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ONA 2016 Awards

The following awards were presented at the 2016 ONA  Convention and House of Delegates. ONA congratulates each winner and thanks them for the hard work and dedication they have shown throughout the years.

Award Winners


Rising Star Award

This award recognizes one who is relatively new to collective bargaining but has dived into the sometimes murky water to become involved and show great promise of future leadership.

Carolyn Starnes, RN
Mercy Medical Center
Roseburg, OR

Carolyn Starnes has become a strong leader, both at her local bargaining unit, Mercy Medical Center, and at a statewide level for ONA. Additionally, she was recently appointed to the staffing advisory board by Governor, Kate Brown. Thank you Carolyn for your stellar representation!
 
Carolyn Starnes (left) receives her award from E&GW Cabinet Chair Clarice Gerlach.


Rising Star Award

This award recognizes one who is relatively new to collective bargaining but has dived into the sometimes murky water to become involved and show great promise of future leadership.

Jacqueline (Jax) Dillon
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
Corvallis, OR

Jax has been an invaluable member of the Good Samaritan PNCC, has spearheaded their SRDF process, become a grievance officer and represented ONA at AFT’s Western Regional Conference this year. In addition, Jax is also a participant in ONA’s Nurse Leadership Institute and will be one of its first graduates. Thank you Jax for your enthusiastic work for ONA!


Adversity Award

This award is given to a nurse member who has gone forward to success despite terrible odds.

Providence Newberg Medical Center Bargaining Team
Newberg, OR

The Adversity Award was presented to the Providence Newberg bargaining team who has stayed strong through a long contract negotiation. This team has risen to the challenges bargaining a new contract has presented and keep their ideals, good humor and tenacity throughout the process. Congratulations Providence Newberg! ONA looks forward to seeing more from this group in the future.


Outstanding Local Bargaining Unit Leadership Award

The award is presented to an individual or individuals for working to develop the local bargaining unit through a variety of activities under difficult conditions.

Juanita Wolf, RN and Sue Phillips, RN
Providence Portland Medical Center
Portland, OR

Juanita and Sue are being recognized for their many years of strong leadership and commitment to ONA and their bargaining unit. Their unflappable strength, calm demeanor, eternal good cheer and optimism have set the standard for the entire unit, and will last for years to come. Thank you both for your inspiring work!

Juanita Wolf (left) and Sue Phillips (right).

Internal Organizing Award

The award is presented to an individual who has worked to develop the local bargaining unit though activities such as membership recruitment, development of a telephone tree, fund raising, community public relations for ONA and the local bargaining unit, and for other projects which promote the bargaining unit.

Dan Richmond, RN
Providence Medford Medical Center
Medford, OR

Dan has volunteered many hours to educate and engage the Providence Medford bargaining unit in preparation and during their recent contract negotiation. Dan also led the bargaining unit in gathering signatures for a petition that he then delivered to the CEO. Thank you Dan for your hard work!

Dan Richmond (left) receives his award from E&GW Cabinet Chair Clarice Gerlach.

Outstanding Grievance Representative Award

This award is presented to a nurse member who assists nurses in the bargaining unit to understand the rights within the contract; and effectively represents the bargaining unit nurses.

Mike Coleman, RN
Bay Area Hospital
Coos Bay, OR

Mike has served his bargaining unit and his constituent association for many years. He has always been willing to stand up for the contract and nurses rights and has been a great resource to his coworkers. Thank you Mike for your efforts!


Outstanding Union Leaders Award

This award is given to a member or group who through unique contributions has strengthened the local unit and provided leadership for nurses on a state and national level.

Sacred Heart Executive Team
Sacred Heart Medical Center
Eugene, OR

Although faced with many difficulties, the team at Sacred Heart has strengthened their bargaining unit and provided leadership for nurses on a state and national level. Thank you for remaining strong in the face of adversity!

From left to right, Kevyn Paul, Nancy Deyhle and Lynda Pond.

Labor Union Coalition Award

Pacific Northwest Hospital Medicine Association
Sacred Heart Medical Center
Eugene, OR

The Labor Union Coalition Award was presented to the Pacific Northwest Hospital Medicine Association for their work in coalition and alongside ONA to promote, support and strengthen the work of unions.


PNCC of the Year Award

The PNCC of the Year Award is given to a PNCC which has consistently worked to resolve practice problems and promote the practice of nursing in the employment setting.

Rogue Regional Medical Center PNCC
Rogue Regional Medical Center
Medford, OR

ONA is proud to announce Rogue Regional as PNCC of the Year 2016, for their continued dedication and commitment in advocating for nurses at Rogue Regional and building a strong collaborative relationship between staff and management in their PNCC.

From left to right, George Haefling and Toni Asher.

Staffing Committee of the Year Award

The Staffing Committee of the Year Award is given to a staffing committee which has consistently worked to ensure nurse staffing levels that lead to quality patient outcomes.

Providence Seaside Hospital Staffing Committee
Providence Seaside Hospital
Seaside, OR

Despite numerous hurdles and roadblocks, Providence Seaside Hospital's staffing committee has continued to fight for appropriate and safe staffing on their units. They have been champions of Oregon's Nurse Staffing Law and have tirelessly advocated for their nurses and ancillary staff. It is with great pleasure that we recognize Providence Seaside nurses with the award for Staffing Committee of the Year. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.


Up and Coming PNCC Award
Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center PNCC
Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center
Oregon City, OR

ONA is proud to announce Providence Willamette Falls as the Up and Coming PNCC 2016 award winner. The continued dedication, passion and leadership exhibited by the Willamette Falls PNCC is demonstrated through their continued work with administration and fellow staff, their work proves to be inspiring to other PNCCs in 2016.

From left to right, Nicole Hudson and Virginia Smith.

Honorary Political Involvement Award

The ONA Political Involvement Award recognizes member leaders who demonstrate a true passion for championing nursing issues in the political and legislative process. It also honors the member who consistently goes above and beyond to participate in ONA’s political priorities, whether it be coming to Salem to lobby Legislators on our issues or supporting pro-nursing candidates in electoral events.

Teri Mills, MS, RN, CNE
Portland, OR

ONA member Teri Mills is the true embodiment of this spirit of service. Working as a nursing educator at PCC Sylvania since 1979, Teri has been a leading voice on issues ranging from addressing the nurse faculty shortage, promoting wellness and disease prevention and helping elect strong nursing champions in our state.

Teri is also the founder of the National Nursing Network Organization a non-profit legislative advocacy organization focused on promoting, encouraging, and supporting a National Nurse for Public Health and other projects that promote wellness and disease prevention. She has spearheaded the organization’s efforts to build support in Congress for the National Nurse Act to elevate nurse collaboration to improve public health outcomes.

This year, ONA and the Cabinet on Health Policy are pleased to present member Teri Mills with the Honorary Political Involvement Award in recognition of her continuing leadership and outstanding activism on behalf of nursing. Congratulations Teri!

Teri Mills (left) receives her award from Christy Scott, RN (right).

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