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Clinical Nurse Leader

A Clinical Nurse Leader creates and coordinates long-term care plans for patients and the medical teams they work with.
Required education
Annual average salary
Lead, guide and support other nurses so they can provide the best care.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Analyze data and discover new ways to help patients.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll focus on improving the quality of patient care by evaluating results and finding ways to introduce the most effective new treatments.
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What you’ll do


You’ll determine the relevance of the latest medical and technological developments.


You’ll oversee and coordinate a patient’s medical team.


You’ll prepare long-term care plans for patients.

Where you’ll work
  • Medical colleges
  • Private clinics
  • Research facilities
How to become a Clinical Nurse Leader


Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.


Get a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with advanced courses in Pathophysiology, Clinical Assessment and Pharmacology


Get your Clinical Nurse Leadership Certification from the Commission on Nurse Certifications.


You’re ready to work as a Clinical Nurse Leader.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Clinical Nurse Leader organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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