Northwest Organization of Nurse Leaders News

June 2022 Newsletter

Executive Director Update

What’s next for Nursing Leaders? Brain Drain…

Brain drain: A loss of the collective wisdom, lore, relationships, community and culture embodied by the leader of organizations. As our leaders transition to other organizations, roles or the vocation altogether, we are left with a void. We can easily underestimate the risk of this void when an individual leaves.  However, historically it is a trickle here and there, aka normal annualized attrition. Organizations are tilted toward that behavior and largely it goes unnoticed. What happens when the majority leaves? In a very short period? Certainly we will resolve our current clinical nursing staffing challenges, but what about a leadership staffing crisis? That is an organizational risk that we have not tested but has significant potential impact. That risk is salient, and it may be far more profound than we anticipate, and it’s on our collective horizon.

If there is one thing that we have learned from the last few years of unplanned upheaval of pandemic response, vaccine retaliation and is that now is the time to prepare for future risks, before they gain traction. This is true even if they are hard to conceptualize or quantify. Just the mere knowledge that the data clearly shows an impending event of this magnitude should be more than enough for Leaders to start the dialog and movement toward preparing to mitigate potential impacts. Where to start? Check the June Member Newsletter in the Time Well Spent section for resources on nurse retention.

You are the faces or courage, grace and grit.

Leader Highlight

For June we ask questions related to expanding leadership outside your specific role to our own Executive Director, Cindi M. Warburton. Cindi has taken on many "non-traditional" leadership and management roles across nursing, take a moment to hear from a Leader peer about navigating options as a nursing leader.

Read all Leader Highlights here.

Awards and Celebrations

Thank you KP Sunnyside and Westside!

Kathryn Vandewalle, Chief Nurse Executive, KSMC and Matthew Freeman, Chief Nurse Executive, KWMC 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 both!

Board Update

A mini-session was held prior to the Annual Conference, the objective was primarily to prepare for facilitating the conference and ensuring all attendees were engaged.  

Board Member at-Large - The board nominated and approved Christina Finch MHA, BSN, RN, CPN. Clinical Practice Leader at Seattle Children's. 
Christina, while a new in her nurse leadership journey is identified as an advocate for patients, families and staff.  Her leadership philosophy is grounded in providing coaching, motivation and presences to her team. 

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

FINAL CALL: Member 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 ratios 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

June 15th, 2022: Summer Break. After a successful and highly impactful Annual Conference, Senior Leaders took a much needed break from their formal roles and NWONL supports this respite. Our CNO & Dean Rounding reconvenes in July.

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

On behalf of the Board, we want to take another moment to recognize and thank our presenters, your contributions to our profession are both noteworthy and an example for all leaders. For our corporate partners, we also offer, again, our humble thanks for supporting NWONL and its vibrant Nursing Leadership cadre, we could not have done it without you.


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 

NW Washington Council: Recruitment & Retention Strategies
June 24th, 10am - Noon PST
Learning Event
Members and their guests are always welcome, even if not in the Council region. Link to Join the Session

Seattle Council: Aligning the Holistic Nurse Care Model with the Traditional Medicine Wheel to Manage Health Care for American Indian and Alaska Native Populations
June 28th, 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.

Development Commission
July 13th, Noon - 1pm PST
NWONL Members. Register for the session here.

SW Washington, Tacoma & Kitsap Council
June 19th, 5:30pm - 6:30 PST
Members and their guests are always welcome, even if not in the Council region. Request invitation 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 provide prior to registrants. Email for invitation if not already confirmed.

NWONL Member Event: A Coach Model of Precepting for New Graduate Nurses
1 CE Event
June 17th, 1:30pm - 3:30 PST
Members and their guests are always welcome. Register for the session here.

Seattle Council
July 26th, 5 - 6pm PST
Members are always welcome, even if not in the region. Register for the session here.

NWONL in Action

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

In May we recognized four Leaders who 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. 

July Member CE & Learning Event - "A Coach Model of Precepting for New Graduate Nurses".
New graduate Nurses (NGNs) in the COVID-era are graduating from nursing school, passing their NCLEX exam and starting new positions with little clinical experience. Incumbent RN preceptors (RNPs) are heavily burdened with a large influx of new nurses that are being onboarded into the organization. A coach model of precepting was implemented to relieve burden for RNPs and help NGNs start learning nursing fundamentals in a safe and slow-paced environment. One coach is paired with two to four NGNs for the first four to six weeks of their orientation. At the end of the coaching period, coaches provide a preceptor handoff for NGNs to enter the traditional 1:1 precepting experience.  Join us July 20th for a 1 CE event presented by Jessica Tolzman, MSN, PCCN, RN, Nursing Education Practice Specialist, Cindy Bianchini, DNP, RN, NPD-BC RN Residency Director, Christina J Freeman, MSN, PCCN-K, RN, Nursing Education Practice Specialist, and Nicole Gaines, BSN, RN, NPD-BC, Nursing Education and Practice specialist.

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

Leadership Commission Update
OHASS, OSBN, OCN, WSHA and NCQAC all provided brief updates to the council chairs and members in attendance. These sessions cover a large selection of topics. You can find the agenda and notes on the NWONL website. They are available one logged in under the Member Menu in the Resources folder, NWONL Files. 

Career Center Update - 22 new jobs posted this last month!
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. Oregon and Washington are the locations and the experience level is predominantly bachelors or masters and from 2 - 10 years experience. There are also several senior director and a CNO position available. Take a look should you have interest: NWONL Career Center

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!

June 23 Leadership Commission
June 24 NW Washington Council
June 28 Seattle Council 
July 13 Development Commission
July 19 SW Washington, Tacoma and Kitsap Council
July 20 CNO & Dean Rounding
July 20 A Coach Model of Precepting for New Graduate Nurses
July 26 Seattle Council 
Aug 03 Southern Oregon and Willamette 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. 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. Submit your idea/concept/presentation/research for consideration Continuing Education Offering Approval Form. If you have something that you feel is worthy but not 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. 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 full Membership in NWONL including: access to webinars, legislative health policy updates, CE opportunities, Council attendance, formal board and committee leadership service potential, research and 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. 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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