Date of Graduation

Spring 5-17-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing and Health Professions


Executive Leader DNP

First Advisor

Dr. Marjorie Barter

Second Advisor

Dr. Marcianna Nosek

Third Advisor

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.

Included in

Nursing Commons