So, I have been an RN for two years now and am working on finishing up my MSN degree in the next couple of months. Technically, my program culminates in our ability to sit for the CNL exam (Clinical Nurse Leader). I am working on practicum hours as a CNL student at the moment and have been finding that while I can see how the role can be beneficial, I just don't think it's right for me. I have absolutely zero interest in working as a CNL. In fact, I love my job so much as a staff nurse that I honestly don't see myself leaving it in the next 5 or so years. Since I have been in school since high school, I want to take the next few years of my life to focus on continuing in my career and starting a family. I am not looking for any drastic job changes in the near future. I mostly got roped into the MSN program because I enrolled in an alternate entry MSN program, and thought, well might as well go along and finish it. Also I wanted to be done with school completely prior to having a family. I do hope to go into nursing education some day, with my MSN, but that is several several years down the line as I believe nurses should have many years of experience before advancing to another role. But nothing wrong with having that formal education out of the way.
So my question is...do I pay the $350 for the damn CNL test (w/ a $300 renewal fee every 5 years) or do I just forget about it and enjoy my MSN. Note that there are currently absolutely no places that require having a "CNL" certification in my local area, that I am never planning on leaving the area, nor am I planning on ever commuting to somewhere else for a CNL job.
It seems as though everyone else in my program has decided to take the exam even if they don't think they will get a CNL job, because they figure they've come this far and might as well take it. I see it more as an unnecessary expense plus I don't even want anyone at my place of employment to know I'm a "CNL" because no one where I live even knows what that means.
Please advise. Thanks.