Bridging the Gap in Care for Children Through the Clinical Nurse Leader

Erin L. O'Grady, Brigit VanGraafeiland


Pediatr Nurs. 2012;38(3):155-158, 167. 

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In conclusion, it is important for nurses to be lifelong learners in order to improve gaps in care and serve as coordinators in care. Being a bedside nurse with a master's degree enables the CNL to remain informed in research and challenge current practices and policies. Being a lifelong learner not only applies to evidence for practice standards, but also remaining upto- date on technological advancements. As team coordinators, CNLs can assist to seek answers for the team when there are questions about best practice, and remain up to date on changes in policies and active in state laws

It is evident that a care coordinator would be optimal in helping fill the gaps of the current practices in the care of children. With their leadership and research knowledge, CNLs are optimal for filling this position. CNLs demonstrate leadership at the point of care and serve as lateral integrators to improve interdisciplinary relationships. By serving as a "go-to person" for health care professionals, patients, and family members, the CNL has the ability to decrease complications related to gaps in care. Implementation of the CNL role is just one way in which the quality of health care can be improved. The implementation of this role should be used as an adjunct to other methods currently in use.


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