The Organization shall be known as the West Virginia Organization for Nursing Leadership, Inc. (WVONL); hereafter referred to as WVONL. WVONL became incorporated April 30, 1990. The purpose of the incorporation was to provide statewide education to its members.


1.1.1. Mission: To shape health care in West Virginia through innovation, expert leadership, and collaborative partnerships.
1.1.2. Vision: West Virginia Nursing Leadership-one voice advancing health.



The WVONL is established as a not-for-profit tax exempt corporation to accomplish the mission, vision, goals and strategies of the organization.




Registered Nurses who support the vision, mission, and goals of WVONL
and has served or is holding an organizational role of
administration/management who are accountable for strategic, operational,
and/or management outcomes in sites where health care is delivered,
faculty in graduate nursing administration programs, including deans and
of professional nursing journals; and educators.

Registered Nurses who are staff nurses, charge nurses, nurse
coordinators and nurse managers with less than one year of
experience who aspire to nurse leadership roles.


Retired members shall be any full WVONL member who is retired from the profession and has maintained WVONL membership. A retired
member shall be entitled to all rights and privileges of a full member.


Membership in the WVONL shall become effective upon formal application for membership and payment of dues.


3.3.1 Resignation:  A member may at any time file resignation from the
WVONL in writing to the Membership Chair. It shall become effective
upon acceptance by the Board of Directors.

3.3.2. Loss of Eligibility A change of position to one that does not meet the criteria for
membership in WVONL will make any member ineligible for
membership. Non-payment of dues. Any member not paying dues for the current
year. Loss of licensure: Any member who loses his or her license to
practice nursing in the State of West Virginia.


For the purpose of these Bylaws, the term “health care organization” is defined as a facility that provides primary care, occupational health care, school health programs, acute care, sub-acute care, ambulatory/outpatient care, skilled care, extended care, long-term care, chronic care, rehabilitation, home care, and/or hospice care. In addition, any organization that provides health care service to patients.



4.1.1 Annual Membership dues cover a period of twelve (12) months and are due
upon notification by the Chair of the Membership and Promotion Committee.
The Board shall determine membership dues of WVONL. Notification of
proposed increase in dues initiated by the Board shall be brought to the full
membership for vote.

4.1.2 The Board shall give members 60 days advanced notice at the an
increase. No portion of the dues shall be refundable because a member
chooses to terminate membership.



The WVONL shall meet at least annually. The Board and the President shall determine the number of meetings and events based on the needs of the members and organization.


There shall be an annual meeting of the WVONL. The Board shall designate the time and place of the annual meeting, notifying the members at least 90 days in advance of the event.


Additional meetings may be called by the Board or President. The Board or President shall notify members of the special event at least 30 days prior to the meeting to ensure participation.


The President shall notify the membership by e-mail or postage mail of meetings no less than 30 days prior to the date of the meeting.


Robert’s Rules of Order (Revised) shall govern the order of business for annual and special meetings.

Section 5.6. VOTING

5.6.1 Voting by mail or e-mail shall be permitted.
5.6.2 Matters submitted to vote shall be determined by majority vote of members present and voting, except as provided elsewhere in the by-laws.

Section 5.7. QUORUM

A quorum shall consist of 10 percent (10%) of the members eligible to vote. The Board shall validate the quorum prior to calling for a vote.


The WVONL shall have an elected Officers and Board of Directors which have the authority to govern the chapter at the direction of its membership. The Officers, hereafter will be referred to as “Officers” and the remaining Board as “Board of Directors.” The Officers and Board of Directors comprise the complete “Board.”
The Board is charged with:
⦁ Reviewing and having up to date information about the state of the chapter and its membership size
⦁ Establishing and supporting major policies and programs that support the chapter’s mission and vision
⦁ Ensuring the future of the chapter by identifying and nurturing future leaders
⦁ Strategic long range planning for the chapter
⦁ Absolute fiduciary entrustment and responsible for protecting the interest of members and society. Including fulfilling the legal requirements, ensuring its own effectiveness by selecting officers and establishing board policies, reviewing the audit, and seeing that required and bank and tax returns are filled promptly when needed
⦁ Provide liability insurance for Officers and Board of Directors for protection and to be in compliance with the AONL affiliation.
⦁ The Board of Directors shall have staggered terms of office. Staggering terms of three years in duration provide continuity and experience so that succession planning and mentoring can occur.

