Northwest Organization of Nurse Leaders News

October 2022 Newsletter

Executive Director Update

October kicks off our election cycle month, first with self-nominations then elections to start in November. Board service can be exceptionally rewarding for professional development and as an opportunity to gain experience in becoming influential. With only two months (really) left for the year, we are already busy planning for positioning and activities to carry us through 2023. Outside NWONL, there are trends showing improvement for 2023 but that enthusiasm is dampened by the current reality. Our region is largely responding to the fallout from the complex chaos heaped on it during the pandemic, of which you likely are not surprised: pernicious staffing challenges driving the churn of nurses from the clinical bedside to the top leadership roles paralleled by financially driven reorganizations forcing austerity on budgets and plans across systems. Basically, it is hard out there right now. Yet, as going into 2023, as we strive to build a stronger more sustainable path forward there is reason to be hopeful. What me must do right now is continue to press forward, adapt and reposition. 

You are the faces or courage, grace and grit.

Leader Highlight

For October, we are highlighting some of the trends and thoughts on leadership that have caught our attention: Organizational restructuring and staffing pressures. Take a moment to read the highlight.

Read all Leader Highlights here.

Annual Elections and Scholarships

2023 Board Nominations open through October 31st
Ready to take your Professional Practice to the next level? Board positions are open to current members of NWONL (plus AONL if position requires) meeting all membership criteria therein and ability to make the time commitment associated with the role. Applicants should actively hold a senior level position in a health care delivery organization with the demonstrated ability to engage and influence nursing outside of their own organizations. Nominations are extended through October 31st to allow more time for Members to prepare their applications. Elections will convene for Members shortly afterward. Roles are to be confirmed by the end of November. Terms begin January 1st. 2023. Consider a role on the NWONL Board:

2022 Annual Scholarship Application open through October 31st

In support of developing and fostering nursing leadership excellence, the Northwest Organization of Nurse Leaders (NWONL) sponsors two $2,500 academic scholarships annually for NWONL members. One scholarship will be reserved exclusively to be awarded to a nurse leader from an underrepresented group (example: racial, ethnical or socio-cultural background). The scholarship application will be open from October 1st through 31st. Awards will be confirmed by November 10th and funds disbursed prior to year end.

Board Update

NWONL: There was no regularly scheduled Board session in October. Of note, the Board reminds all Members to consider Board service, and have extended nominations through October 31st

AONL:  An update on the elections: Sylvain “Syl” Trepanier, DNP, RN, system CNO, Providence, Renton, WA has been elected to represent Region 9. This region encompasses Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Alaska and Nevada. Sil will join our Board in an At-Large capacity starting in January. We are pleased to have local representation on our Board and look forward to Syl's voice and support for our regions endeavors. Find more AONL election information here.

Advancing Nursing Leadership Through Research

Survey window is closing this month and 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

This months Rounding was hosted by Sofia Aragon, where she provided a clear picture of the state of academic faculty across WA and highlighted the gaps and opportunities to growing a nurse faculty workforce. Many of our members have been asking about how to transition into academia, especially those who are nearing retirement but still have so much to give back to the profession.  The workshops offered through WCN help you to prepare to do just that, for more information check out their upcoming workshop next week: So you Want to be a Professor?  

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

What exactly is Critical Race Theory and why should I care? Critical Race Theory (CRT) has made a huge splash in media this last year... but what is it exactly and how did it become a "problem"? This was discussed with a small group of industry influencers this month in Oregon and the take away: Yes you should care. Yes, even if you consider yourself a conservative or progressive white person and not a contributor to the challenges of racial impedance you still have a responsibility to help reduce and dismantle it for all fellow citizens. After meeting with the author and better understanding the situation, we have read and recommend a small guide on the subject: Gaslights and Dog Whistles : Standing Up For Facts Over Fiction in a Fearful and Divided World by Jim Morris and Rianna Moore. 

