ECRI Expert to Speak at Clinical Nurse Leader Summit

Lake Buena Vista, FL

February 24, 2023 | 8:45 am - 10:00 am and 10:30 am - 11:45 am 


Clinical nurse leaders (CNLs) possess knowledge, skills, education, and abilities that are in high demand in today’s healthcare environment; yet many CNLs are unsure about the next step for their career.

During a panel discussion entitled CNLs Applying their Skillset in Traditional and Non-Traditional Roles, Anna Thomas, MSN, RN, CCRN, CPPS, CNL, Patient Safety Analyst III, discusses the different opportunities and career pathways available to nursing leadership. In this session, Anna and fellow panelists will discuss:

  • Provide an overview of the expanded CNL role.
  • Describe the role of the CNL in Patient Safety.
  • Describe how a CNL uses systems-based approach to improving patient care.

Agenda & Speakers


Anna L. Thomas MSN, RN, CCRN, CPPS, CNL

Patient Safety Analyst III, ECRI
Anna started her career as a critical care nurse in a neuroscience intensive care unit. She earned a master's of science in nursing (MSN) and became a certified clinical nurse leader (CNL). She served as a CNL for a 12 bed ICU where she was responsible for nursing sensitive quality indicators, risk mitigation, cost reduction, event reporting and analysis, and utilizing data to drive quality improvement projects. She chaired the Evidence Based Practice and Nursing Research committee. In her current role, she utilizes her clinical background to review ECRI publications to ensure the most accurate and current information, has redesigned the research response process, and was on the inaugural Safety Sprint team focusing on mitigating the staffing shortage. As co-chair of the Causal Analysis team, she is responsible for data collection and analysis for multiple forms of causal analysis.


Amber Parker, MSN, RN, CNL, MEDSURG-BC

North Fulton Hospital, Wellstar Health System, GA

Valicia V. Philibert, PhD, RN

Resident Assessment Coordinator and Quality Assurance Specialist of the Quality Management Department
James J. Peters Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, New York


Hilton Orlando
1900 Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for academic nursing. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.


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