Message from the CEO – July 2022

Donna Meyer

Dear OADN Members:

The Fourth of July is upon us, a holiday I have always enjoyed for its patriotic songs, joyous parades, and festive fireworks. It is a day to gather together with family, friends, neighbors, and our fellow Americans as we celebrate the independence of our country. This year is no exception, but I also reflect on the sacrifices so many individuals have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy. For all of you reading this message who are part of the United States Armed Forces, I along with the entire OADN community, would like to thank you for your dedicated service to our country. Although we face many challenges in our country, I still believe we are fortunate to live in a land of opportunity and we must always remain hopeful for the future. So many around the world desire to have the same possibilities and privileges that we often take for granted in our country. May we always remember the plight of the others, express gratitude to all who serve, honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom, champion the change we wish to see, and be proud to hang the American flag.

I am thrilled to share this year’s OADN Convention theme, Owning Your Influence, embodies the same spirit of Independence Day as it focuses on the profound impact of each nurse educator to be a champion for meaningful change and calls on all of us to recognize and leverage the important contributions, we make every day as leaders in our communities. Every year the OADN Convention delivers thought-provoking and innovative educational sessions to our members. This year will not disappoint as we will welcome general session speakers who are owning their influence and championing change in nursing education at the international, national, and local levels.

We are excited to welcome speakers from our host city New Orleans and surrounding area who will be sharing their own stories of impact. This includes Scharmaine Lawson, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, who is an award-winning author, nurse entrepreneur, and nationally recognized speaker. Many of you will recognize Dr. Lawson from her various media appearances including the Today Show and the CBS Evening News. Tracey Moffatt, MHA, BSN, RN, who serves as System Chief Nursing Officer for Ochsner Health, will kick off this year’s general sessions with a talk on the importance of the associate degree pathway and the major investments and partnership her system has made with the local community college nursing program. Following this session, we will hear from Ecoee Rooney, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, SANE-A, DF-AFN, also of the New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System where she serves as Director of Nursing Leadership Development. Dr. Rooney will discuss the importance of self-care while navigating the complex challenges of our current healthcare environment. Deborah Ford, MSN, ADN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Quality, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, will deliver the Saturday morning general session about the importance of investing in yourself and finding your voice as a leader. OADN is also delighted to welcome back Dr. Sharrica Miller, Ph.D., CPNP-PC, RN, who will moderate a general session panel to discuss what educators can do to address racism in nursing. All panelists were members of the ANA Commission to Address Racism in Nursing education work group and will share their perspectives.

With 2023 and Next Generation NCLEX quickly approaching, we will be joined by Jason Schwartz, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Director, for a general session entitled Next Generation NCLEX: Countdown to Launch! Our final general session speaker will be internationally recognized simulation expert Margaret Verkuyl, NP-PHC, MN, who will be speaking on how nurse leaders in Canada are joining together to transform nursing education through virtual simulation and the implications for associate degree programs in the United States.

I am pleased to share with you that this year all Friday morning workshops will be included in the cost of your general registration fee, and will no longer entail an additional fee! This represents a tremendous value and cost savings for all attendees. There will be seven workshops to choose from on a host of topics including active learning strategies, accreditation, simulation, and many more.

This year’s all-day workshop, Next Gen in Every Class: From Fundamentals to NCLEX and Beyond, will be offered at an additional fee on Thursday, November 17th and will be presented by Tim Bristol, Ph.D., RN, CNE, ANEF, FAADN, FAAN and Karin J. Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAADN. Participants will develop a plan for success that enhances Next Gen teaching in the classroom under the guidance of two of the leading experts on the subject.

Finally, I am pleased to announce OADN partners, CastleBranch and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) will be sponsoring the faculty and student posters. The sponsorship provides a monetary award for first, second, and third place award recipient. OADN appreciates their generous support in recognizing the excellence of faculty and students.

Personally, this year’s convention is bittersweet for me as I began my leadership role as OADN President in New Orleans in 2012. I will now approach a full circle moment as I leave my position as OADN’s first Chief Executive Officer. I hope to see many of you in New Orleans this November as we reminisce over the last ten years and look forward to the future together.



