Since 1977, IONL has been the voice of nursing leaders throughout Iowa. IONL promotes excellence in leadership to shape the future of health care delivery, education and health policy. We are committed to fostering the development of nurse leaders across the continuum through mentorship, collaboration and education.

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Call for  Nominations for Outstanding Nurse Executive, Outstanding Nurse Leader and Scholarhip Applications

These two awards are an outstanding way of recognizing the accomplishments of your peers as they shape the future of healthcare in Iowa through innovative nursing leadership. The IONL Scholarship provides financial assistance to nurse leaders who are continuing their formal education and intend to remain in nursing leadership within the state of Iowa. The winners will be announced at the 2018 Iowa Hospital Association Annual Meeting in October.

Nominations for the Outstanding Nurse Executive and Outstanding Nurse Leader need to be submitted to Jennifer Nutt by June 30. Completed scholarship applications must be received by August 1.

Click here for Outstanding Nurse Executive/Nurse Leader nomination form

Click here for IONL Scholarship Application


Nurse Leaders Take Advantage of Valuable Education at IONL Conference

On May 16, more than 200 nurse leaders from across Iowa gathered in West Des Moines for a full day of education and networking at the Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders Spring Conference. This conference is designed specifically to develop strong nurse leaders in Iowa and ultimately, the nation. Closing out the conference was Kevin Hines, one of the few people to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge and survive. Since his nearly fatal suicide attempt, he has been sharing his story and fostering a critical bridge of hope between life and death for people caught in the pain of living with serious mental illness, substance use disorder and difficult life circumstances. His keynote inspired participants with his compassion for those with mental illness. Watch this short video to hear a recap of his session.

2018 AONE Affiliate Achievement Award

On April 19 IONL was award the 2018 AONE Affiliate Achivement Award. The AONE Affiliate Achievement Award recognizes an AONE Affiliate that promotes nursing leadership and its influence in the areas of the advancement of nursing practice, patient safety, quality, recruitment and retention, or another priority initiative for that particular state/region, and can serve as a model for other states or regions with similar interests.











Michele Kelly (2018 IONL President) and Jennifer Nutt (IHA Liaison to IONL) are pictured above accepting the award.

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