* Message from the President
Message from the President – Ken Allan
It is hard to believe that January has come and gone, the Nursing Leadership Network Board has reviewed the interest group’s strategic directions. I would encourage the membership to provide feedback on our revised course at the 2012 NLN.ON Annual General Meeting when the strategic goals and objectives for the next 3 years are presented.
The AGM well be held on Friday, March 23rd on the final day of the annual conference. You can also provide us with input by using the email address at the bottom of this newsletter or by using the contact us form on the website.
Your thoughts and comments as to how NLN.ON can best support its membership are extremely important to the NLN.ON executive.
The following is a quick summary of the Draft 2012 – 2015 Goals and Objectives for NLN.ON’s strategic directions:
DRAFT NLN.ON GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
GOAL: KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE AND RECOGNITION
GOAL: BOARD CAPACITY
We look forward to hearing your thoughts on these “refreshed directions”
There will be significant challenges for everyone in 2012. The Excellent Care for All Act (which became law in 2010) will continue to have an impact for those working in acute care. However all sectors will be striving to deliver care based on the best available evidence. In fact putting clients at the centre and weighing evidence has always been at the heart of nursing. As organizations come under increasing pressure we will all be challenged to work more efficiently.
Innovation and creativity are going to be increasingly important. Be sure to mark March 22nd and 23rd on your calendars for the Nursing Leadership Network’s annual conference. This is an opportunity for all nursing leaders (regardless of organizational position) to showcase success stories and practical solutions to challenges faced in our varied workplaces.
Hope to see you at the AGM and annual conference.
Ken Allan, President NLN
We are pleased to announce the Slate of Candidates for the NLN.ON Board of Directors for 2012. They represent diverse organizations and formal leadership roles in healthcare. They are acclaimed to their positions. Congratulations everyone.
Director, Nursing Research and Education
Regions 1 and 2
Regions 3 and 4
Regions 6 and 7
NLN.ON Call for Resolutions 2012
March 23, 2012 marks the NLN.ON Annual General Meeting. In preparation for that meeting, NLN.ON membership is invited to propose resolutions for discussion, and direction to the Board, related to advocating and supporting nursing leadership in Ontario. Deadline for receipt of proposed resolutions is February 24, 2012 to First Stage.
NLN.ON 2012 Conference
Registration is now open for the 2012 NLN.ON Conference – “Nursing Leadership Through a New Lens”.
This year’s Conference is being held at the Westin Prince Hotel in Toronto on March 22nd & 23rd, 2012.
Take a moment to download the brochure for all the session and poster information. Then register online to secure your place.
NLN Board welcomes Janice Wilmot
My nursing career has spanned more than 30 years. Throughout the majority of these years, I have been involved in nursing care of patients in the operating room. I have been a staff nurse, an OR educator, and worked to build an IT system for the OR. In the 1990s, when three community hospitals joined to become the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, I was awarded the position of OR Manager. My responsibilities have grown to include Management of PACU, Endoscopy and Day Surgery on two sites. During this time, in order to facilitate new construction, I have co-ordinated the complete moving of the operating rooms on two separate occasions.
I initially graduated with a Diploma in Nursing and early in my career, returned to school and obtained a BScN from the University of Windsor. In the spring of 2010, I graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters in Nursing, Administration and Leadership. I have long been a member of the RNAO, ORNAC and AORN. I obtained my initial certification in perioperative nursing from the CNA in 1997 and have maintained this through continuous learning.
As a Registered Nurse, I am concerned about the role of nursing in the future as we strive to maintain quality and safe patient care in a health care environment where patient acuity and workload is increasing. I believe it is important to actively support our professional organizations to help leaders advance and support nursing in the political arena.
A Message from the Nursing Students of Ontario NSO
As an interest group of the RNAO, the Nursing Students of Ontario are constantly seeking opportunities to represent the student population, engage in leadership opportunities, develop health related knowledge and network within the profession.
We have recently coordinated spiritual well being classes and career focused networking events as well as participating in health conferences and on various committees. In addition, planning for our largest annual event is well underway. We are collaborating with York University to host our 5th Annual Model WHO Conference on February 3rd and 4th, 2012. Ontario Nursing Students will be partnering with members of the York University Debate Team to develop skills and confidence relating to health advocacy and the political process. We are honoured to be joined by several guest speakers who will share their insights and experiences regarding global health.
As an executive, the NSO encourages student involvement in relevant and worthwhile professional development initiatives such as this. It cannot be argued that there lies inherent value in promoting the development of leadership skills among tomorrow’s nurses and encourage nursing professionals to advocate for student membership and involvement in such initiatives.
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