Chief Executive Officer, OADN

Webinar 7/12/22 – Thought Leadership Series: Clinical Activities to Promote Clinical Judgment

1 free contact hour of nursing professional development will be offered to those who attend the LIVE broadcast of the webinar.

Are your students ready for Next Generation NCLEX? During this webinar we will explore clinical activities that support and promote the development of clinical judgment. Our best classroom can be the clinical setting, so join us as we highlight and share evidence-based strategies to prepare students for safe practice and Next Generation NCLEX!

Learning objectives for Webinar:

  • Describe the theoretical models that explain the application of clinical judgment
  • Discuss the role of clinical judgment in the provision of safe, quality client care
  • Develop learning strategies to support students’ clinical judgment skills in the clinical setting.

Tues., July 12, 2022 @ 1:00pm – 2:00pm Eastern


A recording of this webinar will be posted at a later date.  CE will not be available for recording viewers.


Bonnie Ross, EDD, RN, CNE, is an ATI Nursing Education Consultant. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Delaware (Newark, De.), her Master’s in Nursing Administration from New York University (New York City), and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.). Dr. Ross has been a registered nurse for nearly 40 years, with 20 years spent in nursing education. Her clinical experience primarily involved adult medical-surgical, coronary and intensive care, and post-anesthesia nursing. Dr. Ross has held nursing faculty positions and leadership roles in ADN, BSN, and ABSN programs. As a certified nurse educator, Dr. Ross has extensive knowledge and leadership experience in curriculum development for both traditional and concept-based programs including coordinating the development of an online nursing tract and leading faculty in a program-wide concept-based curriculum revision. In a leadership role, she has participated in the assessment, evaluation, and accreditation of both ADN and BSN programs. Dr. Ross is an enthusiastic champion of life-long learning and professional development and is passionate to pay it forward to the next generation of nurses. She believes that collaboration, teamwork, and respect are essential when developing best practices in teaching and learning in nursing. Her current research activity includes publishing and presenting work depicting the experiences of faculty transitioning from clinical nurse to nurse educator and developing retention strategies for diverse nursing student populations.


Debbie Lyles, PhD, MN, RN, CNE, is the Director of Consulting at Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI). She has been a registered nurse for over 35 years with 28 years of post-secondary nursing education experience. Her nursing education experience includes RN-BSN and Associate Degree Nursing. Dr.Lyles graduated from MUSC in Charleston, South Carolina with a bachelor of science in nursing. She has worked as a clinical nurse in pediatric critical care, pediatric oncology, and home health. She earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina and a PhD in post-secondary and adult education from Capella University. Prior to joining ATI, she served in various senior administrative positions, faculty positions, and advisory boards at the state and local level. Her areas of expertise include curriculum development, accreditation, curriculum implementation, student policies, and program evaluation. Active in the accreditation process, she served as a site visitor, site visitor chair, review panel member and appeal panel member. Research interests include simulation, specifically capstone simulation experience and interdisciplinary simulation. In addition, she has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau and received several recognitions of teaching excellence throughout her career.


The Thought Leadership Series is made possible through the exclusive support of ATI, your partner in nursing education, every step of the way.



Access recorded webinars from this series in the OADN Resource Library.

Nursing Community Monthly Roundup – May 2022

OADN continues our federal advocacy on your behalf as a member of the Nursing Community Coalition, where we work to ensure that nurses are supported and that nursing education is funded.

NCC Sends Letter to Congress Outlining Top Legislative Priorities
On May 6, sixty-two members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) signed onto a letter urging Congress to take action on top legislative priorities that impact nursing education, practice, and research. This letter comes as we kick off National Nurses Week 2022.

NCC Hosts Virtual Congressional Briefing and Roundtable Discussion during National Nurses Week
On May 10, the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) held a virtual congressional briefing and roundtable discussion to highlight issues impacting nursing education, practice, and research. NCC members provided an overview to more than 100 guests, both on and off Capitol Hill, on trends within academic nursing and the workforce, while outlining requests to support our current and future nurses.

NCC Submits Testimony to House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees
On May 11, fifty-nine members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) signed onto written testimony submitted to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. The testimony featured the coalition’s funding requests of $530 million for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and $210 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research for Fiscal Year 2023.

