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Annual Meeting

Thursday and Friday, June 5 & 6, 2014
Wentworth by the Sea | New Castle, NH

Annual Meeting 2014 Agenda

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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

  • 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

  • On Thursday, April 3, 2014 Governor Deval Patrick awarded nearly $2 million in grants to help train health care providers to improve patient services and reduce costs.  The Organization of Nurse Leaders, Inc. is a proud recipient of one of these important Healthcare Workforce Planning Grants and has been awarded funding. With the assistance of an advisory board, ONL plans to develop a blueprint for a Massachusetts Nurse Residency Program for newly licensed nurses who are unemployed.  For more information, please click here.

  • MA Action Coalition Project Teams and Willingness to Serve Information
  • Please click on the link below to listen to Sharon Gale, ONL CEO, on WBUR's nurse staffing ratio discussion



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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