CNL Summit and Research Symposium Presentations

CNL Summit

Opening Plenary Session
Moving Beyond the Microsystem

Our speakers started their CNL journey in 2010 working in the ICU and Palliative Care. In the last eight years, they have applied CNL competencies to model design for complex populations in a healthcare system, in a FQHC, in a city ecosystem, and on the national level. Their current work involves co-designing complex care models in multiple settings and contributing to the development of the field of Complex Care. In this session, you will learn about the limitless potential of the CNL role to spark healthcare transformation and the ways you can apply your education to impact systems and populations.
Speakers: Lauran Hardin, MSN, RN, CNL, Senior Advisor, Partnerships and Technical Assistance, National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs and Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers; Megan Williams, MSN, RN, CNL, Manager of Complex Care at Regional One Health, Memphis, TN

Plenary Session
Designing Health Care Around the CNL: Innovation to Reality

When opening a new hospital as part of the Texas Health Resources system, the leadership team took advantage of the opportunity to design from the ground up a care delivery model around the CNL. This interdisciplinary leadership team will share how this innovative approach to care was shaped, how it is working, and the impact it is having on care outcomes, patient experiences, and staff satisfaction.
Speakers: Kendra Slatton, DNP, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at Texas Health Alliance; Clint Abernathy, President at Texas Health Alliance; Monica Mathur, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Texas Health Alliance

Learning Labs

  • Discovering Evidence to Change Practice & Improve Care Outcomes
    Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNLs) are tasked with information and outcomes management as part of their practice. This presentation provides an overview of how CNLs use information systems and technology, appraisal tools for evaluating evidence, reference management software for collection and organization of information sources, and how evidence guides CNL outcomes contributing to systems efficiency and larger data sets.
    Speaker: Clista Clanton, MSLS, Senior Librarian, University of South Alabama
  • Using Data to Build the Business Case for the CNL
    Back by popular demand! This session will focus on the application of practice data, analyses, and presentations using tables and graphs to build a business case for the CNL and practice innovations.
    Speaker: Brian Collins, Director, Decision Support, Lawrence General Hospital
  • Identifying the Problem and Workable Solutions for your Microsystem
    Finding potential solutions to improve outcomes of care is a key component of CNL practice. However, doing a deep dive into identifying the problem and what makes your microsystem unique are critical first steps to identifying and implementing possible solutions. Frequently these actions are reversed or skipped completely. Hear what tools and strategies the speaker uses, and how you can implement these in your setting to achieve quality outcomes.
    Speaker: Marisa Ferrari, DNP, MSN, Associate Professor, Madonna University
  • From Idea to Project to Publication: Making Each Step Work to the Fullest
    In this session, participants will learn how to examine the elements needed in project development to support publication and dissemination. This result can be achieved by exploring data, methods, and types of IRB applications needed for publication and dissemination.
    Speaker: Patricia L. Thomas, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP, FACHE, NEA-BC, ACNS-BC, CNL, Associate Practice Dean, Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University
  • Igniting and Sustaining Evidence-Based Practice to Reach the Quadruple Aim in Healthcare
    This session will address the big picture of evidence-based practice and why it is important. Taking a leadership role in advancing and sustaining EBP is key to attaining the Quadruple Aim in health care. Key strategies for creating an EBP culture and empowering others with the skills and knowledge to be competent in EBP will be highlighted.
    Speaker: Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FNAP, FAAN, Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Executive Director, Helene Fuld Trust National Institute for EBP
  • Preparing for the Clinical Nurse LeaderSM (CNL®) Certification Exam
    As the number of CNL education programs and graduates continues to grow, it is critical for CNL students and faculty to know how to prepare for the CNL Certification Exam. Earning the CNL credential reflects a deep personal commitment and sense of accountability, inspiring credibility and confidence in a CNL’s professional knowledge. This session will include an overview of the CNL certification exam, as well as its administration and development. Participants also will learn effective methods for reviewing and preparing for the exam.
    Speaker: Shantal Hall, Director, Commission on Nursing Certification, Washington, DC; Cyndy King, PhD, NP, MSN, CNL, FAAN, Owner & Consultant, Special Care Consultants
  • Mapping CNL Competencies for Well-Defined Practice Roles
    This interactive session will describe recent scholarly work to map CNL competencies across AACN and CNC policy documents. The product is a cohesive CNL competency framework that aligns across the education-to-practice trajectory. Participants will be asked to provide feedback on the framework and engage in discussion about the framework’s potential utility in guiding CNL curriculum and/or implementing and evaluating CNL practice roles.
    Speaker: Miriam Bender, PhD, RN, CNL, Assistant Professor, Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, University of California Irvine; Kristine L’Ecuyer, PhD, RN, CNL, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Saint Louis University

