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Cabinet on Nursing Practice and Research

Welcome to the Cabinet on Nursing Practice and Research page! This cabinet is comprised of seven (7) members, four elected and 3 appointed by ONA’s Board of Directors. Each Cabinet member serves for a two year term. The Cabinet is charged with generating effective approaches related to unlicensed assistive personnel, increasing use of quality indicators related to nursing practice, improve nurse staffing, develop a model for assessment of continuing competency, and increase effective approaches to safe patient handling and safe work environments.

Cabinet Members:

  • Rebecca McCay, RN
  • Tonsina Wells, RN
  • Lace Velk, RN
  • Mary Phoenix, RN
  • Vacant
  • Vacant
  • Vacant
ONA Staff:
  • Larlene Dunsmuir, DNP, FNP, ANP-C, Assistant Executive Director for Professional Services
  • Amy Ferguson, Program Assistant

Publications and Positions

House of Delegates Action Reports and Updates

Final Report of 2009 Survey of Oregon's Nurse Staffing Committees

Evidence-based guidelines

These guidelines are provided courtesy of Portland VA Medical Center clinical nurse specialists and staff nurses. For further information, contact Sherri Atherton via e-mail 

Joining the Cabinet

On a yearly basis, Cabinet members complete their term of office and others join. Here are the requirements and obligations for service on this Cabinet:

  • Awareness of current trends in nursing practice
  • Develop expertise in an area of nursing practice relevant to the Cabinet
  • Bring information on practice issues to the Cabinet for consideration
  • Mandatory attendance (in person, via phone) at 80% or more of the Cabinet meetings
  • Ability to regularly access e-mail

Meetings and Minutes

The scheduled meetings of the Cabinet on Nursing Practice and Research are approximately one face to face meeting and one 1-hour conference call each quarter. To review minutes from previous meetings, click on the links below:

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