This is the first of four courses specific to the CL role. The course provides a foundation for implementation of the role. Students focus on the CL role and its contribution to improve patient outcomes, ensure quality care and reduce health care costs. Concepts, theories and issues related to nursing leadership and care environment management are investigated in depth. End of program competencies for the Clinical Nurse Leader role will be discussed. The practicum facilitates role clarification and application of microsystem analysis. This course requires 75 hours of non-preceptered practicum.