Northwest Organization of Nurse Leaders News

May 2022 Newsletter

Executive Director Update

This month we have had many conversations with Nurse Leaders about the continuum of supply and demand for nurses. From the “pipeline” of academia and how nurses are prepared for complex environments to the “middle-work” of recruiting and retaining nurses. I'll add to those conversations with “finishing-work”: professional development for future generations of nursing (career paths, education and practice). All three require new solutions.

Thinking about innovative approaches to training the next generation of nurses, we are reminded that what has got us here, may not move us forward. The time to capitalize on what we have learned during the immense upheaval of healthcare in the last two years - is now. What changes in education and training need to be considered right now? How can organizations build environments where nurses thrive and have reignited passion and commitment? We know that our hospitals and healthcare organizations are grappling with creating “healthy workplaces” with new definitions and solutions to work-life balance. For all of these, we know that there is no easy answer to grab ahold of. The problems that were there before the pandemic have simply been exacerbated and it will take time, patience, courage (and a large measure of grace and grit) to move forward with incremental changes that lead to more sustainable solutions. 

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the Annual Conference next week for healthy conversation and connection to help spark the energy needed to nursing leadership today. 

See you there!

You are the faces of Courage, Grace and Grit.

Leader Highlight

Every month we ask NWONL Nurse Leaders to help us highlight one of their own. This section is intended to hold space, give pause to and celebrate YOU.  In light of our upcoming Conference, I am taking the liberty to call out a few of our own NWONL Legacy Nurse Leaders.  These Nurses have influenced the profession of nursing by their dedicated resilience, calm in the chaos, vision that inspires and the ability to empower and strengthen the very core of what it means to be a nurse and a Leader of Nurses.  For all of the tireless service, many have quietly “semi-retired” and stepped out of their formal role of leadership, but continue to give back to the profession in some way or another. 

I'm sure I have missed some, this short list is the first that came to mind and I welcome additions to include in the next newsletter.
If you are going to the Annual Conference and want to experience Leaders of Courage, Grace and Grit first hand, this is your chance. Several of these exemplary Leaders will be in attendance, find them and thank them personally for their lifelong commitment to our profession.

Read all Leader Highlights here.

Awards and Celebrations

Thank you KP Sunnyside!
This is your second year of sponsorship of your Nurse Leaders in NWONL. We are truly appreciative of your ongoing support for both your Nursing Leaders and for NWONL's mission. On behalf of the NWONL Board, thank you!

Board Update

No Board sessions were held in May. The next is scheduled for June 2nd, prior to the Annual Conference. As for the Annual Conference, you can expect almost all Board Leaders in attendance and also volunteering and guiding at the event, so if you are going you will have a chance to meet and engage with Board Leaders face to face. As for the Conference - spread the word as there are only a few seats remaining!

Board Member at-Large - In progress, no new update. The 2022 by-laws specify that the Board is expected and empowered to appoint several Member-at large board positions. These are reserved and intended to allow peer affiliates to engage with NWONL directly.  More to come! 

CNO & Dean Rounding - More practicing Senior Nursing Leaders are desired. As a senior leader, please try to attend or if you can not, consider appointing one of your leaders to join in your place. There have been many rich discussions on both the academic and clinical side as we alternate the topics monthly and the attendance from organizations across the region outstanding.

Advancing Nursing Leadership Through Research

Valuable and actionable research comes in many forms. Not all is longitudinal, large scale or primary. Often is situational and applied. NWONL Member Leader Sharon Strohecker BSN, RN, of St. Charles is asking peer professionals to assist in her gathering of benchmark data in relation to administration of chemotherapy. From Sharon "We are trying to benchmark, and it would be helpful to know what others are doing.  We administer a smaller volume of chemotherapy a month with the average administration rate being 20-25 (per month)." If you are able to respond to the call, click the link below for an email template: 

  1. What is the Nurse-to-patient ratio’s for Rituxan, induction chemo’s.

  2. Are they holding rooms for patients for admissions or admitting as they have discharges?

  3. Required education and process for yearly competency?

  4. If they are doing the Chemotherapy Biotherapy course, are they requiring the Q2 year Refresher course?

CNO & Dean Rounding Report

May Topic: Recruitment & Retention Strategies 
Session Leader: Bonnie Fryzlewicz, CNO Seattle Children’s and NWONL Secretary Treasurer.


The topic was timely as most Nurse Leaders are focusing on recruitment and retention strategies right now.  It was discussion based: what is working and what is not and what are the blocking factors. Of note, overall Leaders report that nurses across the region are feeling a loss of connection.


In Closing

In thinking about “responding to the needs of this generation” both academia and organizations infuse support, such as career coaching models and mentoring programs, to help RN’s move towards more work they deem rewarding. In response to a collaborative session for development, NWONL is working toward facilitating a larger scope session for Fall of 2022. 

Are you a Senior Leader?

The Rounding is a monthly work session for strategic leaders across the region to engage directly with their peers. Given its nature, it is invitation only. If you are not already on the invitation list, contact us.

NWONL Annual Conference 2022 | Moving Forward

June 2nd and 3rd | Hilton Seattle Airport Conference Center | Register Here

Fellow Leaders

We are Moving Forward, as individuals and as professional team and organizational Leaders. This is our first full in-person event since 2019. Invitation is limited and offered to NWONL Members and affiliates as a priority.

What to Expect

This conference's focus is driven by the Member survey, Commission and Board guidance. For 2022 we are focusing heavily on nurse and nurse leader wellness, leader development, innovative staffing, and retention, leveraging trauma informed care plus moving diversity, equity and inclusion into sustainable outcomes.

