NLN.ON eNewsletter – Fall 2009

Fall 2009

Message from the President – Liz Nemeth

Leading in the Now

As summer vacations come to an end and we gear up for the fall and the business that follows, I am captivated by a book that I came across by the author Ekhart Tolle called the Power of Now.  As human beings, we have a tendency to either consciously or unconsciously live outside the present. Throughout any given day, our thoughts are often drifting to either the past or the future, and, as a result, we seem to only notice a minimal amount of what is taking place in the ‘now’.  We have a tendency to function on autopilot and consequently, much of life passes us by unnoticed. How many times have we gotten in our car and driven to work and not even realized that we are already at our destination?  We are more likely to spend the trip thinking about our destination and what awaits us rather than appreciating the passing scenery.  And, how often do we find ourselves replaying the events of the day at the dinner table, mulling over the ‘what-ifs’ as we quickly eat our meal without really even tasting it? In fact, most of us are so intent on looking either forward or backward at life that we go through much of it with a limited awareness of present reality.

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Editors Note

This Fall NLN.ON begins a new phase interacting with the membership through a Web based newsletter. You  will be receiving an invitation by email to participate in a survey.  Please take the time to respond, your input will help provide us with direction for the content of our e-bulletin.  A working group has been struck to consider feedback from the membership.  The web based newsletter will be developed based on your direction.  As an added incentive, all respondents to the NLN.ON communication survey will be eligible for a draw for a registration for the 2010 NLN.ON annual conference.   Look forward to hearing from you.

Ken Allan

Our Vision


Inspiring, supporting, and advocating today for nursing leadership tomorrow.


NLN.ON is an interest group of the RNAO that inspires, promotes, and influences nursing leaders and nursing leadership through innovation, integration and collaboration.

Communications Survey

As part of NLN.ON’s plan to engage the membership, a communication strategy is currently being developed. This Fall NLN.ON begins the initial phase of the strategy by introducing an electronic newsletter.

In order to ensure that future communication activities are meeting our interest group’s needs, would you please take some time to complete the following survey. Your input will help provide us with direction for communication with the membership and e-newsletter.

Your input is important to us, and as an added incentive, all respondents to the NLN.ON communication survey will be eligible to enter a draw for a registration for the 2010 NLN.ON Annual Conference.

[ Take the Survey Now ]

2010 Conference – Call for Abstracts

The Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario continues to provide a forum where nursing leaders across the health care spectrum can come together in a collegial environment, sharing their success stories, identifying common challenges, debating practical application strategies and learning from the experiences of others.

We invite all interested nurses involved in leadership roles at all levels to consider submitting an abstract for either concurrent session presentation or poster presentation. The two day conference program format is filled with a series of multiple concurrent sessions, hands on networking cafes, and our acclaimed Poster Session. This year we are adding two new opportunities in addition to the concurrent paper session, poster poster presentation and networking café. There is now an option of submitting for a “how to” workshop or an interactive roundtable dialogue.

Based on evaluation feedback, the focus for this year is on completed work, sharing of lessons learned and applicability to other settings and innovative contribution to the health care system.

We encourage you to submit online by Monday, October 26th at 1pm est and mark the 2010 Conference dates on your calendars now and plan to be in Toronto for our Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting.

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InfoFinders – Emergency Preparedness

Recommended Reading for Nurse Leaders.

This month’s Infofinder selection focuses on “emergency preparedness” as we face the activities associated with maintaining business continuity in the face of H1N1.  This season will provide opportunities to demonstrate leadership and I am sure we are up to the challenges facing us. Good luck everyone.

InfoFinders operates a service specialized to the healthcare sector, providing a range of customized information search, retrieval and reporting services specifically tailored to the client’s requirements and budget. Operating continuously from 1997, the company’s mandate is literature review, analysis and evaluation. The company searches the published and grey literature to identify leading practices and to assist in using the research to provide support and validate evidence-based projects. Linda Corso and Nancy Cobb are the principals of InfoFinders.

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Featured Board Member – Joy Peacock RN BSN, MSc

Throughout Joy’s career both in healthcare and business, she has held direct clinical and formal leadership positions in an Academic Health Science Centre and has been an owner of a private business. Most recently she is a Program Manager for the general surgery, cardiac and vascular programs at Kingston General Hospital. Her thesis work focused on the health and well being of nurses and the professional practice environment they work in.

