Fall Educational Meeting
Friday, September 12, 2014
Devens Commons | Devens, MA
Membership Directory 2014-2015
We are now preparing the 2014-2015 edition of "Who's Who in Nursing Leadership in Massachusetts & Rhode Island".
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Welcome to ONL
Organization of Nurse Leaders (ONL) is a not-for profit professional association committed to the advancement of professional nursing, promoting the delivery of quality patient care and influencing the development of health policy in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. ONL is committed to fostering the development of nurse leaders across the continuum through mentorship, collaboration and education and to providing an organized structure that promotes support, research, education, and professional development among members.
ONL consists of over 700 nurse leaders from various practice and academic settings. Virtually all acute-care hospitals in the Commonwealth are represented along with a growing number of providers from other settings including home care, long-term care, academia and corrections. Collectively, the membership employs over 40,000 nurses and health-care workers and administers over $1 billion in operating budgets annually.
ONL is an affiliate of AONE and has a long-standing tradition of support and collaboration with the Massachusetts Hospital Association.
As we had anticipated the Governor signed the staffing legislation into law Monday. Also, Monday morning Sharon Gale appeared on Fox News along with Karen Coughlin, Vice President of the MA Nurses Association . While Sharon commented on the need for flexibility and the importance of leaving clinical decisions with the nurses, the MNA spokesperson asserted that patients were in need of more protections in the hospital to be sure nurses were not caring for too many patients and vowed to continue their quest to pursue additional staffing legislation.
We will continue to advocate for the right approach to staffing. We thank our colleagues at the Massachusetts Hospital Association for their continued vigilance and work to provide the proper perspective and will keep you informed about further actions as a result of the enactment of this legislation.
See photo the right
Pictured (l. to r.) are Richard M. Freeland, commissioner, Department of Higher Education; Patricia Crombie, RN, MSN, project director, MA Action Coalition; Jessica Alvarez-Montano, RN, BSN, May 2012 graduate, UMass Lowell; David Cedrone, assoc. commissioner for Economic and Workforce Development; the Honorable Timothy P. Murray, Lt. Governor; Sharon Gale, RN, MS, chief executive officer, ONL; Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN, senior vice president for Patient Care and chief nurse, Massachusetts General Hospital; JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Sec. of Health and Human Services; and Sen. Richard T. Moore, Chair, Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.