Northwest Organization of Nurse Leaders News

Presidents Message Q4 2021

Presidents Message

Kelly Espinoza PhD, RN
President Northwest Organization of Nurse Leaders
Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center

As the season of Fall and cooler weather is here, we find ourselves pulling forward from the latest surge and coalescing with our teams beyond the vaccine mandates in Oregon and Washington. This time also marks the last communication from me as your NWONL Board President. The board has undergone transformation as a result of this past 2 years, we have adjusted and flexed both in our educational offerings and our messaging to reflect the state of nursing leadership and the needs of our membership. We have learned so much from one another, our members, our colleagues in academia and evolved our platform to serve in different ways. Starting in 2022 I will move to the Past Presidents board position and work to continue supporting NWONL and directly support oncoming President Jen Packer, MSN, RN, CENP Chief Nursing Officer OHSU Tuality Healthcare.  

It has been my honor to serve as president for the past two years and I am grateful to our board and executive staff for their commitment and support. Leading in tumultuous times has taught me the importance of several attributes. Authenticity and self-awareness to know how your messaging affects others. Communication to build trust, meaning slow down, be thoughtful and think about the words and meaning to ensure clarity in messaging. Ensure your own well-being to remain present to stay effective. Lead with compassion by listening and demonstrating empathy; care about the perspectives of others, and most importantly, stay true to your core mission and values. Know and follow your true north to make purposeful decisions regarding your organization’s mission towards a common goal.
This will be a time of rebuilding and new choices. I look forward to the next phase of this journey and thank you all for walking through this with all of us at NWONL.
My best,