Xavier Clinical Nurse Leader Program at Fairfield Medical Center
FMC has partnered with Xavier University School of Nursing to provide continuing education for nursing students. Nurses participating in this new program will earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and be trained in the new, emerging health-care role of Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL®).
The CNL is a fast-emerging nursing role developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in 2004, in collaboration with leaders from the education and practice arenas, to improve the quality of patient care and better prepare nurses to thrive in a complex health-care system.
Xavier was among the first schools in Ohio to offer a CNL program. In addition to being prepared as CNLs, nurses in Xavier’s rural outreach program will gain specialized knowledge in informatics, geriatrics and holistic nursing from coursework included in Xavier’s nursing programs and continuing-education offerings.
This three-year program entails the use of high-definition video conferencing to provide a master’s-level education and ongoing education credits to nurses in rural areas. According to Xavier University, the video conferencing method enables nurses at rural sites to participate in real-time courses with nursing students and faculty who are on Xavier’s campus. By providing rural nurses with access to advanced degrees and continuing education, this project can strengthen the nursing workforce and improve nurse retention and quality of patient care. For more information regarding the coursework at Xavier University, please call Debbie Davis, MSN, MEd, RNC at (513) 745-3148. For more regarding the coursework at FMC, please call Robin Sheets, RN, MSN at (740) 689-6716.