Northwest Organization of Nurse Leaders News

July 2022 Newsletter

Executive Director Update

We are deep into summer and I hope that there is time for you to rejuvenate with some much needed relaxation. Easier to say than do, we are busy, the organizations we work in are busy. Healthcare as a whole is busy (understated). Piling on to that lament, we are halfway through 2022 and challenges of inadequate reimbursement payments, workforce shortages and, let's face it, a tired workforce makes the second half look like another hill to climb. All I can offer is there will be opportunities. It may be daunting, but it also may be worth it. We will only know by making the journey. 

What can we do to make the journey worth it? A balanced perspective, staying informed, curious, open and adaptive... What opportunities are out there? Perhaps it's finding new ways to bring wellness and healing into the workplace. Maybe it's time to strengthen the formation of academic and practice partnerships. How about the pipeline for nurse practitioners, where does that fit and add value to your organization. What about new grads? Investing in residency and fellowship programs for RN's new to practice or just new to the organization. Another is capitalizing on the nursing knowledge and experience of those nurses with many years of experience, and building a pathway for them to share that magic. The possibilities are out there. 

We likely will always be busy. Regardless of whatever it is that you are working on, I hope you find energy in the difference you are making in our profession. 

You are the faces or courage, grace and grit.

Leader Highlight

For July, we ask have invited James Reedy, DNP, MBA, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE to share what it really is like to pursue a doctoral degree. James completed his DNP in 2022 and has presented to both the CNO & Dean Rounding as well as the Members. James shares, candidly, how he launched into nursing and leadership, why the DNP, what it takes to accomplish the DNP and what is next for him. For those considering, currently aspiring or simply curious, give it a read. 

Read all Leader Highlights here.

Awards and Celebrations

Congratulations Desi McCue DNP, MBA, BSN, RN, CENP, CEN and now FACHE

Desi is a principle Member of NWONL as the President-Elect for 2022, has also completed her DNP in 2022 and now can proudly claim FACHE as a designation. Well done Desi, we are truly a more vibrant and powerful professional nursing leadership cohort because of you. Cheers!

Board Update

NWONL: No new update or information for July (no July board session). 

AONL:  Help shape AONL’s strategic direction by ensuring the Board of Directors includes the voice of nurse leaders at all levels and across the continuum. I serve on the AONL Nominations Committee. We are seeking nominations for candidates for the Board of Directors for Regions 4, 5, 7 and 9. We strongly encourages nominees from a wide variety of backgrounds (e.g. practice setting, location, role in the organization, specialization, race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, experience, sexual orientation) to submit a nomination by August 9: AONL Regional Board Representative Nomination

Advancing Nursing Leadership Through Research

Building off the AONL Covid-19 survey to Leaders and heading towards 2023, we are attempting to better understand how Nurse Leaders are faring in their roles as well as their opportunities and challenges. Results will be published to Members. Thank you to James Reedy, DNP, MBA, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE for directing this research effort: Complete the survey here (5 min. max).

CNO & Dean Rounding Report

July 20th, 2022: James Reedy, DNP, MBA, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, led the session on "Crisis response now. Taking our lessons learned and moving forward". Reedy provided updated statistics and references on practice plus engaged Leaders in what is/has changed in their own organization and what is on their "crisis planning" horizon. 

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

Time Well Spent

Upcoming Events 

NWONL Leadership Commission
July 28th, 11am - Noon PST
NWONL Members. Information and Registration Request

Southern Oregon and Willamette Council
Aug 3rd, 3 - 4:30pm PST
Members and their guests are always welcome, even if not in the Council region. Register for the Aug Council Here (Microsoft Teams)
Information and to be placed on this Councils notifications: Information and Notification Request

New Member Meet & Greet
Aug 10th, 10:00 - 10:45am PST
All Members are welcome: Register for the session here.

Development Commission
Aug 10th, 11:00am - Noon PST
NWONL Members: Information and Registration Request

CNO & Dean Rounding
Aug 17th, 7 - 8am PST
Invitational Event
Agenda provide prior to registrants. Email for invitation if not already confirmed.

NWONL Leadership Commission
Aug 18th, 11am - Noon PST
NWONL Members. Information and Registration Request

"Understanding Unconscious Bias in Admissions and Hiring"
Aug 17th, Noon - 1:30pm PST
Available to NWONL Members through our ACNL Collaborative Agreement: Information and registration here.

"Resiliency" with Mark Campbell, PhD, CWP
Aug 23rd, 9:00am - 10:00 PST
NWONL Members and their guests: Register for the session here.

NWONL in Action

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

For June we ask questions related to expanding leadership outside your specific role to our own Executive Director, Cindi M. Warburton. Take a moment to hear from a Leader peer about navigating options as a nursing leader. Read all Leader Highlights here.

"A Coach Model for Precepting New Graduate Nurses"

What a presentation, a huge success with over 90 members and guests in attendance! Members can find the presentation materials here. Our respect and thanks to Jessica Tolzman, Cindy Bianchini, Christina J Freeman, MSN, PCCN-K, RN, Nursing Education & Practice Specialist, and B. Nicole Gaines, your dedication to nursing and outstanding professionalism are hallmarks of strong leadership.

Development Commission Update
 The Commission is working now on both scholarships and awards for Q3-4. Look for announcements to be released in August.

Leadership Commission Update
The June 23rd session encompassed: Oregon HB4003 nurse intern RAC discussion, union behaviors and mitigation strategies and nursing retention strategies.

Career Center - What's Currently Active on our Career Dashboard:

Did you know NWONL has a personal Recruitment Specialist assigned to us? It means you have an extra hand plus 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.

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!

July 28 Leadership Commission
Aug 03 Southern Oregon & Willamette Council
Aug 10 New Member Meet & Greet
Aug 10 Development Commission
Aug 17 CNO & Dean Rounding
Aug 17 Understanding Unconscious Bias in Admissions and Hiring
Aug 18 Leadership Commission
Aug 23 Resiliency with Mark Campbell, PhD, CWP

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. 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? Sharpen your skills, build your CV, trial concepts and ideas and contribute to a vibrant Northwest Nursing Leadership knowledgebase. Submit your concept here: Continuing Education Offering Approval Form. If you have something that you feel is worthy but not CE related, reach out to us via the Continuing Education Offering form (above) or contact us at  

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. 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. As a Leader, staying attuned to your community, state, region and nationally is a hallmark of an influential leader.

Acknowledge and Celebrate Peer Leaders
We strive to recognize events that highlight careers. Our primary methods is to both recognize strong leadership formally and make it visible as well as learn from it. 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. Have something to share? Email us at

2022 Goals - a Big Year Ahead


What is Large Group Membership?
It is a simplified mass registration and renewal process  Organizations submit a list of new or renewing members, we do the work  and one payment is made for all. In parallel with our AONL affilate, a Large Group Membership discount is also given. Group Members enjoy exactly the same benefits of full Membership in NWONL. Simply email us at and we will get you started. 

What is Sponsorship? 
There are Nurse Leaders in our region that do not have organizational support for membership, for a variety of reasons. Sponsorship is when an active 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. 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 will not have access or benefits during a lapse but you can pick back up when your able. 

Having Issues with reactivating or renewing? 
Nurse leaders are legendary for being 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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