ONL Annual Meeting

October 29th via Zoom


Looking for virtual resources for your leaders and teams to support and build resilience during the Pandemic?

In such a turbulent year, it is more important than ever for nurse leaders to make time to connect. Join ONL on Thursday, October 29th for our Annual Meeting featuring keynote speaker, Cy Wakeman, the ONL business meeting, recognition of our award and scholarship recipients, and time to meet with our vendor partners.

Cy Wakeman


 Cy Wakeman is a drama researcher, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-selling author who is recognized for cultivating a counter-intuitive, reality-based approach to leadership. Backed by over 20 years of unparalleled experience, Wakeman’s philosophy offers a new lens through which employees and executives alike, can shift their attention inward, sharpen their focus on personal accountability, and uncover their natural state of innovation simply by ditching the drama.


 Leading in Uncertainty and Crisis

Many of us are focused on how to “get through” the current pandemic so we can get back to business as usual. For Reality-Based leaders, the work at hand is about greatness - how to not only survive the daily in these times but to ensure that your team comes through this crisis better for it, evolved by it, and changed from it.

What you will take away from this session:

This session will outline the role of a leader in profound uncertainty, capturing hearts and minds, keeping teams and individuals focused on the work at hand, all the while ensuring that the forces that will evolve your team and team members is not curtailed. Cy will interrupt your current thinking and provide tips and techniques to make sure that your team is impacted - but not traumatized - by recent events and that you are leveraging current times to build resilience in your teams and to recreate the way you work in the future.


Finding Peace, Happiness, and Greatness in Transformative Times

In the midst of extreme challenges and disruption, peace, happiness, or greatness quickly start to seem like an impossibility. As humans, we quickly fall prey to the belief that we can’t succeed in circumstances like these and many buy in to the belief that our new normal is one of stress, anxiety, conflict, and suffering. We throttle down to settle or just “getting through” and surviving until things get back to the way things were before.

We all have far more power over our experiences than we claim. Even in the toughest situations each of us can determine whether we are impacted or traumatized and whether our approaches and responses help or hinder our desired results. In fact, how one person experiences these times has a lot more to do with their mindsets, skill sets, habits, and strategies they are deploying than the actual circumstances we are facing.

        What you will take away from this session:

This session is designed to help each participant take a quick inventory of their current experience and learn new techniques, strategies, and concepts that are easy to implement and can immediately shift mindsets to one of peace in the present, and resilience in the future. If you are wondering how you can best support your teams through this crisis, here is a unique reminder of just how much positive impact they can have to succeed despite the challenging reality at hand.



8:30 - 8:45 Welcome

8:45 - 9:45 ONL Business Meeting

9:45 - 10:30 Coffee Break / Visit Vendors

10:30 - 12:00 Cy Wakeman presentation

12:00 - 12:45  Lunch Break / Visit Vendors

12:45 - 1:00 Award video

1:00 - 2:30 Cy Wakeman presentation

2:30 - 2:45 Closing remarks, evaluation

Virtual Meeting

via Zoom

October 29, 2020



Registration: $249

Register Here




A special Thank You to our Vendors for the 2020 Annual Meeting

 Abbott Nutrition is a sponsor of the ONL Annual Meeting 2020

Abbott Nutrition

Proper nutrition is the foundation for healthy lives, which is why we at Abbott Nutrition have been developing science-based nutrition products for over 90 years. Please join us in the Abbott Nutrition “booth” for additional information on specialized nutrition products shown to improve surgical outcomes, enhance wound healing and support a patient’s recovery from ICU and beyond.




Dale Medical Products is a sponsor of the ONL 2020 Annual Meeting  

Dale Medical Products

Dale Medical Products, Inc is a family owned company based in Franklin, Massachusetts that has been servicing patients and hospitals for close to 60 years.  Our goal is to improve patient and clinical satisfaction through quality, reliability, education, and innovation.  We specialize in a variety of tube securement devices.  The company was founded on pillar products, Tracheostomy Tube Holders, Abdominal Binders and Foley Catheter Securement. Through the years we have expanded and evolved our product portfolio to include an Enteral Feeding Connector, NG Securement, and a variety of other IV Securement devices.




 EHOB is a sponsor of the ONL 2020 Annual Meeting  


Leader in Pressure Injury Prevention. WAFFLE® Brand Products have been used effectively for pressure injury prevention for more than a decade.

 EHOB was founded in 1985, specializing solely in pressure injury prevention. For the last 35 years, we have strived to produce simple, clinically-proven, cost-effective solutions. Our focus is to deliver solutions and educational services that meet the needs of the patient, clinicians and healthcare team. As your trusted partner in pressure injury prevention, we are committed to improving patient outcomes and workplace efficiency every day. We do it better together.