Welcome & Opening Plenary Sessions for Joint CNL Summit and Master’s Education Conference
Radical Transformation of Health Care: Implications for Graduate Education and Practice
With an eye on the future, explore the opportunities for innovation and transformation that exist at the nexus of health care and higher education. This presentation will highlight emerging trends and challenges facing rapidly changing healthcare and higher education systems. Implications for the evolving faculty role and master’s level nursing education and practice will be considered.
Speaker: Eileen Breslin, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dr. Patty L. Hawken Nursing Endowed Professorship, Dean, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Nursing

Joint Plenary Session
Innovations in Health Care: Preparing Nurses to Think like Detectives, Inventors, and Entrepreneurs

Today’s clinical practice brings with it challenges for clinicians and the educators responsible for preparing tomorrow’s workforce. Identifying opportunities to leverage new technologies in practice has tremendous potential for improving healthcare outcomes. This session will explore the use of smart technologies and other innovations in health care and the roles nurses can play in identifying and implementing new technologies and reinventing “old” technologies. As nurses continue to be on the front lines of the care continuum, their experience and expertise is critical in designing and improving care. Clinicians and educators must ensure that nursing leaders are empowered to develop and implement changes to streamline the patient pathway and improve outcomes.
Speaker: William Cohn, MD, Vice President of Medical Devices, Johnson & Johnson, Executive Director, Johnson & Johnson Center for Device Innovation at the Texas Medical Center.

Closing CNL Summit Plenary Session
Roadmaps & Journeys of the CNL: Where it Can Take You

Dr. Edwards received the CNL Vanguard Award in 2013 while practicing as one of the first CNLs at St. Lucie Medical Center. CNLs have a valuable skill set - leadership, IP communication, coaching, quality improvement - that provides multiple opportunities for influencing care delivery and impacting outcomes across the entire continuum of care and education. Hear how the speaker’s CNL education and practice propelled her career, and how you can pave your own road to success.
Closing Speaker: Barbara Edwards, DNP, RN, CNL, CMSRN, Vice President of Quality and Safety, Clinical Nurse Leader, St Lucie Medical Center

CNL Research Symposium

Keynote
Searching for Evidence: Finding Gold

Speaker: Linda J. Cowan, PhD, FNP-BC, CWS, Associate Chief Nursing Service Research, James A. Haley VA.

Keynote
Outcomes, Data and Analysis

Speaker: Brian Collins, BS, Director of Decision Support, Lawrence General Hospital.

Panel Discussion
Evidence, Teamwork, Outcomes: Notes from the Field

Panelists: Angie Hatley, DNP, MS, RN, CNL, NEA-BC, Chair of Graduate Studies, Assistant Professor, Queens University of Charlotte, Tina Ralyea, DNP, MBA, MS-NP, RN, CNL, NE-BC, OCN, CCRN, Assistant Vice President Patient Care Services, Carolinas Medical Center, Rachel Steffen, MS, RN-BC, CNL, Clinical Nurse Leader, University of Rochester Medical Center.