AONE offers a variety of resources to help you prepare 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.

Assessing your Readiness

Tools to help you recognize your areas of strength and identify those areas where you might benefit from some additional study or experience.

Nurse Manager Inventory Tool
As you determine your readiness to take the Certified Nurse Manager and Leader Exam, begin by utilizing the AONE Nurse Manager Inventory Tool. This self-assessment based on the Nurse Manager Learning Domain provides you with an overview of your mastery of the skills needed to perform the nurse managers job and gives an indication of your readiness to take the exam based on your experience.  This diagnostic tool is an important first step as you prepare for the CNML Exam.

The CNML Candidate Handbook
The next step is to assess your readiness based on the content covered in the exam. The CNML Candidate Handbook and Application 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: financial management; human resource management; performance improvement; and strategic management and technology.

CNML Self Assessment Exam (SAE)
AONE offers Self Assessment Exams (SAEs) to assist those preparing for the Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML). Developed by a group of experts in the field, the exam was created using a rigorous process similar to the development of AONE certifications. The SAEs are web-based practice tests that parallel the format, cognitive levels and difficulty of the AONE certification exams and are 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.

Click here for CNML SAEs - AONE member price: $115
Click here for CNML SAEs - AONE non-member price: $200

Core Knowledge

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

CNML Essentials Review Course

The CNML exam is built on the four practice areas of financial management; human resource management; performance improvement; and strategic management and technology. Having a solid understanding of them is essential for certification.  The CNML Essentials Review Course is a one day course that assists participants in preparing for the CNML exam through a review of the four practice areas and practical application of the skills through group discussion. It also includes a review of test taking skills.

Click here for the CNML Essentials Review Course calendar.
If your facility is interested in hosting a course, please review the information and contact Kelsey Irish at kirish@aha.org.

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, AONE, in partnership with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), suggests that you also consider the Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation (ENMO) as a formal course of study for your exam preparation. 

"Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation” represents the first Web-based leadership course created specifically for nurse managers.  Each online module, developed by experts in nursing management, covers key skills necessary for successful leadership and is a robust preparation tool for the CNML Exam.  In response to growing user demand, AACN and AONE now offer to individual learners “Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation,” this popular Web-based course previously available only to hospitals.

Suggested References
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 of Nurse Executives is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
For more information contact: cnmlreview@aacn.org or kirish@aha.org.