Hard work/emotionally draining Three of the CNLs referred to how difficult the role can be as and at times, with two
saying “but I do think it sucks up your time, I spend a lot of extra time at work that’s not
paid for and “at times it’s very emotional and it’s a lot of work ”.
Five of the CNLs when responding to recounting their experience as a CNL, spoke of how enjoyable the role is with four of them acknowledging at the same time that it was challenging. One said “yeah its challenging and I think if you have a passion for being a nurse it is a really good position” with another stating “I love it … I love the role on the whole just because of the challenges”. This enjoyment from being challenged came as a surprise for one CNL: “I like the challenge of leading a team now cause I didn’t think I really wanted to do this job but I’m surprised how much I love it”.
T w o o t h e r C N L s s a y i n g “ I e n j o y m y r o l e … I e n j o y w h e r e I a m ” a n d “ I e n j o y t h e r o l e a n I enjoy the challenges that go along with it”. d
Moving away from clinical
The balance of responding to both the leadership and management aspects of the role of CNL was evident again when three CNLs talked of the role of clinical currency. One CNL rated as important maintaining clinical currency in order to be able to assess and support your nurses:
I think my personal feeling is that you have to keep in touch with that [clinical] to know where your staff are at too sometimes and you have to walk the talk sort of every now and then and I couldn’t just sit in my office and not do anything.
One CNL, contemplating what this may mean to her future career choices, said “I suppose I’m getting to a bit of crossroads in my career at the moment. I want to maintain the patient contact in a way”. Another, lamenting the loss of clinical time, said: “I’d love to have more time to show nurses the craft of nursing cause I love that hands on nursing and I don’t have time to do that”.