2023 Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Summit

The Summit provides a forum for both healthcare and academic audiences to showcase achievements in implementing the CNL role in education and practice. Whether your institution has adopted the CNL model or is exploring new ways to achieve quality outcomes, the CNL Summit will provide tools to enhance your understanding of the changing healthcare environment and the value added by CNLs.

Who Should Attend:

Deans, faculty, CNOs, nurse managers, other health professionals, practicing CNLs and students.

How to Attend:

The CNL Summit is offered as an in-person event.

Conference Venue:

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


“The CNL Summit is perfect for practicing CNLs, nurse administrators, faculty, and students. It allows for idea sharing, robust discussions, and networking with peers; and provides the opportunity to identify areas for professional development and scholarship.”

“As a CNL student, it was a great feeling and learning experience to be among CNLs. I learned a lot about networking and the true meaning of collaboration.”

“The speakers were engaging, energetic, and excited to talk about their content. I am looking forward to incorporating design thinking into future problem resolutions.”

“I enjoyed this conference very much, well done superior content and gave a vision for future CNL work.”

"Excellent topics, speakers, and wonderful examples from expert CNLs! Thank you for the wonderful experience. I will be looking forward to future CNL Research Symposiums."


The safety of attendees and staff is our top priority – we will follow all relevant protocols and CDC guidelines and will work closely with the hotel to promote the recommended practices at the time of the event.

Vaccination Requirements 

Currently all meeting attendees, speakers, partners, and AACN staff are to be fully vaccinated in order to gain access the CNL Summit event spaces. Please check back frequently for news and additional guidance as we refine our planning.


The State of Florida has no mask mandate; therefore, wearing masks is currently optional.

Duty of Care 

By attending the CNL Summit, you agree to abide by and engage in conduct that is beneficial to health and safety of all attendees and constituents. This includes, but is not limited to, providing verification of vaccination, practicing appropriate physical distancing, and not attending any events if you are ill or have been recently exposed to COVID-19.

Pre-Conference Opportunity

CNL Research Symposium

February 23, 2023

The CNL Research Symposium, is a pre-conference workshop to the CNL Summit that focuses on the CNL’s role in data collection, evaluation for reporting clinical outcomes, and quality improvement. The CNL Research Symposium is scheduled for the morning of the CNL Summit (separate registration required). This workshop unites faculty, practicing CNLs, students, healthcare administrators, nurse executives, physicians, financial officers, and others. Participants will also earn CE hours

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Bridget Bingle
Nursing Education Assistant