CNO & Dean Rounding

Monthly Every 3rd Wednesday 07:00 - 08:00

Executive Leaders from Oregon and Washington convene via a facilitated online session to share immediate issues, concerns, responses, resources and best practices. Prominent Leaders start each rounding with lessons-learned followed by discussion roundtable. The Rounding is a strategic level session hosted for senior leaders by NWONL for advancing healthcare across the region. It is an invitational event. If you are in a senior leader in a strategic role, Join Us by requesting an invitation here: 

November 16th, 2022: The October Rounding was a refreshing case study on the partnership between Heritage University and Seattle Children's Hospital. Dr. Christina Nyrati and Dr. Debra Ridling, along with Genevieve Aguilar shared the journey to improved equity in nursing achieved through a partnership and friendship.  By understanding the challenging social determinants that impact the community surrounding Heritage U., they were able to identify children's health outcomes as a major opportunity.

October 19th, 2022: This months Rounding was hosted by Sofia Aragon, where she provided a clear picture of the state of academic faculty across WA and highlighted the gaps and opportunities to growing a nurse faculty workforce. Many of our members have been asking about how to transition into academia, especially those who are nearing retirement but still have so much to give back to the profession. 

September 21st, 2022: The September session was an interactive Rounding. Our own Board member, James Reedy, helped facilitate discussion. We asked everyone present to share experiences with academic/clinic partnerships, workforce updates, new models of care and student placements plus any other salient challenges or opportunities currently in front of them.

Aug 17th, 2022: Kristen Swanson PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the College of Nursing, Seattle University, led the session on "Faculty shortages and the ongoing clinical placement conundrum." Kristen provided updated statistics and references plus engaged regional Leaders in what is/has worked in their own organizations.


July 20th, 2022: James Reedy, DNP, MBA, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, led the session on "Crisis response now. Taking our lessons learned and moving forward". Reedy provided updated statistics and references on practice plus engaged Leaders in what is/has changed in their own organization and what is on their "crisis planning" horizon.

June 15th, 2022: Summer Break. After a successful and highly impactful Annual Conference, Senior Leaders took a much needed break from their formal roles and NWONL supports this respite. Our CNO & Dean Rounding reconvenes in July.

May 18th, 2022: "Recruitment and Retention Strategies", session leader: Bonnie Fryzlewicz, CNO Seattle Children‘s and NWONL Secretary Treasurer. The topic was timely as most Nurse Leaders are focusing on recruitment and retention strategies right now.  It was discussion based: what is working and what is not and what are the blocking factors. Of note, overall Leaders report that nurses across the region are feeling a loss of connection.

April 20th, 2022: "Evaluating and Improving Clinical Placements in 2022" was was led by Kyra McCoy, the current President of CNEWS (Council on Nursing Education in Washington State) and Director of Nursing at Edmonds College. The session was highly engaging and exceptionally well attended. In the session, Krya facilitated and the scope of dialog included: How are new grads doing, gaps, differences (pre-post pandemic), placement, preceptors, retention, specialization and what should be priorities for change (going forward).

March 16th, 2022: "Nurse Leader Influence to Create Healthy Workplaces" was presented by Anne Hansen, DNP, RN, ACCNS-Ag, NEA-BC, NPD-BC, CCRN-K, Clinical Nurse Specialist Director- Asante Nursing Professional Development and Laura Magstadt MBA, MSN, RN,NE-BC, Vice President, Nursing, Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. In the session, the focus was on Nurse leaders, particularly executive leaders, who are poised to influence / direct the assessment, strategies, and tactics aimed at optimizing the work environment to promote wellness of staff, reduce burnout, and ultimately reduce turnover to ensure the delivery care high quality care. The attendance was both diverse and discussion in depth. If you seek additional information, consider joining the March 25th CE Event by Anne Hansen, where she will present in depth on the topic: Register here.

