Greetings and Happy New Year!
I am honored to be your new Executive Director.
My journey with NWone started ten years ago when, as a new nurse manager, my CNO gave me the gift of membership. What a gift it has been! NWone has afforded mentors, professional networking, refreshing inspiration plus deep personal connections with nursing leaders doing amazing work across Washington and Oregon.
I’ve walked in nursing shoes since I was sixteen as a CNA. When I became an RN twenty years ago, Emergency Nursing was my specialty. I’ve developed significant leadership experience along the way including managing large transformational projects in hospitals and out-patient clinics. While in Washington from 2001 to 2009 this included managing the EHR implementation and work-flow using LEAN in the ED and a new-construction project, staffing and systems development of the newly designed Clinical Decision Unit for Kadlec in Richland. Moving to Bend, Oregon in 2009, I managed the construction projects and work-flow re-design for urgent cares within a large multi-specialty outpatient clinic. Shortly after I decided to head back to graduate school to write another chapter in my nursing career.
Subsequently in 2014, I completed the DNP+FNP program from OHSU. My clinical focus was rural health and population health: specifically, improving the health outcomes of women veterans in community health clinics (non-VA). I honed my FNP skills alongside fantastic mentors at the VA and the Complex Care practice with Mosaic Medical (FQHC clinic). From 2015 to 2017, I managed the ED at St. Charles in Bend, where we instituted a major over-haul of process improvements via the Theda Care model.
Like many of us at NWone, I have a passion for being involved in community activities and policy work that drives better health outcomes. I have lobbied in Washington DC for the Emergency Nurse Association multiple times. I’ve also lobbied in Salem, Oregon for health policy and women veteran’s health legislation which supported the passing of HB 2539 in 2015. I’ve served on multiple regional and community health program boards, of note, the Oregon State University- Cascades health advisory committee.
My husband of 24 years and I have just recently re-located to the Spokane area. I currently practice as a FNP with Providence Urgent Care. I have been on the board at NWone since January 2017 as your Health Policy Chair.
Looking back, 2017 has been outstanding! We have achieved great advancements with creating a more sustainable organization, there are now two commissions that focus on Leadership and Development, active and growing Regional Councils and a very successful conference in May. I would like to personally thank Jane Hutcheson for her strong and thoughtful leadership over the past year and Peg Currie, Pam Steinke and Julie Ostrom for their unfailing dedication to alignment of the strategic goals and vision for NWone. And the entire board, for their overt contributions in making all of this happen.
Looking forward, 2018 will build on our progress. In alignment with the strategic plan of NWone, connecting our members and advancing nursing leadership will continue to be our focus.
To derive immediate value in your membership I advise two actions:
First, we are most powerful when joined together. Mark your calendars for the NWone Leadership Conference!
- Details for registration are forthcoming. All levels of nursing leaders are welcome, from the bedside to the boardroom. Last year this event SOLD OUT and we anticipate a very popular event this May! This year’s conference will include nationally recognized speakers as well as local nursing leaders sharing their expertise, experience and knowledge.
Date : May 15-17th
Place : Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA : Check it out! https://www.destinationhotels.com/skamania/resort
Theme : Safety Culture
Second, healthcare changes make it vital to connect and build meaningful relationships to thrive as a leader.
- From my own experience, the crucial component for personal advancement is to connect with your Regional Council. The strongest and most valuable relationships are not found just within your own organizations but across the communities and regions in which we all practice. You can find information about upcoming meetings and events in your areas on the NWone website: https://nwonl.wpengine.com/events.
There is great opportunity on the horizon. Meeting healthcare’s growing challenges requires new thinking and approaches built on a strong foundation of experience. This makes it even more essential to meaningfully associate. I encourage you to reach out to the active and aspiring leaders in your circle of influence. Invite them to join us on our journey to advance nursing leadership’s impact across healthcare.
May you all have a peaceful and safe start to the New Year.
Cheers to 2018!
Cindi M. Warburton, DNP|FNP