40 Senators Support FY 2023 Funding for Title VIII in Senate Dear Colleague Letter 
On May 25, forty Senators signed onto a Senate Dear Colleague letter circulated by senate Nursing Caucus Co-Chair, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) requesting $530 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs in FY 2023.

National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing Releases Foundational Report

The National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing has issued a new foundational report that explores the impact of systemic racism on the nursing workforce and delivery of nursing care. The report closely examines the effects that racism has on nursing education, policy, research, and practice.

“These reports explore how racism shows up in our profession. We invite you to read each document with an open mind and heart, and with the empathy and thirst for knowledge that define excellence in nursing. How might this information influence you and your nursing practice? How might it be fuel for improving our profession, and the health, educational, and social systems in which we engage and work?”

OADN was invited to be an inaugural member of the Commission in January of 2021, and OADN members were asked to provide comments on the report’s initial draft in early 2022.  OADN CEO Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN, FAAN served as a commissioner for the report’s education workgroup, with Teaching and Learning in Nursing Editor-in-Chief Anna Valdez, Ph.D., RN, PHN, CEN, CNE, CFRN, FAEN, FAADN and OADN Board of Directors Member Jayson T. Valerio, DNP, RN serving as subject matter experts for the report’s education section.


Download The Full Report


The History of Racism in Nursing

This report centers the experiences of nurses of color in U.S. history and how structural and systemic racism have hindered access to educational and professional opportunities as well as institutional power. The report also reviews some of the ways in which these nurses resisted, challenged, and achieved within the structures of racism.

Additionally, the report explains and critiques the central place that whiteness has occupied in histories of American nursing. More contextualized historical studies about the experiences of nurses of color and studies that explore the complicity of the nursing profession in perpetuating racism are needed.

Read this section

Contemporary Context

What does racism look like in the 21st Century? This essay examines power, privilege, and prejudice in nursing today. By looking at our history, we can understand the current inequities and discriminatory practices that hinder the progress of nurses of color.

Read this section


Racism in nursing education has been prevalent since its beginning with roots in white supremacy. Today both students and faculty of color experience negative environments and limited opportunities.

Creating equitable and inclusive learning environments will lead to increased access and opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. This will eliminate many barriers and gaps that prevent success.

Read this section


Due to the systemic nature of policies, they are a significant means by which racism within nursing is perpetuated.

A commitment must be made to eliminate racism in existing policy. Additionally, new policies that address past harms and advance the nursing profession are needed.

Read this section


The impact of racism in the nurse’s work environment has significant implications on staff retention and physical and psychological safety. By viewing racism as a preventable harm, it is possible to see how it can be confronted through changes to structures, beliefs, policies, and practices.

This report also explores the ethical obligations to develop a culture where all staff and patients are treated fairly. Included are suggestions for how health care organizations can create an inclusive and civil culture.

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Nursing research is overwhelmingly conducted by white nurse researchers. Research done with minoritized communities leaves impressions of exploitation and mistrust. Minority nurse researchers are key to address health disparities and inequities.

Current structures for research funding from healthcare institutions and governmental agencies are inequitable and must change. Bold funding decisions can level the field and lead to positive disruption.

Read this section

OADN CEO Announces Retirement

Donna Meyer

Dear OADN Members,

On June 1, 2015, I had the distinct privilege of becoming the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of OADN. Serving as your CEO over these past seven years has been the highlight of my professional career and has made a profound impact on my life in many ways. My journey with OADN began in the late 1990’s when I was the Director of Nursing Education at Lewis and Clark Community College, and I became involved with the Illinois Chapter of OADN. It was evident from the start that OADN was unlike other associations, it was special. I discovered a tight-knit community of trusted colleagues and supportive friends all of whom shared my passion for associate degree nursing education. Little did I know then this sense of community and belonging that I was fortunate to find would catapult my professional nursing career to leadership roles beginning with the Illinois OADN Chapter, and ultimately at the national level from my term as President to the first CEO. It has truly been the most remarkable journey, all of which began by taking a simple step to become involved thanks to encouragement from respected peers.

