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Robert LaPointe, MSN, RN, CNL, CCRN

Robert LaPointe


Assistant Clinical Professor

Graduate Nursing
Advanced Role MSN Department

Bob LaPointe, MSN, RN, CNL, CCRN is an assistant clinical professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University College of Nursing’s inaugural Clinical Nurse Leader MSN cohort. In addition to his faculty position, he works at Corporal J. Crescenz VA Medical Center (CMCVAMC) in Philadelphia, where, after a period as the interim director of Quality Management, he continues practicing as a CNL in Medical Telemetry. He is co-founder at CMCVAMC of Nursing Shared Governance, and is now co-facilitator of the medical center’s Relationship-Based Care implementation. For the Veterans Affairs Office of Electronic Health Records Modernization, LaPointe serves on the Acute Care Delivery Council as co-chair of the med/surg workgroup and has worked on national telemetry and patient safety task forces. He has spoken and presented at a number of regional and national conferences, seminars and forums.

Prior to becoming a nurse, LaPointe was senior director of Quality, Research and Evaluation for the Woodbourne Center in Baltimore. He earned a BA and MS in Psychology from Loyola University in Maryland.


Clinical nurse leader, critical care, quality management

Research Interests:

Implementation and complexity science, academic-practice collaborative

Academic Distinctions:

  • CNL Vanguard Award - American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Commission on Nurse Certification
  • Medical ICU "MVP" Nursing Leadership Recognition - Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Award for General Excellence - Seton Hall College of Nursing, Graduate Division
  • Chapter Award - Sigma Theta Tau International, Gamma Nu Chapter

Professional Society:

LaPointe served as the Clinical Nurse Leader Association’s president-elect from 2011-2013 and as the CNLA president from 2013-2015. In addition to CNLA, he is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.