Member Resources

Important Deadlines and Dates

Bylaws Proposals due April 1st

Reference Proposals due April 15th

Cornelius Congress Nominations due April 15th

Award Nominations due June 14th

Election Nomination Forms due June 14th- Extended to July 1

Registration opens July 1st

Candidate Profiles due July 22nd 

Reference Proposals due April 15th

ONA members are able to submit reference proposals for consideration by the House of Delegates at Convention. Reference proposals must be submitted to Lisa Walker at by April 15, 2019. 


Reference Proposals Form

Bylaws Proposals due April 1, 2019

Members are able to submit ONA bylaws change proposals for consideration by the House of Delegates. These proposals must be submitted to Rachel Wolfe at by April 1, 2019. 


Current ONA Bylaws

Bylaws Proposal Submission Form

Cornelius Leadership Congress Nominations due April 15, 2019

ONA’s most prestigious honor, the Cornelius Leadership Congress recognizes members and colleagues of ONA who demonstrate the leadership characteristics of Dorothy Cornelius in their work and with the Ohio Nurses Association.

More information about the Congress>>


Cornelius Leadership Congress Criteria and Procedure

Cornelius Leadership Congress Nomination Form

Award Nominations due June 14, 2019

Recognize an outstanding nurse!  Awards are presented at the Awards Dinner Saturday evening.


Awards Instructions


Election Nomination Forms due June 14, 2019 Extended to July 1

Candidate profiles for inclusion in the Convention Handbook are due July 22, 2019. 

Candidates must submit both Form 1 (Consent to Serve) and Form 2 (Bio) by July 1, 2019.

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Tentative Agenda + Registration

Thursday, October 10th Start End
The Cornelius Leadership Congress Induction Dinner 6pm 8pm

Tickets: $60, not included in convention registration.

Inductees attend the induction dinner free of charge.

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The Cornelius Leadership Conference + Education Bundle includes the live, in-person conference on Friday, October 11, 2019 plus a series of recorded webinars.

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Cost: $99, separate registration

The Cornelius Leadership Conference

The biennial conference named for past ONA executive director and international nurse leader, Dorothy Cornelius.

8:00a-8:10a Welcome/Introductions

8:10a-9:10a Linda Aiken – Communications Considerations in Advancing Improvements in Nurse Staffing – 1 contact hour

Nurse staffing remains a contentious issue among health care stakeholders, as evidenced by the recent debate in Massachusetts over a nurse staffing ballot issue. This presentation explores strategies for how nurse stakeholder groups might be able to present a united consistent perspective to the public on the importance of nurses.

9:10a-9:20a Break

9:20a-10:20a Linda Aiken –Leadership Strategies for Making the Most Out of Research On Safe Nurse Staffing– 1 contact hour

This presentation reviews what we know from research on nurse staffing and how we can use a business case perspective to advance improvements in patient care through investments in nurses.

10:20a-10:30a Break

10:30a-11:15a Natalie Cline – Managing Second Victim Phenomenon – 0.75 contact hour

Total Contact Hours: 2.75

CE Bundle

Registrants of the Cornelius Leadership Conference will also receive the following recorded webinars. The instructions and webinars will be delivered to learners by October 1st.

  • Advocating for Our Profession – Tiffany Bukoffsky, MHA, BSN, RN, 1 contact hour
  • Benefits of Being an ONA Member – Tiffany Bukoffsky, MHA, BSN, RN, .75 contact hour
  • Stepping Into Leadership: A Webinar for Emerging Nurse Leaders, Dr. Rose Sherman, 1 contact hour
      • Join this webinar to hear from leadership expert Dr. Rose Sherman as she explores ways to develop your leadership so you are ready to take the next step in your career. Topics will include cutting edge information on emotional intelligence, mastering communication, working on teams, and gaining visibility by building a strong professional brand.
  • Another great offering, TBD.
The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91)
Friday, October 11th Start End
Registration Opens 7am  
Silent Auction 8am 6:00pm
The Cornelius Leadership Conference – Separate Registration 8am 11:15am
Welcome Reception/Registration/Lunch 11:30a 12:15pm
Opening of the House 12:30pm 1:30pm
Bylaws Hearing 1:30pm 3:00pm
District Caucuses 3:30pm 4:30pm
Dinner/Exhibits 4:30pm 6:00pm
Local Unit Forum 4:45pm 6:15pm
House of Delegates 6:30pm 8:30pm

Friday only registration: $125 (member rate)

Full Convention registration: $299 (save $50 with early bird through September 6, 2019)

Cornelius Leadership Conference: $99 (separate registration, not part of Full Convention Registration)

