Clinical Leadership Development Program

"All nurses are leaders at some level."

Jill Arzouman, AMSN President 2014-2016
Read Jill's article, "Leadership."

Is your nursing practice the best it can be?

As a med-surg nurse, you are part of the largest nursing specialty in hospitals. You provide quality care to patients, ensure their safety, coordinate and transition their care among providers and settings, and teach them to take care of themselves. The list goes on.

Given the significant impact you have on patient care and quality outcomes, are you best prepared to take on the challenges of your practice today and in the future? Are you practicing to your full potential? Are you leading change within the interprofessional team?

This program is for you, the clinical nurse at the bedside. We’re not talking about a charge nurse or nurse manager. We're talking about a clinical nurse who performs as a leader in the clinical environment. To help you assess your core knowledge of clinical leadership, read this CE article, Clinical Leadership: A Call to Action. It will help you determine if you need to learn more about:

  • Clinical leadership
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Leadership competencies

AMSN has developed the Clinical Leadership Development Program (CLDP) to empower nurses like you to become leaders in their practice environments and help deliver evidence-based quality care. We've partnered with HealthStream to develop a 10-module program to help you become a force of change and inspiration. See the CDLP Program.

Courseware & Content

  • The Power of the Nurse Leader at the Bedside - Increase your influence on patient outcomes through clinical nurse leadership.
  • Healthy Practice Environments Matter - Increase your contributions toward maintaining a healthy practice environment.
  • Motivation at Work - Motivate others to improve patient care.
  • Nurse Leadership within Hospital Systems - Learn to lead in a hospital’s organizational structure.
  • Cost Drivers for Nursing Services - Influence safe staffing patterns and work redesign projects.
  • Foundations of Quality Care - Quality concepts for Clinical Nurses at the Bedside.
  • Core Measures and HCAHPS - Nurses Toolkit for Quality Improvement Success.
  • National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs)  - A Cultural Change
  • Reducing Variations in Practice - Use evidence-based practice, performance improvement, and research to improve patient outcomes.
  • Critical Appraisal of Clinical Evidence - Evaluate evidence to provide the best care.

Learn more and order the CDLP Program

Preview & Purchase


  • Preview the modules before you purchase or use the preview feature to show your unit manager or nurse educator.   
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  • Preview is available for each module.

How to purchase the program

  • Before you purchase as an individual, check with your unit manager or nurse educator to see if your facility has already purchased HealthStream programs.
  • If they have not, feel free to share this informational flyer with them.
  • You may also purchase as an individual directly from
  • The bundle of 10 modules is $165. Individual modules are $30 each.

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  • 1+ CNE Contact Hour per module
  • 14+ CNE Contact Hours total

This continuing nursing education activity is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.



Cecelia M. Grindel, PhD, RN, CMSRN, FAAN


  • Core Measures and HCAHPS: Robyn S. Hilliard:  MSN, RN, CMSRN
  • Cost Drivers for Nursing Services: Alice Poyss, PhD, RN, APRN-BC
  • Critical Appraisal of Clinical Evidence: Lynne M. Connelly, PhD, RN
  • Foundations of Quality Care: Heather Craven, PhD, RN, CMSRN
  • Healthy Practice Environments Matter: Michelle B. Alexander, DNP, ACNS-BC, RN
  • Motivation at Work: Jocelyn Corrao, MSN, MBA, RN-BC
  • National Patient Safety Goals: Sheila Kennedy-Stewart, MSN, RN, CMSRN
  • Nurse Leadership within Hospital Systems: Karen Maxwell, MSN, RN-BC
  • Reducing Variations in Practice: Laura Lee Tobin, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, PCCN
  • The Power of the Nurse Leader at the Bedside: Cecelia M. Grindel, PhD, RN, CMSRN, FAAN


  • AMSN Clinical Leadership Development Program Task Force Chairperson: Terry Lynn Jones, PhD, RN
  • Task Force Members:
    • Heather Craven, MS, RN, CMSRN
    • Mary Sue Daily, APN-CNS
    • Pamela Dutton-Fischer, BSN, RN, CMSRN
    • Cecelia M. Grindel, PhD, RN, CMSRN, FAAN
    • Erin Fruth, BSN, RN, CMSRN
    • Cynthia Sauerwein, MSN, RN, LCCE
  • AMSN Task Force Board Liaison: Linda H. Yoder, PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN
  • AMSN Implementation Task Force Board Liaison: Robin Hertel, MSN, RN, CMSRN
  • AMSN Education Director: Rosemarie Marmion, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC