Northwest Organization of Nurse Leaders News
NWONL December News
As we come to the close of 2019 this organization has so much to celebrate!
Looking back on 2019 has seen the maturation of this organization and will position us for the next decade. Here are some of the highlights:
- We modernized the bylaws and jumped through all of the legal hoops to be correctly registered in both Oregon and Washington – not a very stunning achievement, but nonetheless critical to our existence.
- This year at the annual conference, we took the time to grow our exposure beyond the traditional hospital setting and invited deans from the various colleges and universities to join our leadership in a special CNO/Dean breakfast. We recognize that leadership is not just in acute care, but our university settings require a special type of leadership as we address the nursing shortage and prepare the next generation for the changing healthcare landscape.
- Through Cindi’s leadership, Katie Beam’s foundational work, and the support of the board we recognized the challenge of being a charge nurse and launched a charge nurse course. It was such a success, the next one is planned for Moses Lake in January and will be a pillar of our offerings for our members.
- In that same spirit, we held a symposium for the first time on the East side of Washington (it helps when the president and the executive director both live in Spokane) about best practices in mentoring, sponsoring and supporting our next generation of leaders. We plan on this being an annual event hosted in Eastern Washington or Oregon.
- Finally, we joined the national organization to rename and rebrand ourselves into the Northwest Organization of Nurse Leaders – Complete with an amazing new logo – Now THIS is a stunning achievement. It shows our organization is a living organism, keeping up with the times and truly representing the many faces of nurse leadership.
Your board listened to you – we heard your concerns about modernizing, creating more member offerings, and that our prices were too high – so we have dropped the membership fees as well. And now we need your help to make the upcoming decade the one where we grow in membership, involvement and become the voice for nursing leadership in the Northwest. Make a goal to renew your membership and find one (or two) colleagues to join with you - - this is the new NWONL
- and we want you and your teammates to grow with us.
Thank you for an amazing year as your president. I am honored to have spent this momentous year leading this organization.
Susan Stacey, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE
Chief Nursing Officer
Sacred Heart Medical Center