2018 Clinical Nurse Leader Association Fall Conference and CNL Certification Exam Review Course


Hosted by: Clinical Nurse Leader Association Carolinas Chapter

Sponsored By:
International Clinical Nurse Leader Association
Clinical Nurse Leader Association Carolinas Chapter
Queens University of Charlotte
Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas Healthcare System)

General Information:

Dates: Saturday, September 15th – Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

The 2018 CNLA Fall Conference and CNL Certification Exam Review Course will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, the “Queen City,” on the beautiful campus of Queen’s University of Charlotte, at the Sports Complex & Conference Center. The Review Course will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16 and the Fall Conference will follow on Monday and Tuesday, September 17-18. If you have any questions or special needs, please reach out to Valerie Short at CNLA Carolinas Chapter.

Keynote Speaker

The Keynote Speaker will be Linda Roussel, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, CNL, recipient of the inaugural American Association of Colleges of Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader Educator Vanguard Award.

Dr. Roussel’s practice initiatives focus on clinical nurse leadership, academic-clinical partnership and frontline engagement.

Dr. Roussel has received Health Resources and Services Administration funding(HRSA) to establish a Neighborhood Healthcare Nurse-Managed Clinic for vulnerable populations.

A previous nurse executive with more than 30 years of experience in health care, Dr. Roussel has served in leadership roles in acute, post-acute, long-term care, and transitional care management.

Dr. Roussel has authored and co-authored nursing textbooks including Management and Leadership for Nurse Administrators, Initiating and Sustaining The Nurse Leader Role, Project Planning and Management, A Guide for CNLs, DNPs, and Nurse Administrators, and Evidence-Based Practice, An Integrative Approach to Research, Administration, and Practice. She serves as a professor and faculty mentor for nursing students.

Call for Abstracts

The CNLA Carolinas Chapter welcomes your abstracts for the 2018 CNLA Fall Conference at this time! The deadline for submitting abstracts is June 1st, 2018. Abstracts submitted after June 1st will not be considered. Registration and attendance is required for all presenters; no substitutions will be permitted. The abstract submission form can be found here.

Conference Rates

The fees are as follows if registering before July 15th, 2018:

$200 for the CNL Certification Exam Review Course

$150 for Student CNLA Members for the 2018 CNLA Fall Conference

$200 for Full/Certified CNLA Members for the 2018 CNLA Fall Conference

$225 for Non-CNLA Members for the 2018 CNLA Fall Conference

**Save $25 if registering for both events**
**Walk-up registration will be available at a premium price**

Evidence-based Practice Students Capstone Awards

We are excited to announce that we are currently accepting applications for the Evidence-Based Practice Student Capstone Awards!

Get more information here.


Vendors are WELCOME!

Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNLs) are masters-prepared advanced generalists with a wide range of duties and expertise. The mission of CNLA is to provide a forum for CNLs and students working toward the certification in all practice settings to collaborate, collect data, publish results, network, promote high standards of practice, maintain a professional presence and stay abreast of issues affecting their practice. The vision of CNLA is to improve patient outcomes through a focus on safety and quality outcomes and the implementation of evidence based practice at the point of care. Support the mission and vision of CNLA through sponsorship of the 2018 CNLA Fall Conference and Certification Exam Review Course! This event will be attended by CNLs and CNL-students from across America with a large number from the states. Please email a completed copy of the Vendor Information form to Valerie Short at CNLA Carolinas Chapter.

Download Vendor Info


Booking Link: group.hiltongardeninn.com/AtriumHealth2018

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte/SouthPark

Group Name: Atrium Health

Arrival Date: 15-Sep-2018

Departure Date: 18-Sep-2018

Please share this link with anyone who needs to book Atrium Health rates.

Program Schedule

The CNLA Fall Conference program is currently being constructed. When the program is completed, it will be posted here and an announcement will be emailed out to those already registered for the conference.


Registration is open now. Register for the conference, the review course, or both by clicking on the appropriate link below.

Register for 2018 Fall Conference Only

Register for CNL Certification Exam Review Course ONLY

Register for BOTH Conference and CNL Certification Exam Review Course

*** Cancellations: There will be a refund of the full registration fee if canceling anytime up to 30 days before the event. There can be no refunds of the registration fee from that point forward.