Innovative Clinical Nurse Leader and Clinical Nurse Leader-Nurse Educator Options

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing is pleased to announce the offering of an innovative, 32 credit Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) option in the master’s program. The CNL curriculum prepares nurses as advanced nursing generalists with a master’s of science in nursing degree. This program prepares nurses to provide and manage care across all settings in which health care is delivered. CNL students may also take an additional 6 course credits to be prepared as a Nurse Educator. This extended program of study is 38 course credits. Baccalaureate prepared nurses may complete the CNL or CNL/Nurse Educator options across 4 OR 5 academic semesters. At least 75% of the curriculum is available through distance learning formats. 

If you are interested in playing a key role in transforming the health care system, teaching other nurses within hospitals, or educating students in community colleges, or baccalaureate programs, please consider applying for our Fall 2011 class. For more information, please contact:

Office of Admissions and Student Services, School of Nursing, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carrington Hall, CB 7460, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460, Phone: (919) 966-4260 or e-mail: nursing_applications@unc.edu.

SON Faculty Achieves Rare Clinical Nurse Leader Certification

SON faculty member Meg Zomorodi, BSN ’01, PhD ’08, passed the

SON Faculty member Meg Zomorodi, BSN '01, PhD '09, passed the American Association of Colleges of Nursing clinical nurse leader certification exam.

SON Faculty member Meg Zomorodi, BSN '01, PhD '09, passed the American Association of Colleges of Nursing clinical nurse leader certification exam.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification exam. Very few nurses in the United States have achieved this level of certification. The CNL is an advanced generalist clinician who has the knowledge and clinical competencies to coordinate and manage care for a distinct group of patients.

Two New Programs to Fight the Nursing Shortage

This spring, the School opens two new programs to combat the nursing shortage crisis. Interested students can apply to the new clinical nurse leader (CNL) program and the new oncology option under the existing adult nurse practitioner curriculum (ONP).

CNL graduates will be uniquely prepared to provide and manage care for individuals and patient groups, monitor patient and healthcare outcomes, apply research-based knowledge and introduce innovations to improve care delivery systems. Hospitals are looking for clinical experts with specialty and systems expertise. Nursing schools are looking for nurses who are prepared to help address the shortage of nurse educators in the state.

The CNL program is open to all registered nurses. Nurses with an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing may enter through the School of Nursing’s RN-MSN program, while those with a baccalaureate degree may enter through the Master of Science program. A postmaster’s certificate option is also available to those nurses who have a master’s degree in another area of nursing, such as a nurse practitioner or nursing administration degree.

ONP graduates will provide a much-needed service as the number of adults with or at-risk for cancer in North Carolina rises and the shortage of medical and gynecological oncologists in the state grows. Oncology nurse practitioners will ensure there is a sufficient supply of competently-trained providers offering comprehensive cancer care.

The ONP program will accept students seeking a master’s degree as a nurse practitioner with an oncology specialization and certified nurse practitioners that are seeking a postmaster’s certificate with an adult oncology specialization. One track offers a postmaster’s certificate with an adult oncology specialization, and the other track offers an adult nurse practitioner master’s degree with an oncology specialization.

For more information, contact: Office of Admissions and Student Services, School of Nursing, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carrington Hall, CB 7460, Chapel Hill, N.C., 27599-7460 or (919) 966-4260 or e-mail nursing_applications@unc.edu.

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