ONA Nurses Day at the Capitol 2021


Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8:00am CT - 12:30pm CT
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Additional Information

The year 2020 was named the Year of the Nurse, and what a year for our communities to truly learn what you as nurses bring to the table and the key role you play in keeping Oklahoman’s healthy.  Nurses have been voted one of the most trusted professions for 18 years in a row, which provides you with power!  Legislators understand that nurses have kept us safe, educated and kept going when no one else would. It is time to harness that power. At the 2021, Nurses Day at the Capitol, Oklahoma nurses and nursing students will come together to discuss, share and learn about where we’ve been and what the future holds.  Nurses Day at the Capitol will empower and educate nurses on the power of the nursing voice.  Nurses in all stages of their careers should attend. Please join us for this special virtual event, Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

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All Nurses and nursing students (pre- and post-licensure)


Conference Objectives

1. Learn from Legislative experts including ONA’s Lobbyist about the nursing related issues facing the Legislature

2. Identify ways to engage professionally at the state or local level to impact issues that affect nursing and healthcare.

3. Recognize and understand the impact nurses can have on policymaking

4. Learn about the legislative process and your role in advocating for the profession.


Program at-a-glance

8:00 a.m.                         Virtual Exhibits Open

8:30 a.m.                         Welcome

                                           Shelly Wells, PhD, MBS, MS, APRN-CNS, ANEF, ONA President

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.              Keynote Presentation: Leading Local

                                           Patrick McGough, DNP, MSHR, RN, CHA

                                           Executive Director of the Oklahoma City-County Health Dept.

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.            Virtual Exhibitor Visits

10:00 -10:45 a.m.           Issues Panel: Immunizations, Managed Care and Mental Health

                                           Moderator: Megan Jester, MS, RN RYT-200, ONA Political Activities Director


                                               Sandra B. Harrison, JD, MPA, VP Regulatory and Legal Affairs, OK Hospital Association

                                               Ketih Reed, RN, Deputy Commissioner Community Healht Services, OK State Dept. of Health

                                              Sara Coffey, DO, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at                                                             Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences


10:45 - 11:30 a.m.           Featured Presentation: Why Advocate and Why this Matters

                                            Vickie White Rankin, ONA Lobbyist, Owner and C.E.O. of By the People Consulting, and Vickie                                                 White Rankin Political Consulting


11:30 – 12:00 pm           Virtual Exhibitor Visits

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Opportunity to Network with Recruiters
Hospital recruiters and educational entities will be available to talk to your students during open time in the morning.  The Recruiters will be available starting during registration, during the break and after the session.   

Registration Refund and Cancellation Policy

As the entire event is available to view on demand through June 2, 2021, registration to the virtual legislative day is nonrefundable.


Registrants unable to participate in the virtual event or extended on-demand access may send a substitute. If the alternate is not a member of ONA and the original registrant is a member, the nonmember registration cost differential must be paid in advance. Please email requests to events@oklahomanurses.org.