Northwest Organization of Nurse Leaders News

November 2021 Newsletter

Executive Director Update


This week we officially kick off the Holiday Season and Thanksgiving is particularly special this time around. As I reflect on this past year and the impact on Nurse Leaders across the Northwest, I am humbled and inspired by the courage and strength that persists.  There is a collective "thread" weaved through the fabric of the nursing profession, from academia creating the pipeline for the next generation to the organizations that employ and support nurses and all through the ranks of nursing leadership. That "thread" is a shared experience, with shared trauma, pain and loss. It is also a shared opportunity for the nursing profession to come together with a united voice and purpose. As we go through the healing stages from scars left by the pandemic, and take account of the true impact of workforce and staffing challenges, steady burnout at all levels and roles and persistent covid re-surge, it can be easy to lose the grip on our common "thread". 

When I reflect on what, who and why I am grateful and thankful for this season, NWONL and the Nurse Leaders that this organization represents is on my list. I am humbled by the courage, grace and grit that you weave into the fabric of our profession. 

NWONL 2022 Board Election Update

To all Member Leaders who made time time participate in voting, thank you! This is your organization and we truly appreciate your dedication to keeping it alive and vibrant. The results are in and the audit team has approved moving forward. Here are the results:


Secretary - Treasurer Elect

Development Commission co-Chair, Oregon

Leadership Commission co-Chair, Washington 

Next steps

All elected Board members will next complete the conflict of interest and disclosure forms, their status reported also to AONL and starting in December will begin their on-boarding in preparation for the January Board strategy & planning session.

Leader Highlight

For November, NWONL is highlighting our Member Leader Nancy Wiederhold, MN, RN, CSRN, Nursing Manager, Complex Care & Med-Surge Unit, University of Washington Medical Center. From Council Leadership of the premier Seattle Council, to attending virtually all events, being selected as the NWONL 2021 Scholarship award recipient for her DNP work at Boise State University, and contributing anytime she is asked. To state briefly, Nancy is a powerhouse Member Leader. We are fortunate to have Nancy both as a longtime Member but as a trusted advisor and partner on our shared Leadership journey.

 Read Nancy's interview here ~ 5 min. read.

Mentor Program Launching in January!

Create Your Mentor/Mentee Profile Now!

Our Member Leaders share a common experience and belief. To be truly competent and impactful as a Nurse Leader is more than just "time in service". It requires an array of capabilities gained and honed through diverse experiences. Is that enough? Of course not.

Do you feel like there is more to gain and offer as a Nursing Leader?  Are you a Nurse Leader seeking clarity, guidance and inspiration to advance your practice? Are you an Senior Nurse Leader ready advance the careers of aspiring leaders and in turn hone your own leader development capabilities? We, like you, believe that Mentorship, when done well and consistently, is an incredibly powerful tool to achieve these goals.

As a NWONL Member you have the opportunity, included with your Membership, of being both a Mentor and a Mentee. Our cohort launches in January 2022 and is backed by the single most trusted mentoring program development platform available for Nursing Leaders: MentorLead. They are experts in bringing Mentor and Mentee together meaningfully to facilitate amazing outcomes. We are not alone in our choice of an expert provider; AONL, ACNL, Multi-Care, Yale, Stanford, plus a myriad of others, are all in agreement. 


Upcoming CE and Informational Events 

Seattle Council

November 23rd, 17:30 - 18:30 PST (5:30 - 6:30 pm)
Agenda provided to registrants prior to meeting.
Request Registration Here

Eastern Washington Council 

November 30th Time TBD
Agenda provided to registrants prior to meeting.
Request Registration Here

Portland & Vancouver Council 

December 10th, 1:30 - 3:30pm PST 
Agenda provided to registrants prior to meeting.
Request Registration Here

Northwest Washington Council

Friday December 10th from 10:00am – 12:00pm PST
Agenda provided to registrants prior to meeting.
Request Registration Here

CNO & Dean Rounding - OFF for December

December 15th, small group planning session only, not a regular Rounding.
Reconvenes in January, invitations forthcoming.
Invitational Event

Leadership & Development Commission - OFF for December

Small group planning sessions only, not a regular Commission meeting.
Reconvenes in January, invitations forthcoming.

