Upcoming Events

Winter Educational Meeting

Friday, December 12, 2014
Burlington Marriott | Burlington, MA

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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.

What's New

  • Governor Signs ICU Nurse Staffing Bill

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. 

  • Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray announced Massachusetts has received a $300,000 national grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help current and future nurses seeking to advance their academic preparation within the nursing profession.  The recipient of the grant is the MA Action Coalition (MAAC), co-led by the Organization of Nurse Leaders of MA & RI and the MA Department of Higher Education.

See photo the right

  • We are excited to release The Massachusetts Nursing Core Competencies: A Toolkit for Implementation in Education and Practice Settings. This Toolkit has been developed to provide a practical and easy-to-use resource guide to assist you in the implementation of the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies© (NOFNCC) at your institutions. The Toolkit is easily adaptable for use in your particular setting and we hope it will inspire more ideas to share.  To access the toolkit, please click here.  To see the press release, please click here.
  • Please click here for information on the BC Pinnacle Lecture Series, Organizational Leadership:  Experiencing Empowerment through Authenticity on Monday, 11/10/15 at 5 pm.




Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing Grant - 2012

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.

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