Section 6.1. ELIGIBILITY

6.1.1 Any full member in good standing shall be eligible to hold a position as an
officer or as a board member.

6.1.2 The President and President-Elect shall be nurses in leadership practice
and active members of AONL.

Section 6.2. COMPOSITION

6.2.1 The officers of the WVONL shall be President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer who shall be elected by the membership of the WVONL and comprise the working officers team.

6.2.2 There shall be a Board of Directors consisting of the officers and seven Directors, one of whom will be the Immediate Past President.

6.2.3 At the discretion of the elected Board and Officers, members can be appointed to the Board to represent special interests and diversification, up to four (4) appointed positions to align with AONL. They will be non-voting members. The appointments will be for one (1) year open to reappointment to meet the goals of the organization.


6.3.1 Terms Officers shall be installed at the Fall Conference and shall assume their duties on January 1st of the following year. They shall serve for a term of two years. Elected Directors shall be installed at the Annual meeting in the Fall and serve for a term of three years. Their term starts on January 1st of the following year. There shall be six (6) elected directors serving terms of 3 years. Two (2) directors will be elected each year so that the terms of office are staggered and will ensure continuity of the Board. No officer or director may serve more than ten (10) consecutive elected years in any one office or combination of offices.

6.3.2 Elections

The election of officers and board members shall be conducted by mail or e-mail following approval of the ballot by the Board. The completed ballot, together with the resume outlining the background and experience of each candidate, shall be mailed or e-mailed to each member. The list of candidates, along with standard biographical data, shall be mailed or e-mailed to each member of the WVONL by September 15th and should be returned to the Chair of the Nominations Committee by October 15th. Results of the election will be announced at the annual business meeting by the President to the members. In case of a tie vote, the Board shall determine the choice.

6.3.3 Vacancies

If a member of the board resigns or no longer is eligible for membership, the vacancy will be filled by appointment of the Board or President. This appointee will serve in the position for the remainder of the existing term.

Section 6.4. DUTIES

6.4.1 President

The president shall be the chief executive officer of the WVONL. The president shall preside at all meetings. It shall be the president’s duty to complete the following duties:
⦁ Supervise the activities of the WVONL
⦁ Provide a report at the annual meetings to include achievement of stated annual objectives and implementation plan, a copy of which shall be kept in the permanent files of the WVONL
⦁ Appoint the chairperson and members of the Standing and Special
⦁ Committees as authorized by the Board
⦁ Assure WVONL representation at designated state and national committee meetings
⦁ Orient new Officers and Board Members
⦁ Prepare AGENDA for all meetings of the Officers and Board meeting getting this out in advance of the meeting
⦁ Encourage and seek members to become involved in the organization’s events and activities
⦁ Develop future members and ask the Board how to get them involved
⦁ Work with Officers and Board to develop goals for the WVONL
⦁ Work with the President-elect to keep committees and task forces moving forward
⦁ Work with President-elect to determine activities of the year
⦁ Attract new members and retain current members
⦁ Appoint a task force for new project or area of concern
⦁ Appoint a committee for a continuing need of function
⦁ Ensure the strategic plan is developed and communicated
⦁ Ensure the President-elect has a succession plan and is prepared for his/her term
⦁ Perform such other duties as may from time to time be authorized by the
Board of Directors.

