Northwest Organization of Nurse Leaders News

August 2022 Newsletter

Executive Director Update

Just the other morning I felt a slight crisp in the air, hinting that Fall is lurking around the corner waiting to make it's appearance. Honestly, I vote for just a bit more summer. Here is what is going on across our region: Nurse Leaders continue to be challenged with ongoing burnout and staffing shortages, student placements that get moved, changed or canceled all together and massive adjustments to organizational structure in response to budget shortfalls. Pile on new disease outbreaks and vaccine hesitation and it just amplifies the intensity of pressure on leaders.

We, our teams, are tired. There is a significant uptick in both long and short tenured leadership and clinical staff are retiring or finding other jobs that are a better fit. Now, "quiet quitting" is becoming increasingly pronounced as people set boundaries at work and gone are the days when "going above and beyond" was a workplace expectation. People are "quietly" just showing up to do the minimum required, no more, no less. While this may not be impacting your teams, alas, it is an unwelcome trend.

Yet, there are reasons to be hopeful as we move through these (relentlessly) challenging times. Many of these problems were on the horizon long before the pandemic began, albeit there are "many rearing up at once". Yet we have wrestled them before: organizations forced to find ways to be more streamlined and focus on new models of care; licensed healthcare workers working to their full scope of licensure; excessive and expensive overhead being trimmed; innovation of acceptable changes in the way nurses are being prepared pre-licensure. All are changes we, as Nursing Leaders, have historically handled. Certainly the details and implementations will be different this time around (they are never quite the same). However, we've got this... and honestly, we have no choice but to make these changes. The proven truth: Nurse Leaders like you are just the ones to show the next generation how to do get this done. 

You are the faces or courage, grace and grit.

Leader Highlight

For August, we ask have invited Desi McCue DNP, MBA, BSN, RN, CENP, CEN to continue building on last months Leader Highlight that is focused on what it means to pursue a Doctoral level of eduction. Desi completed her DNP in 2022 and has presented to both the the Members as well at our Annual Conference. Desi offers her take on what the Doctorate of Nursing Practice means for her own career and some insight into what it takes to accomplish the DNP. As a Nurse Leader considering or engaged in an advanced education program, it is worth your time.

Read all Leader Highlights here.

Awards and Celebrations

Recognition is a core element of Leadership. We strive to recognize the "wins" of our Member Leaders at all levels and across all organizations. There is much to celebrate among our Membership and we absolutely want to hear from you! Contribute directly to our Member Newsletter by sharing your own, your team or organizations accomplishments: Reach out to us anytime! 

Board Update

NWONL: No new update or information for August (no August board session, next session is September). 

AONL:  There is no new regional affiliate update for August. However, AONL is still seeking abstracts for consideration for their 2023 May Conference through the end of August.

Advancing Nursing Leadership Through Research

We need your Leadership input! 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

Aug 17th, 2022: Kristen Swanson PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the College of Nursing, Seattle University, led the session on "Faculty shortages and the ongoing clinical placement conundrum." Kristen provided updated statistics and references plus engaged regional Leaders in what is/has worked in their own organizations. Read the August 2022 CNO & Dean Rounding Report here.

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 

Development Commission
Sept 14th, 11:00am - Noon PST
NWONL Members: Information and Registration Request

ACNL: Health Policy Mid-year Update
Sept 14th, Noon - 1pm PST
An ACNL event open to NWONL leaders with organizational exposure to the California region.
This event is offered through the NWONL & ACNL Collaborative agreement. Information and registration here. 

NWONL Leadership Commission
Sept 15th, 11am - Noon PST
NWONL Members. Information and Registration Request

Southwest Washington, Tacoma and Kitsap Council
Sept 20th, 5:30 - 6:30pm PST
Members and their guests are always welcome, even if not in the Council region. 
Join the session here: Microsoft Teams
Information and to be placed on this Councils notifications: Information and Notification Request

CNO & Dean Rounding
Sept 21st, 7 - 8am PST
Invitational Event
Agenda provide prior to registrants. Email for invitation if not already confirmed.

Seattle Council
Sept 27th, 5:00 - 6:00pm PST
Members and their guests are always welcome, even if not in the Council region. 
Information and to be placed on this Councils notifications: Information and Notification Request

"Complex Discharge, a Case Study"
Aug 17th, Noon - 1:30pm PST
1 CE Available: Information and registration available here.
Members and their guests plus ACNL collaborative members are also welcome.

NWONL in Action

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

For August we started a multi-part interview series on what it means (and what it takes) to accomplish the DNP degree. Take a moment to hear from a Leader peer about navigating the DNP as a nursing leader. Read all Leader Highlights here.

"Resiliency" with Mark Campbell PhD

Our August learning event was led by Dr. Campbell. His practice is with high performing professional teams (professional sports, military and healthcare) predominantly in the mental-health focus and resiliency arena. Mark's approach is distinctly relevant to healthcare, especially nursing and nursing leadership. Our respect and thanks to the dedication of Mark for sharing your work with our Leaders. We expect to work with Mark more in the future. For additional information, find out more here: Campbell Performance

Development Commission Update
 The Commission is launching scholarships starting in October, look for announcements to be released in September.

Leadership Commission Update
The June 23rd session encompassed: WCN, OCN, WSHA, OSBN updates. 

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

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!

Sept 14 Development Commission
Sept 14 ACNL - Health Policy Mid-Year Update
Sept 15 Leadership Commission
Sept 20 SW Washington, Tacoma and Kitsap Council
Sept 21 CNO & Dean Rounding
Sept 27 Seattle Council
Sept 28 Complex Discharge: A Case Study, 1CE Event

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 affiliate, 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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