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Letter from Cindi

Fall is in the air!  School is back in session, the air is crisper, end of the year tasks are looming around the corner. Budgets are due, projects are wrapping up (or getting started!), Holiday planning is on your agenda. Time; it seems to keep slipping away.

The advice out there on managing time can be just as time consuming as the loss of time management itself! In moments like this, I turn to the experts for guidance. Morten Hansen is a professor in management from the University of California Berkeley and is author of the New York Times best seller : Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better and Achieve More (New York, NY; Simon and Schuster; 2018).  If "doing less" while "getting more" done is on your "to-do" list, then add this to your Amazon Smile* cart now! This evidence based approach to seven work-smart practices creates time and space for much needed work-life balance.

Narrowing the pile of work (1. Do Less, Then Obsess) and the use of powerful feedback (2. The Learning Loop) to gain insight on what is working and what is not is a good place to start. Continuous Learning (3. Grow) is paramount to self development and work performance. The fourth principle (4. Passion and Purpose) is about using intuition to guide and data to decide. Inspiring negotiation (5. Forceful Champions) as well as (6. Fight and Unite) promote deliberate debate and support meaningful decision making. Finally, (7. Discipline and Collaboration) selective collaboration practices can build mastery around powerful working relationships.

While many organizations struggle with a work culture that promotes this evidence based approach to more productive work, nursing leaders have the opportunity to instill these practices in their own work so they can empower those around them.

~ Cindi

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NWone Board of Directors Election Update

We are so fortunate to have committed, talented and accomplished nurses running for open board positions! NWone election ballots have been emailed, so check your inbox if you haven't seen it yet, or use this link: (voting closed). Enjoy this peaceful election cycle and we look forward to posting new members of the Board in October.

Annual Conference and Meeting 2019 - Save the Date!

May 19-21, 2019: Dare to Lead : Building Resilient and Courageous Nursing Leaders

Get these dates on your calendar now for next year's Annual Conference. It will be held at the Skamania Lodge and we are already working on an exciting lineup of speakers and activities.

NWone Regional Council News

If you live in the Pierce / Kitsap area or South Central area of Washington, we need your help! These councils are in need of Chair / Co-Chairs. If you have the desire and excitement to facilitate 2-4 meetings a year with your local nursing leaders to connect, share challenges and re-charge then please let us know. Our Regional Councils are an integral part of NWone and our ability to connect with members.

All Regional Council meetings and locations are posted on our website along with other events of interest to our members:, here are the dates to save:

Portland Council : 9/14
Seattle Council : 9/19
NW Washington : 9/21
Southern Oregon : 10/12
Willamette Valley 10/19

Development Commission (Education and Membership): 10/15 at 2 pm
Leadership Commission (Nursing Practice and Healthcare Policy): 9/21 at 10 am

NWone Scholarship

We are excited to offer two $2500 scholarships this year to nursing leaders who are advancing their education in a graduate level program. The online application will be posted on our website and we will be accepting applications through October 31st.

Highlighting our Nursing Leaders

Mady Murrey MN, RN Senior Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer at Seattle Children's, and NWone Development Commission Chair
In her new role as SVP and chief clinical officer, Mady will provide operational accountability for all inpatient clinical services and departments. She will also provide senior leadership for Imaging, Pharmacy, Lab Services, Home Care and Nutrition and Retail Services.  She will maintain ultimate responsibility for standards of nursing practice, and evaluation and implementation of evidence-based care throughout the hospital.

Peg Currie MA, RN Regional Chief Operating Officer, Providence Health Care Spokane, NWone Past President
Congratulations on her appointment to the Washington State Hospital Association Board of Trustees.

Jennifer Packer MSN, RN, CENP, CEN CNO Legacy Health - Tuality, NWone Treasurer Elect
Jennifer was recently promoted to CNO at Tuality Hospital

Jen Graves promoted to Vice President, Quality and Safety and Regional Chief Nursing Executive at Kaiser Permanente Washington

If you have a promotion, activity or graduation to celebrate, let us know so we can celebrate with you!

Other News and Events

Succession planning isn't JUST about mentoring the next nursing leaders, it is also about growing and maintaining excellent and experienced bedside nursing skills. Experienced nurses have an opportunity to share in knowledge transfer between different generations of nurses.

AONE advocacy Day on the Hill
Nursing Leaders from across the US gathered in DC the first week of September for AONE's day on the Hill. More than 150 attended, including our own President Julie Ostrom. The event focused on four main issues: Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs funding as well as the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR) funding; reauthorizing Title VIII programs, reducing the administrative burden in health care; and the Protecting Job Opportunities for Borrowers (JOBs) Act, which would protect professionals such as nurses from losing their licenses if they default on student loans. Bills including Title VIII and NINR funding for fiscal year 2019 passed both the House and Senate and await a conference committee’s work to reconcile them.

Action Now! Steering Committee would like to invite you to a nursing education Solution Summit to be held October 18, 2018 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tukwila starting at 9:00 am and concluding at 4:00 pm. For information on how to register, contact Frank Kohel:

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