Nursing 2015 Adds Fourth Organization

Since 2005, the Nursing 2015 Initiative has been working to make its vision for the nursing profession a reality.   Started originally by the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA), the Ohio Nurses Association (ONA) and the Ohio Organization for Nurse Executives (OONE), the group recently added a 4th “O”, the Ohio League for Nursing (OLN).   Two of the founding organizations (ONA and OONE) identified 10 individuals to serve as its representatives to the oversight group.  This oversight body became known as the Group of Twenty or GOT for lack of a better name.   Two additional individuals will be added to GOT representing OLN.  Staff members from OHA, ONA and OLN facilitate the work of the Initiative.

 The Ohio Nurses Association representatives are:

Paula Anderson
Barb Nash
Cindy Wilkins
Gingy Harshey-Meade
Jean Ansley
Joyce Powell
Kathy Dalton
Michele Valentino
Rose Marie Martin, co-chair
Toni Fair

Ohio Organization for Nurse Executives representatives are:

Craig Albers
Donna Hanly
Jayne Gmeiner
Jann Marks
Kathy Boff
Jill Trosin, co-chair
Kay Wellman
Debra McKee
Renae Phillips
Sandy Beidelschies

Ohio Leauge for Nursing representatives are:

Hope Moon
Penni Lynn Rolen
Alternate: Julie McAfooes  

The work of the Initiative is done by four teams—Yellow, Red, Green, & Blue.  Each team has a specific charge as defined by GOT with the team leaders are also serving as GOT members. 

Statement of Professional Nursing 2015 ©

Professional nurses are self-directed, accountable, and control their environment. Nurses are professionally empowered to influence the delivery of high-quality care that promotes positive patient outcomes through nursing leadership, coordination and collaboration. Nurses are adequate in number, diverse, highly educated and valued as clinical leaders across the continuum.

The profession of nursing is respected and valued. The practice environment is attractive, supportive of work/life balance, flexible and incorporates state-of-the-art technology. Compensation and benefits are reflective of nurses’ contributions to the delivery of care.

Direction: Ensure Ohio has a sufficient number of highly educated nurses who are self-directed, accountable, in control of their environment, and able to fulfill evolving roles.
Project Statement: Write legislation to achieve the requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree in nursing within 10 years of initial licensure.  This would also include defined criteria by which current RNs would maintain licensure.

Red Team
 Promote the leadership roles all nurses play in today’s health care system
Project Statement:  Plan a state-wide marketing campaign focusing on nurses as leaders and secure funding to implement the campaign

Green Team
Direction: Recognize the leadership roles all nurses play and promote the skills nurses need to be self-directed, accountable, and in control of their environment.
Project Statement: Write a curriculum for a leadership academy and develop a business plan to secure funding to implement the academy

Blue team
Direction: Ensure safe working environments that result in better consumer outcomes. Promote a highly attractive practice culture for Ohio nurses that encourages them to be self-directed, accountable, and in control of their environment
Project Statement: Develop a “tool kit” for education and implementation of a “just culture” for nurses and organizations.  Develop a “tool kit” for nurses and organizations to deal with workplace violence

Just Culture: A New Attitude

Nursing 2015 is proud to announce the arrival of a Just Culture Toolkit.  Developed by the Blue Team, the Just Culture Toolkit is a resource for health care providers interested in developing an environment that encourages the reporting and discussion of errors or near misses while supporting a system of personal accountability that recognizes the many factors which contribute to an error at the patient bedside.

Just cultures improve the consistency of safe, quality care by recognizing that errors do occur and by creating an atmosphere in which the human and system factors of errors can be analyzed and corrected for the betterment all. 

Explore the Just Culture Toolkit and select those pieces which may assist you in developing a new attitude towards handling errors in your workplace at

“The single greatest impediment to error prevention in the medical industry

is that we punish people for making mistakes”.

Dr. Lucian Leape, Professor, Harvard School of Public Health

March 23, 2010 at 12:27 pm 3 comments

Nursing 2015 Initiative Continues to Move Forward, Seeks New Participants

Join a Nursing 2015 Team!

The Nursing 2015 Initiative is always seeking new participants so anyone who would like to be involved in shaping the future for nursing in Ohio should email Jan Lanier ( to become part of this exciting endeavor.


The Group of Twenty (GOT) met in July to refuel and re-energize the work of the overall Nursing 2015 Initiative.  Jill Trosin and Rose Marie Martin agreed to assume co-leadership roles with the GOT on an interim basis.  The work of the various teams was reviewed and some changes proposed.  Team leaders will be communicating with their team members regarding those changes. 

Upcoming team meeting dates are posted on the various team pages so please check there for the latest information.

July 27, 2009 at 7:44 pm

New ANA Recognition Program Aims to Create Safer Workplace for Nurses

This ANA recognition program is available to your facilities. Please click here for more information.

April 9, 2009 at 3:08 pm

New Unit at Ohio Hospital Features Evidence-Based Design

Aiming to enhance care quality and increase staff efficiency, Steubenville, Ohio-based Trinity Hospital West will soon open a new patient care unit that features a number of evidence-based design elements, the Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register reports.


December 8, 2008 at 5:54 pm

Nursing 2015 PowerPoint

Click Here to View a PowerPoint about the Nursing 2015 Initiative.

April 22, 2008 at 5:43 pm

PricewaterhouseCoopers – The Changing Medical Workforce

PricewaterhouseCoopers Calls The Current Medical Workforce Model Broken

There are more doctors and nurses today than ever before, but they are not being trained, distributed or deployed efficiently, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Health Research Institute.

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January 31, 2008 at 10:00 am