Lauran Hardin, MSN, RN, CNL, who serves as the Director for the Complex Care Program at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, was awarded the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Vanguard Award for CNL-certified nurses by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). This award was presented at the CNL Summit held in Orlando in late January 2015. The CNL Vanguard Awards recognize the innovative work of CNL-certified nurses and CNL nurse educators.
“Introducing a new nursing role into the healthcare delivery system takes vision, courage, and leadership,” said AACN President Eileen T. Breslin, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We are very pleased to honor Lauran Hardin for illustrating how certified CNLs are re-envisioning team-based care.”
The Clinical Nurse Leader is a fast-emerging nursing role developed by AACN in collaboration with leaders from education and practice to improve the quality of patient care and better prepare nurses to thrive in today’s health care system in any setting. These master’s-prepared clinicians put evidence-based practice into action to ensure that patients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery. The CNL evaluates patient outcomes, identifies risk, coordinates care and implements quality improvement strategies. Mercy Health Saint Mary’s was the first organization in Michigan to implement this new nursing role. Through a partnership with the University Detroit Mercy, the Chief Nursing Officer, Liz Murphy, created a strategic vision for implementing the role across Mercy Health Saint Mary’s to improve clinical outcomes, and enhance the implementation of evidence based care at the bedside.
“Receiving the CNL Vanguard Award is an incredible honor,” said Hardin, who earned her CNL certification in 2010. “Working with complex patients is really an interdisciplinary team experience. Through collaboration across systems and disciplines we’ve been able to stabilize some of the most vulnerable patients in our community. There’s a ripple effect from that effort, not just with the individual patient, but with their families and our healthcare system. It’s very rewarding work. ”
The CNL Vanguard Award was introduced in 2012 by AACN and the Commission on Nurse Certification – the autonomous agency charged with overseeing the CNL certification process – to recognize the innovative and outstanding professional performance of a certified CNL on the frontlines of improving health care.
About the Recipient:
Lauran Hardin, MSN, RN, CNL, works as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, a member of Trinity Health, in Grand Rapids, MI. Since graduating from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2010, Hardin’s first CNL position was as a pain and palliative care CNL responsible for coordinating care for patients with complex pain needs. In 2012, she began focusing her work on patients with frequent emergency department or inpatient visits. She has created and sustained a care delivery model for this group of patients, called a Complex Care Map, that has improved clinical outcomes, patient and staff satisfaction, and financial outcomes, including significant decreases in the frequency and number of emergency room visits as well as decreased inpatient length of stay. In addition to this trailblazing work, Hardin mentors new CNLs, has presented her findings in a number of venues and is disseminating her work to other health care systems.