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ONA 2020 Delegate Resource Center

Bring Your Voice to the ONA House of Delegates

The 2020 ONA House of Delegates (HOD) will be held Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in Portland, OR. This is a great opportunity for ONA members to get involved and help shape the future of our organization and the nursing profession.

Delegate Nomination Process and Dates

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Nominations close Jan. 31, 2020

Once nominations close, any Constituent Association that receives more nominations than delegate positions available will hold an election do determine their final delegate list. These elections will run in February.

Delegates will be notified as soon as their CA has finalized their delegate list, no later than March 20, 2020.

Once you complete the nomination form, be sure to register to attend ONA’s Convention and HOD at

What is the HOD?

The HOD, which normally convenes during ONA’s biennial convention, is the primary governing body of ONA. Delegates from our constituent associations come together to play a crucial role in determining policy for our organization. As a membership driven organization, ONA depends on experienced and “first time” delegates alike to bring important perspective to HOD discussions.

At the HOD, delegates will hear reports from the Board of Directors, Constitution Associations (CA), cabinets, or affiliate organizations. They might be asked to vote on resolutions and amendments brought forth by ONA's cabinets, CAs or others.

Who is Eligible Become a Delegate?

Prior to convention, an ONA member in good standing* can be elected as a delegate to the HOD via their respective Constituent Association (CA). *As per the ONA bylaws, the member must have been a member in good standing prior to Nov. 1, 2019.

As a delegate, your term of office begins at the start of the next HOD meeting (usually on the last day of ONA’s biennial convention). Your term ends prior to the following regularly scheduled HOD (normally two years later).

What is a Constituent Association?

Constituent Associations (CAs) are the ONA bodies that elect and submit delegates to the House of Delegates. CAs can be made up of one or more ONA collective bargaining units, grouped together by geography. Members who are not in an established CA are part of an “at-large” CA. CAs can also be made up of special interest groups, although none currently exist.

Each CA is governed by a set of bylaws and have officers that are elected by members in the CA.

Travel and Reimbursements

Travel, lodging and education reimbursements may be available through your bargaining unit or constituent association. Information and resources will be available here at a later date, but please contact your bargaining unit or constituent association leadership for details on funding options.

How Many Delegates Represent Each CA?

Each ONA Constituent Association (CA) is eligible to send a proportional delegation based on the number of members within the association. See the table below for the number of delegates each CA can send to the House of Delegates.

  Constituent Association # of Delegates
CA 1 54
CA 3 7
CA 4 48
CA 5 79
CA 14 45
CA 24 52
CA 51 / Kaiser 5
CA 52 / OHSU 98
At Large CA 46
Bay Area Hospital CA 14
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center CA 21
Good Shepherd Medical Center CA
Grande Ronde Hospital CA
Harney District Hospital CA
Mid-Columbia Medical Center CA
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital CA
Providence Milwaukie Hospital CA
Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center CA
Sky Lakes Hospital CA
Samaritan Albany General Hospital
Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital CA
Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital CA 5
St. Alphonsus Medical Center - Baker City CA 3
St. Alphonsus Medical Center - Ontario CA 3
St. Anthony Hospital CA 5

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