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Saturday, October 12th Start End
Registration 7:00am  

Breakfast/Candidates Hall/Candidates Forum

8am 9:45pm
Silent Auction 8:00am 4:00p
District Caucus 10:00a 11:00a
Lunch on Your Own (stipend given)/Break/Voting 11:30a 1:00p
House of Delegates 1:00pm 4pm
Break/Voting 4pm 5:45pm
Awards Dinner 5:45pm 7:45pm
Member Celebration 8:30pm  

Saturday only registration: $175 (member rate)

Full Convention registration: $299 (member rate, save $50 with early bird through September 6, 2019)

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Sunday, October 13th Start End
Breakfast  8:30a 9:30a
House of Delegates 9:45a 12:45p
Newly elected board meeting 1:00p 2:00p

Sunday only registration: $75 (member rate)

Full Convention registration: $299 (member rate, save $50 with early bird through September 6, 2019)

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Special Speakers and Guests

Dr. Ernest Grant, President of the American Nurses Association, keynote speaker at Saturday’s Awards Dinner.

A distinguished leader, Dr. Grant has more than 30 years of nursing experience and is an internationally recognized burn-care and fire-safety expert. He previously served as the burn outreach coordinator for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals in Chapel Hill. In this role, Grant oversaw burn education for physicians, nurses, and other allied health care personnel and ran the center’s nationally acclaimed burn prevention program, which promotes safety and works to reduce burn-related injuries through public education and the legislative process. Grant also serves as adjunct faculty for the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, where he works with undergraduate and graduate nursing students in the classroom and clinical settings.

Grant is frequently sought out for his expertise as a clinician and educator. In addition to being a prolific speaker, he has conducted numerous burn-education courses with various branches of the U.S. military in preparation for troops’ deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2002, President George W. Bush presented Grant with a Nurse of the Year Award for his work treating burn victims from the World Trade Center site. In 2013, Grant received the B.T. Fowler Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Council for making a difference in preventing the devastating effects of fire and burn injuries and deaths within the state.
An active participant in professional organizations, Grant is a past chair of the National Fire Protection Association board of directors and served as second vice president of the American Burn Association board of trustees. He also holds membership in Sigma Theta Tau and Chi Eta Phi. Grant served as president of the North Carolina Nurses Association from 2009-11. In 2002, ANA honored Grant with the Honorary Nursing Practice Award for his contributions to the advancement of nursing practice through strength of character, commitment, and competence.

Grant holds a BSN degree from North Carolina Central University and MSN and PhD degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2014. He is the first man to be elected to the office of president of the American Nurses Association.

Randi Weingarten, President of AFT, speaker during Friday’s Opening of the House of Delegates.

Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal government employees; and early childhood educators. The AFT champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for students, their families and communities. The AFT and its members advance these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through members’ work.
Prior to her election as AFT president in 2008, Weingarten served for 12 years as president of the United Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2, representing approximately 200,000 educators in the New York City public school system, as well as home child care providers and other workers in health, law and education. In 2013, the New York Observer named Weingarten one of the most influential New Yorkers of the past 25 years. Washington Life magazine included Weingarten on its 2013 Power 100 list of influential leaders.

Linda Aiken, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, RN, speaker for The Cornelius Leadership Conference, Speaker at the at Friday’s Opening of the House of Delegates.

Linda Aiken’s pioneering research has created an evidence base showing the importance of nurses caring for fewer patients each, having most nurses with bachelor’s or higher qualifications, and improving nurse work environments. Dr. Aiken documented that 30-day mortality after common surgical procedures increased by 7 percent for each additional patient added to a nurse’s workload, and that for each 10 percent increase in nurses with BSN degrees, there was a 5 to 7 percent decline in risk-adjusted mortality. She has also demonstrated that organizations that support professional nursing practice by involving nurses in decision-making have better patient outcomes than matched organizations with poor work environments.

Dr. Aiken has received the major research awards in her field of health services and policy research. In 2014, she received the Gustav O. Lienhard Award from the National Academy of Medicine for her research, which has impacted practice and policy in the United States and abroad. She has received the top awards in health services research, including the Distinguished Investigator Award from AcademyHealth and the Baxter Graham Health Services Research Prize from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Dr. Aiken was an Inaugural Awardee in the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher’s Hall of Fame.

Natalie Cline, MSN, RN, speaker for The Cornelius Leadership Conference, guest at the opening of the House of Delegates

Natalie is a staff infusion nurse at the Taussig Cancer Center at the Cleveland Clinic, where she has worked for the past two years. She also has five years of inpatient pulmonary medicine experience. In addition Natalie teaches nursing clinicals for Kent State University two days a week.

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