6.4.2 President-Elect
The president-elect shall, in the absence of the president, perform all duties
and assume all responsibilities of the president. The President-elect shall:

⦁ Serve as Chairperson of the Program Committee
⦁ Responsible for the annual conference, including speakers, continuing education credits, conference site, and ensuring it is cost effective and budget neutral
⦁ Monitor and encourage the committee chairs to complete duties
⦁ If needed, take over a chair responsibility to ensure the tasks are completed, or mentor the chair to get the work completed
⦁ Ensure the strategic plan is actualized
⦁ Prepare for succeeding to the President and make plans for your term
⦁ Prepare and orient the new President-elect

6.4.3. Secretary

The secretary shall prepare the minutes of all meetings of the WVONL, including Officers, Board, and membership meetings, that shall be available to the members for inspection. In the event the secretary is unable to attend a business or board meeting, a member of the Board will be appointed secretary pro tempore for the purpose of recording minutes of that meeting. The secretary shall maintain all documents as it relates to the historical information of the organization. The Secretary shall complete the following duties:
⦁ Maintain and updates membership mailing/communication list that includes phone/fax/email/mailing addresses for all members. Coordinate with chapter treasurer and membership chair.
⦁ Prepare minutes of all meetings and maintain them in a permanent format.
⦁ Prepare and distribute minutes of meeting in advance of the next meeting
⦁ Supply the president with a list of any items of business carried over from
the prior meeting, in advance of the president’s preparation of the agenda
⦁ Keep the official copies of all legal documents, including by-laws, chapter
policy manual, and Board Orientation information
⦁ Prepare and keep copies of all official correspondence as directed by the
⦁ Collect copies of programs; reports and other items of future historical interest
in proper files
⦁ Keep chapter activities in an electronic scrapbook including clippings of articles
on chapter events in the news media
⦁ Maintain a complete collection of chapter newsletters
⦁ Prepare your successor for taking over at the end of the term of office.

6.4.4 Treasurer

The chapter treasurer has the primary responsibility for the management and control of all money. The job requires close coordination with the president in dispersing funds. The treasurer shall collect and maintain an accurate accounting of funds and shall perform such other duties as may be necessary to coordinate and advance the WVONL’s goals and objectives. The treasurer is responsible for maintaining the WVONL bank account, certificate of deposits (CDs), and exempt status. For all disbursements, an invoice is required. The treasurer shall document the reason for the disbursement so that an audit trail is maintained.

The treasurer shall perform the following duties:
⦁ Collect and maintain an accurate accounting of funds
⦁ Reconcile the bank account on a monthly basis and send a financial report to the Board on a quarterly basis (March, June, September, and December).
⦁ Prepare a written report for all general business meetings sharing the results with the members
⦁ Maintain WVONL’s tax-exempt status
⦁ Maintain WVONL’s insurance coverage by paying the annual coverage fee
⦁ In conjunction with the Membership and Promotion Chair and Secretary, submit a list of paying members to the Board by March 1st.
⦁ Provide the bank with the required resolutions and signature cards for the chapter accounts.
⦁ There should be two signatures required on the Bank Account for internal control, that of the President and/or Immediate Past President, and Treasurer.
⦁ The President/Immediate Past President and Treasurer will agree that they will not disburse funds without the approval of the other.
⦁ Pay bills promptly. When an invoice is received, both the Treasurer and the President should review it for accuracy. The president then authorizes payment by a signature or email. Bills must be paid by check/electronic transaction to have a record of all transactions.
⦁ Receive all monies from chapter members at meetings and issue receipts if cash is involved. All checks should be made payable to the chapter and deposited at once.

⦁ Prepare dues invoices and collect dues payments, including required follow- up to collect delinquent payments and to advise the chapter officers committee of member status.
⦁ Work closely with the officers committee to monitor expenditures to plan for expenses by month and year and to control and adjust expenditures to have
a satisfactory year-end financial result.
⦁ Work with member audit committee or independent accountant to set up
schedule for annual audit of books so that the report will be ready in a timely
manner when needed.
⦁ The Treasurer will file for tax exempt status when needed
⦁ Train your successor to take over your responsibilities at the end of your term.
⦁ Develop and maintain a check off list in case of an emergency when the
Treasurer cannot perform his or her duties.
6.4.5 Treasurer Elect’s Initial Year
⦁ The initial year will coincide with the current treasure’s final year to maintain
financial stability.
⦁ The treasurer elect’s responsibilities will be shared for the purpose of effective
transition to the role.

