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  1. Smith, Deborah S. MS, RN, MBA, CNAA, BC, FAEN
  2. Dabbs, Mark T. MSN, RN, CNAA, BC


More than 90 members of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and 190 practice sites have partnered to develop the clinical nurse leader role. The partnership has created synergy between education and practice and nurtured innovation and diffusion of learning on a national basis. In this ongoing department, the editor, Jolene Tornabeni, MA, RN, FAAN, FACHE, showcases a variety of nurse leaders who discuss their new patient care delivery models in preparation for the clinical nurse leader role and clinical nurse leaders who highlight partnerships with their clinical colleagues to improve patient care. This article focuses on one organization's efforts to redesign the patient care delivery model in preparation for the clinical nurse leader.