Dr. Ola Fox Earns Clinical Nurse Leader Recertification

Tue, 04/30/2013 - 9:45am

MOBILE, Ala. – Spring Hill College is pleased to announce that Dr. Ola Fox, associate professor and graduate nursing program director, has recertified as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) through The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC).

The Clinical Nurse Leader is an emerging nursing role that was developed and implemented in 2005 by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in collaboration with leaders from the education and practice arenas to help serve growing health care needs. The CNC promotes high-quality patient care through the certification of qualified graduates of advanced generalist master’s programs by formally recognizing those individuals who meet the eligibility requirements of the CNL Certification Program and pass a certification examination.

The CNL mark of excellence promotes safe, quality practice through its ongoing requirements for professional and personal growth. Initial certification is granted for a period of five years. Certificants are required to renew their designation to ensure continuous learning relevant to the role of CNL.

The CNC is an autonomous arm of the AACN and manages the CNL Certification Program. The AACN is the national voice for America’s baccalaureate and higher-degree nursing education programs. AACN’s educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications and other programs work to establish quality standards for nursing education and assist colleges and universities in implementing those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of higher education, research, and practice in nursing. Both organizations are located in Washington, D.C.

Spring Hill College’s Division of Nursing began offering its CNL programs the spring semester of 2006 and has since graduated more than 85 students from 20-plus states.

Dr. Fox is a long- time resident of Mobile. She began her career as a nurse manager at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center. She is a graduate of Mobile Infirmary School of Nursing and holds her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, post-masters Gerontological Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist certificate from the University of South Alabama. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Science from Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans. Dr. Fox has been in academia since 1989. She teaches graduate courses in the MSN-CNL program and serves as director of the MSN program at Spring Hill College.

For more information on the CNC and CNL certification, visit www.aacn.nche.edu/CNL. For more information about the MSN CNL program at Spring Hill College, visit www.shc.edu/msn or call (251) 380-3094.