EHOB brochure.pdf



 Hillrom is a proud sponsor of the ONL 2020 Annual Meeting


In a rapidly changing industry, caregivers remain the constant. Every day they demonstrate their passion for helping people despite unprecedented pressure to increase access and quality of care with the same or fewer resources.

Hillrom is driven by patient-centered care. Everything we do, and all our products and technologies, are designed to enhance outcomes for patients and caregivers.


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 Kirby Bates Associates is a proud sponsor of the ONL 2020 Annual Meeting

Kirby Bates Associates

Wondering about your next career move?  Need new leaders for your team?  Let’s talk about new dimensions in career advancement, new barriers to filling vacancies and best approaches for addressing them.  Be sure to visit the Kirby Bates Associates booth to discuss with Jane Fitzsimmons, MSN, RN and Peggy Loughery, MSN, RN, how expectations and competencies have changed in the pandemic era.

Led and operated by successful healthcare executives, Kirby Bates Associates drives organizations to achieve sustainable outcomes and advance organizations’ key initiatives through Executive Search, Interim Leadership, Leadership Coaching and Workforce and Operations Consulting.  KBA has the firsthand clinical operations experience to recognize organizational challenges, understand their implications and present mission-margin, results-focused solutions.




Jane Fitzsimmons, MSN, RN

Executive Vice President

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 Laudio is a proud sponsor of the ONL 2020 Annual Meeting


Laudio is critical infrastructure for the healthcare workforce. The platform provides CHROs, CNOs, and frontline managers an integrated management system that fills the gap between information and action. With Laudio, health systems dramatically improve employee engagement, increase retention, and reduce burnout. The Laudio platform operationalizes proven leadership best practices and serves up proactive interventions for managers to engage with team members and address risk factors in real-time.  Leading health systems such as Sharp, UNC Health, and Boston Medical Center use Laudio to save millions annually and to reduce turnover.


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 MGH is a proud sponsor of the ONL 2020 Annual Meeting           

MGH Institute of Health Professions 16 Month Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Learn more about our 16 Month DNP Program at MGH Institute of Health Professions! Join a cohort of current and aspiring nurse leaders in this program designed for working professionals. We offer two program tracks including for nurse executives and advanced practice nurses. Hear directly from our Program Director and our Office of Admissions and ask any questions that you may have!


 MGH IHP DNP Program Flyer.pdf



 Nature Care is a sponsor of the ONL 2020 Annual Meeting

Nature Plus, Inc.

Our objective is to help improve patient satisfaction, staff support/tolerability and visitor perception of care.  NaturCare medical deodorizers (with essential oils or unscented) effectively eliminate malodors and pleasantly change the olfactory experience, thus supporting integrative practice for a more healing environment.  They have proven to be a nursing “first aid” for incontinence, illness, ostomy and immobility odors and are safe to use on/around patients (in the air, on intact skin, water-safe fabric and hard surface).   

During COVID-19 pandemic, NaturCare, with essential oils like Lavender, also proved helpful for nursing staff themselves to relax and recharge in respite centers and as part of staff spa carts.   Thank you nurses for your example of untiring, selfless service!

Free samples are available.  Testimonials, nursing usage and safety information are also ready for your review.  Please feel free to contact Shalynn Sedgwick and let us know how we can help.

 Pamper yourself raffle prize from NaturCare for the ONL 2020 Annual Meeting.Visit our Zoom room for a chance to win our “Pamper Yourself – You Deserve It” gift box.





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 Nihon Kohden is a sponsor of the ONL 2020 Annual Meeting

Nihon Kohden

Every day, healthcare providers are being asked to do more— deliver better care, quantify improvements, manage patients with multiple comorbidities—all with fewer and fewer resources. When change is your day-to-day experience, it is critical to have a partner who can bring dependability, stability and simplicity to your work. Nihon Kohden is dedicated to removing obstacles from your work, making everything from working with a patient to implementing an entirely new patient monitoring, neurology or critical care system as effortless as possible.

Since our inception 70 years ago, Nihon Kohden has dedicated itself exclusively to advancing patient monitoring, neurology and critical care, driven by our desire to help patients around the world. Each Nihon Kohden advancement is designed with one purpose in mind: To solve a problem healthcare providers face in delivering exemplary care to their patients.


Omnicell is a proud sponsor of the ONL 2020 Annual Meeting


Omnicell is the leader in innovative Medication Automation Solutions. Our portfolio spans the entire continuum of care from Central Pharmacy (Inventory Intelligence and Diversion Detection,  IV compounding, carousels, packagers, robotics), Point of Care Automated Medication Cabinets, Med Adherence, Population Health, and more. Stop by and see a live demo of cabinets and new Diversion software with Juliana via a Virtual Reality stream!


