Clinical Nursing + Salary, Careers & Jobs Outlook
June 3, 2020 | Staff Writers
The clinical nurse leader is a new role in nursing in recent years that was developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to boost patient care quality and to prepare nurses to thrive in the more complex health care world. The clinical nurse leader role is designed for nurses who want to make positive changes in nursing, but still work at the clinical point of care. This leadership role will help you to make a real difference in the clinical world, and also provide leadership to others to gain important nursing skills.
YouTube Special Feature
Webinar on the Clinical Nurse Leader Role
A clinical nurse leader oversees the entire care picture for a certain set of patients, and also oversees the entire medical team that is working with that set of patients. With doctors, social workers, pharmacists, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists, a clinical nurse leader will incorporate the very latest technologies into treatment plans to provide patients with the highest level of care possible.
Some of the many roles of the clinical nurse leader include:
Where Clinical Nurse Leaders Work
A clinical nurse leader, like clinical nurse specialists, may work in all types of health care organizations, such as hospitals, outpatient care centers, and home health care. A clinical nurse leader works most often in private or public hospitals, but they also can work in the following places:
Specialized doctor’s offices
Psychiatric care facilities
Health care facilities
Job Opportunities & Salary Outlook
The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates that employment for registered nurses will increase by 26% by 2020. BLS and many state agencies expect the demand in nursing to stay high for many years. This is because the American population is getting older, but living longer and healthier lives. They expect to have a higher level of health care than people in the past.
BLS also notes that it expects demand in nursing to be highest in the advanced practice nursing professions, one of which is clinical nurse specialists/leaders.
BLS reports that the median salary for nurses is $64,700. The top 10% earn as much as $95,100 per year. We expect that clinical nurse leaders, with their higher level of training, will earn towards the higher end of the wage scale in most locations.
Salary.com reports that the median salary in the field is $89,300. Also, Indeed.com reports that the average salary for clinical nurse leaders is $89,000:
Requirements to Become
Over 90% of clinical nurse specialists and leaders have a master’s degree in nursing (MSN). You need to first be a registered nurse with several years of work experience before you can be accepted into a MSN program with a concentration in clinical nurse leadership. Some master’s degree programs will require you to do original research, and to possibly document the research in thesis.
Are you ready to earn your online nursing degree?
Whether you’re looking to get your pre-licensure degree or taking the next step in your career, the education you need could be more affordable than you think. Find the right nursing program for you.
If you want to get involved in civic education measures, you can take advantage of a recent surge in initiatives to encourage voting as part of healthcare. This guide breaks down ways nurses can get involved with campaigns to promote voting, voter registration, healthcare advocacy, and other forms of civic engagement.
Wondering, "As a nurse, who should I vote for?" You're not alone. Learn all about healthcare in the 2020 election with this comprehensive healthcare election guide.
This guide offers an overview of the ACA and examines what this historic reform means for nurses. This resource consults experienced nurses, who share how nurses' roles are evolving as the American healthcare system continues to change. We also highlight what this means for you and your nursing career.