NONL first organized as the Council of Nurse Middle Managers under the Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) in 1985. The first meeting was held at Methodist Hospital. This group later merged with the fledgling Nebraska Organization of Nurse Executives (NONE) which was an affiliate of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). Since 1967 AONE has provided leadership, professional development, advocacy, and research to advance nursing practice and patient care, promote nursing leadership excellence, and shape public policy for health care nationwide. AONE is a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association. Originally, the organization was known as NONE (Nebraska Organization of Nurse Executives). The targeted membership was primarily “directors of nursing” from statewide hospitals.
Over time, the mission and focus of AONE expanded to include nurse leaders from any field of nursing. Nebraska and other AONE state affiliates felt a name change was needed to reflect this change. NONE became the Nebraska Organization of Nurse Leaders (NONL). Nursing students, as emerging leaders, were also welcome to join.
NONE was originally divided into five districts which were the same as the hospital association districts. Each district operated independently with their own board, set of bylaws, meeting schedules, and memberships. They were overseen by the state NONE board which consisted of officers from the various districts. Each district was represented on the state board by their president and another district representative. The state board had its own set of bylaws which governed the state level activities. Due to mergers, acquisitions, and changes in the health care environment, District 4 made the decision in 2013 to discontinue their district status and merge with the central Nebraska district. In 2014, District 5 made a similar decision. As of 2014, there are only three districts in NONL. NONL has maintained its 501-( c ) (3) status.