Northwest Organization of Nurse Leaders News

November Newsletter

Executive Director Update

We made it! November effectively launches the Holiday Season. 

The good news is that we are making headway. However respite is still beyond the horizon and our need to both endure and remain agile is going to be tested. The holiday season feels unnaturally different this year. Our shared mission of caregiving has us slogging into 2021 already nearly exhausted. We have constraints on us from so many vectors it's downright depressing at times.  Its devoid of energy and the engagement of colorful celebrations we are accustomed to. It feels more than subdued. People are reticent. Groups are overtly cautious. That is certainly a reasonable response to our shared reality.  To loft some pithy claim of a "bright-side" is laughable. Seriously, platitudes are NOT welcome right now. 

I’ve been part of countless conversations this year across the northwest and nationally and I can attest the desire for real connection is universal in our league. Let me add-on by confirming for you that every leader I’ve spoken with is both acutely aware of the challenges ahead and the need for energy to endure and they all are striving to fill that void. Sans platitudes. They know that what is needed is beyond sunny laments and forced attempts at camaraderie. Fortunately, we Nurse Leaders wield a unique implement of power to help us in this time of need: symbolism. It's become part of our Nursing DNA from the moment Florence lifted that lamp. Yet it is oft overlooked in its significance. 

The holiday season is chock full of symbolism and our opportunity to position strongly for the tests ahead. Holidays are timeless and innately powerful symbolic rituals and are without question a massive lever for amplifying energy and invigoration. They are a foundational component of our shared experience, the stuff of being human. To diminish them is diminishing our reason to be. Some will point out, rightly so, that holiday celebrations are in themselves, draining. I won’t argue that point, from the aspects of money or time commitments. Yet those challenges can be easily mitigated. What I’m talking about is heart. That's the currency of celebration. Funny thing about heart is that the more you “spend” the more you get. The “drain” is inconsequential as the payback is exponential, the benefits ridiculously outweigh the costs…

Our shared holiday celebrations are our real-world enactments of values and beliefs, imbued with almost a magical quality to to influence, amplify, reinforce, energize and invigorate. It’s those last two, energy and invigoration so we can endure and remain agile that I’m imploring our Leaders to deliver as we close out 2020. How can we not? We need the energy and invigoration to endure… we are Nurse Leaders, these are at the core of what we do.

You are the faces of courage, grace and grit.

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Nurse Leader Highlights

November CNO & Dean Rounding

Robyn Begely, DNP, RN and CEO of AONL provided Leaders a National Update and led a Q&A session on current challenges and opportunities. Additionally,  Dana Bjarnason VP & CNO for OHSU shared their work on proposing and implementing Flexible Work Schedules for Leaders Click here for the Shared Proposal.

New Leader Highlight Available

What do calamity and opportunity have in common? The are the roots of crisis. NWONL has asked Susan Stacey, past NWONL President and CNO Sacred Heart Medical Center to share what crisis has meant to her, personally, this year. She has surprised us with the 10 Gifts that COVID has given her. 10-min read.

Find the interview here.


Help Us Acknowledge and Celebrate our Leaders

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

Membership Reminder!

We are Nurse Leaders striving to amplify the impact of Nursing Leaders on the future of healthcare. We truly want nurses at the core of developing the future of healthcare, we believe it to be absolutely critical...

Our primary method is through a deeply connected Peer Leader community. Your Membership includes access to self and organizational development webinars, ongoing CE opportunities which are always included with membership, Council access for personal advancement, formal Board Officer service and Committee Leadership service potential, relevant legislative health policy updates, first access plus lowest possible rates on NWONL’s annual conference, regional and virtual summits and professional development courses. We also sponsor scholarship and philanthropy to advance the career development of Nurse Leaders in our region.

We feel that all of this is quite a large undertaking but like you we are up to the challenge! Most Importantly, your membership is your sponsorship of the NWONL mission which simply cannot be accomplished without your support. 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.

Join or Renew


Upcoming CE Events

For December, we have opted to not host new CE events so we can deliver on all prior events and prepare operationally and administratively for closing out the year. We are actively planning for Q1 CE offerings and will have a schedule to you ASAP! 

News You Can Use

Virtual Simulation to Objectively Measure Critical Reasoning?

Shelley Armstrong BSN-i-Human Patients by Kaplan has shared a brief on i-Human Patients as a potential tool for assessing clinical reasoning through virtual patient encounters. They are leading resource in health education (UNE, GN, PA, MD, ND and DO). Through their research, they have acknowledged certain challenges in Hospital Nursing Education, such as collecting objective competency data as well as its correlation to patient satisfaction, care quality, nurse retention, liability risks, and evaluating policy comprehension. If you are having academic and practice transition improvement conversations, this is unique and worth your time to investigate. Access the iHuman Brief here.


Resiliency is Here to Stay...

And we are glad for it! If you didn't make Michelle & Tracy from Missing Logic presenting their actionable framework on developing resiliency you absolutely missed out... Our attendance was phenomenal and the post-session survey responses varied from "wow" to "life-changing". You don't see that often in a CE event... As a reminder, we ONLY present Partners offerings to our membership after they have been vetted and can prove they provide unique and distinct value. We strongly encourage you take Michelle & Tracy up on their Resiliency Bootcamp. We don't get any remuneration from this recommendation, we simply believe in it.


Sponsorship? YES! 

You asked and we provided. You can now "sponsor" a member... that is, pay for membership on another's behalf. Its a primary method for rewarding and promoting others who may not be in a position personally or organizationally to obtain membership. Do you want to assist others in getting connected meaningfully to the Northwest's Premier Nursing Leadership network... this is your lever. Simply email us at and we will get you setup.  Cheers to Frankie Manning for being our inaugural sponsor for Valerie Taylor. We are grateful for your sponsorship and excited for your participation!


Updated WA State Licensing Timelines

Per Paula R. Meyer MSN, RN, FRE, Executive Director Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. Updated timelines for licensing for all nursing licensure entities have been updated and are available here for your distribution.  


New Group Membership for 2021!

Again, you asked and we provided... Our Development Commission leaders have launched a very straightforward group membership, lockstep with AONL. 

Single Membership $190 for One Nurse Leader
Groups of 5 - 10, $ 170 per member
Groups of 11+,  $160 per member

Groups enjoy exactly the same benefits of single Membership in NWONL including: access to free webinars, legislative health policy updates, CE opportunities (CE is always no additional cost to Members), Council attendance and reference, formal board and committee leadership service potential, research on best practices, 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.


Upcoming Meetings and Regional Councils

Councils and Commissions are engaging and excellent ways to get involved and connected with your Nurse Leader peers. Join one!

See all events in one place here at NWONL Events