Date of Graduation
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Executive Leader DNP
Dr. Marjorie Barter
Dr. Marcianna Nosek
Dr. Traci Duncan
The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is a newer role in the nursing profession. This generalist Registered Nurse (RN) role was designed to help address fragmented healthcare delivery and care coordination, emphasize and facilitate evidence-based practice, and improve patient quality outcomes at the microsystem level (AACN, 2011). This paper describes a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) project that took place from January through December 2017 focused on making the business case to incorporate CNLs into a hospital staffing model. The CNLs focused on reducing hospital acquired infections (HAIs). The CNLs’ work reduced HAIs by 48% in 2017 as compared to 2016 thereby saving the hospital nearly $385,000 in unreimbursed clinical care. Based on this project’s outcomes, four full-time CNL positions were approved for 2018.
Johnson, Shelley, "Building the Business Case for Clinical Nurse Leader Integration into a Hospital Staffing Model" (2018). Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects. 121.