Day One 3pm – 7pm

3:00pm Initial Registration

4:00pm Inspire and Connect Reflection Event. A facilitated rounding where we share stories, celebrate, reflect, close, and heal as Leaders from our years of shared pandemic response. This is our unique and intimately focused session designed for Nurse Leaders.

5:00pm Evening Social for Leaders for renewing relationships and building new ones with peer leaders from across our region.

Day Two 7:30am – 4pm

7:00am Alternate Registration

7:30am Breakfast & NWONL Presidents Welcome by Jen Packer MSN, RN, CENP.

8:00a: Kickoff Session, Know Better/Do Better: Moving from Awareness to Action for Creating Cultures of Belonging with Moe Carrick. Moe is a longstanding NWONL supporter, an author and a preeminent voice in leadership development, cultures that build and sustain themselves, advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion from thought exercise to sustained outcomes and more:  Get to know Moe!

9:45am Nursing and workforce Planning Strategies for Post-pandemic Care Teams presented by Melinda Stibal, MSN, MBA, VP & CNO and Denise Sartz, DNP, RN, FNP, NEA-BC, System Director, Clinical Practice and Jeanna Stephan MS, RN.

11:00am Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Decreases Burnout in Staff Nurses and Nurse Leaders, presented by Desi McCue, DNP, MBA, BSN, RN, CENP, Director of Nursing, Emergency Services.

Noon Lunch and Connection prior to starting the afternoon sessions.

1:00pm Using Trauma Informed Leadership to Shape our Future presented by Jennifer Graves VP of Quality and Safety. 

2:45pm Quality Improvement Through Mentorship presented by Kristen Ash DNP, MSN, ANP-BC Lead Nurse Practitioner.

4:00pm Final Remarks and Call to Action by NWONL President and Board Members. 


The event is designed to be exclusive, NWONL Members and ACNL affiliates have priority access to the event. Non-member nursing leaders will be offered limited attendance.

Lodging and Location

The location was selected for both comfort and convenience, to maximize our time spent together. The Hilton will provide event attendees a preferred conference rate.

Continuing Education

A valid RN license is required along with attendance and completion of the post event CE survey. Continuing Education Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #17495

Time Well Spent

In the spirit of our conversations this month, these are few great reads about what nurses are looking for in a healthy work environment:



Upcoming Events 

Seattle Council - WCN 2022 Nursing Education Supply & Demand
May 24th, 5 - 6pm PST
1 CE Event 
Members and their guests are always welcome, even if not in the Council region. Register for the session here.

Leadership Commission
May 26th, Noon - 1pm PST
NWONL Members. Register for the session here.

Annual Conference - "Moving Forward"
June 2 - 3rd 
Day 1 starts at 3pm PST
Day 2 starts at 7:30am  PST
CE Event
A huge opportunity to engage and learn with fellow Leaders. Very few seats remain book immediately.

Development Commission
June 8th, Noon - 1pm PST
NWONL Members. Register for the session here.

Northwest Washington Council
June 10th, 10am - Noon PST
Members and their guests are always welcome, even if not in the Council region. Request invitation here.

CNO & Dean Rounding
June 15th, 7 - 8am PST
Invitational Event
Agenda forthcoming, email for invitation if not already confirmed.

Portland - Vancouver Council
June 17th, 1:30pm - 3:30 PST
Members and their guests are always welcome, even if not in the Council region. Request invitation here

Leadership Commission
June 23rd, 11am - Noon PST
NWONL Members. Register for the session here.

Seattle Council
June 28th, 5 - 6pm PST
Members are always welcome, even if not in the region. Register for the session here.

NWONL in Action

April Leader Highlight, if you did not read it yet... 
For April, our own Board Leader Lora Horn has selected Amy Monge BSN, RN as the Leader Highlight. Amy was selected by Lora for her significant role in developing standards, policies, and creating safe environments to provide care to COVID pediatric patients and their families with minimal resources to support the work in addition to her leadership talents over the last five years. Read the Highlight here.

May Member CE & Learning Event
"Succession Planning, A Strategy for Inclusion, Engagement and Development" was lead by Susan Stacy, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE Regional Chief Nursing Officer at Providence Washington. Susan has had an expansive career and provided attendees with both a wealth of statistical information on needs as well as evidence based and practical applications for developing a program of your own. We truly appreciate her experience and willingness to support peer leaders. Thank you Susan!

Development Commission Update
The Commission reports for May that NWONL active membership is still growing as Annual Conference registrations increase. The Commission focus for May was:

Leadership Commission Update
No new updates. The April session was postponed at request of principal members. It will reconvene in May as planned.  

Career Center Update
We offer our Career Center service for our Members as a way to help them both in acquiring staff but also as they personally are seeking change. We encourage you to leverage the NWONL Career Center as we know leaders and staff from our region most likely stay in our region, Oregon and Washington plus the surrounding West coast areas (predominantly California). Take a look should you have interest: NWONL Career Center.

New postings include:

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 career site. Our contact is Jonathan Andrews. Feel free to share his information with your recruitment team or contact him directly: Jonathan Andrews, (888) 995-2244 Ext 1056 ,

Events and Councils Calendar

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

May 24 Seattle Council 
May 26 Leadership Commission
June 02 NWONL Annual Conference 2022
June 08 Development Commission
June 15 CNO & Dean Rounding
June 17 Portland-Vancouver Council
June 23 Leadership Commission
June 28 Seattle Council 

See all events in one place here at NWONL Events

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. Leader Highlight and Member Newsletter are finalized the second week of the month for delivery the 3rd week, email us at

2022 Goals - a Big Year Ahead


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 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

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