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The South Central region of PONL is noted for their large Amish and Mennonite populations in its rural areas, but they also have significant African American and Puerto Rican populations in many of its urban cities, particularly York, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Reading. Between 1700-1950, the area was historically settled by ethnic German, Dutch, Italian, Irish, and English populations.

The area is home to the Pennsylvania state capital, being the site of the bloodiest battlefield of the Civil War, as well as the home of Hershey's chocolate and the York Peppermint Pattie. South Central Pennsylvania has also hosted two former capitals of the Unites States during the American Revolution:  Lancaster and York. The region is drained primarily be the Susquehanna River, flowing southwards to Chesapeake Bay and further to the Atlantic Ocean.

Counties represented in this region are: York, Dauphin, Cumberland, Lebanon, Lancaster, Perry, Franklin, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Juniata, Adams, Fulton, Berks, Schuylkill and North Cumberland.


To foster nursing leadership to advance the profession, achieve excellence in healthcare delivery and provide leadership in shaping health care policy.

SCONL serves its members by providing leadership, professional development, advocacy, and research to advance nursing practice and patient care, and promotes nursing leadership excellence.

SCONL is a strong advocate for the Nightingale Ceremony held each year in the Harrisburg Area, with many of our SCONL members participating on the various committees to bring this event together for the state.

Membership Benefits

  • Networking & Peer Support
  • Educational programs
  • Legislative updates
  • Resiliency tips for nurse leaders
  • Opportunity for research funding
  • Connection with the state and national organizations

SCONL Regional Officers

Amy Cover, BSN, RN, NE-BC
Nurse Manager
Wellspan Health York Hospital

Michelle DeFabio DNP, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC, NPD-BC
Director of Nursing Professional Development and Clinical Excellence
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

Emerging Nurse Leader
Caitlin McIntosh, MSN
Magnet Program Director
UPMC West Shore

Karla Shelley, BS, RN, CCRN, RN-BC
Nurse Manager
WellSpan Health York Hospital

Jamie Chiveral, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CEN
Nurse Manager
WellSpan Health

Member at Large
Tara Gardner, MBA, MSN, RN, CCRN
Director of Nursing
Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center

Regional Meetings

August 18: SCONL Quarterly Education Event
Topic: Workplace Violence Panel: Prevention, Response, and Mitigation Strategies
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: The Millworks
Cost: $30.00
Register Here

BOOKS recommended by SCONL Members in a recent survey:

  • The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor
  • Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M.R. Covey
  • Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations by James Kouzes & Barry Posner
  • The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict by Arbinger Institute
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Bren√© Brown
  • Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Senik
  • Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy by Amy C. Edmonson
  • High Performance Healthcare: Using the Power of Relationships to Achieve Quality, Efficiency and Resilience by Jody Hoffer Gittell
  • On The Edge: Nursing in the Age of Complexity by Claire Lindberg, Sue Nash & Curt Lindberg
  • Dyad Leadership in Healthcare by Kathleen Sanford & Stephen Moore

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