September 11th – 12th, 2014

Save The Date

Crowne Plaza Hotel – Louisville, KY
Rooms available at discounted price until August 11th
1-888-233-9527 (ask for KONL Room Block) or

The Kentucky Organization of Nurse Leaders (KONL) is a non-profit organization and chapter of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). It is also an allied society of the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA). The purpose of the organization is to advance the development of effective administrative leadership in nursing services, in sites where healthcare is delivered.

The mission of KONL is to develop, support and advocate for nurse leaders as they enhance the delivery of health care in Kentucky.

The vision of KONL is to be an engaged community of nursing leaders shaping healthcare in the Commonwealth.

The core business of the organization includes:

  • Providing a forum for the interface of ideas and dissemination of information
  • Providing educational opportunities for nurse leaders
  • Collaborating with other organizations to influence public policies pertaining to healthcare
  • Providing a platform for expressing viewpoints of nurse leaders
  • Providing a networking system throughout the state
  • Fostering evidence-based practice in nursing leadership

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The organization operates for charitable, scientific and educational purposes. KONL provides educational programs for nurse leaders throughout the state, funds scholarships for members, shares scientific works between members and provides forums for discussion and networking through district and state level meetings. KONL is divided into four districts: Bluegrass, Cumberland, Ohio Valley and Twin Lakes. Districts are equally represented in statewide decisions, and forums are provided, at both the district and state level, for members to become involved and share their views.

Membership is open to all registered nurses serving as a nursing leadership professional along with KONL members who have retired from a nursing leadership position.

Associate membership is available for aspiring nurse leaders and those in relevant degree programs with a career path in nursing administration.

Check out this short video featuring Michelle Janney, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, 2013 president, AONE and senior vice president and Wood-Prince Family chief nurse executive, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, sharing some of the great ways AONE has been the voice of nursing leadership.

KONL Fall Conference 2013

“This year’s Fall Leadership Conference was another smashing success!  Over 150 nurse leaders gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville,  for 2 days of learning, great food, great fellowship and networking.  On Thursday, keynote speaker Betty Brown, the outgoing President of the National Association for Healthcare Quality, and a nurse leader herself, spoke to the group on High Reliability and Engagement.   Below are graphs Betty made after asking the attendees how they defined “High Reliability”, “Disaster”, and “Harm”:

Our own Vicki Stogsdill, CNO of Owensboro Health, spoke specifically about how her hospital has implemented high reliability principles at every level, from the “C-suite” to the front lines.  The posters displayed showed just how dedicated our nurses in Kentucky are to providing high quality care and leadership in our hospitals and other healthcare settings.  Prizes were awarded for first and second place in the categories of “Stewards of Leadership”, and “Clinical Leadership in Evidence-Based Practice”. And the winners are…
Category:  “Stewards of Leadership”

  • 1st prize – Methodist Hospital (Henderson, Kentucky), Cathy O’Nan, Kelly Jenkins, Lois Morgan, Tina Adams, and Barbara Davis:  “Evaluation of Duffy’s Quality Caring Model on Patients’ Perceptions of Nurse Caring in a Community Hospital”
  • 2nd prize – St. Elizabeth Healthcare (Edgewood/Grant/Covington, Kentucky), Patti Wilcox:  “The Implementation of  Near-Infrared Technology to Decrease PICC Line Placement son Patients with Limited Venous Access”

Category:  “Clinical Leadership in Evidence-Based Practice”

  • 1st prize – Baptist Health Louisville (Louisville, Kentucky), Julie Beran, Bridget Fehr:  Prevention of Heel Pressure Ulcers in the Hip Fracture Patient”
  • 2nd prize – Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center (Danville, Kentucky), Sharon Blair, Trina Clarkson, Angela Robinson:  “Improving Stroke Care at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center”

We had huge vendor and sponsor support, which allows our organization  to keep the conference price low, and to provide scholarships at the BSN and graduate levels.  Our networking reception with them on Thursday evening provided us the opportunity to meet and greet within our own districts, and see some excellent products and services.   Friday concluded the meeting with an update on the Kentucky Nurse Capacity Consortium, awarding of the poster prizes, and the semi-annual KONL business meeting.  Special thanks to the Program Committee, who will take a short rest and then get to work to plan yet another great fall conference for 2014!  Watch for a “Save the Date” after the first of the year. “

Kentucky Organization of Nurse Leaders Thanks Our generous Sponsors!
Diamond Level Sponsors –

  • Norton Healthcare

Silver Level Sponsors –

  • Baptist Health Louisville
  • Owensboro Medical Health System

Bronze Level Sponsors –

  • St. Claire Regional Medical Center

Patron Level Sponsor –

  • Methodist Hospital

Kentucky Organization of Nurse Leaders Thanks Our Generous Vendors!
Gold Level Vendor –

  • Stryker

Bronze Level Vendors –

  • API
  • Get Well Network
  • Allied Lex/Southwestern  


  • ID & A
  • Hill-Rom

Patron Level Vendors –

  • Affiliated Nursing Services
  • Cerner
  • Bellarmine University
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Kentucky Hospital Engagement Network
  • Midway College
  • Morehead State University
  • Murray State University
  • NKU College of Health Professions
  • Sage
  • UK College of Nursing


To Join as a KONL member just click on "Become a Member" and fill out the application formand pay via credit card or PayPal. This is the preferred method for joining.

Annual Membership is only $50

Another option is to print this paper application. Print the application, fill out the requested information and mail in with your $50 check made out to the KONL

Click on the link below for a paper application

KONL Membership Application