On January 24, 2017, The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced that Elizabeth Murphy, BSN, MSBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, is the recipient of the 2017 CNL Visionary Leader Award.
The highest honor presented by AACN to practice leaders making significant contributions to advancing the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) initiative, this award will be presented to Murphy at the 2017 CNL Summit in Atlanta, GA on February 22, 2017.
“I am passionate about the role of the CNL and the impact this role can make in health care. If this role had been in place early in my career, I would have pursued this degree,” said Murphy. “This role answers the gaps in health care for understanding not just this patient’s story and addressing their needs — which CNLs do — yet also identifying, assessing and improving the systems of care that drive outcomes.”
The first hospital in Michigan to incorporate CNLs into the care delivery system, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s embedded them into unit-level microsystems and in cross-continuum roles with key patient populations.
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s initially prepared a cohort of 17 CNLs through University of Detroit Michigan under the leadership of one of this year’s Vanguard awardees, Dr. Patricia Thomas. Thomas now serves as Associate Dean for Professional Practice at Grand Valley State University and is one of the authors of the key textbook for CNLs across the country, in its third edition.
“Today, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s has 12 CNLs in practice, and we look forward to expanding this role as a key role in achieving the quadruple aim,” said Murphy. “These CNLs serve as clinical preceptors, and virtual mentors for CNL students across multiple programs across the United States and including an international joint program with a school in Japan, whom we have hosted twice and will host again in 2017.” See past story here>>
In addition, the hospital staff has completed Phase I of a research study that showed statistically significant improvement in multiple outcomes with implementation of this new role and team, and the staff is currently gathering the data for the Phase II project.