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Clinical Nurse Leader


Clinical Nurse Leaders oversee the integration of care for a specific set of patients as well as the medical team they work with. Together with doctors, pharmacists, social workers, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists, Clinical Nurse Leaders help incorporate the latest technologies and innovations into treatment to give patients the best care possible. As a Clinical Nurse Leader, you’ll be known as an advanced generalist—having advanced knowledge and education in general medicine as opposed to one primary discipline, like Clinical Nurse Specialists.

Things You'll Do:

  • Determine a treatment plan for your patients
  • Collect and evaluate patients’ treatment results
  • Oversee your patents’ medical team

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing
  • Managerial
  • Research-oriented

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • Get Your
    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • You’ll take advanced courses in pathophysiology, clinical assessment and pharmacology.
  • Pass Your
    Clinical nurse leader certification exam from the Commission on Nurse Certifications.
  • Become a
    Clinical Nurse Leader

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Ambulatory care clinics

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $51K - $73K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • Since Clinical Nurse Leader is a relatively new specialty, available positions aren’t hard to come by.
    • You’ll have the opportunity to influence the specialty, and develop a new career in nursing.

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