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Oct. 29, 2015 - USA Medical Center’s Teaching Environment appeals to new Clinical Nurse Leader


Gwen Wash, RN, MSN, was recently promoted to the position of clinical nurse leader on the sixth floor at the University of South Alabama Medical Center. A relatively new face at the hospital, Wash joined the staff in December 2014 as nursing project coordinator in quality management.

As a certified Clinical Nurse Leader, the new position gives Wash the opportunity to practice her specialty, as USA Medical Center is the only area hospital that uses CNLs within their role. Some of Wash’s duties include helping coordinate patient care and care between medical disciplines with the goal of decreasing readmission of patients.    

Wash has worked at several hospitals in Birmingham and locally for more than a decade. But the teaching environment of USA Medical Center is particularly appealing to her.     

“The fact that USA Medical Center is a teaching hospital means you are exposed to cutting-edge technologies and thought processes,” she says. “I also like working with underserved patient populations. This is a great place to practice.”      

Wash received a master’s degree in science in nursing, clinical nurse leader, from Spring Hill College and an associate degree and a diploma in practical nursing from Bishop State Community College. She is a member of the Clinical Nurse Leaders Association, Sigma Theta Tau International and the Alabama State Nurses Association.  

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