The ONA Nurse Leadership Institute (NLI), launched in 2015, is designed to support ONA’s vision, to create a cohesive and dynamic community of peers that is organized to affect change and respond to challenges in politics, practice, and labor.
An intensive, unique leadership program, built on an evidence-based leadership model, the NLI will help you develop and strengthen vital skills needed to advance the nursing profession.
Much more than a training program, the NLI is a six-session experience that provides participants with the opportunity to understand and develop their leadership style, explore foundational leadership practices, build fundamental skills, and receive specific feedback and support.
Cornerstones of the ONA Nurse Leadership Institute:
- Motivating leaders to be catalysts for positive change
- Strengthening collaborative leadership skills
- Enriching and renewing personal values by deepening understanding of oneself and others
- Providing challenges and supportive encouragement during the leadership journey
The class will be limited to no more than 25 participants, allowing for an intimate setting and hands-on instruction. This is a great opportunity for members to learn new leadership skills and strengthen skills they already possess to help them take an active role in advancing the field of nursing and leading ONA into the future.
There are six sessions, taking place over a seven month period. During the sessions, participants will learn how to:
- Expand their self-confidence about their leadership ability
- Build commitment
- Manage politics ethically through collaboration
- Enhance critical and reflective thinking
- Develop the ability to take thoughtful and meaningful risks
- Integrate the Code of Ethics for Nurses into their leadership practices
- Address real-time issues with colleagues
- Become a leader in ONA and an advocate for the nursing profession in their workplace, in their community, and in the state
Action Learning Project
In order to apply and integrate the information from the NLI, each participant will work on a real-life action learning project.
Cohorts are groups of three to five Institute members who meet between the sessions for ongoing development and growth.
NLI participants are paired with a mentor who will help participants apply their knowledge and learning, provide additional exposure to the realities of leadership and increase their understanding of the complexities and opportunities facing ONA leaders.
2016 NLI Session Schedule
|Date(s) & Times(s)
|Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
- Introduction to Evidence-Based Leadership
- Leadership is About Self-Awareness & Relationships
- Leadership is About Walking Your Talk
||Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Leadership is About Creating a Shared Picture of a Desired Future
|Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Leadership is About Change
|Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Leadership is About Risk Taking, Part 1
||Saturday, March 11, 2017, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Leadership is About Risk Taking, Part 2
||Friday, April 7, 2017, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Leadership is About Helping Others Be Successful
- Launching to the Next Level of Leadership
All sessions will take place at the ONA headquarters in Tualatin, OR.
To be considered, an applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Be an ONA member in good standing
- You must be able to attend every session in their entirety.
- Make a commitment to seek and hold an ONA leadership position at the local or state level within two years of completing the program. Click here to see a list of ONA leadership positions and their position descriptions.
If you are interested in submitting an application to take part in a future NLI, please click the link below to download/open a fillable PDF application.
Please be sure to save the blank document to your computer and opening it using Adobe Reader to ensure full functionality.
The application period has now closed for the 2016-2017 NLI.
If you have questions or missed the application period but are still interested in being part of the NLI, please contact Larlene Dunsmuir at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (503) 293-0011 ext. 315.
ONA members taking part in the NLI may be eligible to have travel, hotel and meals funded by ONA.
Nursing Education Contact Hours
Oregon Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Requirements for Successful Completion of this CNE Activity
In order to obtain a Certificate of Successful Completion for this activity, the learner must complete the following criteria:
- Sign the Verification of Attendance Form at the registration desk
- Attend the entire session
- Complete and submit the online evaluation form for each session attended by specified due date for each session.
Participants who successfully complete the above requirements will receive a Certificate of Successful Completion from ONA for the contact hours claimed during the evaluation process. Participants should only claim the sessions which were attended in full. Any participant who has NOT claimed their contact hours by the specified due dates will NOT receive a Certificate of Successful Completion.
The planners of this CNE activity declare no conflicts of interest in the development and implementation of this educational activity.
The faculty/presenters/authors of this CNE activity declare no conflict of interest. All faculty/presenters/authors for this activity have attested that she/he will provide the best available evidence for this content and present information fairly and without bias.
If you have questions about the ONA Nurse Leadership Institute or are interested in participating in the NLI in the future, please contact Amy Ferguson at email@example.com or by phone at (503) 293-0011 ext. 306.
Congratulations to our very first cohort on completing the NLI!
- Amber Vermeesch (University of Portland School of Nursing)
- Amy Blankenship (OHSU)
- Anna Vernon (Providence St. Vincent)
- Ashley Catherine Wells (Providence Portland)
- Christine Mooney (OHSU)
- Christy Lynn Scott (Providence St. Vincent)
- Jacqueline Dillon (Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center)
- Jordan Ferris (ONA)
- Lance Cook (Columbia Care Center)
- Tonya Tittle (OHSU)
- Jayaruwani Dissanayake (Providence Portland)