Clinical Nurse Leader
MMC has always been
a popular clinical site for nursing students from
many area colleges. In 2004, Dr. Jane Kirschling,
Dean of Nursing Education at the University of Southern
Maine (USM) asked Marge Wiggins, RN, Vice President of
Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer if she would like MMC to
partner with USM to help implement the Clinical Nurse
Leader (CNL) role developed by the American Association
of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). After reading the
white paper on the role and sharing it with staff, Marge
enthusiastically agreed to work with Dr. Kirschling, USM
Marge Wiggins currently serves on
the AACN's Implementation Task Force as Chair of the
Practice Committee and has developed the design
methodology for the Partnership Care Delivery Model that
will support the role of the CNL and advance safe
patient and family centered care. A task force at
MMC worked with USM faculty to refine the curriculum for
the Master's level CNL. MMC currently has seven
nurses enrolled in this master's prepared
USM faculty hold membership on the
Partnership Care Delivery Model Task Force at MMC.
The partnership is historic at the national and local
levels. At no other time in the history of U.S.
Healthcare has there been such a high degree of
collaboration between practice sites and academic
institutions to advance a new role in nursing.
read more about the Clinical Nurse Leader
role, visit the AACN website.
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