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Clinical Nurse Leader


Clinical Nurse Leader

  • R0043434
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Registered Nurse
  • UVA Medical Center
Nurses at UVA Health conduct evidence-based practice within a structure that allows point-of-care clinicians to drive questions and solutions, with support from the larger structure of science, quality improvement and evidence-based practice. As a member of the Unit-Based Leadership (UBL) team, the clinical nurse leader (CNL) is responsible for supporting nursing professional practice through professional development, evidence-based practice, and unit-based quality improvement for one or more microsystem. The CNL trains, coaches and supports nurses and members of the interdisciplinary team to elevate professional practice in a manner consistent with organizational (UVA Health) standards, workflows, processes and strategic outcomes. Practice is aligned with AACN CNL competencies, with the following focus areas:
• Professional Development: The CNL continually develops, implements, and evaluates clinical processes and programs that engage nurses in lifelong learning to maintain competencies and learn new skills.
• Evidence-Based Practice (EBP): The CNL provides ongoing assessment, evaluation and prioritization of unit-based triggers that would benefit from an evidence-based approach to problem solving and practice change. They use the UVA Health EBP process to identify, evaluate and implement evidence-based solutions in collaboration with the UBL, unit nurses, and other stakeholders.
• Unit-based Quality improvement (QI): The CNL works collaboratively with the UBL to proactively and reactively address quality and safety concerns on the unit.

Professional Development for Microsystem-Based Nursing and Nursing Support Staff:
  • Welcomes newly hired staff prior to their start date
  • Develops individual-level orientation plan for new hires, developing designated checkpoints and outcomes desired at each checkpoint.
  • Oversees transition of staff from general orientation to unit-based orientation
  • Continually monitors new hires to evaluate progress toward competency goals, sharing this information with UBLs, collaborating with UBL on progress
  • Evaluates competency on new hires and clinical staff members
  • Acts as a competency validator; collaborates with staff and other CNLs to evaluate nursing competency across UVA Health
  • Coaches and mentors nurses in ongoing clinical learning, continuing education, and national certifications.
  • Contributes to development of competencies with Central Nursing Professional Development
  • Teaches in general orientation in area of practice expertise, as appropriate to UVA Health needs

EBP at Microsystem and Organizational Levels:
  • Maintains knowledge of high priority microsystem strategic outcomes, desired benchmarks, practice patterns, and the interdisciplinary team
  • Coaches and mentors microsystem and organizational shared governance team members in all phases of the EBP process
  • Directs Clin 1s to NRP projects that reflect unit strategic goals
  • Mentors Clin 1s in EBP projects
  • Leads or coaches others in leading a regular nursing research journal club
  • Ensures that clinical improvements are correctly categorized (typically as EBP, QI, or Research), and that processes for each are followed in accordance with standards and policies of UVA Health

  • Knowledgeable of quality improvement methods
  • Provides direction to UBL regarding delineation of quality improvement, performance improvement, evidence-based practice and research.
  • Assists UBL with identification of root causes and implementation of evidence-based and education-related solutions
  • Assists performance improvement efforts in collaboration with performance improvement coaches and UBL when evidence-based practices and resources are appropriate

  • In collaboration with UBL, responsible for delivery of high quality, safe patient care
  • Regular participant in UVA Nursing Professional Governance at the microsystem and organizational level
  • Seeks regular feedback from nurses, UBL and other clinical collaborators
  • Other Duties as assigned
Position Compensation Range: $86,049.60 - $137,675.20 Annual


Education: Master’s or doctoral degree in Nursing or BSN with demonstrated competency in leading successful EBP projects, obtaining Master’s degree within 3 years of hire; should be enrolled in Master’s program at time of hire.

Experience: 2 years of experience as a registered nurse working in a relevant practice area.

Licensure: VA nursing license, CNL certification or other relevant nursing certification.


Job requires standing for prolonged periods, frequently traveling/bending/stooping. Proficient communicative, auditory and visual skills; Attention to detail and ability to write legibly; Ability to lift/push/pull 20 - 50lbs. May be exposed to chemicals, blood/body fluids and infectious disease.


COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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