News You Can Use

October Leader Highlight, if you did not read it yet... 

In celebrating the accomplishments and recognizing the journey of our Leaders, we recognized AnneMarie West MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC Director of Professional Practice Providence Portland Medical Center. AnneMarie is a longstanding and distinguished Nursing Leader, a highly active member of NWONL, an Advancing Leader Award finalist and our November Leader Highlight. We interviewed AnneMarie in October not only highlight her accomplishments but gain her perspective on current challenges and emerging opportunities. Read the Highlight Here.

2022 Member Event Survey Coming in December!

Join fellow Member Leaders in steering NWONL as we prepare for 2022. As a Member, we want to know what your seeking, how we can best deliver it and accompanying information to help guide our 2022 strategic planning and subsequent events and offerings. Expect a survey via email in December! 

Washington Health Professional Services (WHPS) 

WHPS is the Washington State Nursing Commission substance abuse monitoring system (RCW 18.130.175) and they have a new educational brochure, available here, can be distributed at your workplace. Please check out this resources and share.  

Development Commission Update

Mentoring program development and launch is the focus.The goal is for a January cohort start. Members can see detailed information on how to apply for both mentor/mentee roles and program contents on the NWONL website here. To join as a potential mentor or mentee, join by creating a profile. The Commission is also evaluating and preparing for additional scholarship awards in Q1 of 2022 specifically for participants from underserved demographics. In December, the Commission will begin planning for 2022, to include clarifying duties, goals and priorities and dates/times of sessions to compliment the Boards strategic planning.

Time Well Spent

The Oregon Center for Nursing published a report "A New View on Nurse Turnover: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Shocked the System". Its a look back at what has happened and how it is impacting us now. A good read for Leaders seeking to better understand the current state of turnover and retention of RN workforces.

Career Center Update

We encourage you to leverage the NWONL Career Center as we know leaders and staff from our region most likely stay in our region. Our focus is Oregon and Washington plus the surrounding West coast areas. Take a look should you have interest: NWNOL Career Center.

Did you know NWONL has a personal Recruitment Specialist assigned to us? Yes! It means you have an extra hand, a recruitment professional that is also a pro in using the NWONL Webscribble career site. Our contact is Jonathan Andrews. Feel free to share his information with your recruitment team or contact him directly: 

Postponed to 2022: Embracing our Diversity with Anna Franklin

Make no mistake, we absolutely wanted to present on this topic as second time, the demand was huge! Fortunately, registrants were timely and forthcoming in telling us "I simply cannot make it..." That is the risk in our world, situations change, demands shift quickly. We talked with our Anna Franklin plus the Board and our Partners and decided that two things should happen: 

1. If a majority of the registrants are asking for a reschedule, do it. 
2. Use the time given back to reposition Anna's event to move beyond awareness, desire and self focused techniques to a larger scale program perspective to give Leaders a proven ability to launch and move larger scale initiatives forward.

In conferring with the registrants, respondents RESOUNDINGLY said yes, to both. So we are... and it will be outstanding!. Look for this in the first half of 2022. 

What We Learned

2021 October CNO & Dean Summit

Our Annual CNO and Dean Summit featured Robyn Begley DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, AONL Chief Executive Officer, AHA Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) and Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN President and CEO American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Together they provided both a report out and Q&A on the National state of Academic and Practice partnership progress, challenges and opportunities from AONL, ACNL and Tri-Council perspectives. Report out available here. In Summary:

Robyn Begley and AONL:

Deb Trautman and ANCC:

Tri-Council Update:

Upcoming Meetings, Events and Regional Councils

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
Nov 23rd Seattle Council
Nov 25th Leadership Commission
Nov 30th Eastern Washington Council
Dec 10th Portland & Vancouver Council
Dec 10th NW Washington Council
Dec 15th CNO & Dean Planning for 2022


Maximize your Membership

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  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. Leader Highlight and Member Newsletter are finalized the second week of the month for delivery the 3rd week. Email us at to be included. 

Finishing 2021 Strong!

What are our deliverables to finish out the year?

Membership Info

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 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 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


A Sincere Thank You to our Corporate Partners

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.