CNML Certification Preparation

Assessing your Readiness for the CNML exam

The exam is based on the four practice areas of financial management; human resource management; performance improvement; and strategic management and technology, derived from Nurse Manager Learning Domain Framework. The following are suggested steps and resources to assist you in your preparation.

Recommended Resources & Tools

CNML Candidate Handbook

Determine your eligibility with the CNML candidate handbook. The CNML Candidate Handbook outlines not only the necessary steps for registering and taking the exam, but the distribution and types of questions within the proficiencies in the four practice areas.

CNML Practice Exam

Designed to give you an edge in preparation for the exam, the CNML practice exam will give you a greater understanding of the CNML Exam. AONL members receive a discounted member rate.

CNML Essentials Review Course

The review course will cover case studies, simulation learning and a discounted practice test. Participants of the review course can earn a maximum of 7.0 contact hours when they successfully complete the course.

Nurse Manager Competencies

As you determine your readiness to take the Certified Nurse Manager and Leader exam, begin by utilizing the AONL Nurse Leader Competency Assessment. The competencies provide you with a summary of the skills needed to perform the nurse managers job. The assessment gives an indication of your readiness to take the exam based on your experience.

Additional Resources

Resources to help enhance your understanding of the Nurse Manager Learning Domain.

Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation (ENMO) e-Learning

A self paced review is available through the online Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation (ENMO) e-Learning. This eight-module course, based on the Nurse Manager Learning Domain Framework  provides frontline managers, charge nurses, aspiring managers and staff leaders with the skills needed to become successful nurse leaders. In addition to being an excellent orientation course, AONL, suggests that you also consider the Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation (ENMO) as a formal course of study for your exam preparation. 

Suggested Reading Resources

The Nurse Manager and Leader Examination Resources/Reading List can then help you identify pertinent literature and resources in those areas where you feel you need additional aid in your studies.

Accreditation Statement

The American Organization for Nursing Leadership is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

For more information contact AONL.