University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    Jul 15, 2024  

Clinical Nurse Leader, Graduate Certificate

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The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program prepares nurses as healthcare systems specialists to be effective leaders for health care delivery and to work within all settings to plan and coordinate complex patient care.

Note: Students who are enrolled in this program solely are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Contact Information

Stephanie S. DeBoor, PhD, APRN, ACNS_BC, CCRN
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
Associate Professor
University of Nevada, Reno
Orvis School of Nursing
1664 N. Virginia Street MS 0134
Reno, NV 89557

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the CNL certificate, the graduate is able to:

  1. Synthesize theoretical, scientific, and contemporary clinical knowledge for the assessment and management of both health and illness states.
  2. Implements clinical reasoning and builds collaborative intra- and interprofessional relationships to provide optimal care to patients.
  3. Provide patient-centered, quality care to the adult and older adult population within the acute and critical care settings through incorporation of health promotion, health protections, disease prevention and treatment.
  4. Impart knowledge and individualize therapies through the activities of advocacy, modeling and teaching.
  5. Applies evidence-based practice designed to improve quality of care and health outcomes by overseeing and directing the delivery of clinical services within an integrated system of healthcare.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites for admission to the Orvis School of Nursing Master of Science Program:

  • Successful completion of a Master of Science in Nursing from a CCNE- or NLN-accredited academic institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

  • Current unrestricted licensure as an RN and eligible for licensure in Nevada.

Applicants are to submit to the Orvis School of Nursing:

  • A resume that includes education, professional and community service experience.

  • A letter of intent should be single-spaced, 12-point font, and no longer than 1,000 words. It should include the following information:

    • Explain why you have chosen the University of Nevada, Reno, Orvis School of Nursing for your graduate studies.

    • Share which track (post-master’s, advanced graduate certificate as a CNL) you have chosen to pursue and describe how you envision functioning in this role as part of an inter-professional team.

    • Describe leadership experiences, both professional and personal, that have prepared you for graduate studies.

II. Program Total 15* Units

*Providing review of transcripts represents completion of core coursework (CNL) from full time plan of study.

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