February 16th, 2022: "Re-thinking Academic and Practice Partnerships to Align with new AACN Essentials in a Changed Healthcare Environment" was presented by Pam Fifer,  Associate Dean George Fox, Lauren Cline, Associate Dean Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Antwinett O. Lee, Nursing Dean, Bellevue College, Health Sciences, Education & Wellness Institute and Lucy Krull, Dean School of Nursing Walla Walla University and Ashley English, Executive Director CPNW. The report is available here.

January 19th, 2022: Topic: "Rethinking Strategies for Capacity, Staffing and Discharge". James Reedy  MBA, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, CNO St. Charles Redmond and Carol Palmer, Director of Patient Services at Legacy Health lead our discussion around rethinking our strategies concerning our capacity, staffing and discharge efforts as well as  a solid discussion about some of the challenges that are being addressed during this surge and increased stress. Discussion notes available here.

December 15th, 2021: Our Leaders took December off from Rounding for reflection and time with their families and teams. NWONL Leadership used this time to prepare for Q1 of 2022. CNO & Deans have been sent invitations for the Q1 sessions. If you did not receive one, we can send another, simply let us know here

November 2nd, 2021: Annual Summit (modified date/time). Featuring Robyn Begley DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, AONL Chief Executive Officer, AHA Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) and Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN President and CEO American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Together they provided both a report out and Q&A on the National state of Academic and Practice partnership progress, challenges and opportunities from AONL, ACNL and Tri-Council perspectives. Report out available here.

October 20th, 2021: Discussion Leaders Casey Shillam, PhD, RN Dean and Professor University of Portland School of Nursing and Jana R. Bitton, MPA Executive Director | Oregon Center for Nursing President | National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers. The discussion focused on the local and state impact of the pandemic on students, academia, and clinical placements and the liability issue for students.

September 15th, 2021: Susan Stacey, CNO/COO Providence Sacred Heart lead discussions and presented on the challenges to nursing workforces across the region. To include, attraction, retention over the long term as well as short term initiatives for both RN and supporting roles.

July 21st, 2021: Kyra McCoy, the current President of CNEWS (Council on Nursing Education in Washington State) and Director of Nursing at Edmonds College, led the discussion on the challenges around the recent cohort of nurse graduates educated with plenty of simulation time and less "face to face" and hands-on with patients. Kyra invited leaders in  academic and practice settings to weigh in on, predominantly, the impact and perception of simulation.  In Washington some programs are generating new grads who have been educated with a lot of sim, some 50% of program hours and some 2:1. 

June 16th, 2021: Bonnie Fryzlewicz, VP/CNO Seattle Childrens and Debra Ridling, Associate Chief Nurse for Practice and Research shared their three-year nursing strategic plan focused on Anti-racism and EDI.  Their plan includes 27 projects focused on diversifying our nursing workforce, belonging and engagement, and learning and growth opportunities, including Academic partnerships.

May 19th, 2021: Hollie Caldwell PhD, RN Concordia University led the discussion on the impact of ongoing requirements for students (and faculty) to comply with outdated CDC guidelines for TB testing. There was robust conversation and discussion about the need for organizations (academic and healthcare) to reassess their current requirements. Change will need to take place as each facility assess the TB risk and CDC guidelines for continued testing. View Dr. Caldwell's presentation here

April 21, 2021: For April, Jennifer Gentry, Chief Nurse Executive, Providence Portland Medical Center shared the powerful work that she is leading in her organizations journey of improving RN engagement and a sense of empowerment. This was truly a significant CNO & Dean Rounding session. Link to the April Report.

March 17, 2021: Jen Fricas from Seattle University College of Nursing shared the work that the Equity & Justice Committee has been doing. This important focus on creating more accessible and effective methods for students to share concerns about identity-based issues how to raise awareness required a collaborative approach. Dean Swanson gently reminded us that how we take in information to understand racism, the impact, and how we evolve and grow through this is a personal journey that requires daily practice.Link to SUCON Presentation

February 17, 2021: In this months Rounding, we deviated from a structured format and stayed with virtual/ live group talk to openly discuss a serious concern: how has our Leadership strata and its core requirements (as a senior leaders) changed in response to 2020? Where is it going and how do we approach, let alone define it going into 2021 and beyond? This was a true live event, its power was in its organic and authentic approach and interaction. A special thanks to Courtnay Caufield, DNP, RN and CNO & VP for leading our session.

