NLN.ON Winter 2012 eNewsletter

Winter 2012

* Message from the President
Slate of Candidates – NLN.ON Board of Directors
* Call for Resolutions
* 2012 Conference
* Janice Wilmot
* A Message from the Nursing Students of Ontario NSO
* NLN.ON Membership


Message from the President
 – Ken Allan

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:


Objective: NLN.ON will enhance knowledge exchange and the recognition of nurse leaders.

    • For 2012-2015, NLN.ON will continue to sponsor its annual conference
    • By December 2013, NLN.ON will host a series of webinars, and evaluate their success.
    • By December 2013 NLN.ON will develop a multi-faceted approach for recognizing/ profiling successful nurse leaders.

Objective: NLN.ON will recruit and retain members through activities targeted at CNEs/CNOs and mid-career nurse leaders.

    • By December 2014 NLN.ON will establish focused communication with hospital CNEs/CNOs in Ontario to encourage them to promote NLN.ON membership in their organizations.
    • By December 2015 NLN.ON will identify and implement a strategy to retain mid-career nurse leaders’ membership.

Objective: NLN.ON will collaborate with RNAO on selected leadership initiatives.

    • By June of 2012, NLN.ON will present its strategic plan to the RNAO Board
    • By September 2012, NLN.ON will meet with the RNAO Executive to discuss specific options and opportunities.

Objective: NLN.ON will enhance Board capacity for the purpose to promote Board efficiency and effectiveness. 

    • By June 2012 NLN.ON will contract with an agency or individual to provide governance education for new Board members.
    • By the March 2013 Annual General Meeting, NLN.ON will present by-law revisions that ensure compliance with Bill 46.
    • By December 2012 NLN.ON will establish a resource pool of at lead 12 members who can assist in executing the strategic priorities, represent NLN.ON if/as needed, and occupy future Board positions.

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

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.

Slate of Candidates – NLN.ON Board of Directors

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.

President Elect
Donna Rothwell, Chief Nursing and Professional Practice Officer, Niagara Health System

Director, Nursing Research and Education
Pamela Baxter, Associate Professor, McMaster University

Regions 1 and 2
Lori Jennings, Manager, Pre-Admit and Day Surgery, Bluewater Health

Regions 3 and 4
Judy Shearer, Associate VP, Mental Health and Addictions, Grand River Hospital

Regions 6 and 7
Christine Daly, Clinical Manager, Cardiac Rehab, UHN (Toronto Rehab)

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.

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NLN Board welcomes Janice Wilmot

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.  


Amanda Firth 
President 2011-2012
Nursing Students of Ontario (NSO)

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 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

Ken Allan

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

Phone: (807) 625-5955

Victoria Lucas 
President Elect, NLN.ON

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

Phone: (519) 464-4400

Sue Roger
Past President, NLN.ON

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

Phone: (519) 464-4400  x8264

Janice Wilmott 

Region 1&2 Director

Interim Program Director, Surgery
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
80 Grand Ave, PO Box 2030
Chatham, ON  N7M 5L9

Phone: (519) 352 6401 x6575

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

Sara Lankshear
Region 5 & 8 Director and Secretary

Relevé Consulting Services
280 Silver Birch Drive
Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M2H7

Phone: (705) 533-0778

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

Pat Piaskowski
Region 11&12 Director

Network Coordinator for Northwestern Ontario Infection Control Network
289 Munro Street
Thunder Bay
ON P7A 2N3

Toll free: 1-866-706-7426
Phone: 807-683-1747

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

Sumi Shanmuganathan
Student Executive Member NLN

Phone: (705) 559-2229

Elizabeth Nemeth
Ex Officio & Conference Chair

Consultant and Clinical Practice Manager
Healthtech Inc.
210 Glencairn Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M4R 1N2

Phone: (416) 483-5974