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Are there jobs for these positions? I know myself where I live that unless you are an advanced practice nurse or have the MSN/MBA, you aren't going to get very far.
The answer is both YES and NO.
There are very, very few jobs that exactly state they want a CNL, though the AACN does have guidlines on how hopsitals can implement them in their clinical ladder. *Sunny grinning, but contrite 'cause she may be a CNL*
The CNL programs for experienced nurses usually find that their grads get management positions using their past nursing experinece.
CNL grads in direct-entry programs with no prior nurisng experience usually get hired on as new grad RN's just like everyone else. They move up in with time.
The goal is to use them as "resources"- a link between the patient, other nurses and the CNS.