you been thinking about changing careers? But you don’t have
a clue as to how to make the switch in a timeframe best suited for
your lifestyle . . . look no further.
School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services at California
State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) is preparing to launch its
new Master’s-level nursing program – the Clinical Nurse
Leader (CNL) – in summer 2006. The CNL is a role option within
the Master’s Program in nursing for individuals who already
possess a bachelor’s degree in any field, who want to pursue
a career in nursing. This full-time accelerated nursing program leads
to a master’s degree as a Clinical Nurse Leader and prepares
the graduate to sit for the registered nurse licensing exam (NCLEX).
The CNL program is specifically designed for individuals with varied
career backgrounds, such as accountant, engineer, teacher, hospital
administrator, police officer, or chiropractor, who want to improve
the health of individuals, families and communities.
CNL role option is an intensive 18-month, 72 unit program that requires
1100+ hours of clinical work including an internship, and combines
classroom and on-line coursework. The curriculum emphasizes the theories,
research, competencies and values necessary for strong clinical leadership
and evidence-based nursing practice at the bedside. Students study
subjects such as pathophysiology, pharmacology, health assessment,
health policy, systems theory, ethics, and nursing care related to
specific medical conditions. They receive hands-on practice in a state-of-the-art
skills lab loaded with high tech patient simulators that imitate real
life experiences in patient care. Then they focus on providing care
for children, adults and elders who have various healthcare problems
in our partner hospitals and community settings. The CNL students
are expected to have a major impact on improving their patients’
health and the healthcare systems.
to the serious shortage of nurses, the CNL program is a way to address
the shortfall in the nursing workforce,” says Carole A. Shea,
Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Director of the School of Nursing. “This program
appeals to individuals looking for a satisfying career, and those
with altruistic motivation who are people-oriented,” adds Dr.
Shea. “Most of the students who will enroll in this program
are individuals who have substantive professional backgrounds. We
look forward to offering a special program that will build on their
experience and expertise to not only change their careers, but change
and enrich the ‘face’ of nursing. We expect to attract
a diverse group of applicants crossing all ages, genders, and ethnicities,
thus reflecting the patient population we serve,” says Dr. Shea.
20 slots will be available to a large applicant pool. Due to the various
opportunities afforded a nurse with CNL training, it is anticipated
that many will find the CNL option appealing because of the career
mobility and the opportunity to work in diverse care settings. CNLs
are needed in home healthcare, county/public health facilities, hospitals
and medical centers. CNLs work as generalists, and as part of an interdisciplinary
team that can include nurses trained in specialized nursing roles,
physicians, mental health workers, and other health care professionals.
“The CNL nursing role truly allows mature professionals with
different backgrounds to engage in meaningful work and practice in
a new field at a higher level, right from the start,” says Dr.
Shea. “In other fields, career changers new to a professional
field often don’t have this chance. To add to the perks, salaries
in the nursing field are much higher than they have been in the recent
past. The CNL nursing role is a career with limitless opportunities,”
Dr. Shea says.
master’s programs are a great way for professionals to enter
into the field of nursing without taking the traditional route through
a RN program at a community college. That route can be a long, drawn-out
process for a person who already has a track record in another field
of work. “Students who graduate from our CNL program will bring
a different level of leadership to the nursing field to enhance patient
care,” says Dr. Shea. “I wish I had this option when I
was pursuing my nursing degree. After completing two years of nursing,
I had to drop out of school to raise a family. Once I was at a point
where I could resume pursuing my educational goals, I had to start
all over again. It was during that time in my education that I thought
there had to be a better way to educate the nursing workforce.”
CNL program will require a full-time commitment to the educational
program. However, because the program is intensive, students can count
on beginning their nursing career after only 18 months of study. Over
the long haul this plan is quite economical and takes less of a toll
on students’ family and other social responsibilities.
CNL program is an exciting and innovative program that allows health
related professionals who are not nurses to efficiently pursue a career
in nursing at a very high level of responsibility and skill level,”
says Dr. Mitchell Maki, Dean for the College of Health and Human Services.
“This program accelerates CSU Dominguez Hills’ commitment
to having a cutting edge nursing program that addresses the preparation
of nursing professionals across the continuum.”
more information about the Master’s CNL role option, please
contact Dr. Carole Shea at email@example.com.
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