6.4.6 Board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall meet in person or via teleconference not less than three times a year, upon receipt of formal notice from the President or Secretary. The President, with the approval of the Board, may call additional meetings.
The Board of Directors shall have authority to make policy decisions for the
WVONL between meetings. The duties of the Board of Directors are:
 Establish rules and procedures for the Board of Directors and the WVONL
⦁ Approve reports, resolutions, or actions of officers by the Board of Directors and present at the annual meeting
⦁ Establish annual objectives and implementation plans consistent with the
⦁ WVONL goals and by-laws
⦁ Approve budget and expenditures for the WVONL
⦁ Actively recruit new members and be involved in membership retention
⦁ Welcome new members and get them involved in the committees

⦁ When appropriate, dissent in any proposed action of the Board and see to it that such dissent is recorded in the minutes
⦁ Know the WV State Practice Act and how it applies to chapters and professional groups
⦁ Keep items discussed in meetings confidential until they are properly disclosed
⦁ A Director must resign from the Board if they seek to engage in direct conflict of interest with the chapter programs, seminars, or join a competing Organization.
⦁ Seeing that the financial and legal policies reflect sound fiscal integrity and responsibility
⦁ Sufficient funding resources are developed to meet the mission and plans
⦁ Read all the material provided in advance of Board meetings
⦁ Stay informed about trends in the field, both local, state, and national

6.4.7 Immediate Past President

The Past President shall serve as a member of the Board of Directors for a two year term. The position will be to provide continuity and expertise. Duties are:
⦁ Advise the Officers and Board of Directors to help avoid or minimize mistakes and pitfalls.
⦁ Induct the immediate Past President into the group with a fun ritual.

Section 6.5. ATTENDANCE

Unexcused absence of two consecutive meetings shall constitute loss of board position.

Section 6.6. QUORUM

A quorum shall consist of a simple majority of the Board.



7.1.1 There shall be six (6) Standing Committees: the Nomination Committee, the Program Committee, the Bylaws Committee, and the Membership and Promotion Committee, the Leadership Development Committee, and the Website/Social Media Committee. Each Committee shall include a member of the Board of
Directors. The Board member of the Committee shall serve as the
chairperson and appoint members of each committee. If a vacancy should occur, the President shall fill such vacancy
by appointment. All standing committees shall submit annual reports
and such interim reports as may be requested by the President. All reports and minutes of the committee work are to be
turned over to the new chairperson at the annual meeting or at
least 30 days prior to January 1.

7.2.1 Nomination Committee. The Board shall submit names of potential members to serve on the Nomination Committee. Each member selected to the Nomination Committee shall be contacted by the Chair. Members of the committee shall not be barred from becoming nominees for office. If elected to office, they shall resign from membership on the Nomination Committee. In the event of a vacancy on the committee, the Board shall appoint a member in good standing to complete the unexpired term. Members shall serve for two years. The chairperson of the committee shall be the Board Member. The Nominations committee must begin work of identifying potential future chapter directors and officers and sounding them out about their availability and interest. Duties. The Nomination Committee shall prepare a slate of candidates for officers and Board of Directors in accordance with Article VI, Section 6.3, of these Bylaws. All candidates must be members in good standing and disclose conflicts of interest. Any member of the WVONL may recommend a candidate for consideration by the Nominations Committee.
To assure appropriate distribution of information related to acceptable
candidates, such recommendations shall be sent to the Committee no later than July 15th. A notice of slate preparation to the general membership shall be sent by August 1st. Meetings. The Nomination Committee shall not be required to hold formal meetings; but may conduct its business by mail, e-mail or other means.

7.2.2 Program Committee: The President-elect serves as the Chair of the Program Committee who is responsible for working with the committee to develop the annual conference. Duties. The duties of the Program Committee shall be to develop programs and activities that promote the goals/objectives of the WVONL. Duties include, but are not limited to: arrangements for topics, speakers, facilities and equipment, budget requests to the Officers and Board, CEU, mailings and tabulation of evaluations. The President-elect works closely with the President and Treasurer to ensure financial coverage of expenses. Meetings. Meetings shall be called at this discretion of the chairperson and shall be of such frequency and duration to accomplish the responsibilities of the committee. Meetings may be conducted in person, virtually, via e-mail, mail or telephone.