Omnicell XT Automated Dispensing Cabinets brochure


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 RQI is a proud sponsor of the ONL 2020 Annual Meeting     

RQI Partners

RQI Partners, a partnership between the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical, is dedicated to improving survival from cardiac arrest. In the United States, only 25 percent of patients survive an in-hospital cardiac arrest; just 10 percent survive out-of-hospital emergencies. High-quality CPR is the single highest determinant of survival from cardiac arrest. The RQI® digital portfolio of American Heart Association programs provides safe, distanced, and self-directed resuscitation education, ensuring continuity of education and quality improvement for high-quality CPR.





 Spacelabs Healthcare is a sponsor of the 2020 ONL Annual Meeting

 Spacelabs Healthcare

How can you keep nurses safe from COVID, while enabling each bed to treat any patient at a moment's notice?

The Spacelabs universal patient monitor is the answer.

The Spacelabs universal patient monitor can flex in acuity to treat low acuity patients or critical care patients in the same day, while enabling remote patient monitoring to ensure nurse safety.

The Spacelabs discussion will focus on how universal patient monitoring solutions can help you drive clinical efficiency, increase patient throughput, and optimize resources to meet the changing needs of your patient population, while keeping your nurses safe.

Please email [email protected] to sign-up for the morning or afternoon session.


Spacelabs Brochure



 Thomas Edison State University is a sponsor of the ONL 2020 Annual Meeting

Thomas Edison State University                                   

Thomas Edison State University, New Jersey’s leader in online education, offers more than 100 areas of study, including Arts & Sciences, Applied Science & Technology, Business &Management, Nursing and Public Service. We offer generous transfer credit, options to earn credit based on what you already know, and terms every month for associate and bachelor degree programs. Our master and doctoral degree programs are 100% ONLINE with no GRE or GMAT requirements and offered up to six (6) terms per year. Join us to learn more about how we can help you advance your career and change your world!


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For more information, visit or contact Greta O’Keefe at [email protected]



 Vocera is a sponsor of the ONL 2020 Annual Meeting

Vocera Solutions for COVID-19 Workflow Communication

Improve bed access, capacity, and patient and staff safety by enabling hands-free, voice-controlled communication in real time inside and outside the hospital, even while wearing the most restrictive personal protective equipment. Quickly determine who or what to prioritize next and close the communication loop faster with secure messaging, phone calls, and alert and alarm notifications all in one place – including patient, event, and care team context. Locate people quickly and collaborate productively, using the device that fits your workflow. Allow meaningful, actionable information to safely flow between people and systems and be received when, where, and how it’s needed, to keep the patient at the center of care.


Sales team:

Joseph Robblee, Sr. Area Sales Manager, [email protected]

Christie Reed, Account Manager, [email protected]



 Walden University is a proud sponsor of the ONL 2020 Annual Meeting

Walden University

Walden University is dedicated to the success of both nurses and healthcare facilities. An accredited institution, Walden has served the education needs of adult learners for 50 years. Today Walden offers a range of nursing degree options, including the CCNE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) Completion Program and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. With relevant coursework and extensive student support services, Walden produces more nurses with advanced degrees than any other university in the U.S.*

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Retrieved July 2017, using CIP codes 51.3801 (Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse); 51.3808 (Nursing Science); 51.3818 (Nursing Practice). Includes 2016 preliminary data.

Walden University chance to win lunch for healthcare workers

Walden is celebrating hardworking healthcare workers this fall!

Enter to win a $150 Grubhub gift card. *

Enjoy a well-deserved lunch break courtesy of Walden University.


Seven winners will be selected.


Additionally, Walden will donate $1 to Feeding America for each contest entry (up to $1,000 total) to help kids and their families facing hunger this year. Thank you in advance for your support.

Visit to learn more about our 80+ degree programs and exclusive tuition reductions for ONL members.

We at Walden wanted to thank ONL nurses for keeping us safe, now and always. Thank you for all you do.

*No purchase necessary. Terms and conditions apply.

Please visit  to review the complete rules.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,



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 Western Governors University is a sponsor of the ONL 2020 Annual Meeting

Western Governors University

WGU is an online school with career-aligned bachelor's and master's degrees in—healthcare, IT, business, and teaching—designed to help working professionals fit an online university education into their busy lives. At WGU, tuition is charged at a low flat rate each term and covers all coursework completed in that time. The more courses you complete each term, the more affordable your degree becomes.


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Drew Millikin, M.Ed

Strategic Partnerships Manager, New England

O: 385.237.2963

M: 617.530.0614

[email protected]





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