OADN has been on a truly remarkable journey as well. Formerly operated by an association management company, OADN became an independently operating  association with its own operations team in 2018. This transition was a milestone for OADN as the organization skyrocketed to national prominence. I am extremely proud of the significant strides OADN has made over the last several years growing to a highly respected, national nursing organization. OADN is a pillar in the nursing community and the strongest voice for associate degree nurses and ADN educators in the country, a true embodiment of our mission as “the national voice and a pivotal resource for community college nursing education and the associate degree pathway.”

During my tenure as CEO, OADN was called upon by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to offer its expertise for a national dialogue on nursing and the future direction of nursing academic progression, which later led to the establishment of the critically important National Education Progression in Nursing Collaborative (NEPIN). Another memorable and meaningful accomplishment was the initiation of the Academy of Associate Degree Nursing by OADN. It was a highlight of my career to be awarded the distinction of Fellow of the Academy of Associate Degree Nursing (FAADN), the only such honor reserved exclusively for associate degree nursing education. It has been a privilege to oversee our membership growth, develop strategic relationships with valued sponsors and partners such as CastleBranch and the ACEN, initiate the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society, the COVID-19 Task Force and DEI Committee, and most recently the launch of the OADN Leadership Institute. I have seen firsthand how OADN has evolved to meet the needs of our members and become a beacon for nurse educators around the country and throughout every stage of their professional development.

Over these challenging past two years of a global pandemic, in collaboration with the OADN Board of Directors, I have endeavored to guide OADN with an innovative and resilient spirit to support our members and elevate our collective voice and impact for community college nursing education. At the same time, like many others, I have reflected on my own personal goals and now more than ever, I realize time is a finite treasure. Therefore, it is truly a bittersweet moment that I formally announce my retirement from OADN, effective December 31, 2022. The decision to step down from my role as OADN CEO was not an easy one, but with the support of my wonderful family and dear friends, I look with excitement to the future as I contemplate the next steps in my personal and professional journey. I will always remain a passionate advocate for associate degree nursing, however, I truly believe a good leader recognizes when the time comes for new leadership. I have no doubt that OADN will continue to grow and flourish under the new CEO’s direction because its greatest strength remains unchanged, and that strength is you. You are what drives OADN to pursue excellence. You are the fiercest advocates for associate degree nursing. You are what makes OADN so special. As such, you are also the reason why my decision to retire was so difficult. This extraordinary opportunity to serve OADN has allowed me to meet so many of you amazing, inspiring, and talented individuals over the years. I have been humbled by your call to serve and grateful for your loyal friendship and support. You are the foundation and heart of OADN. I thank each of you, our wonderful OADN members, for your dedicated support of my leadership over the years and your steadfast commitment to our profession, our students, and the communities we serve.

I would also like to express my gratitude for all of the dedicated volunteers who have served with me, and supported me, on the OADN Board of Directors over the past ten years, first in my role as President and then as OADN’s CEO. Thank you to the exemplary operations team at OADN as well, consisting of Bryan Hoffman, Mary Dickow, Amy Owens, and Harriet McClung. They have been by my side supporting OADN and me personally, and I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by such gifted individuals. While I am stepping away from OADN as CEO, I am not going far. I am very pleased to announce that I will begin my term as an OADN Foundation Board member beginning January 1, 2023. I am excited to be able to support OADN in this new role and direction.

I hope you will join me in New Orleans this November 18 -20, 2022, for my final OADN Convention as your CEO. It is fitting that my first OADN Convention as President was in 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. We are once again returning to this exact location, and so my remarkable journey with OADN, one that all began by taking a simple, first step of getting involved, has now come full circle. I look forward to reminiscing over the last ten years while embracing the bright future ahead for OADN, together.

With immense gratitude,



Chief Executive Officer, OADN

National Report Underscores the Importance of Associate Degree Nursing Programs

The Center for American Progress has published a new report entitled How To Ease The Nursing Shortage In America.  The report underscores the important role that community colleges and the associate degree pathway plan in ensuring a robust, diverse nursing workforce.  The report addresses “three main constraints that prevent higher education institutions from graduating more nurses: a shortage of nurse educators, a lack of clinical placements for student nurses, and inadequate campus facilities and equipment.”

The conclusion issues three policy recommendations with additional specific exemplars provided.

