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

  • Below is a link to an article published in Nurse Leader by Kevin Whitney, ONL Past President, and Sharon Gale, ONL CEO.  The article is titled:  Positioning Professional Membership Organizations for Success:  Achieving Sustainability.


  • 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. 

  • MAAC has announced that they have been awarded a second $300,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to support Massachusetts' efforts to make it easier for current and future nurses to advance their education to the BSN or higher degree. Massachusetts is one of only nine states to receive funding under RWJF's Academic Progression in Nursing initiative. Click here to read the news release.

  • MAAC Releases Report on The Advanced Practice Nurse in Massachusetts.  To read the report, please click here.  
  • You are invited to be a part of the 2015 nomination process by submitting your own name as a nominee, submitting the name of a colleague, or encouraging an ONL member to submit his/her nomination for elected office.  Please click here for the forms. 
MAAC Summit 2014

Nurses Play Pivotal Role in Advancing Healthcare

About 150 nurse leaders, educators, nurses, and health care
employers attended the first annual MA Healthcare Workforce
Summit on initiatives and best practices to advance health care
and improve patient care. Summit sponsors and keynote speakers
(L-R) David Cedrone, Associate Commissioner for Economic and
Workforce Development, MA Department of Higher Education;
Sharon Gale, CEO, Organization of Nurse Leaders of MA & RI;
Pat Crombie, MA Action Coalition/APIN Project Director;
Mary Dickow, Statewide Director of the California Action Coalition;
Bryan Hoffman, Program Manager of RWJF’s Academic Progression
in Nursing (APIN) initiative.


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