* Message from the President
Message from the President – Ken Allan
I hope you have all enjoyed a pleasant summer. This Fall brings the added uncertainty of a provincial election. As a member of a professional community be sure to consider how you can be engaged in the political process. RNAO’s “Creating Vibrant Communities Document is an invaluable resource to help formulate questions for your local candidates.
There have been some exciting developments at NLN this summer. The NLN research and education awards process is now on line and available on the website (WWW.NLN.ON.CA). Candidates will be able to follow the progress of their application. NLN is also pleased to be supporting the mentorship of nursing leaders by offering a $2000 sponsorship for attendance at the Health Leader Institute. Details will be available on our web site very shortly.
NLN representatives have been active in participating in a number of forums representing the Interest Groups membership (including the Chief Nurse Executive working group). The Network Executive is anxious to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns about the direction of the Interest Group. At the September Board meeting we reviewed NLN.ON’s strategic direction and the progress made on achieving objectives. We will be refreshing our Strategic Directions as a Board this January. Please feel free to share any thoughts that you might have regarding NLN.ON’s course by using the “contact us” button on the web site.
The conference planning committee is on track for organizing an excellent program for the Annual Leadership Conference on March 22 & 23rd. Please mark these dates on your calendars. Best wishes for a successful Fall. Don’t forget to get out and vote.
2012 Conference – Call for Abstracts
This year’s Conference is being held at the Westin Prince Hotel in Toronto on March 22nd & 23rd, 2012. The theme is “Nursing Leadership Through a New Lens”. Please note that the deadline for submission is Friday October 21st. We look forward to receiving your submissions. Please be sure to pass this along to your network of colleagues.
Once again for 2012 Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario (NLN.ON) is offering Education and
The Nursing Leadership Network Conference, 2011:
My name is Kate St. Amand and I am a new-graduate Registered Nurse. In March, 2011 as I was completing the final year of my nursing degree I nominated myself for the NLN Student Nurse Education Award and submitted an abstract to the 2011 NLN conference. The abstract was accepted and to my delight I was also notified that I won the award. I would facilitate a round table discussion and accept the award at the 2011 NLN conference in Toronto.
The decision to submit an abstract to the NLN conference was not mine alone. My pre-consolidation placement was with the Nursing Secretariat and the University Health Network (UHN) where I learned and experienced nursing policy development with a focus on the innovative Ontario Nursing Workforce Alliance program. I worked with inspiring nursing mentors who encouraged me to share my experience as a student nurse immersed in nursing policy development and implementation. With the guidance of these nursing mentors, I developed an abstract and submitted it to the NLN.
The award application was also a collaborative process, and I would not have qualified to apply for the award without the ongoing guidance and support of the faculty in the Trent-Fleming School of Nursing. The instructors who shared their knowledge and engaged me in my nursing education helped me to become eligible for such an award. I also reached out to an instructor and to a preceptor for references for the award itself.
My experience at the conference was nothing short of inspiring! I was intrigued to find myself in the company of so many nursing leaders who shared my passion for political leadership in nursing practice. I eagerly listened to the speakers discuss how nurses can lead in order to ensure the sustainability of our public health care system.
In the round table, I was fortunate to have participants ranging from student nurses, experienced nurses, policy analysts, nursing scholars and even a Provincial Chief Nursing Officer! The conversation was rich and intense and I took away ideas that continue to inform my research and my nursing practice.
On the final day of the conference, accepting the award was a humbling experience. I felt honoured to be included with nurses who work tirelessly to lead and to make a difference in the lives of nurses and the people and communities for whom we care. At the award ceremony, I sat with nursing leaders from UHN. The networking that I did at that conference contributed to my achievement of a full-time, permanent nursing job immediately following my graduation from the nursing program.
If I could make one recommendation to all nurses and student nurses it would be to always respect one another, make time for one another, and continue to learn from one another. My greatest experiences in nursing have come from reaching out to nursing leaders and finding them welcoming and receptive to my questions, my thoughts and my desire to become a better nurse. Being a member of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and the Nursing Leadership Network put me in touch with nursing leaders and enabled me to see the great achievements that can be made in nursing. I encourage all nursing students and nurses to be active in our professional associations, to reach out, and to respond with respect and compassion to our nursing colleagues.
