School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 364-8733
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.


Clinical Nurse Leader

Are you ready to become a Clinical Nurse Leader?

Do you like patient care? Do you want to be a leader in creating change at the point of care? Then the CNL role is right for you.

The Clinical Nurse Leader or CNL® is a master’s educated nurse prepared to practice across the continuum of care within any healthcare setting. CNL nurses are prepared to address the critical need to improve quality patient care. The CNL nurse practices at the point of care with a focus on:

  • Care Coordination
  • Outcomes Measurement
  • Transitions of Care
  • Interprofessional Communication & Team Leadership

All with the eye on improving care for our patients, families and communities. (

CNL’s can practice across any continuum of care such as; inpatient, outpatient, community, long term care and hospice.

CNL’s are prepared with knowledge and skills that drive change at any level of care. The focus of the CNL role is to improve care, wherever care is provided. CNL’s are leaders demonstrating significant improvement in quality outcomes, patient satisfaction and financial improvement. They are a support to other healthcare providers and integral for the healthcare team and the success of healthcare systems.

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