A Clinical Nurse Leader is a registered nurse who has specialized in a medical area of interest, focusing on a specific population of patients; and has assumed a leadership role. Other nurses look to a clinical nurse leader for advisement and counsel regarding complicated patient cases. Clinical Nurse Leaders work on many units in a hospital, clinic or long-term care facility. Their knowledge and experience is priceless as it helps to improve healthcare for patients, their families and communities. Clinical Nurse Leaders focus on patient quality of care and safety.