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TWU’s Stark College of Nursing to offer clinical nurse leader master’s degree


HOUSTON — Starting this fall, Texas Woman’s University’s Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing in Houston will become the first nursing college in the region to offer a clinical nurse leader (CNL) master’s degree.

The CNL degree is designed to produce “advanced generalist” nurses who are charged with supervising the care of a group of patients, evaluating their risks and outcomes and coordinating their care with other medical professionals and agencies.

“Frontline management of patient care has become such an important part of today’s quality health care initiatives,” said Jan Foster, Ph.D., APRN, CNS, associate professor of nursing at TWU. “It is vital that we build on a nurse’s knowledge and experience to create clinical nurse leaders who can foster safety and quality, and ensure the best patient care.”

TWU will partner with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital and The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center to offer the degree to nurses who work at the hospitals. The degree program requires 39 credit hours to complete. For more information, visit and click on “Houston Center.”

In 2004, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing created the clinical nurse leader designation to address changing trends in health care, including the push to lower health costs and reduce the number of patients who had to be readmitted to hospitals.

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