Teresa Vanderford knows a lot about hard work. In addition to her full-time role as Platte Valley’s Stroke and Chest Pain Coordinator, Teresa recently completed her Master’s of Nursing with a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) emphasis in less than a year and a half!
Teresa joins a select group of nurses around the country as there are only 4,460 professional nurses who have earned the CNL credential throughout the US. Teresa received her degree from the University of South Alabama.
A certified CNL is a master’s educated nurse, prepared for practice across the continuum of care within any healthcare setting. CNLs oversee care coordination, provide direct patient care in complex situations, put evidence-based practice into action, ensure patients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery, evaluate patient outcomes and assesses cohort risk, and have the decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary.
“I decided to pursue my CNL credential because I loved the fact that it encompasses both clinical and evidence-based practices,” explained Teresa.
Congratulations Teresa! Thank you for bringing your best to PVMC.