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.
For July, NWONL asked Debbie Brinker, MSN, RN, CNS, Washington State University Dean for Clinical Affairs and Faculty; AACN Clinical Scene Investigator, Academy Faculty and Leadership Consultant to reflect on her distinguished career and offer what are some key learnings from her work in DEI. With 46 years of Professional Nursing, Debbie humbly offers some lessons learned and a call to action for Nurse Leaders at all levels. We are truly grateful for her unwavering service and commitment to the Nursing Profession as well as NWONL.
“You’re never too old to learn and you’re never too young to lead” – Kofi Annan
Ask more, tell less.
Calling someone in versus calling someone out.
Teaching/leading efforts in new and different ways.
Take more risk and support students/newer nurses to lead.
Continue to learn and grow as leaders in our EDI journey.
June 27th 4:30 to 5:30 pm PST
The dynamic duo, Michelle Troseth and Tracy Christopherson, from MissingLogic® will be LIVE with us in July to share two new learning and growth opportunities for NWONL members:
A Free 3-Part Master Class Series on Being a Resilient & Balanced Leader (on-line, self paced)
The FREE three-part master class series is offered as a self-paced on-line program with videos and workbooks for reflection. NWONL leaders will learn new ways of thinking and receive tools and strategies they can apply immediately and well into the future to create stability during times of change and chaos, become resilient, and live a balanced life. Each masterclass comes with a workbook to guide your learning experience.
The Ultimate Dynamic Balance Bootcamp (September 13 – 17, 2021)
The 5-day bootcamp is designed exclusively for healthcare leaders to help them experience more joy and be their best self in their personal and professional lives without feeling guilty, conflicted, and exhausted. NWONL members will leave with a complete strategy and ready to implement it for creating balance between their professional and personal lives.
2 CE Event, August 11, 9:00 - 11:30 am PST
We are highlighting three themes during the August event oriented on Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity
This is beyond topical information, its an an interactive work session brought by true expert leaders with deep experience in advancing healthcare initiatives. At a minimum you will increase your own capabilities and leave better prepared to advance in this crucial area of organizational and cultural development.
Presenter and Facilitator: Anna Franklin, MBA, Director of Clinical Effectiveness at Providence.
Anna is a diversity, equity and inclusion Executive and Lean Six-Sigma master black belt with extensive experience in program development, strategy, change management, financial services, teaching, and communications. She is at the forefront of community led health equity initiatives across various organizations and communities. Anna is a thought leader in diversity, health equity and inclusivity, she focuses on social and political determinants of health and health system transformation. Her work bridges healthcare operations, strategic planning, technology, population health and public health – translating discoveries into meaningful, sustainable partnerships and practices for improved outcomes.
Have you joined into your local NWONL Council?
You may be missing out if you haven't logged into your member account on the website, and we have been working hard to update profiles in order to connect you with your Council. Additionally, many of the Councils took a pause over the last year to focus on competing priorities and are now starting to schedule meetings again. With so much to learn and information to share, we invite you to particpate in the Council meetings that unique to NWONL members.
You may have noticed that your member profile was auto updated to reflect a Regional Council based on your address in the database. If you have any questions about this or prefer to not be placed in a Council area, just email us (email link)
What does this mean for you as a member?
Councils are your way to connect and network with your local and regional nurse leaders, a way to hear what other neighboring organizations are working on and to share and learn from each other. The councils are generally open to non-members as well, to give people the opportunity to connect with NWONL before joining as a member, so invite your nurse leader friends!
Where do you find more information?
Check out the event page (website link) to find all fo the Council meeting dates and times. If there is a Council that in a different region that has a topic that interests you, simply email the chair or co-chair of that council for an invite.
Upcoming Council Meetings: Southern Council, Aug 4th.
Council Leaders are Elizabeth (Anne) Hansen and Shana Ogle. Contact Anne or Shana to be added to their direct email distribution list for meeting invitation and agendas:
Kyra McCoy, the current President of CNEWS (Council on Nursing Education in Washington State) and Director of Nursing at Edmonds College, led the discussion on the challenges around the recent cohort of nurse graduates educated with plenty of simulation time and less "face to face" and hands-on with patients. Kyra invited leaders in academic and practice settings to weigh in on, predominantly, the impact and perception of “simulation”. In Washington some programs are generating new grads who have been educated with a lot of sim, some 50% of program hours and some 2:1. Specific questions to the group included:
For thoughts, ideas or comments on the Rounding call, please don’t hesitate to email us at email@example.com. You can also reach Kyra directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
We heard from NWONL President, Kelly Espinoza on what is different, ominous and our opportunity as Nurse Leaders. Take a moment and give it a read.
Coming out of June into July we observe that career postings have declined a bit but job seeker activity is much less than the previous quarter. Summer trend perhaps? We are not able to discern the underlying factors however it is quite possible that it is a very good time if you are seeking a career change as there is not as much competition. Take a look should you have interest: NWNOL Career Center
Our Development Commission has two projects they are focusing on: Awards and Scholarships.
The Leadership Commission meeting on July 22 included legislative and policy updates.
