Jane Nelson, CAE, ONA CEO.

By Jane Nelson, CAE

Happy Nurses Month!
Nurses in Oklahoma are working together to innovate and solve nursing practice and education issues. While there are many circumstances beyond our control, there are so many great resources available in your community, your organization, or your unit. We need to celebrate these achievements all year long not just during Nurses Month! Let’s tell Oklahomans that YOU make a difference and rise above all the other clutter. This compassion and thoughtful care for ourselves and our communities are what separates nurses from most and why we are the most respected profession! (story continues below)

Director of Nursing

The ONA Board has been working on its Strategic Plan for the last couple of months. It is important to them that this plan engages nurses to advance and transform the practice of nursing as well as promote professional success. During this process, it was important to the Board to make sure ONA was engaged in work that would impact, support, and uplift nurses. To accomplish this work, they completed an environmental scan including past ONA accomplishments, trends in nursing, personal experiences, survey data from the ANF COVID Workforce Assessment Survey, the Conversation Outcomes from the ONA House of Delegates as well as ANA’s Strategic Plan.
Outcomes from the board’s strategic planning session include a new mission statement: Engaging Nurses in advocacy, advancement, and education, and a new vision statement: Improving the health of Oklahomans through advancing professional nursing practice. ONA’s Strategic goals include: Advance the Profession; Transform the Practice of Nursing; and, Promote the Professional Success of Nurses. Our infographic for this is below. Beyond these goals are the objectives and key results which are available here on the ONA website. To see the complete 2023 –2025 ONA Strategic Plan, click here
We need your support and engagement as it will take all of us to work together to be successful. Member engagement is key in accomplishing this work. Let us know how you want to become more involved. We are working to develop our committees such as education, convention, etc. Want to be involved? Email me at [email protected] and I will get you engaged. Submitting your Consent to Serve on the ONA Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee is one way to start. Throughout this newsletter are opportunities to be more involved, such as submitting an abstract for presentation or a poster at the ONA convention, serving on the ONA Board, or nominating a colleague for an award. Not an ONA member? That is easy to fix…. join here, and start to get engaged now!