CNO & Dean Rounding

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

Executive Leaders from Oregon and Washington convene via a facilitated call-in to share immediate issues, concerns, responses, resources and best practices. Prominent Leaders start each rounding with lessons-learned followed by discussion roundtable. Northwest specific issues are highlighted. The Rounding culminates with a call-to-action and a distilled executive report for attendees.

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Rounding Reports

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, 2020: Kelly 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, 2020: Courtney 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.