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Nursing Leadership - OONL

The Ohio Organization for Nursing Leadership is an organization serving as the catalyst for innovative health care in Ohio and the nation through expert nursing leadership.

Purpose & Objectives

OONL shall be the state organization for nursing leadership in healthcare that provides for nursing leadership development by: 
  • Providing a forum for the interchange of ideas and dissemination of information and materials relative to nursing leadership;
  • Identifying and defining nursing practice, nursing education and health care issues;
  • Establishing and communicating position statements to influence legislative and public policy;
  • Developing and promoting educational programs/activities to strengthen nursing in education, administration, research and clinical practice;
  • Supporting systems for the advancement of healthy communities.
  • Leading the development and implementation of patient care delivery systems that produce high quality, safe patient care through innovations.
  • Participating in local and state wide community efforts to promote nursing leadership involvement.

Membership Eligibility

OONL membership is open to registered nurses working in a leadership role (manager or above) and employed by an Ohio hospital or health system that is an OHA member organization. OONL members may be full members, associate members, honorary or emeritus members.  Board approval is required for honorary or emeritus.

Complete the OONL membership application

Benefits of Membership

  • Personal member of OHA
  • Direct communications on pertinent programs and nursing issues
  • Reduced registration fee to all OONL-sponsored educational programs
  • Participation in OHA Annual Meeting
  • Opportunity to share information with other nurse leaders
  • Opportunity to participate on OONL committees
  • Quarterly OONL Newsletter
  • Networking opportunities for professional growth
  • Annual OONL fall conference
  • Regional OONL chapter education programs

Society Leadership

If you are in leadership (board) for this society, remember to log in to access the meeting materials, schedules and more.

Society Members

To access the OONL membership roster, please contact Jackie Silvis.

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Get Involved


OONL Fall Conference
Nov. 8-10, 2023
Renaissance Westerville-Polaris Hotel 
Interested in exhibiting? Contact jackie.silvis@ohiohospitals.org for details. 


OONL is again partnering with Missing Logic to offer another 4-part Leadership Survival Bootcamp on Feb. 6-9, 2023. Read more details and register HERE by Feb. 1

OONL Awards

Each year the Ohio Organization for Nursing Leadership recognizes both nurse leaders who've held positions within the OONL board, and aspiring nurse leaders who possess a desire to advance professionally. 
Click here to learn more.

Congratulations to the 2021 award winners:

Aspiring Nurse Leader Award (left): Kate Barrett, RN, MS, CPON, Service Line Director Hematology/Oncology, Dayton Children's Hospital

OONL Leadership Award (right)Jackie Buck, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAONL, System CNO, The Ohio State University Health System