Northwest Organization of Nurse Leaders News

November 2022 Newsletter

Executive Director Update

As Nursing Leaders, winter and the holiday season has a tendency to compound stressors as the year end looms. Both at work and home. If you have feelings of angst in response, your not alone. Lather on top of the end of year platter a mess of environmental agents: swirling flu storms, covid (never left), RSV and viruses a plenty... Our strained organizations can't seem to catch a break. Leaders are (again) rapidly risking becoming fatigued and demoralized. Our shared reality is, it is obnoxiously stressful out there. 

It's enough to convince myself we will endure so I'm not going to loft platitudes your way. All I can share is what personally I'm doing to manage. First up, I'm making time to asses what is bringing me joy, then do more of if. My method of choice this season ''showing gratitude". It has the science behind it as a lever for combating stress and it grounds and aligns me to my personal calling. Its also fun. I'm weaving this into my work with a gratitude journal, thank you notes, celebrating the little things, and scheduling time to take care of myself (yes including some "consistent" exercise). My goal is to amplify my gratitude gravitas. You can choose your own adventure, just make sure you take care of yourself first. We have to, countless others are depending on us to lead the way. In the words of Sister Trainor (see the Time Well Spent for full story): "Have a happy heart and be a healer. Be kind to each other. Be there when people need you"

You are the faces or courage, grace and grit.


Annual Elections and Scholarships

Welcome new 2023 Board Leaders!

On behalf of the NWONL Board, we welcome all the new Leaders and truly appreciate all members who participated. We look forward to working with you all in 2023.

Congratulations 2022 Scholarship Awardees!

On behalf of the NWONL Board, we extend our gratitude and appreciation to the awardees for their dedication to advancing the practice of nursing leadership and expanding its impact across our region. 

Board Update

NWONL: The November Board session was dedicated to planning for 2023. The overarching goal is finding ways to create more value for our Members in ways that are truly meaningful to their leadership practice. They encourage all Members to participate in the 2023 Conference Planning survey as this information is vital in ensuring NWONL is moving forward effectively. The Board will be working asynchronously through early January on the 2023 plan and schedule. The objective is for a January ratification of the 2023 plan. This allows time to "on-board" the new Board members. 

AONL:  An Affiliate Town Hall was held. This is a standard meeting designed for AONL to gain feedback directly from the regions (NWONL is a Region 9 affiliate). No additional information to share for November.

2023 Conference Planning - We need your input!

Take a moment to provide feedback on the content, priority and your preference for locations and style for the 2023 Annual Conference. We know there are many options for Leaders and we are striving to ensure NWONL is your first choice for the limited time and resources available. NWONL Membership Survey: Planning for 2023 

CNO & Dean Rounding Report

The October Rounding was a refreshing case study on the partnership between Heritage University and Seattle Children's Hospital. Dr. Christina Nyrati and Dr. Debra Ridling, along with Genevieve Aguilar shared the journey to improved equity in nursing achieved through a partnership and friendship.  By understanding the challenging social determinants that impact the community surrounding Heritage U., they were able to identify children's health outcomes as a major opportunity.  Through partnering with Seattle Children's, the school was able to send their students there for immersive training in their RN education. Then, trained and ready to make an impact, returned to their communities as licensed RN's and ready to tackle some of the challenging barriers to children's health outcomes. 

Time Well Spent

Here are a couple bright spots we we found to be refreshing, enjoy:

Upcoming Events

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

Postponed: CNO & Dean 2022 Summit "Year in Review and Positioning for 2023" with Robyn Bagley, CEO AONL
Dec 14th, 7 - 8am PST
New Date: Jan 18th, 7 -8am PST
Invitational Event
Agenda provide prior to registrants. Email for invitation if not already confirmed.

NWONL Development Commission
Dec 14th, 11am - Noon PST
NWONL Members. Information and registration request

NWONL Leadership Commission
Dec 15th, 11am - Noon PST
NWONL Members. Information and registration request

Seattle Council
Dec 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

NWONL in Action

Accepting Applications for the 2023 NWONL Mentor Program

The impact of mentorship on both mentor and mentee cannot be understated: growing your own leadership practice and also amplifying your ability to mentor other leaders. It is a phenomenal opportunity and NWONL has provided it to you as part of your membership. We partner with MentorLead and have completed our first cohort in 2022 with resounding success. 

Get ready for a new online Membership experience! 
In January, NWONL will move its membership management platform to the Nursing Network. Many of you are already familiar with Nursing Network, for those who are not, it is the premier integrated platform for nursing leadership and practice across all nursing disciplines. It is unique, highly connected and will absolutely amplify your membership. Its also EXCEPTIONALLY good at the things that matter most to our members: events, connecting and ease of managing your membership. There will be no interruption or changes to your membership. When we transition in January all you will have to do is sign-on to the new platform and confirm your account. We are excited and we know you will be too! Feel free to take a look at Nursing Network here

October Leader Highlight, if you did not read it yet... 
In October, the NWONL Executive Director shared observations of trends and some thoughts on leadership positioning. Read all Leader Highlights here.

Development Commission Update
The Commission has launched planning for the 2023 Annual Conference and is actively developing several options and additionally working on enhancing the 2023 Mentor program. November session notes are available for members on the website here.

Leadership Commission Update
The November session encompassed OAHHS, OSBN, WSHA, and NCQAC updates. 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!

Dec 02 Portland & Vancouver Council
Dec 07 "The Role of Nurses in Promoting Health Equity"
Dec 14 CNO & Dean 2022 Summit
Dec 14 Development Commission
Dec 15 Leadership Commission
Dec 27 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. 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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