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!
- Deadlines and Dates
- Reference Proposals
- Cornelius Leadership Congress
- Join the Community, Discussion
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 email@example.com by April 15, 2019.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1, 2019.
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.
Award Nominations due June 14, 2019
Recognize an outstanding nurse! Awards are presented at the Awards Dinner Saturday evening.
- The Carol Jenkins Award acknowledges the ground breaking work done by Carol Jenkins in the area of chemical dependency nursing practice – both for patients and also for nurses experiencing the disease of chemical dependency. Her passion, commitment and leadership in this nursing specialty are recognized by the presentation of this award.
- The Dorothy A. Cornelius Leadership Award is presented in recognition of outstanding leadership and participation in and contributions to the purposes of the Ohio Nurses Association.
- The Elaine H. Martyn Writing Award
- The Elizabeth K. Porter Award recognizes the contribution that an individual nurse has made to the ONA Economic and General Welfare Program and, thereby, to the security of nurses.
- The Ethelrine Shaw-Nickerson Award recognizes the outstanding contributions to health care services to a minority population in Ohio.
- The Excellence in Non-Traditional Nursing Role Award recognizes the outstanding performance of a nurse in a non-traditional role that supports client populations, nurses, and nursing practice.
- The Excellence in Nursing Administration Award recognizes the outstanding performance of a nurse administrator in a formal or continuing education setting.
- The Excellence in Nursing Education Award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a nurse educator. It includes educators in continuing education and staff development positions, as well as educators in nursing
- The Excellence in Nursing Practice Award – Advanced Practice recognizes the unique accomplishments of nurses who provide care to patients.
- The Excellence in Nursing Practice Award – Staff Nurse recognizes the staff nurse’s accomplishments and innovative approaches which demonstrate direct care impact on one patient or group of patients.
- The Excellence in Nursing Research Award recognizes the outstanding performance of a nurse researcher and/or the contribution of an individual nurse to nursing research.
- The Excellence in Political Action Award recognizes outstanding leadership or participation in political action.
Election Nomination Forms due
June 14, 2019 Extended to July 1
Candidate profiles for inclusion in the Convention Handbook are due July 22, 2019.
Connect with other ONA members about Convention!
Join the Convention 2019 community on ONAConnect – the place to ask questions, network, find resources, and receive timely updates.
Tentative Agenda + Registration
- Thursday, October 10th
- Friday Morning – The Cornelius Leadership Conference + Education Bundle
- Friday, October 11th
- Saturday, October 12th
- Sunday, October 13th
- Special Speakers and Guests
- Room Block
|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.
The Cornelius Leadership Conference + Education Bundle includes the live, in-person conference on Friday, October 11, 2019 plus a series of recorded webinars.
Cost: $99, separate registration
The Cornelius Leadership Conference
The biennial conference named for past ONA executive director and international nurse leader, Dorothy Cornelius.
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.
9:20a-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.
10:30a-11:15a Natalie Cline – Managing Second Victim Phenomenon – 0.75 contact hour
Total Contact Hours: 2.75
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|
|The Cornelius Leadership Conference – Separate Registration||8am||11:15am|
|Opening of the House||12:30pm||1:30pm|
|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)
|Saturday, October 12th||Start||End|
Breakfast/Candidates Hall/Candidates Forum
|Lunch on Your Own (stipend given)/Break/Voting||11:30a||1:00p|
|House of Delegates||1:00pm||4pm|
Saturday only registration: $175 (member rate)
Full Convention registration: $299 (member rate, save $50 with early bird through September 6, 2019)
|Sunday, October 13th||Start||End|
|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)
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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Sponsor and Exhibitor Resources
2019 Convention Sponsorship Packages
Speaker Sponsor $10,000 to Open the House of Delegates and present at the Cornelius Congress. Since the Speaker Sponsor for the 2019 Ohio Nurses Association Convention is a district, the members of that district can attend the CE conference at no charge.
Platinum Sponsor $6,500
There are three Platinum Sponsorships available below. With this sponsorship, there will be a five-minute presentation from sponsor. The three sponsors will also get their Logo on the marquis outside of the House of Delegates for one day. Table signage at Member Celebration. They will also get a full-page ad in the ONR in addition to other items listed on the sponsorship grid.
- Parking Sponsor Speak Friday Opening of the House, Marquis Friday, Signage Outside of the House of Delegates
- House of Delegates Speak Sunday at House of Delegates, Marquis Sunday, Signage Outside the House of Delegates and Exclusive Table at Member Celebration.
Awards Celebration Speak at Awards Celebration, Marquis Saturday and Signage Outside of the House of Delegates. Convention Bag Sponsor $3,500 The bag for convention will have the logo of the sponsor prominently displayed on top with the ONA logo on the on the bottom. The sponsor of the bag, will also be entitled to one give-away item in the bag. They will also have a ½ page in the ONR and other items listed on sponsorship grid.
Gold Sponsor $3,000
The Gold Sponsor will have signage outside the House of Delegate for the entire event. They will also have social media posts and other items listed on the sponsorship grid.
Silver Sponsor $1,500
The Silver Sponsor will have signage in specified areas, listing and link on convention app, and table top exhibit booth Friday and Saturday.
Lanyard Sponsor $2,500 The Lanyard Sponsor will have its name or logo printed on the lanyards used at the event. They will also have ¼ page ad in the ONR along with other items listed on the sponsorship grid.
Exhibitor $800 ($520 Non-profit) Excluding Schools/Colleges of Nursing
The exhibitor will have a booth Friday and Saturday.
Break and Snack Sponsor ($750) Announcement and printed tents by snacks saying “Thank You to Our Break and Snack Sponsor Name.”