If you are interested in applying for a preceptor grant incentive? The Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC)  would like to announce the launching of the Washington State Nurse Grant Preceptor Program (WSNGP) in Fall 2022.  The 2022 Washington State Legislature provided funding to incentivize nurses who volunteer to precept nursing students at approved practices sites by educational programs.  (General Fund-State) (Ongoing).   An incentive will be paid directly to LPNs, RNs, and ARNPs who precept nursing students and meet eligibility requirements. The informational session will discuss the overview of the WSPNG program including eligibility requirements and the reimbursement process for the grant incentive. Washington focused, but Leaders in Oregon are welcome to attend to better understand the initiatives underway in the region. Information and registration

Upcoming Events 

Seattle Council
Oct 25th, 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

Southern Oregon & Willamette Council
Nov 2nd, 3:00 - 4:30pm 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

NWONL Development Commission
Nov 9th, 11am - Noon PST
NWONL Members. Information and registration request

WA State Nursing Preceptorship Incentive Program (WSNPG) Explained
Nov 10th, 9:00 - 10:00am PST
Learning Event
NWONL Members & guests. Information and registration

CNO & Dean Rounding
Nov 16th, 7 - 8am PST
Invitational Event
Agenda provide prior to registrants. Email for invitation if not already confirmed.

NWONL Leadership Commission
Nov 17th, 11am - Noon PST
NWONL Members. Information and registration request

"Building a Resilience Program - A Case Study"
Nov 18th, Noon - 1:30 PST
1 CE Event
NWONL and ACNL Collaborative Members may attend and obtain CE as part of membership. Information and registration

Seattle Council
Nov 22nd, 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

Portland & Vancouver Regional Council
Dec 2nd, 1:30 - 3:30pm PST
Members and their guests are always welcome, even if not in the Council region. Meeting link (day of event)

"The Role of Nurses in Promoting Health Equity"
Dec 7th, Noon - 1:30pm PST
ACNL Event
NWONL Members use the code NWONL25 during registration to receive the NWONL & ACNL Collaborative pricing benefit. Information and registration

CNO & Dean 2022 Summit "Year in Review and Positioning for 2023" with Robyn Bagley, CEO AONL
Dec 14th, 7 - 8am PST
Invitational Event
Agenda provide prior to registrants. Email for invitation if not already confirmed.

NWONL in Action

September Leader Highlight, if you did not read it yet... 
In September we swe invited longtime NWONL supporter and Nursing Leadership Professional Dr. Barbara Mackoff to share her motivation and objectives for her new book and framework: Leadership Laboratory for Nurse Leaders. We are aligned with Barbara in her goal of supporting aspiring and seasoned leaders to reach the height of their leadership capabilities. Read all Leader Highlights here.

Development Commission Update
 The Commission has activated Scholarships for application October 1st - 31st. The group is working on improving Membership retention, planning for the 2023 Mentor cohort launch and 2023 Annual Conference. Full October session notes are available for members on the website here.

Leadership Commission Update
The October session encompassed WCN, OCN and OSBN updates (WSHA was not able to attend). Full October session notes are available for members on the website here. If you would like to work with the Leadership or Development Commission, let us know and we will get you connected.

Career Center - What's New in October on our Career Dashboard for Nursing Leadership:

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!

Oct 25 Seattle Council
Nov 02 Southern Oregon & Willamette Council (Teams Meeting)
Nov 09 Development Commission
Nov 10 WA State Nursing Preceptorship Incentive Program (WSNPG) Explained
Nov 16 CNO & Dean Rounding
Nov 17 Leadership Commission
Nov 18 "Building a Resilience Program - A Case Study"
Nov 22 Seattle Council
Dec 02 Portland & Vancouver Council
Dec 07 "The Role of Nurses in Promoting Health Equity"
Dec 14 CNO & Dean 2022 Summit
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 across the region. 

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


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? 
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.

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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