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ONA Post-COVID Legislative Planning Sessions

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed system-wide deficiencies in our health care system that will require legislative and rule-making solutions. ONA has a long history of shaping Oregon public policy in areas of nursing and public health, as well as issues addressing social determinants and health equity.

As we look to the future and think about ways to ensure Oregon is better prepared to handle future pandemics or other public health crises, we ask ONA members to share their experiences and help inform future legislative priorities.

ONA Legislative Issue Survey


We invite all members to participate in ONA's legislative issues survey. The survey questions have emerged through a collaborative effort between members and staff and are focused on issues that advance nursing practice, health equity, and workplace safety.

This work was a direct result of the ONA Post-COVID Legislative Planning Series, utilizing member experiences and feedback to move forward in developing a legislative agenda. To ensure we have as many voices represented as possible, the group decided to solicit feedback from all membership through this survey.

Your input helps ONA Government Relations staff and the Cabinet on Health Policy finalize an agenda that ONA will prioritize during the 2021 State Legislative Session.

Participants will be eligible to receive an ONA-branded facemask so you can show your nurse pride and promote public health while out in public.

Click here to take the survey

Post-COVID Planning

Please join ONA staff and leaders for a series of virtual legislative planning meetings to evaluate Oregon’s response to COVID-19 and answer key questions as we begin to frame ONA’s next legislative and policy agenda.

  • How do we avoid a crisis the next time there is a pandemic or natural disaster?
  • How do we ensure that public health is a priority in our state?
  • How do we ensure that nurses and other health care workers have the equipment they need to do their work?
  • How do we maintain the stability and flexibility of the nursing workforce?
  • How does nursing emerge as the leader in health care?
  • Why should nurses be involved in disaster preparedness planning?
  • How can we improve regulation of Oregon’s Hospital Nurse Staffing Law during a pandemic?
  • Why is appropriate staffing important during a pandemic?
  • How can we better prepare to support our most vulnerable groups during a pandemic?

Meeting Times and Agendas

Join us for our series of virtual planning meetings. You can attend every meeting or just the ones you have time for.

Each call will be held 6-7 p.m. on the following days:

Meeting agendas will be linked on each date as they become available. Meeting summaries will also be available after each call so members can review previous meetings to ensure they are up-to-date for future meetings.

ONA Policy Development

ONA recognizes our members are subject matter experts and it is important that any policy is informed by lived experience and practical policy solutions.

ONA has a 3-pronged approach to policy development supported by our bylaws:

  • Elected ONA leaders: under ONA Bylaws, our Cabinet on Health Policy is charged with development of policy priorities and our Political Action Committee (PAC) Boards develop and advance our ballot priorities and candidate selection
  • ONA members: as a member-led organization, broad member engagement is always our goal
  • Staff: ONA’s Government Relations team, with the support from subject matter experts across the organization, determine the feasibility and strategy to accomplish our legislative priorities

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