Once again Nurse Leaders are carrying the weight of extraordinarily complex issues that ultimately impact our communities directly. Our profession is relying on you, your expertise and your influence, to sort out staffing, surge response, vaccinations, compliance, hesitation, burnout, resistance all while staying grounded and maintaining organizational stability. As we move through this epoch of challenges, we must continue to find and share those stories that demonstrate we are united collectively across our profession and our communities. I'm encouraged by the tenacity of healthcare to persevere and their dedication to their service. I've included a couple of notable works (below) that specifically showcase the impact of nursing.
All this to say, I’m grateful for you. We in the nursing profession at the center of our current shared reality. I am comforted to know that you all are there and leading through these profound times. Because of you, we are going to be ok.
You are the faces of Courage, Grace and Grit.
For September Leader Highlight, NWONL presents our 2021 Advancing Leader Award recipient Gretchen McCullough MSN, RN of OHSU. We congratulate Gretchen for her obtaining the nomination and selection by her NWONL peers.
The Advancing Leader award recognizes a Nurse leader with demonstrated resilience and courageous leadership. They are advanced leaders in their organizations and have demonstrated courage as they lead their teams of nurses. They consistently collaborate on strategic initiatives and lead with emotional intelligence. These leaders are often behind the scenes orchestrating large projects in complex systems. They are a mentor and coach and provide steadfast reassurance to their teams and organizations. They consistently exude adaptability and are steadfast in their ability to show up and contribute to the nursing profession.
Gretchen's nomination attested to the above and culminated in a statement by her nominating peers that distinctly conveys why they nominated her for the award. It is worth sharing:
“Gretchen McCullough is a resilient, courageous, and compassionate leader serving as the Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Doernbecher Children’s hospital. Gretchen is an experienced leader who came to the Organization just months before the devastating COVID-19 pandemic. Gretchen did not hesitate to step up, however, though she was new. She used her skills as a pragmatic and compassionate nurse to lead others through resilience. She supported and grew a terrified and reactive team at high risk of COVID exposure through the pandemic. She advocated for her team through listening and translating their needs at the highest levels of the Organization. She sat on the Emergency Operations Committee, the PPE committee, and the COVID task force- advocating for her team and other workforce members with a reasoned and science-based approach. Gretchen also had the calming presence to tame reactive leaders from different areas during meetings on more than one occasion. Gretchen was available, approachable, and grew her leadership team during this difficult time. She knew that challenging her direct reports to lead through adversity and stress would make them stronger. She allowed them the autonomy to lead while still supporting them. Out of her leadership, we have several new strong Director level leaders in Doernbecher who are ready and prepared to take on any new challenge. While others were merely reacting to the next needed change Gretchen was thinking ahead and anticipating the next need. She managed to partner with and help open a NICU in our partner hospital in Hillsboro during this time as well as a pediatric unit. Gretchen championed a group to evaluate the model used to provide patient safety attendants in our Organization. This work resulted in restructuring the current model to be more collaborative. Under the new model, our assistive nursing personnel will have a more engaging role while still keeping patients safe. Gretchen also modeled and encouraged resilience and self-care for all of us in the institution. I will never forget how she lifted others and checked in at just the right time to support her peers during the pandemic. “
The Selection Committee wanted to relay that the robust selection of nominations submitted all are worthy of recognition. It is exceptionally difficult to capture the sentiment and demonstrated characteristics for an award of this magnitude. On behalf of the Selection Committee and NWONL Board, thank you to our Members for supporting their peers, all nominees, and again congratulations Gretchen!
Informational Event Provided by NWONL
Wednesday September 22nd, 10 - 11 am PST
"Moral and Ethical dilemmas in covid-care, vaccinations and making difficult decisions when supporting your teams." Join fellow leaders as they round to share what is working in their teams and organizations as our Region moves through a pandemic resurgence response that is very different emotionally than the recent past. A panel of NWONL Member leaders across the region will be present to share what is working and to engage with fellow Member Leaders to better position themselves and their teams as we move through these new challenges. This event is for NWONL Members and is included as part of your membership at no additional cost.
1 CE Event
September 28th 2021 | 5:30 - 6:30 pm PST
Presenters: Sofia Aragon, JD, BSN, RN. Jenny Nguyen, Ph.D.
Join the Seattle Council for a 1CE event delivered by the WCN and SIA. The objectives of the session are:
Attendees are available to submit for CE after the event and completing the post-event survey. There is no cost for NWONL Members to obtain CE. We kindly ask non-members requesting CE to cover administrative costs of $40 (invoiced). For more information about the Seattle Council and to be placed on their notifications list please visit: Seattle Council at NWONL
Tuesday September 21st. 5:30 - 6:30 PM PST
Guest Speaker: Zosia Stanley, JD, MHA, Associate General Counsel, Washington State Hospital Association. The Southwest Washington Council Chair is the Distinguished Healthcare Leader Suzanne Scott.
Tuesday September 28th. 4:30 - 6:30 pm PST
Guest Speaker Katie Anderson, Licensed Therapist. Join the EW Leaders as they collaborate and learn about tactics, strategies and more to help Leaders directly and the teams they are responsible for. The Eastern Washington Council Chairs are the Distinguished Healthcare Leaders Tamara Sheehan and Jennifer Graham.