Policy Recommendations

  1. Expand the capacity of educational institutions to enroll and graduate nurses while improving access and outcomes for student nurses of color and overall population health
  2. Federal and state actors should introduce new proposals to expand clinical placement capacity and fund pathways from ADN programs to BSN programs
  3. Create standing bodies to document and advise on issues of recruitment, training, and retention

Read the full report here.


OADN Leadership Institute Accepting New Applicants Now Through June 15, 2022

Applications now being accepted for Cohorts 3 & 4 of the OADN Leadership Institute!

The OADN Leadership Institute is the ONLY national program exclusively focused on ADN nursing faculty and deans/directors seeking opportunities to enhance their leadership competencies and skills.

Highlights of the program include:

  • 4 Virtual Seminars
  • 1: 1 Mentorship Experience
  • Peer-to-Peer Coaching Calls
  • Monthly Round Table Discussions
  • Leadership Development Plan

OADN is pleased to announce additional opportunities to apply for this cohort-based program that provides an excellent opportunity to exchange wisdom, share perspectives, as well as practice giving and receiving feedback in a supportive environment. In addition, participants will receive reading assignments, resources, and tools to fine tune their leadership development activities, and focus on outside trends impacting the profession.

“As a newer leader in nursing education, the OADN Leadership Institute was transformative! Being so busy, it may never seem like the right time to set aside time for personal growth, but it is definitely worth the investment! The program offered me an invaluable opportunity to pause and spend a few moments recharging and focusing on my career and leadership development through thought-provoking and inspirational seminars. I highly recommend this experience to anyone looking to grow and develop as a leader!” – Karla Ross DNP, RN, CNE – Director, Associate Degree Nursing, Blinn College


“The OADN Leadership Institute has provided me with a safe space to process what it means to be an associate degree nursing director. The 1:1 mentoring gives me direct access to a seasoned ADN leader and my mentor has already expanded my network with introductions to numerous individuals who have ideas to share about my personal growth and program management.  The time I set aside to participate in this program is time I am gifting to myself as a learner and a developing leader in a very challenging era of nursing and nursing education.” – Dale Spielman, MSN, RNC-OB, CNE – Director for Nursing Education, Harford Community College


Cohort 3 Seminar Dates Cohort 4 Seminar Dates
July 7, 2022 August 18, 2022
August 11, 2022 September 15, 2022
September 8, 2022 October 13, 2022
October 6, 2022 November 13, 2022

Application Cycle: May 5 – June 15, 2022

Admission: 2 Cohorts up to 12 participants each

Tuition: $895* for OADN members / $1,350 for non-members (*Limited number of partial scholarships available through the OADN Foundation)

Time Commitment: 4 hours a week over a 4-month period

For More Information Contact: Mary Dickow, Director of Leadership Development at

Download Application Packet Here


Cohort 1

Cohort 2


Vicki Calfa MSN, RN, CNE, PCCN
Nursing Faculty
Ranger College

Kendrah Cunningham MSN, RN, VA-BC
Associate Nursing Programs Administrator
Central Ohio Technical College

Jacqueline Fritts MSN Ed, CHSE, RN
Nursing Simulation Coordinator
Associate Faculty
MiraCosta Community College

Diane Gomez DNP, RN
Nursing Faculty & Administrative Chair
Valencia College

Michele Gonser MSN, RN
Director of Quality Improvement in Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College

Peter Miskin DHSc, MScN, RN, PHN
Nursing Faculty
Evergreen Valley College

Terri Moody DNP, APRN
Director of Nursing & Allied Health
East Arkansas Community College

Karla Ross DNP, RN, CNE
Director, Associate Degree Nursing
Blinn College

Dale Spielman MSN, RNC-OB, CNE
Director for Nursing Education
Harford Community College


Meredith Ashley MSN, RN
ADN Director
Tyler Junior College

Laurie Dillon DNP, RN
Department Chair
Austin Community College

Mary Grady DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE
Nursing Programs Administrator & Professor
Lorain County Community College

Carla Jacobs RN, MSN, CNE
RN Program Director
North Arkansas College

Karen Macey-Stewart DNP, APRN, A-GNP-C, RN-PMGT-BC
Nursing Instructor
Delgado Community College

Catherine McDonough MSN Ed, RN
Professor Health Science ADN Program
College of Central Florida

Lori Shank MSN, RN, CPN, DNP-S
Associate Professor of Nursing
Johnson County Community College

Jennifer Smith RN, MSN, MBA, CV-BC, CNE
Director of Nursing
William Rainey Harper College

Heather Wierzbinski-Cross MSN, RN, CNE
Dean for the School of Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College
Richmond Campus


Nursing Community Monthly Roundup – April 2022

OADN continues our federal advocacy on your behalf as a member of the Nursing Community Coalition, where we work to ensure that nurses are supported and that nursing education is funded.

