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September 20, 2021
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2021 NWONL Scholarship Closes

To all NWONL Members, our 2021 Scholarship Application window is closing tonight at midnight! In support of developing and fostering nursing leadership excellence, the Northwest Organization of Nurse...

September 21, 2021
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SW Washington Council

NWONL Southwest Washington Council  Tuesday September 21st. 5:30 - 6:30 PM PST
Focus topic for September:  HB1310 and the impacts on our acute facilities.
Speaker: Zosia...

September 22, 2021
10:00:00

NWONL Roundtable: Leading Through Emotional Upheaval

NWONL Roundtable - Leading Through Emotional Upheaval Moral and Ethical dilemmas in covid-care, vaccinations and making difficult decisions when supporting your teams. Join fellow leaders as they...

September 23, 2021

Leadership Commission

NWONL Leadership Commission Date/Time: Monthly on the fourth Thursday⋅11:00am – 12:00pm

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September 2021 Leader Highlight

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In August, NWONL has chosen Peggy Woolf, a longtime and exceptionally active Member...
Aug 23 2021

August 2021 Newsletter

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Leader Highlight July 2021 - 5 min read

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Executive Director August Update

This time its different... 

There is a heaviness in the air as we all face the realization that once again, nursing is thrust into an unwelcome and unrelenting crisis. 

It‘s different this time and we all are feeling it. Moral and ethical dilemmas abound, resentment is building and burnout is pervasive. The break room talk of I‘m done with this feels like its at an all-time high. Add in the challenge of vaccine mandates creating a rift with a significant amount of caregivers openly voicing disdain for those (peers and patients) who are unvaccinated and conversely, outrage on the other side of the argument lamenting a no-vaccinations and don't impinge my freedom angle. Perhaps these are problems that have been smoldering for sometime, but they have been fanned into infernos over the last several weeks. It feels like a hot mess out there. 

Here are two observations, and I assure you, no platitudes: First, as Nurse Leaders, we have been here before and we will move through this. Complex and messy situations are our forte. To do it "sanely" requires that we continue to support each other, connect,  and share the lessons along the way. It is far easier when we all take on some of the burden. Second, we have the opportunity to shape the narrative that is driving the trajectory in this pandemic response. This requires Nurse Leaders to get out in front, be seen, heard and lead. It also means relentless listening and understanding. All of that requires endurance. Likely more that our last go-around... take care of yourself, so that you can continue to lead.

You are the faces of Courage, Grace and Grit.

-cw

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