7.2.3. Bylaws Committee: The Bylaws committee must ensure that the chapter bylaws are in alignment with AONL; completing research and drafting so that their proposals will be available well in advance of the annual members meeting. Duties. The duties of the Bylaws Committee shall be to review and/or revise the bylaws on an annual basis and to recommend changes to the Board as necessary to meet the goals/objectives of the WVONL. If approved by the Board, the committee’s proposed amendment will be sent to the membership for vote. A review of changes shall be presented at the Annual meeting. Meetings. There must be at least one (1) meeting annually and may be conducted in person, virtually, via e-mail, mail or phone.

7.2.4 Membership and Promotion Committee: The Membership and Promotion committee is responsible for organizing a plan to attract new members and retain current members. Duties. The duties of the Membership and Promotion Committee shall be to develop programs to recruit and to maintain WVONL members and to explore benefits for the members. Meetings. There must be at least one meeting annually and may be conducted in person, virtually, via e-mail or phone.

7.2.5 Leadership Development Committee: The Leadership Development Committee is responsible to lead initiatives and develop programs within WVONL that will empower nurse leaders both at the bedside and the executive level. The Chair shall consist of a Board member and committee members. Duties. The duties of the Empowering Nurse Leaders Committee included developing and overseeing Scholarship opportunities. Facilitate attendance at a national conference by President or board member. Meetings. There must be at least one meeting annually and may be conducted in person, virtually, via e-mail or phone.

7.2.6 Website/Social Media Committee: The Website/Social Media Committee is responsible to lead initiatives within WVONL that establish and maintain WVONL’s on-line presence. Duties. The duties of the Website/Social Media Committee included developing and maintaining the WVONL Website and all social media accounts. Meetings. There must be at least one meeting annually and may be conducted in person, virtually, via e-mail or phone.

Section 7.2.7 Ad Hoc Committees

Ad Hoc Committees may be appointed by the President for special projects as authorized by the Board. The Board shall determine the term of office for members. Ad Hoc Committees shall submit interim written reports of their activities to the President and upon completion of the project shall present a final written report with conclusions and recommendations to the Board.


Section 8.1. National Organization

WVONL will maintain a liaison with the American Organization for Nursing Leadership
(AONL) by serving as an Affiliate organization.

Section 8.2. State Organizations

WVONL will maintain a close relationship with the West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA), WV Board of Nursing, West Virginia Nurses Association (WVNA), the West Virginia Center for Nursing (WVCN), the Association of Deans and Directors of Nursing Education (ADDNE), and the Future of Nursing WV.


The Board may amend these bylaws at any time to ensure the Bylaws are current and supporting the mission of WVONL. After the Board has amended the Bylaws, the Chair of the Bylaws Committee will review the changes with members of the committee for approval. If there are changes that the Bylaws Committee recommend, then the revised version goes back to the Board for approval and then to the membership for a final vote. This communication and voting can be completed by email.


Whenever an Officer or Director has a financial or personal interest in any matter coming before the board of directors, the affected person shall (a) fully disclose the nature of the interest; and, (b) withdraw from discussion, lobbying, and voting on the matter. Any transaction or vote involving a potential conflict of interest shall be approved only when a majority of disinterested directors determine that it is in the best interest of the organization to do so. The minutes of meetings at which such votes are taken shall record such disclosure, abstention, and rationale for approval.


WVONL may be dissolved only with authorization by its Board of Directors given at a special meeting called for that purpose and with subsequent approval by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Members (status determined by Membership Committee). Upon dissolution or other termination of WVONL, all remaining assets of WVONL, after payment in full of all its debts, obligations, and necessary final expenses, or after the making of adequate provision therefore, shall be distributed to such tax-exempt organizations (with purposes similar to those of WVONL as shall be chosen by the then existing Board of Directors of WVONL.

Amended November 6, 2019 (Board Approval)
November 8, 2019 (Membership Approval)
Amended November 2, 2020 (Board Approval)
November 6 , 2020 (Membership Approval)