The minutes from the Commissions can be found on your member portal on the website under Member Menu, Resources, NWONL Files:
Debra Ridling, Associate Chief Nurse for Practice and Research shared their three-year nursing strategic plan focused on Anti-racism and strengthening the culture of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. This important work has evolved to over 27 projects focused on diversifying the nursing workforce, belonging and engagement, and learning and growth opportunities, including Academic partnerships. The progress they have made, their simultaneous bottom up/organic and top down/strategic approach have yielded great progress and promise. It also reinforced the need for a dual bottom-up/top-down approach to change, an incremental and adaptive approach and reminded us that patience is a virtue.
Stephanie Kuhl, BSN, RN, CPHQ with Jeron Electronic Systems graciously presented on her work across regions and organizations in the area of technology and process to drive better clinical outcomes. The cases presented were of distinct interest and there is always a place for leveraging technology. Nurse call is foundational but alas often deployed ineffectively or counterintuitively. Stephanie's work as an RN LEAN Healthcare practitioner shed light on multiple challenges and opportunities. If you missed the presentation and have questions or are embarking on a systems change, contact her directly at email@example.com
See all events in one place here at NWONL Events
Aug 4th Southern Oregon Council
Aug 11th NWONL Development Commission
Aug 18th CNO & Dean Rounding
Aug 26th NWONL Leadership Commission
Sept 8th NWONL Development Commission
Sept 11th NW Washington Council
A hallmark of Leadership is showcasing the achievements of others. At NWONL we offer two avenues: the Annual Leadership Awards and via Member Leader Highlight and the Newsletter.
NWONL 2021 Advancing Leadership Award is open until August 5th and will be presented at the August 11th Virtual Live event. Nominate a peer here.
Leader Highlight and Member Newsletter are finalized the second week of the month for delivery the 3rd week. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be included.
It is one thing to lead from a position of authority within the boundaries of your own organization. Its a completely different skill set to influence and lead others outside your organization and when you have no positional authority. Yet as we move laterally and vertically in our organizations and regions we must master the ability to influence and lead others regardless of their position and organization. The more you advance in your career, the more the need for adaptive leadership skills. You can read about this, even take classes and get mentoring. Ultimately do do it well means you have to put in the time to practice. Consider leveraging NWONL in this journey. Through Council, Commission or even Board Leadership, you have the opportunity to develop and hone your skills outside the boundaries of your position and organization.
Do you have something you would like to consider for professional presentation? Are you a Graduate or Doctoral candidate with something to share? Do you or your team have a salient project or program outcomes that are compelling? Do you simply want to increase your skills at public presentation? There is something distinctly unique and valuable from sharing your knowledge outside the confines of your own team, department or organization. It is part of truly gaining perspective, feedback and advancing your practice. NWONL has the capability to support you in these endeavors. Submit your idea/concept/presentation/research for consideration Continuing Education Offering Approval Form. If you have something that you feel is worthy but not directly CE related, that is also an option for you, reach out to us via the Continuing Education Offering form (above) or contact us at email@example.com. Sharpen your skills, build your CV, trial concepts and ideas and contribute to a vibrant Northwest Nursing Leadership knowledgebase.
Monthly exceptionally relevant CE and Info Sessions.
Expanded Regional Councils to connect, share ideas and concerns and conduct work sessions on both challenges and opportunities presented by Nurse Leaders.
Virtual Live Events: Spring, Fall and Winter, for deep dives into on-point topics with actionable work-session outcomes you can implement immediately. Never canned, never stale, never pre-recorded, by Leaders for Leaders.
Ongoing and on-point monthly CNO and Dean Rounding of salient issues in our region.
Selected engaging content from our Partners and Affiliates to provide relevant and practical information and services.
Plus we are on-track and for Leadership elections, scholarship awards and our renowned peer driven Nurse Leadership awards.
It is a simplified registration and renewal process. Organizations submit a list of new or renewing members, we add them and one payment is made for all. In lock-step with AONL, a Large Group Membership discount is also given.Group Members enjoy exactly the same benefits of single Membership in NWONL including: access to webinars, legislative health policy updates, CE opportunities (peer 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. That said, if you EVER have any issues with new Member add or Renewal, regardless of organization size contact us immediately!
There are Nurse Leaders in our region that do not have organizational support for Membership, for a variety of reasons and that is understandable. Sponsorship is when Member pays for the membership on another's behalf. Its a unique method for rewarding and promoting others who may not be in a position personally or organizationally to obtain membership. A Member may sponsor one other non-member for a year. The cost is $95 and akin to the privileges of the graduate student level 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you setup.
Need to reactivate a membership?
We are not sure if you knew this but, there is no penalty for late renewals, your account will simply "time out" and you will go into a dropped-pending reinstatement status. You can pick back up when your able.
Having Issues with reactivating or renewing?
Nurse leaders are exceptionally busy... we certainly don't want to pile on, so email us at email@example.com and we will take care of it for you ASAP!
Want to renew early?
If you want to pay early, you can do that too, your membership term is extended for a year from its end date. Of note, invoices are generated 30 days prior to renewal.
Some of you may not know, but in 2020 and now into 2021 several of our longstanding Corporate Partners have continued to support us even as the pandemic continues and uncertainty abounds. Every one of our Partners offers demonstrated value and we are grateful for their ongoing support.