NLN.ON eNewsletter – Fall 2010

Fall 2010

* President’s Remarks
* Communications Update
* 2011 NLN.ON Conference – Call for Abstracts
* Education and Research Awards
* InfoFinders – Organizational Environment
* NLN.ON Membership

Message from the President – Sue Roger

September has arrived and with it, return to school and work routines and planning for the coming year.  Your NLN Board of Directors has determined strategic priorities for 2010/11 that include social media trials for membership, nursing student and new graduate engagement, mid-career learning opportunities and NLN.ON recruitment and retention.  It seems like a large agenda however I would commend to your the NLN.ON Board of Directors for their commitment and energy.  

The Conference Planning Committee has presented their conference agenda – “Setting the Bar for a High Performing Health Care System”.  The annual conference is a cornerstone for NLN.ON and has attracted up to 350 attendees in past years.  The Excellent Care for All Act 2010 will provide a platform for sub-themes this year and I look forward to lively discussion and sharing colleagues’ implementation plans.  Our keynote speaker selections and, ever-popular, poster presentations frame a large selection of concurrent sessions and networking opportunities.  As a reminder, the deadline for call for abstracts is October 25, 2010.

Our annual Research and Education Awards are presented at the annual conference.  Each year the NLN.ON awards up to $8,500.00 in research scholarships and educational bursaries.  Applications are being accepted until November 1, 2010 and can be made electronically through the NLN.ON website.

Our Communications and Membership committees have combined their forces and will be trialling Facebook, Twitter and just-in-time external newsfeeds.  These are exciting times for NLN.ON as communication tools development will provide us with direct links to our members.  A full evaluation will be available in early 2011.

It is a hectic but productive time of year for everyone.  Take a walk through the leaves, enjoy a Fall Fair and I hope that you can take the time to keep up to date with the latest at NLN.ON.  We will be glad to hear your feedback as our work unfolds.

Sue Roger,
President NLN.ON

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 Update

As we head into the Fall season we continue to explore and develop different ways to connect with the membership.  NLN members are encouraged to visit and ‘like’ our Facebook page ( and link up with your network colleagues. We will continue to send information out to the membership on a regular basis through our web site and regular e-bulletins.  Over the coming months we will also be increasing the news content to proved membership with the latest Nursing Leadership news and features from around the internet.  These news items will also feed directly to members who use Facebook and Twitter, keeping you up to date and saving you time.

If you have any thought as to content or resources you would like to see featured contact us at:

We hope you enjoy browsing through the InfoFinders’ search.  This month the focus is on creating an organizational environment that supports the use of evidence in practice.

Ken Allan
President Elect, Region 11 & 12 Representative & Communications Portfolio

2011 NLN.ON Annual Conference – Call for Abstracts

The Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario provides a forum where nursing leaders across the health care spectrum come together in a collegial environment, to share their success stories, identify common challenges, debate practical solutions and learn from the experiences of others.
We invite colleagues involved in all types of leadership roles to submit an abstract. The two day conference program format is filled with a series of concurrent sessions, hands on networking cafés, and our acclaimed Poster Session.

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

We encourage you to submit online by Monday, October 25th at 1pmestst and mark the 2011 Conference dates (March 24 & 25, 2011) on your calendars now and plan to be in Toronto for our Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting.

[ Abstract Submission Information ] [ Submit Abstract Online ]


Education and Research Awards

Each year the NLN.ON awards up to $8,500.00 in research scholarships and educational bursaries.

We encourage all nurse leaders involved in research, or contemplating continuing education to consider applying.

Two grants are available for part-time studies in an undergraduate nursing program or graduate program in nursing or a related field.
Value: $1000.00

One grant is available for full time studies in an undergraduate nursing program or graduate program in nursing or a related field.
Value: $1500.00

STUDENT AWARD: Education Grant for Student Nurses
A grant is available for a student registered full time in an undergraduate nursing program.
Value: $1000.00

NURSING LEADERSHIP NETWORK OF ONTARIO: Dorothy Wylie Graduate Fellowship Award
For full time graduate studies in nursing or a related field
Value: $2000.00

For nurse researchers conducting research into issues important to nurse leaders
Potential Value: Up to $2000.00 (may be divided among several suitable proposals)

Application Deadline: November 1

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InfoFinders – Organizational Environment

This issue’s topic, requested by the NLN.ON Board of Directors, is  “Creating an Organizational Environment That Supports the Use of Evidence”. References have been selected by InfoFinders to provide readers with various perspectives published within scholarly journals over the last few years.

Many Canadian nursing leaders have discovered the value InfoFinders can add to a project.  The company searches the published and grey literature, using electronic databases and the Internet to identify best practices and to assist in using the research to provide support and validate evidence-based projects. They can also identify experts and conduct key informant interviews to jumpstart organizational projects.

Experienced RNs review the information, select citations and filter down to a manageable amount of information. Our clients include health consultants, hospitals, associations, and universities.

Read more…

NLN.ON Membership

As an Interest Group of the RNAO, all our full standing members must be members of our professional association. Our fee for 2010/11 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 2010-2011

Sue Roger
President, NLN.ON

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

Phone: (519) 464-4400  x8264

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

Elizabeth Nemeth
Past President, NLN.ON

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

Phone: (416) 483- 5974 ex. 46


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

Chief Nursing & Professional Practice Officer
Niagara Health System
65 Third Street
Welland, ON, L3B 4W6

Phone: (905) 378-4647

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


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

Project Manager
Rouge Valley Health System
2867 Ellesmere Road
Toronto, ON M1E 4B9

Phone: (416) 284-8131 x 4507

Heather Arthur
Region 9 & 10 Director

Chief Clinical Officer
Cornwall Community Hospital

Phone: (613) 938-4240 x 4277

Mary Perrier
Region 11&12 Director

Program Manager Operating Room, Post Anaesthesia Care Unit and Day Surgery
North Bay General Hospital
750 Scollard St
North Bay, ON, P1B 5A4

Phone 705-474-8600 ext 2260
Cell: 705-475-6166

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

Linda MacLeod
Admin at Large, Nursing Administration RNAO, NLN Board

Program Developer, Residential Hospice
VON Grey Bruce
1280 20th Street East
Owen Sound, On N4K 6H6

Phone: (705) 422-2384

Poonam Sharma
RN BScN (New Grad)
Student Executive Member NLN

Nursing Students’ of Ontario (NSO)
Humber ITAL
46 michelangelo Blvd
Brampton, ON L6P0G9
Phone: (416) 871-7137