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Policy Brief: U.S. Nursing Leadership Supports Practice/Academic Partnerships to Assist the Nursing Workforce during the COVID-19 Crisis

(March, 25, 2020) - In an effort to provide a humanitarian response during this coronavirus pandemic, NCSBN, OADN and other national organizations, have issued recommendations for academic-practice partnerships between health care facilities and pre-licensure nursing education programs. The pandemic situation differs across the country, and each school of nursing in each state must carefully evaluate their circumstances regarding deployment of nursing students. This policy brief may provide guidance to programs that are able to collaborate with clinical partners for continued nursing student education within direct patient care environments.

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OADN Position Statement on Accreditation

(March 19, 2020) - The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN), as the leading advocate for associate degree nursing (ADN), promotes voluntary specialized accreditation for associate degree nursing programs as a means to enhance educational quality. Accreditation is a peer-reviewed process, based on identified standards and a system of assessment, evaluation, and continuous improvement. Accreditation not only serves the public as a measure of quality for health care employers and academic partners of associate degree programs but is also an assurance of quality educational standards applied to faculty, staff, and students.

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OADN Position Statement on Academic Progression

(February 2020) - The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN), as the voice for Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), promotes the advancement of ADN graduates through the promotion of best practices in nursing education and academic progression.

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Social Determinants of Health Fact Sheet

(December 2019) - OADN conducted a survey of 85 members at the organization’s annual 2020 convention to assess factors regarding how associate degree nursing programs address social determinants of health, a critical component health equity and the social mission of nursing. The survey took place over three days, November 6 – 8, 2019.

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OADN Position Statement on Transition to Practice

(April 2019) - The ultimate goal of all pre-licensure nursing programs is to focus on preparing individual nurses for entry into point-of-care positions in a variety of settings from acute care, long-term care, primary care, and more. Regardless of the success of quality nursing education programs in preparing students for practice, these entry level graduates benefit from programs that ease the transition into their selected practice environment. Post-licensure residency programs augment nursing education and prepare the new graduate for successful integration within their specialization and work environment.

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OADN Position Statement on Population Health and Population Health Management

(November 2018) - For nursing education, particularly within associate degree curricula, population health is defined as learning activities that “address the assessment, intervention, and evaluation of populations impacted by social determinants of health, how health information and healthy behaviors is promoted to populations, how disease can be prevented through public education and policy influencers, and the nature, types and sources of evidence used to measure the overall health and wellbeing of a community and the populations contained therein.” The purpose of this paper is to provide a working definition of population health and population health management in the context of nursing education, particularly within associate degree nursing curricula.

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OADN and CCBA Submit Joint Statement to the IOM Future Of Nursing Impact Study Committee

(September 2015) - The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) and the Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCBA) recently submitted a joint statement  to the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Evaluation and Impact Study emphasizing the importance of community colleges being able to confer the RN to BSN toassist in reaching the recommendation of an 80% baccalaureate prepared workforce by 2020. The two organizations have collaborated together on other initiatives and believe this is an important step in reaching the recommendation, and emphasizing the important role community colleges play in the United States.

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OADN and ANA Joint Position Statement on Academic Progression

(June 2, 2015) - All nurses must have access to seamless academic progression through high-quality, accredited nursing education programs that will meet the anticipated demand for qualified nurses over the next several decades. The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) and American Nurses Association (ANA) commit to partnering with nursing and health care leaders, state legislature and regulatory agencies, universities, colleges, and other stakeholders in supporting and adopting innovative and emerging strategies to achieve that goal.

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Joint Statement on Academic Progression for Nursing Students and Graduates

(January 2014) - To fulfill our shared goal to prepare a robust nursing workforce, the undersigned organizations, acknowledge our full support of academic progression for nursing students and graduates.  Community college presidents, boards, and program administrators are aligned with the nation’s nursing association leaders in the belief that every nursing student and nurse deserves the opportunity to pursue academic career growth and development. It is through the collaboration and partnering of our various organizations that we can facilitate and inspire the seamless academic progression of nursing students and nurses.  Our common goal is a well educated, diverse nursing workforce to advance the nation’s health.

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