Over the last several years, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) has set out to strengthen diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) within the organization and the field of nursing leadership. We have intentionally woven this focus into every aspect of our AONL 2022 – 2024 strategic plan and created a framework for the AONL Guiding Principles: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, which were published in January 2022. Though this work is challenging, it is the moral, professional and ethical responsibility of AONL and nurse leaders everywhere to proactively transform our approach to DEIB within our communities.
We are now rolling out phase one of the AONL Guiding Principles: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Toolkit. This resource will assist nurse leaders in implementing the four main DEIB guiding principles (role of leader, practice environments, partnerships and research and technology) with practical action steps. The tactics can be adapted for the nurse leader role or practice setting and based on where the system, hospital, unit or department is on its DEIB journey. Currently, the toolkit consists of available resources and items that will be coming soon. We encourage you to provide feedback on the toolkit so that we ensure ongoing development of impactful resources.
Thank you for taking this journey with us and we hope that you will find these DEIB tools useful in your practice.