A Transformative Voice
in Healthcare Leadership

As the national advocate for the over 1,100 associate degree nursing programs across the country, OADN works to advance excellence in nursing education and associate degree pathways into registered nursing careers.

“OADN supports lifelong learning and academic progression and believes all pathways are important to meet the nursing workforce and ultimately health care needs of the country.”

Donna Meyer, CEO Emeritus, OADN

Who We Are

OADN is led by a Board of Directors who oversee association governance and set the organization’s strategic plan. OADN’s CEO and staff manage the organization’s day-to-day operations and implementation of the Board’s strategic plan. OADN is governed by bylaws grounded in the best practices for association governance, including transparency and accountability.


The Board manages the creation of specialized committees to research and report back on issues important to membership including leadership and curriculum development, among others. These efforts have recently included a COVID-19 Task Force.


Members of OADN’s Board are voted on by the membership every year in the fall, with staggered terms.


OADN is the national voice and a pivotal resource for community college nursing education and the associate degree pathway.


To expand networks that promote leadership, collaboration, and advocacy to further enrich nursing education and the communities we serve.

Our Work

We provide continuing education opportunities, leadership development programs, and represent the needs of associate degree nursing program’s to leaders in government and influential organizations.


OADN ensures that those making decisions which affect your programs hear directly from you.

Program &

From innovative teaching strategies to developing your leadership potential, OADN provides opportunities for you to grow and develop in your role.

Research &

Through our scholarly journal and the OADN Foundation, OADN invests in scholarship and research to advance our collective goals as nurse educators.