Ohio Nurses Association Names New President and Executive Director

Columbus, Ohio – November 7, 2023 – The Ohio Nurses Association (ONA), a recognized leader and advocate for Ohio nurses, has named Rick Lucas BSN, RN, CCRN as its new President and Executive Director.

As a dedicated and experienced member of ONA with over 20 years of nursing experience, Mr. Lucas has brought a wealth of knowledge and passion to his roles. He has been a dynamic force within ONA, serving as President of the Ohio State University Nurses Organization (OSUNO), for five years, where he was at the forefront of advocating and negotiating for safe minimum staffing standards, end to mandatory overtime, and championing a just culture, all in the best interest of both nurses and patients at Ohio State. Furthermore, Mr. Lucas has been an influential figure in the Mid-Ohio District Nurses Association, where he has held positions as Interim Executive Director, President, and Treasurer as well as First Vice President of ONA.

“I am confident that my strategic vision, determination, and advocacy skills will enable me to lead the ONA with integrity and purpose, said Rick Lucas, Ohio Nurses Association President and Executive Director. “By working together, we can continue to elevate the nursing profession, champion our rights, and create an environment where every nurse and health professional can thrive.”

As part of his roles, Mr. Lucas is leading ONA’s CODE RED, the multifaceted, multiyear campaign that focuses on the issue of understaffing and workplace violence in Ohio’s hospitals. In September 2023, ONA and Ohio Representatives Haraz Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) and Elgin Rogers, Jr. (D-Toledo) announced the Nurse Workforce & Safe Patient Care Act (House Bill 285).

Mr. Lucas’ new position as Executive Director was effective on November 1, 2023.


About ONA
Formed in 1904, the Ohio Nurses Association is a powerful network of nurses and health professionals. Our mission is to unite and empower nurses and health professionals, championing their rights, promoting professional practice, and advocating for quality care for all patients in Ohio, while fostering a strong and cohesive professional union community. To learn more or to become a member of the Ohio Nurses Association, visit www.ohnurses.org.

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