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August 11th - Virtual Live Event - Featuring Anna Franklin

We are highlighting three themes during August event oriented on Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity

Awareness of DEI including our own implicit biases.

Conversations to strengthen relationships when micro aggressions or biases occur.

Hiring strategies that are supportive of a diverse and healthy organizations.

Presenter and Facilitator: Anna Franklin, MBA, Director of Clinical Effectiveness at Providence.

Upcoming Events

August 04, 2021

Southern Oregon Council

NWONL Southern Oregon Council  Every 3 months on the First Wednesday from 3 - 5 pm PST.
Time, Agenda, Presenter(s) provided to email list subscribers.
Open to Members and non-members...

August 11, 2021

August Virtual Live!

August Virtual Live Event - Featuring Anna Franklin We are highlighting three themes during August event oriented on Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Awareness of DEI including our own implicit...

August 11, 2021

Development Commission

NWONL Development Commission Date/Time: Monthly on second Wednesday⋅11:00am – 12:00pm

Members Only: Request Zoom Link Invite Here

August 18, 2021

NWONL CNO & Dean Rounding

Please join us Wednesday morning, August 18th from 7am - 8am. Nurse Leaders from OR and WA gather for Rounding on current issues. 

Kindly email admin@nwonl.org to be added...

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The Road Ahead 

July has me thinking about the what is ahead. So much effort has been, rightfully, centered around the salient responses to the pandemic, staffing and retention, burnout and resilience, vaccines, overcoming resistance to vaccination and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)...  all demand our focus, but DEI, stands out. The others will ebb and recede or pass altogether, however DEI is fundamentally different. It stands on the foundations of the culture in which we work, live and ultimately thrive. It is beyond structure, and policy. It includes symbology, strategy, power-base, values, beliefs and overt and unintended behaviors by individuals, teams and organizations as a whole. Culture "work" is personal, ethical, moral, systemic, intimate and often ambiguous. It is not easy to quantify or measure and organizations often lack in relevant resources.  It can be seen from different opinions and perspectives that cloud decision making on where to start, how to move forward and who to involve.

Regardless of your level of advancement on this DEI journey, as Leaders we must always prepare personally and then look for ways to support our teams and staff to do the same.  That said, I‘m not sure DEI qualifies as a response as much as an epoch of change. There is profoundly impactful work in this space being supported and led, in a true servant leader fashion, by our Members. I look forward to continually learning from all of you as we advance together.

You are the faces of Courage, Grace and Grit.


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