership styles within a healthcare organizational context.
  • Link CNL leadership competencies to theoretical concepts for effective practice.
  • Interdisciplinary Communication and Collaboration (ICC)
  • Describe the multidisciplinary actions to promote ICC education and training.
  • Understand the link between ICC, microsystems, and change.
  • Link CNL ICC competencies to ICC/Change theories.

Cost: $59.00
Contact Hours: 2.1

Illness and Disease Management

Content Experts: Ola Fox, DNS, RN, CNL and Sharon Oglesby, MSN, RN, CNL

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the overall goal of illness and disease management.
  • Describe the knowledge and skills CNLs possess that make them the ideal
    partner to collaborate with the interdisciplinary care team and provide
    lateral integration of patient care.
  • Describe the impact of chronic disease on resource use and quality of life.
  • Apply theories and principles of chronic illness to patients and families.
  • Provide examples of CNL role functions in the context of the Chronic Care Model.
  • Propose recommendations regarding readiness for discharge.
  • Recognize common clinical issues for geriatric care.
  • Integrate palliative care and hospice as end-of-life case management tools.
  • Integrate cultural awareness as it relates to patient-centered outcomes.
  • Identify patient problems that require intervention, especially those
    problems likely to be affected by nursing intervention.
  • Educate patients and caregivers to monitor symptoms and take appropriate action.
  • Develop and facilitate evidence-based protocols and communicate
    them to the interdisciplinary care team.

Cost: $59.00
Contact Hours: 2.0

Integration of the CNL Role

Content Expert: Branden Nelson, MSN, RN, CNL

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the benefit of the CNL role within the microsystem and the
    macrosystem.
  • Articulate how the nine (9) beginning roles of the CNL lead to optimal outcomes within the microsystem.
  • Explain how to integrate the CNL role into current practice.
  • Effectively advocate for the CNL role.

Cost: $59.00
Contact Hours: 1.2

Knowledge and Data Management

Content Expert: Patricia Baker, MSN, RN-BC, CNL

Course Objectives:

  • Collect baseline data to describe a healthcare microsystem patient population.
  • Analyze and synthesize specific outcome measures that are most common for a
    clinical microsystem that directly impact care quality.
  • Apply epidemiological methodology in care coordination for a group of
    patients based on desired outcomes consistent with evidence-based practice
    guidelines and standards of care.
  • Evaluate different types of data presentation techniques to address variations in clinical outcomes.

Cost: $59.00
Contact Hours: 1.1

Team Coordination and Ethics

Content Experts: Angela Jukkala, PhD, RN, CNL, CNE; Rebecca S. Miltner,
PhD, RNC-OB, CNL; and Linda Roussel, DSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNL

Course Objectives:

  • Collect baseline data to describe a healthcare microsystem patient
    population.
  • Analyze and synthesize specific outcome measures that are most common
    for a clinical microsystem that directly impact care quality.
  • Apply epidemiological methodology in care coordination for a group of
    patients based on desired outcomes consistent with evidence-based practice
    guidelines and standards of care.
  • Evaluate different types of data presentation techniques to address
    variations in clinical outcomes.

Cost: $59.00
Contact Hours: 1.7