There’s a crisis in healthcare.

We’re facing a potential nursing shortage of another kind with nurses exiting the profession after decades voicing concerns about unsafe working conditions.

The time is now for policymakers to listen and take action.

Nearly 40% of nurses want to leave the profession. Burn out rates are even higher after COVID-19. Nurses struggle to provide the care patients need because of unsafe staffing levels. And healthcare workers are 5x more likely to be assaulted at work compared to other professions. 

We need meaningful change. And we need it now.

Help us tell lawmakers to trust the most trusted profession. Join hundreds of nurses for Nurses Day at the Statehouse: SAFE AT WORK. 


Submit your question for the legislator panel or share your workplace violence story.

Part of the agenda includes a panel where nurses direct questions to legislators about safe staffing and workplace violence solutions needed in Ohio. We are also collecting stories for nurses to share on a workplace violence panel. 

Register Today

4.0 Contact Hours Available

(1.0 Contact Hour Online)

Co-Sponsor: $250

Non-Member: $100

Nursing Student: $50

ONA member: $50

Member of Co-sponsoring Organization: $50

Rally Attendee: FREE

Agenda is subject to change. 

The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91)


9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Option 1: Attend Committee Hearings

Committee Schedules Available at Registration

Option 2: Meet Your Legislator

Self-Scheduled Meetings with your Legislators

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Registration Open

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Opening Program & Lunch

Welcome – ONA President Robert Weitzel, BSN, RN

Messages from Federal Lawmakers – Congresswoman Emilia Sykes and Senator Sherrod Brown

Guest Speaker – Minority Leader Allison Russo

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Legislator Panel Discussion – Safe Staffing

Featuring: Senate Minority Leader Nickie Antonio, State Senator Bob Hackett, State Senator Catherine Ingram, State Representative Jamie Callender, State Representative Melanie Miller and State Representative Jennifer Gross 

Moderated by Catharyne Henderson, ONA Health Policy Committee Chair 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Guest Speaker: State Representative Rachel Baker

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Violence in the Workplace Panel Discussion

Featuring frontline nurses – January Belcher, Amanda Zenni and Dettra Bailey

Moderated by: Angela Rentel, ONA Health Policy Council

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Safe at Work Rally – West Lawn

Open to all

4:00 PM

Group Photo on Statehouse Steps