Hi missrblake. I responded to the CNL post in GNF, but will post again.
I am currently in a CNL program. I just finished my first year of two this past month. This next year we have our immersion/preceptorship in the institution where we will be next fall for our QI project. Up until this point, we have done the basic nursing courses (fundamentals, patho, pharm, OB, pedi, psych, med/surg, community health) as well have had a course on nursing theory, nursing change and health services and a research course. So as of yet, I cannot comment much on the CNL role as this final year, this is where we learn the bulk of that role, what it entails and matriculate into that role. An example of what this next years course work includes, including our clinical immersion/preceptorship, are courses in Health Care Systems & Leadership, Clinical Epidemiology and Decision Analysis, Promoting Quality Management, and our QI practicum. I can comment further as we progress through the upcoming year.
Words of advice? Just buckle down and be ready to work and study hard. But also have fun and make friends. I have become extremely close to those in my cohort and I dont think I could have made it this far without them. Get to know your peers and be there for each other. Become study buddies, and use each other wisely.
Be ready to relinquish come control. I don't know about you, but I am extremely anal on how I do things and like to organize my time. This program has taught me to throw that all out the window and become more flexible. For me, this has been one of the hardest aspects of my program.
Trust yourself. Know that you can do this and make it through this. Its going to be tough, not even going to lie. But you can and will make it though.
If I think of anything else, I will add later.
Best of luck to you!