NCONL | North Carolina Organization for Nurse Leaders

NCONL is the state level affiliate of the American Organization of Nurse Leaders and serves as a voice for North Carolina nurse leaders to shape healthcare through innovative and expert nurse leadership.  NCONL works to strengthen nursing leadership through professional development, to facilitate nursing research in order to advance nursing practice, and to influence health care policy regarding the value and impact of the nursing profession.  NCONL, through the collaboration and networking of nurse leaders across the state, serves as a catalyst for the positive transformation of patient care.

NCONL understands the value and strength of promoting unity and cohesiveness across the nursing profession and works to nurture key relationships with the North Carolina Board of Nursing, the North Carolina Healthcare Association, and the North Carolina Nurses Association.  NCONL serves as the lead nursing organization for the North Carolina Future of Nursing Action Coalition.

NCONL is also proud to acknowledge that all nurses have the potential to lead and can serve to positively influence the delivery of patient care and improved patient outcomes. Nurses in both formal leadership positions and nurses aspiring to leadership roles are invited and encouraged to join.  We seek to be one voice advancing health in North Carolina.


NCONL is a network of nurse leaders and emerging leaders in NC committed to the delivery of the highest quality patient care through the professional development and growth of nurses in all settings.  NCONL has a critical role in promoting the value of nursing through advocacy with regulatory agencies and the state legislature as well as influencing healthcare leaders and policy makers when decisions affect the health of North Carolinians.  

NCONL is unique among nursing professional organizations in that membership crosses clinical specialties and work settings.  Our membership includes nurse leaders in all settings who share the value of the profession with the public, show compassion for each other, and provide for the delivery of patient care with skill. We know nursing is about caring, healing and supporting those in need and we are committed to offering our best, preparing for our future, and learning from our past.

NCONL offers many opportunities for professional development through statewide conferences, district meetings, webinars and virtual education.  Members value networking, expanding job opportunities, and staying informed on current issues affecting the profession.  As we move forward into 2021, NCONL is for all nurse leaders because we know leadership is not about a title...leadership is about action, courage and passion on behalf of those we serve.

A Message from AONL CEO Robyn Begley

Hello Members,

I hope you are well. I am writing to ask your assistance with two items mentioned at our last board meeting. The first:

I am asking all regional board members to solicit 5 volunteers by Feb. 16 to participate in the Medical Cannabis study that AONL is co-sponsoring with George Washington University.  Please forward their names and contact info to me and copy Chelsea. This is for participation in a focus group on March 16, 17 or 18. Details are included in the first 2 attachments, but any nurse leaders from your organizations or nurse leader colleagues from your region are welcome.

I also have attached the information from Sara Guastello about the Family Presence Policy Decision-Making toolkit. She has obtained funding for the pilot project and is looking for about 20-28 sites. Please reach out to her if you are interested, or let me know and I can relay the information. Sara is also really interested in LTC- feel free to share this with anyone you know in LTC.

Thanks so much for your help with these initiatives- have a good week!  


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