On October 5-8, 2017, Ohio’s nurse leaders will convene in Columbus to decide the future of nursing in Ohio. We invite you to join us.

EARLY MEMBER $275* (ends 8/31/17) | REGULAR MEMBER $325* (ends 9/22/17)| LATE MEMBER $350*

*Cornelius Congress, Pre-Convention CE and Nurses and Canvas not included


Whether you’re a member of the Ohio Nurses Association or not (yet), the 2017 ONA Convention is a great opportunity to network with Registered Nurse leaders throughout the state.

This year, ONA member-elected delegates will vote for future ONA leadership as well as bylaws changes and proposals that guide the future direction of ONA – Ohio’s only association that advocates, protects and promotes all of Ohio’s registered nurses.

If you’re not a delegate or a member, there’s still plenty to take advantage of at this year’s Convention. On Friday, October 6 you can enjoy high quality, relevant continuing from ONA’s award-winning continuing education program in the morning and afternoon.

After the CE programs are done on Friday evening, you can enjoy the Hilton’s amazing food while networking with nurse colleagues and visit health-care related exhibitors to learn what’s next in nursing.

On Saturday and Sunday, ONA Member Delegates will have the unique opportunity to set the priorities for the nursing profession for the next 2 years – a privilege that members of the Ohio Nurses Association hold in high regard.

If you’re attending as a Delegate, you’ll be right in the thick of the action on the floor of the House of Delegates making your voice heard and your vote count as you decide on the future direction of ONA and nursing.

Non-members are welcome to observe and watch the decision-making and debate process unfold in real time.

On Saturday evening, ONA will be honoring our volunteer nurse leaders with an Awards dinner and ceremony. It’s always inspiring to see our members recognized for their leadership and contribution to the nursing profession.

So if you’re a nursing student, a nurse new to the profession, or a nurse that wants to make lifelong connections and have an impact on nursing and patient care in Ohio, we invite you to attend the 2017 ONA Convention!



Pre-Convention Hearing Webinars

ONA’s finances, proposed bylaws amendments and reference proposals will be reviewed via webinar prior to Convention. Dates and times are listed below.  Two times are offered for each webinar to allow the option to attend at least one on each topic. Reference Proposals and Finance will be combined.  There are NO changes made to the proposed bylaws changes during these webinars.  The hearing serves as a platform for members to provide and gather information to allow for a more focused conversation during the House of Delegates at Convention.

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September 13 from 10-NOON– Reference Proposals & Finance Committee

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September 14 from 10-NOON- Bylaws Committee

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September 18 from 6-8p – Reference Proposals & Finance Committee

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September 19 from 6-8p – Bylaws Committee

Please register at least one day prior.


Thursday, October 5

Dates and times subject to change. Download a printable copy of the latest agenda here (08/09/2017)

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

This is the first meeting of new ONA Board of Directors and E&GW Commission; typically is brief – introductions, review dates of new board/commission orientation and biennial meeting schedule.

Hotel Information

Hilton – Polaris

Award-winning hotel next to Polaris Mall in Columbus

Spacious guest rooms with granite countertops, soft earth tones and rich dark woods. Stay comfortable with a 32-inch HDTV, mini-refrigerator and complimentary WiFi.Papillon Day Spa, fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool. Convenient location and complimentary shuttle within a 5-mile radius makes it easy to get to Columbus attractions and the airport.

ONA Room Block Information

Convention attendees have access to a limited amount of discounted room rates. When booking your room, please indicate you’re with the ONA Convention.

You may call 1-888-864-8055 or visit this link (coming soon) to reserve your room.

Room Rates

King, Queen/Queen, King Suite: $129 (single and double rate)  |  $139 (triple)  |  $159 (quad)


Sponsors & Exhibitors – Sign Up Today!

With multiple exhibit times that span several days, plus exclusive sponsor opportunities, ONA Convention is the best way to connect with Ohio nurses.


Info for ONA Delegates

Members-only information, such as award nominations, bylaws submissions, reference proposals and Convention-related discussions are on the Convention community in ONAConnect. Click the button below to log in and join the community!



Contact Molly Homan at mhoman@ohnurses.org or 614-448-1041 with questions!

Here’s a short video on how to get registered!