As part of the Nightingale Challenge, we invite all schools of nursing in the state, as well as clinical partners, to send their emerging nurse and midwife leaders to development training opportunities in order to elevate nursing’s role in their clinics and departments. The purpose of the Nightingale Challenge is to help develop the next generation of nurses and midwives as leaders, practitioners and advocates for health. Through a series of webinars, we will discuss transformative ideas for the improvement of patient care and population health. These webinars will serve to inspire nurse leaders to think creatively, collaboratively, and innovatively for the profession’s future of positive impact. Webinars will be are offered free of cost to clinical partners, state and federal agencies, and organizations serving or staffing nurses or midwives.

Attendees will be emailed a Certificate of Participation following each webinar.

2020 Seminar Schedule

June 19th
12 – 1 PM

June 30th
4 – 5 PM
July 14th
4 – 5 PM

July 28th 
3 – 4 PM

Stand Up for Equity A New View on Public Health Leaders Lead from the Start Finding Your Voice During the Times of COVID



To best serve patients, nursing must be both diverse and equitable. Explore strategies for advancing diversity and equity at all levels of the profession.

This webinar is presented in partnership with Community Health Plan of Washington.



How COVID-19 should cause a paradigm shift in terms of how legislators and the public view the role of public health departments and nurses as leaders nationally, regionally, and locally. Why the pandemic shows the critical role of nurses in addressing the longstanding impacts of racism on our patients and communities.


Effective nursing leadership requires a fundamental understanding of industry, market, and professional trends impacting healthcare delivery. We will examine post-COVID challenges faced by healthcare organizations and systems; along with targeted nursing leadership imperatives.


Be an advocate and leader when responding to inquiries in times of crisis; find empowerment in speaking up

Sofia Aragon, Executive Director of the Washington Center for Nursing

Sofia Aragon is the Executive Director for the Washington Center for Nursing. The WCN is the state nursing workforce and resource center advancing nursing leadership, diversity, and workforce development. She is currently the President of the National Forum of Nursing Workforce Centers. Her previous roles include Senior Governmental Affairs Advisor for the Washington State Nurses Association, lobbyist for the School Nurse Organization of Washington as well as the Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners United of Washington State, and Legislative and Policy Manager for the Community and Family Health Division of the WA State Department of Health.

Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County


Patty Hayes is the appointed director of the 9th largest local health department by population in the country. Patty has over 30 years of experience in public health, policy development and advocacy. Patty previously served as the Executive Director of WithinReach, a statewide non-profit that connects families to food and health resources. She also worked for the Washington State Department of Health in various positions including Assistant Secretary of Health for Community & Family Health as well as the Director of Legislative, Policy and Constituent Relations.

Carol Boston-Fleischhauer, Managing Director and Chief Nursing Officer at the Advisory Board Company


Carol Boston-Fleischhauer is a Managing Director and Chief Nursing Officer at the Advisory Board Company, a membership-based research, technology, and consulting firm serving more than 4,400 leading hospitals and health systems, as well as a growing international membership base. In this capacity, she serves as a global spokesperson for the firm’s research at key membership constituency forums, including clinical and operational leadership, human resources, and quality. She is also responsible for presenting this research to member organizations throughout the United States and abroad.


Sue Birch, Director of Washington Health Care Authority


Sue Birch serves as director of the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), the state’s largest health care purchaser. A nurse by training, Birch is passionate about improving population health and reducing overmedicalization by focusing on the social determinants of health. She has led efforts to combat the opioid public health crisis through increased access to treatment and public education, eliminate hepatitis C through innovative value-based drug purchasing, and implement a Medicaid benefit for supportive housing and supported employment.

Future Seminar Topics: 

From Nurse to Chief Nurse  – Being charged with leadership responsibility brings new challenges, new demands, and new opportunities. Learn the key elements to help you position for a transition from nurse to Chief Nursing Officer.    

Leading in the Legislature – Public and legislative support are essential to the success of initiatives to improve support for many aspects of nursing, from education to facilities. Learn how to effectively engage with legislators.   

Nurses Innovate  – How nurses use telehealth to provide care for patients AND themselves, and how Amazon has revolutionized caring for a global workforce virtually  

Bracing for Change  – How nurse CEOs prepare and care for an entire workforce to implement change during a pandemic