Advocacy and Government Affairs 

ONL, it's Board, and its members are strongly committed to advancing policy that improves nursing practice, care of patients, and the health of communities. We do this through grass-roots advocacy as well as through strategic partnerships and interactions with key policy leaders, legislators, and other nursing and health care organizations and associations.
Our policy work and advocacy efforts occur at the state level in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont.


Multi-state Policy Platform

ONL has a multi-state policy platform that provides direction and guidance on important and relevant nursing leadership policy topics. The policy topics on ONL’s legislative agenda include:


 Opposing Rigid Mandatory          Supporting the Enhanced          Supporting Telemedicine            Supporting Nursing Quality

    Nurse Staffing Ratios               Nurse Licensure Compact                                                             and Workforce Development 


Additionally, ONL follows (and may weigh-in on) bills addressing:

  • Scope of Nursing and Allied-Health Practice
  • Bills impacting Healthy Work Environments. This includes bills addressing:
    • workplace safety/violence
    • safe patient handling
    • State budgets as they relate to health care and nursing
    • nursing practice  


Click here to see the bills ONL is currently following. This will link you with the bill and will show its status in the legislative process.



As a leader in health policy, ONL works closely with members and advocacy partners to develop innovative policy ideas and legislative strategies within the dynamic policy context of each of our member states. The goal of any policy ONL supports is to establish a sustainable framework for improving the quality of patient care that will endure periods of significant transformation and innovation within the health care environment.


Get Involved.

ONL members are welcome to join the Government Affairs Committee where they will participate in dynamic discussions of current policy topics, and state specific bills. Members contribute to the development of ONL’s policy positions and provide strategic input regarding pollical and advocacy strategies. The Government Affairs Committee meets on the fourth Thursday of every month. Who do they contact to join (we have to discuss)?


Meet our leadership team 

ONL’s Government Affairs Committee has a multi-state leadership team, with experienced nurse leaders serving as state representatives from each member state.


 Maria Ducharme            Paul MacKinnon                  Liz Beaudin                   Sherrie Palmeri


Legislative consultant and lobbyist:

   Mary Ann Mulligan


Director of Govt. Affairs and Educational Programs

   Ashley Waddell




 Patient Care LinkAmerican Organization for Nurse LeadershipCummings Foundation