ONL Education & Professional Learning

ONL’s professional education is unique. We help nurse leaders meet the challenges of today and lead for the possibilities of tomorrow. ONL has an unparalleled understanding of what is important to and of the issues facing nurse leaders in our region today. With this deep understanding, we carefully curate a program calendar that supports emerging nurse leaders, mid-careerists, and seasoned nursing executives alike.

Exceptional professional learning builds an engaged and resilient nursing workforce and helps nurse leaders at stages of their leadership journey succeed in their roles. Invest in yourself, your team, and your organization by participating in our interactive professional development programs led by esteemed faculty and distinguished thought leaders.

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For Nurse Leaders at All Stages of Their Leadership Journey

  • ONL Quarterly and Annual Meetings
    Join us for informative, inspirational, and interactive programs you and your team will not want to miss! You'll gain expert perspectives, actionable strategies, and valuable resources from our keynote speakers while connecting and collaborating with fellow nurse leaders.
  • Leadership Lunch Series
    Learn over lunch as distinguished national thought leaders share insights and tools to help nurse leaders stay informed and inspired in these live, interactive, 90-minute virtual sessions. This program is best viewed as a nursing team—teams can use the presentations as a jumping off point for internal discussion of the ideas shared and can collaborate on application and strategies for implementation within their organization.
  • Eradicating Bullying & Incivility Self-Study eCourse
    Offered in partnership with the Healthy Workforce Institute, this online, self-paced program equips nurse leaders with the skills, strategies, and confidence needed to effectively address disruptive workplace behaviors and build a culture of respect.
  • Leading Evidence-Based Practice
    Gain a deep and operational knowledge of Evidence-Based Practice and the strategies for implementation needed to move your organization forward while improving quality and engagement.
  • Best Practice Solutions to Disruptive Behaviors in Healthcare
    Understand the common ways disruptive behaviors show up in healthcare today and discover healthy workforce best practice solutions to these challenges. Gain the tools you need to address disruptive behaviors and cultivate a culture of caring in your organization.
  • Rebuilding Your Nursing Team: Coming Together After Falling Apart
    This popular program provides nurse leaders at all stages of their leadership journey with actionable strategies, best practices, and tools for rebuilding highly effective teams. The workshop focuses on the best evidence on teamwork, how to restore trust, how to promote a sense of community, and how to build cohesive work teams.
  • Effective Communication Skills for a Healthier Work Culture
    This interactive virtual workshop, led by Dr. Renee Thompson, is designed to equip and empower nurse leaders with the essential strategies and techniques needed to foster effective communication, which supports a safe and healthy workforce and helps them lead successful teams.
  • From Traditional Leader to Nurse Leader Coach: Meeting the Needs of the Contemporary Nursing Workforce
    In this workshop led by Dr. Rose Sherman, you will expand your leadership skillset to become a Nurse Leader Coach equipped to meet the needs of today's nursing workforce and strengthen retention. Participants will learn how to adopt a coaching mindset, develop basic coaching skills, and coach their team to a higher level of performance and well-being.

For Emerging Nurse Leaders, Charge Nurses, Team Leads, and Clinical Leaders

  • The Nuts and Bolts of Nursing Leadership - Charge Nurses and Emerging Leaders
    Build the essential skills and gain the strategies needed to be successful as a new nurse leader. This one-day, interactive workshop and is offered specifically for charge nurses and emerging leaders on certain dates with examples and focus targeted for this audience.
  • Essential Leadership Skills for Charge Nurses
    Led by Dr. Crystal Lawson, this interactive virtual workshop is designed to equip and empower new and aspiring charge nurses with the essential leadership skills needed to be effective and successful across key aspects of the charge nurse role, including promoting quality outcomes, cultivating a healthy work environment, and fostering teamwork. Participants will gain practical tools and strategies that can be put to use immediately on their unit.
  • Preparing New Preceptors for Success
    Led by Dr. Crystal Lawson, this interactive virtual workshop is designed to expose new preceptors to the principles of adult learning theory and prepare them with tools to help newly hired nurses practice safely and feel welcomed. Participants will learn key strategies for giving feedback and practice skills that will help them effectively pass on their knowledge and promote safe practice.

For Mid-Career Nurse Leaders

  • The Nuts and Bolts of Nursing Leadership - Nurse Managers and Directors (for those new to the role)
    Build the essential skills and gain the strategies needed to be successful as a new nurse leader. This one-day, interactive workshop and is offered specifically for nurse managers and directors on certain dates with examples and focus targeted for this audience.
  • Nurse Leader Master Class (for those with a year or more in the role)
    Reenergize and refocus while advancing your professional leadership practice with this three-day, cohort-based leadership development program. Participants benefit from both facilitated content and group discussion and sharing of ideas and lessons learned in practice.
  • Financial Management and Business Essentials For Nurse Managers and Directors
    This interactive, two-part program is designed to prepare and empower nurse managers and directors who want to hone the essential financial management skills they need to be successful and enhance their business acumen.

For Chief Nursing Officers and Senior Nurse Leaders

  • Redesigning Nursing Care Delivery: Strategies for Leadership Teams to Jump Start the Process
    In this 90-minute session for senior nursing leaders and executives, Dr. Rose Sherman will share guidance and strategies to help to jump-start your leadership team’s care redesign efforts and share the infrastructure needed to ensure success.



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