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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Board of Directors 2009-2010