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Nursing Leadership Development in Vermont

Since VONL was established in 1996, our organization has been instrumental in influencing progress in the field of nursing, both in the state of Vermont and in the healthcare industry. Our vision is for VONL to be the recognized voice of nursing leadership in Vermont.

Learn more About VONL’s Mission, Vision, and Objectives

Top Six Priorities

  1. Evidence Based Practice
  2. Promote BSN Education
  3. Strengthen VONL membership
  4. Legislative Acumen
  5. Promote Nursing Practice-Education Collaboration
  6. Workforce Development


Membership in VONL provides networking opportunities, leadership development and education, a mechanism for influencing public policy, a forum for discussion of issues, and a vehicle for advocacy in health care. How to Join VONL

Member Testimonials

“I can always rely on my VONL colleagues to have their fingers on the pulse of nursing in our state.  It’s my “go -to” group to get information disseminated and hear a variety of opinions. Couldn’t do my job without VONL!”

-Mary Val Palumbo, DNP APRN GNP-BC, Associate Professor/Director AHEC Nursing Workforce Research, University of Vermont

“I joined VONL while I was working on my master’s in nursing, looking to expand my knowledge of and involvement in healthcare and nursing leadership in Vermont. I have met many great mentors there. VONL helps me develop my professional network, leadership skills, and awareness of healthcare issues in the state and the nation.”

-Nicole Gagnon, MS RN, Staff Nurse and Patient Placement Coordinator, Fletcher Allen Health Care and Clinical Instructor, University of Vermont

“I have been a VONL member for over ten years. Membership provides opportunities to both give and receive mentorship, network with colleges, and for professional growth which makes participation a must do for current and aspiring leaders in both nursing practice and education.”

– Clifford LaPlante, MSN/Ed, RN, Nursing Site Director, Vermont Technical College.