October 11-13, 2019

Cornelius Congress Induction Dinner, October 10, 2019

The Westin, Cincinnati

About the Ohio Nurses Association Convention

ONA Convention is the premier event for ONA members and Ohio’s nursing leaders to shape the future of nursing and healthcare in Ohio. At Convention, attendees enjoy top-notch continuing education, vote for association leaders, solidify the structure of the association and decide the vision for nursing and healthcare for the year 2020 and beyond.

Attendees also network with colleagues, sponsors and exhibitors from across Ohio and nationwide, while also honoring stand-outs in the profession at the awards dinner and Cornelius Leadership Congress induction ceremony. And you can’t forget the biennial member celebration – a time for everyone to come together for a little fun! 

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 

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 lwalker@ohnurses.org 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 rwolfe@ohnurses.org 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>>


Nomination form coming soon

Award Nominations due June 14, 2019

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Election Nomination Forms due June 14, 2019

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

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Connect with other ONA members about Convention!

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Sponsor and Exhibitor Resources


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Sample Agenda from 2017

Thursday, October 5

6:00pm – 8:00pm – The Cornelius Leadership Congress Induction Dinner

Any ONA member is welcome to attend the Cornelius Congress Dinner and Induction Ceremony. The Cornelius Congress recognizes members of ONA who demonstrate the leadership characteristics of Dorothy Cornelius in their work and with the Ohio Nurses Association.

Friday, October 6

7:00am  –  Registration Opens

7:45am – 4:00pm – Pre-Convention Continuing Education (hosted by the Cornelius Leadership Congress) and Exhibit Hall

This conference is open to any Registered Nurse regardless of whether you are attending the ONA Convention!

7:45 – Introductions

8:00a – 9:00a – Effective Advocacy in a Twitter World – Janice Lanier JD RN

9:00a – 10:00a – Ethics Laws and Rules (CATEGORY A Law and Rules) – Terry Pope, MS, RN

10:00a – 10:15a – Break

10:15a – 11:15a – Music Therapy: Therapeutic Interventions for the Whole Brain – Central Ohio Music Therapy, LLC

11:15a- 12:15p – Lunch (included)

12:15p – 1:00p – Porter Lecture: How to Develop or Participate in Shared Governance in Nursing – Linda Warino, BSN, RN, CPAN

1:00p – 1:15p – Break

1:15p – 2:15p – Martyn Paper: Nursing and Art – Gail Brogan, MSN, RN

2:15p – 3:00p – Leadership: Shine On! – Judy Kimchi – Woods, PhD, RN, MBA, CPNP, CPHQ, Organizer of the Shine On! Nursing Art Exhibit

3:00 – 3:45p – Ohio Board of Nursing Update – Betsy Houchen , JD, MS, RN and Patricia Sharpnack, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, ANEF, Ohio Board of Nursing

3:45p – 4:00p – Closing Remarks

6.08 Contact Hours

The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91).

3:30pm – 5:30pm – Welcome Reception with Exhibit Hall, Poster Presentations, Candidates Hall Food Stations and Heavy Hors d’oeuvres

Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served in the public area. Attendees can eat and
network with colleagues, and then visit the following attractions.

Exhibit Hall – Nursing and health-care related vendors set up exhibit booths to inform nurses of their products and services. There is also a raffle set up to encourage nurses to visit each booth and collect a sticker from the vendor, attach it to their entry form and turn in to ONA staff for entry into a drawing.

Avenue of Issues – ONA districts, local units, committees and affiliated organizations set up booths to educate attendees about issues affecting the nursing profession – past, present and future. Contact Lisa Walker at lwalker@ohnurses.org to request a booth.

Poster Presentations: Nurses present educational information to attendees in the form of a poster. Topics include health and safety, nursing practice, research, education, management and professional development. Contact Sandy Swearingen at sswearingen@ohnurses.org to display your poster.

4:15pm – 5:15pm – Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure – Mary Remson, Parlimentarian

Great for first-time attendees and anyone that needs to brush up on Robert’s Rules of Order, this session will cover the rules by which the House of Delegates will be run and how to conduct business in the House.

1.0 Contact Hour

The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91).

5:30pm – 7:30pm – Opening of the House of Delegates

The House of Delegates is where all the action happens. The opening ceremony includes an invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, Nightingale Tribute, introductions and greetings, registrant report, establishment of a quorum, standing rules of the House of Delegates, establishment of the agenda, reference proposals report and emergency proposals, and Nominating Committee Report and nominations from the floor.

7:30pm – 8:30pm – Candidates Forum

Candidates for ONA offices give timed speeches to members during this time.

8:45pm – 10:45pm – Nurses & Canvas (Ticket Required)

Network with your nurse colleagues while painting! No artistic skills required.

Saturday, October 7

7:00am – Registration Opens

8:00am – Silent Auction Opens

ONA members, districts and local units, as well as businesses, donate items to be auctioned off to raise money for ONA’s Political Contributing Entity (PCE).

8:00am – 9:00am – Local Unit Forum and Breakfast

For ONA union members only, the Local Unit Forum is the meeting ONA’s collective bargaining members to discuss issues related to ONA’s Economic and General Welfare program.

8:00am – Voting Opens

Voting for ONA Officers and delegates to national organizations. ONA Delegates are eligible to vote for officers, and all ONA Members are eligible to vote for delegates to national affiliates.

9:30am – 10:30am – District Caucuses

Districts meet separately to discuss issues of relevance to the districts.

11:00am – 1:30pm – House of Delegates


1:30pm – 3:00pm – Lunch Break

On your own, ONA to provide stipend.

3:00pm – Voting Closes

3:00pm – 5:00pm – Bylaws Hearing

Hearing to discuss proposed bylaws changes (no voting happens in this session).

5:00pm – 5:45pm – Break

5:45pm – 7:45pm – Awards Dinner

All ONA members and guests are welcome to attend. Non-members can purchase tickets. This dinner will honor award winners as nominated by their peers.

7:45pm – 11:30pm – Member Celebration

Details coming soon!

Sunday, October 8

8:00am – 9:00am – District Caucuses

9:15am – 12:15pm – House of Delegates


12:15pm – Convention Ends

12:45pm – 1:45pm – Newly Elected Officers Meeting