Northwest Organization of Nurse Leaders News

August 2020 Newsletter

Executive Director Update

Colleges of Nursing and Universities are gearing up for Fall classes and Academic and Clinical partnership, collaboration and coordination are on everyone's minds. Over the last 2 weeks, NWONL has held two CNO / Dean Rounding calls with distinguished principals from both academic and practice nurse leaders. These discussions yielded some concise takeaways, themes, and opportunities. Get caught up here: August NWONL CNO / Dean Rounding Report

We know these are challenging times and it was refreshing to hear from Nurse Leaders across both states on how they are tackling the issues. From this, we will be scheduling more time to connect on work through solutions, be on the lookout for invitations to the focused discussion groups.

The NWONL Virtual Summit registration is OPEN!

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We are excited to have Moe Carrick facilitate live-virtual sessions on how to "SHOW UP" as Nurse Leaders today and moving forward.

The Summit includes three interactive Virtual/ Live sessions:
October 5th 7 am - 9 am Show Up! Thinking and Leading into the Future
October 7th 5 pm - 7 pm What's next? Positing for 2021 and Beyond
October 9th 7 am - 9 am Show Up! Nursing Leaders and Race

YOU - Nurse Leaders - are the courage, grace and grit that our profession needs right now.

Membership Reminder!

Have you renewed your membership? Maybe it's time to join and you haven't got around to it yet? NWONL is the most respected and influential Nursing Leadership community in the Northwest.

Membership includes access to free webinars, legislative health policy updates, CE opportunities, Council attendance and reference, formal board and committee leadership service potential, first access plus discounts on NWONL’s annual conference, regional and virtual summits and professional development courses. Importantly, your membership is also sponsorship of the NWONL mission which cannot be accomplished without your support.

Nurse Leader Highlights

Jennifer Gentry MSN, RN, NEA-BC
CNO for Providence Portland Medical Center, NWONL Board Member shares her journey to leading PPMC's 4th Magnet achievement. Hint- It wasn't as easy as just filling out the document "again". Work that helped them achieve the last Magnet designation had began to fade and the teams really needed to re-group and re-focus in order to meet the demands of achieving another Magnet designation while in the midst of entering a pandemic response. You can read her journey on the Leader Highlights section of our website: NWONL Leader Highlights

Watch Jennifer and her team celebrate on hearing the news of their hard earned Magnet achievement.
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Debbie Brinker RN, MSN, CNS
Clinical Assistant Professor | Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs
Washington State University College of Nursing
Congratulations for being named a 2020 YWCA Woman of Achievement! Debbie has made incredible impact on the health care system, university experience and the community of Spokane and throughout the state of Washington.

We know you are doing exciting things out there that are worthy of Celebrating! And we have the perfect place to do that very thing in the NWONL Leader Highlights. Send us a quick note so we can be in the know

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News You Can Use

Nurses in training and in transition to practice will need some extra care and planning to help them succeed. These news headlines speak to some of the challenges facing the nursing workforce.

In this article from Insidehired, students were were in the hotzone of Covid in Washington State in March were some of the first infected with the virus. The school and the organizations where they were learning in the clinical setting needed to quickly adapt and adjust. With Fall around the corner, fresh plans are being made for the anticipated Covid / Flu wave.
Health Care Students on the Front Lines


Are student nurses being encouraged to be a part of the "Covid-19 Opportunity"? The article from MEDPAGE TODAY highlights some of the risks to consider as nurses and other healthcare students as well as organizations weigh the risk of learning in the midst of the public health crisis.
Covid-19 Pitched as 'Opportunity' to Nursing Students


Undoubtedly, there will be unforeseen consequences as our new state of equilibrium settles in. The future of the workforce will look differently from prospective, current and tenured nurses. This piece from highlights what may be opportunities as well as barriers to moving forward. 
This is How Covid-19 is changing the future of nursing

Upcoming Events and Regional Councils

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