Spring 2015 Leadership Academy
Spring Educational Meeting 2015
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.
Nurses Play Pivotal Role in Advancing Healthcare
About 150 nurse leaders, educators, nurses, and health care