January 20, 2021: January was our first dialog concerning both the year ahead and what is collectively right in front of us. It expands on the December session and prompts us as leaders philosophically to wrestle pragmatically and empirically with the intertwined current and future state of nursing. Here is what we learned. Read the Rounding Report.Thank you to Kelly Espinoza, PhD, RN, VP & CNO of Legacy Salmon Creek for leading our Rounding.

December 16, 2020: With the latest Covid surge and the rush to implement vaccination plans and clinics, everyone is understandably maxed out. This has made it quite challenging to simultaneously balance students placements and clinical experience. What we have learned. A special Thank You to Ruby Jason, OSBN, Jana Bitton, OCN, Sofia Aragon, WCN, Paula Meyer NCQAC and Kim Tucker of Columbia Basin College.

November 18, 2020: Robyn Begely, DNP, RN and CEO of AONL provided Leaders a National Update and led a Q&A session on current challenges and opportunities. Additionally, Dana Bjarnason VP & CNO for OHSU shared their work on proposing and implementing Flexible Work Schedules for Leaders. Click here for Proposal.

October 21, 2020: The CNO & CFO Relationship, CE learning event offered by Kirby Bates with Colleen Chapp and Kimberly Nagy was well attended and much appreciated. Be sure to contact for assistance in obtaining CE. Click here for Presentation Link 

September 23, 2020: With the Pacific Northwest reeling from disaster, smoke, and crisis management the September our Rounding Call is exclusively a time for regional senior leaders to connect, align and share. Our greatest thanks to Laura Magstadt, VP Nursing, and all of Asante Three Rivers their extraordinarily selfless and personal outreach in their community.

August 20, 2020: Distinguished Principle Leaders and Deans across Oregon and Washington share key takeaways, themes and opportunities for advancing and sustaining the Academic to Practice partnership. Read the combined Rounding Report.

June 17, 2020Kelly Espinoza VP & CNO of Legacy Salmon Creek, Laura Magstadt VP of Nursing of Asante Three Rivers and Bonnie Fryzlewicz CNO of Seattle Childrens report out on the current state of their organizations after months of pandemic response, and weigh in on what opportunities have arisen, changes in strategies, staffing, empowerment and what has been the most rewarding experience to date. Read the report here.

May 27, 2020Courtney Caufield Chief Nursing Executive, Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center conducted a CE generating session for leaders on the subject of Alternative Work Schedules. If you missed it you can read the brief in the June Member Newsletter. If you attended the session and still need to request CE freely contact us at

May 13, 2020: James Reedy St. CNO St. Charles Redmond and Bonnie Fryzlewicz CNO Seattle Children's share their journey in staying financially solvent while remaining adaptable, postponing for an extended recovery timeline and the impact of prolonged stress on leaders.

April 29, 2020: Darcy Jaffe of WSHA and Rebecca Tiel of OAHHS dive into the respective WA/OR Governors guidelines on restarting elective procedures plus other services.

April 22, 2020: Chief Executive Nurse Jennifer Gentry from Providence Portland Medical Center leads us in Surge Planning when the future is uncertain.

April 15, 2020: Deans from the College of Nursing, Susan Bakewell-Sachs of OHSU and Kristen Swanson of Seattle, brief NWONL on the the impact on nursing academics from the Covid-19 pandemic response.

April 8, 2020: AONL's CEO Robyn Begley and VP JoAnn Web share AONL's support responses for covid-19 and Federal actions underway

March 25, 2020: Evergreen Health's SVP & CNO Mary Shepler on surge planning, keeping staff safe, moral distress, staying equipped and caring for non-covid patients. Read the report here.