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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 & Application

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.

To join OONL, complete the society membership application online.*
NOTE: Log in to the OHA website is required to access and complete the application. If you do not have an existing OHA login, click on "Register for an Account" to create one.

Membership in OONL is effective upon formal application and approval of OHA.

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 serve on the OONL board and need meeting materials, please contact Jackie Silvis.

Society Members

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

Committee Members

If you are a member of one of following OONL committees, you may contact Jackie Silvis for meeting materials or additional information: 

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Committee
  • Engagement Committee
  • Evidence-Based Practice Committee
  • Legislative & Practice Committee
  • Program Committee

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Get Involved


OONL Fall Conference
Nov. 6-8, 2024
Renaissance Westerville-Polaris Hotel 
Interested in exhibiting? Contact jackie.silvis@ohiohospitals.org for more information. 

OONL Awards

Each year OONL recognizes both nurse leaders who've held positions within the OONL board, aspiring nurse leaders who possess a desire to advance professionally, and nurse leaders who go above and beyond to support employee wellness. Click here to learn more.

Congratulations to the 2023 award winners: 

Aspiring Nurse Leader Award
Emily Kesner, MSN, RN, CPEN
Emergency Department Assistant Nurse Manager
Dayton Children's Hospital

OONL Leadership Award 
Todd Tussing, DNP, RN, CENPP, NEA-BC, EBP-C
Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing
The Ohio State University College of Nursing 

Workforce Wellness Award
Jenny Michel, DNP, APRN-CNP, AC/PC
Director of Advanced Practice
Akron Children's Hospital