2 CE Event
November 16th 2021, 9:30 am - Noon PST
A Second Event? Absolutely! Demand was high for the initial August Live with Anna Franklin and so was our staffing and pandemic response demands... Many were able to attend and many said they wanted another chance. Anna Franklin has graciously agreed to a second round with NWONL.
Why Attend? You simply cannot outsource DEI and expect lasting change. As leaders, we must both lead by example and empower others to do the same. 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, Regional Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Providence.
From Member Leader Jennifer Nidalmia, RN, BSN, HN-BC:
"I would like to acknowledge our Vice President of Nursing, Laura Magstadt, at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. Josephine County skyrocketed in one weekend with Covid cases-one of the fastest increases in our state and region. Laura engaged not only her leaders and caregivers, but local community partners and leadership across our health system to make quick changes in care delivery. She coordinated with National Guard for extra support, put up a tent outside of the ED to triage and see additional patients, expanded ICU and IMCU bed numbers, all while working critically short staffed. The deep trust and servant leadership she has embodied at her facility, enable all hands on deck and amazing collaboration. Literally with 5 days, the facility went from 125 beds to 177! Thank you so much for this dedication and action!"
Thank you Jennifer for making the time to recognize your peer Leaders. We appreciate you both!
In August, NWONL has chosen Peggy Woolf, a longtime and exceptionally active Member who we consider a core-contributor to our Mission. Peggy might tell you she is a retired but given her involvement in the regions nursing initiatives, that’s an overstatement. What we admire greatly in Peggy is her demonstration of the impact of lifelong nursing on individuals, organizations and the communities they serve. We asked her to share some wisdom and guidance with us. Take a moment and give it a read.
Year to date (starting with our March 2021 conversion to Webscribble) 46 employers registered with NWONL's Career site, 62 careers have been posted.. Each of them selected NWONL as a Northwest Nursing resource solely on its reputation and reach. It was already hard enough to find talented staff pre-pandemic. We know leaders and staff from our region most likely stay in our region. Therefor Our focus is Oregon and Washington plus the surrounding West coast areas. Take a look should you have interest: NWNOL Career Center
Scholarships and awards are keeping the "Dev-Comm" busy! Of the latter, the Development Commission is also working toward the Q4 Distinguished Leader award. This award is directed toward the senior most leaders who have demonstrated accomplishments spanning entire careers. We are excited to present this opportunity to our Members. Look forward to announcement going into October. Of the former, NWONLs scholarship cycle opened August 16th. Two awards of $2500 each are offered to NWONL members pursuing graduate-level education with a focus on leadership. Application period will close September 20th at midnight.
The next Leadership Commission meeting in Aug 26 and for legislative and policy updates was postponed and convenes on September 23rd. We will report in the October newsletter to Members and place a copy of the minutes on the membership web portal. Contact email@example.com should you need assistance.
Susan Stacey, CNO/COO Providence Sacred Heart lead discussions and presented on the challenges to nursing workforces across the region. To include, attraction, retention over the long term as well as short term initiatives for both RN and supporting roles.
We share the information beginning with Workforce Challenges:
US has a National Workforce crisis, it’s not just the Northwest:
Workforce Planning for the next 5 years - Growth demand estimate per the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Pandemic Impact on Workforce:
Collective Wisdom, discussion highlights from the CNO & Dean Rounding
There is a distinct sense of the strategic and long-term overlaying the immediate by Senior Leaders across the region. Generally, the shared sentiment is we need short-term solutions for filling the nursing support role gaps. Nursing and nursing support roles really are the “healthcare workforce”, and the education pipeline is critical. Discussion centered around initiatives including:
Progress on initiatives brought forward by Leaders included:
Councils, Commissions and Events are engaging and excellent ways to learn get involved and connected with your Nurse Leader peers. Join one!
See all events in one place here at NWONL Events
Sept 20th NWONL Scholarship Application Ends
Sept 21st SW Washington Council
Sept 22nd NWONL Member Roundtable: Leading Through Emotional Upheaval
Sept 23rd Leadership Commission
Sept 28th Eastern Washington Council
Sept 28th Seattle Council
Oct 13th Development Commission
Oct 20th CNO & Dean Rounding
Oct 20th New Member Meet & Greet
Advance Your Leadership Skills Repertoire
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.
Expand Your Professional Presence and Add to Your CV
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Sharpen your skills, build your CV, trial concepts and ideas and contribute to a vibrant Northwest Nursing Leadership knowledgebase.
Stay Meaningfully Connected and Informed
To move from a distinctly local operations focus to strategic and visionary leadership requires being attuned to what is happening not only in your organization but in your community, state and region. To hack a well worn phrase, no organization is an island... When you make time to join and attend Councils, information and CE events and contribute, you invariable are brought close to what is really impacting your community and region. These affect all of us in the Northwest, large and small. As a Leader, staying attuned to the what, where, why, who and how of your community, state and region is a hallmark of an influential leader.
Acknowledge and Celebrate Peer Leaders
We strive to recognize both the little and big events that mark our careers. They all are important in their own unique ways and ultimately contribute to the legacy we will leave upon our teams. Our primary methods is to both recognize strong leadership formally and make it visible to our members. Each month we seek to acknowledge the advancements and contributions of Member Leaders and affiliates though direct recognition at events and our Newsletter and a Leader Highlight. Annually we conduct our awards and for 2021 we have issued two thus far, our Advancing Leader Award and Authentic Leader Award.
What is Large Group Membership?
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!
What is Sponsorship?
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 dues are $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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Re-activate your Membership or Renew
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.