Call for nominations
– Regions 1 & 2
– Regions 3 & 4
– Region 6 & 7
– Director Education and Research
1. If you are interested or wish to nominate someone please fill in the [ Nomination Form ].
Please take the time to consider nominating a capable and committed nursing leader. NLN.ON will continue to remain vibrant and strong with the involvement of a dedicated Board of Directors.
NLN Strategic Intentions Update
The latest update to the 2010-2011 NLN Strategic Intentions document is now posted on the website.
Facebook and NLN.ON
Nursing Leadership Network (NLN) is live on Facebook (FB)! Many NLN members have access to FB at home, on a personal device and some can access at work. Check out the NLN page or “Like” our posts. “Share” the page with colleagues on FB. Start a discussion.
Once you “Like” us you will receive posts on your wall as they happen!
What better way to stay in touch and connected than through this social media tool!
NLN Board welcomes Sara Lankshear RN PhD
Here is Sara’s personal message to NLN members:
As a long time NLN member, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to act as your Representative for Regions 5 & 8. I have been an NLN member since 1986 and have greatly benefited from the mentorship and friendships developed with NLN colleagues throughout the years. Hence, my personal philosophy can best be described as “Pay it Forward” …. the best way to benefit from something is to contribute to it!
Due to the vast and diverse geographic nature of Regions 5 & 8, Nursing leaders experience unique challenges and opportunities within and across the various sectors. I hope that you will feel free to contact me with any questions / concerns you have that you feel should be brought forward to the NLN Board.
I also welcome the opportunity to meet with you and/or attend forums where nursing leaders come together. My dissertation research focused on professional practice leadership roles and how factors such as organizational power, influence can impact role effectiveness and the practice environments – important factors within any practice setting or sector and areas that I am very passionate about!
I hope that my current role as NLN Board Representative along with my roles on the RNAO Board (Region 5 representative) and as President, Professional Practice Network of Ontario would enable me to tap into the perspectives of nursing (and non-nursing) leaders not only within Regions 5 & 8, but across Ontario.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Update from Linda MacLeod, NLN Board Member at Large –RNAO Board
NURSES’ WEEK: Nurses’ Week Events throughout the province such as “take your MPP to work”, many speaking engagements with nurses regarding the political actions taken and needed regarding the need for nurse leadership in making a better health care system.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Premier’s announcements following RNAO advocacy : NPs will have the authority to admit and discharge in hospitals and all 37 public health units are required to appoint CNOs by next year. The change in the leadership structure for public health is another advance in nursing leadership in health, following mandating CNEs as full members of hospital boards and the formation of strong quality committees (as of Jan 2011), making for better patient care and a more effective health care system.
MEMBERSHIP: There is a stronger focus on increasing membership this year. Strong Membership = A Strong Voice = Healthy Public Policy . We see nurses taking ownership now—through email communication strategies, all candidate events planned by regions and chapters and other events hosted by Workplace Liaisons and nursing student leaders. We are currently at approximately 32,000 and the target is 35,000. The Board and all nurse leaders are being encouraged to speak to students in their local nursing schools about the benefits of participating in their professional association.
ADVOCACY: New mayor of Toronto rejected provincial funds to hire 2 fully funded public health nurses. 3315 RNAO members responded with ACTION ALERTS and in August, Toronto’s budget council voted to accept a second provincial offer to pay for 3 new PHNs.
SAFER HEALTHCARE NOW! : RNAO continues to work in partnership to support Falls Intervention at the national level. Currently, RNAO is leading a national Falls Facilitated Learning Series (an 8 month program for quality improvement teams wanting to focus on the sustainability of their falls prevention activities.
RNAO hosted the annual Nursing Career Expo in May, and at that expo, launched the new “Careers in Nursing” website—a “one stop shop” for information about nursing as a career, and for nurses inquiring about enhanced education or career options.
REMINDER: International Nursing Conference in Jerusalem June 4-7 2012
As an Interest Group of the RNAO, all our full standing members must be members of our professional association. Our fee for 2011/12 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 2011-2012