Currently Joy is registered with the Canadian College of Health Services Executives and working towards a Canadian Health Executive (CHE) designation.

Featured Board Member – Donna Rothwell, RN, BScN

Donna Rothwell, a Registered Nurse, and is currently the Chief Nursing and Professional Practice Officer and the Health Program Director for the Maternal Child Program and the Welland Hospital Site at the Niagara Health System

From 1997 to 2006 Donna was the Regional Education Coordinator for the College of Nurses of Ontario. In this role, she has provided leadership and education on the standards of practice for hundreds of nurses in the Central South region of Ontario.

Donna was also Region 3 Regional Representative on the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario’s (RNAO) Board of Directors from 1991-1997. During this time frame she was the Chairperson of the Editorial Advisors for the Registered Nurse Journal of the RNAO, for which she received an award for her leadership in this role. She is currently a member of the RNAO’s Nursing Leadership Network’s Board of Directors.

NLN.ON Membership

Membership of NLN.ON is via RNAO.
As an Interest Group of the RNAO, all our full standing
members must be members of our professional association.

Our fee for 2008/09 is $55.00
This fee will be payable to the RNAO when you join our Interest Group.

To join the NLN.ON please contact RNAO in Toronto at
(416) 599-1925
or Toll Free 1-800-268-7199

and ask for their Membership Services Department. Please indicate that you wish to join
The Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario Interest Group.


Board of Directors 2009-2010

Eizabeth Nemeth RN, BScN, MN
President, NLN.ON

Manager, Clinical Practice
Healthtech Consultants Inc.
144 Front Street West, Ste 300
Toronto, Ontario
M5J 2L7

Phone: (416) 483- 5974 ex. 46

Sue Roger
President-Elect, NLN.ON

Business Director, Medical Programs
Bluewater Health
89 Norman St.
Sarnia, Ontario
N7T 6S3

Phone: (519) 464-4400  x8264

Lynda Bobinski
Past President, NLN.ON

Manager Oncology Nursing Services, Outpatient Unit & Surgical Oncology
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
980 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 6V4

Phone: (807) 684-7241


Ken Allan
Region 11 & 12 Director

Director, Health Protection
Thunder Bay District Health Unit
999 Balmoral Street
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6E7

Phone: (807) 625-5955

Kim Alvarado
Director of Education & Research, NLN.ON

Director, Surgical Oncology & Orthopedics
Hamilton Health Sciences
711 Concession St.
Hamilton, ON L8V 1C3

Phone: (905) 521-2100 x 42185

Sherri Huckstep
Region 5 & 8 Director and Secretary

Executive Director, Operations and Chief of Practice VON Canada, Ontario
VON Canada
246 Pringle Drive
Barrie, ON
L4N 0P4

Phone: (705) 726-5169


Victoria Lucas
Region 1&2 Director

Business Director Surgery, Ambulatory Care and Rehab Programs
Bluewater Health
220 North Mitton Street
Sarnia, ON, N7T 6H6

Phone: (519) 464-4400

Donna Rothwell
Region 3 & 4 Director

Interim Chief Nurse Executive & VP Patient Services
Niagara Health System Wellland Hospital Site
65 Third Street
Welland, ON L3B 4W6

Phone: (905) 378- 4647

Julia Scott
Admin at Large,
Nursing Administration RNAO plus ex-officio, NLN Board

Clarendon Enterprises
82 Emmeloord Crescent
Markham, ON L3R 1P8

Phone: (905) 470-1595


Joy Peacock
Region 9 & 10 Director

Program Manager, General, Vascular and Cardiac Surgery
Kingston General Hosptial
76 Stuart Street
Kingston, ON K7L 2V7

Phone: (613) 549-6666 x6813

Donna Woodhams
Treasurer, NLN.ON
Region 6 & 7 Director

Manager , Operating Room, Post Anesthetic Care Unit, and Central Processing Department
Rouge Valley Health System
2867 Ellesmere Road
Toronto, ON M1E 4B9

Phone: (416) 284-8131 x 4507