NCC Sends FY 2023 Appropriations Requests to House and Senate LHHS-ED Appropriations Subcommittees
On April 11, fifty-eight members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) signed onto letters to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies outlining the funding requests of $530 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and $210 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research for FY 2023.

NCC Sends Letter to Congress on COVID-19 Waivers
On April 25, forty-nine members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) signed onto a letter urging Congress to take action to make waivers permanent beyond this Public Health Emergency (PHE).

90 Representatives Support FY 2023 Funding for Title VIII in House Dear Colleague Letter
On April 27, ninety Representatives signed onto a House Dear Colleague letter circulated by Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-01) and Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) requesting $530 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs in FY 2023.

Message from the President – May 2022

2022 – 2025 OADN Strategic Direction: Shaping the Future of Associate Degree Nursing Education Together

Dear OADN Members:

I hope you are enjoying a lovely spring.  We are having a late start this year in Michigan but the spring flowers are starting to bloom ushering in a new season filled with opportunities.  OADN is looking forward to a future of opportunities as well, which is evident in the OADN 2022-2025 Strategic Direction.  We are focused on supporting our greatest asset, our members.

I am excited to share with you our 2022-2025 Strategic Direction for OADN.  Most people think of strategic planning as boring long days but our sessions were interactive, productive, thought-provoking, and fun.  The Board of Directors and operations team left the sessions in February with renewed energy and an excellent draft of our strategic direction.  This plan will build upon our existing resources, programs, and member-focused benefits while helping to strengthen our collective voice and impact on associate degree nursing education.  The plan includes the following three (3) Strategic Priorities.

Priority 1: ADVOCACY

OADN is the leading advocate for Associate Degree Nursing Education

Under this priority, we plan to fortify our advocacy efforts.  In addition to helping us protect our shared interests and values, this plan will also ensure the associate degree pathway is preserved and promoted as an essential entry point into the nursing profession. Our future advocacy and outreach energies will focus on greater member presence and volunteer engagement to help strengthen our impact on this critically important pathway into the nursing profession.


OADN is the expert resource for Associate Degree Nursing Education and ADN Educators

The development of a high-impact, data-driven research agenda is imperative. We must identify essential data points currently missing from literature and resources to fill those gaps and advance ADN education and policy on a larger platform. Our goal is to develop a clearinghouse of ADN resources that will contain up-to-date, relevant data and best practices that are easily accessible to our members. In addition, OADN will work to build a bureau of subject matter experts who can provide direct consultation and guidance to OADN members as needed.


OADN is the choice for Associate Degree Nursing Leadership and Faculty Development

You shared your stories of stress and frustration dealing with constant leadership turnover and faculty shortages within your school programs, and we listened. OADN has worked diligently to develop professional development resources and educational offerings over the years to address your concerns. Future leadership offerings will be designed to meet your unique needs while offering significant continuing education credits. We believe the newly launched OADN Leadership Institute will be recognized as the gold standard for ADN leadership and faculty development, and we envision the OADN Leadership Institute Certificate will be a highly regarded, in-demand designation that is an exclusive benefit for OADN members.

The OADN Mission, Vision, and Values continue to be an important part of this new strategic direction.  These are woven within our priorities and will continue to be a focus as we move forward with the implementation phase of our plan.  I will also be calling upon you to share your time, talents, perspectives, and expertise to help strengthen our collective voice and impact on the associate degree pathway. There will be many ways to get involved in this significant undertaking to operationalize the 2022 – 2025 OADN Strategic Direction, so please consider joining me and our OADN community to help shape the future of Associate Degree Nursing together.

As always, feel free to contact me at with suggestions or questions. We know we have a lot of work to do over the next three years but I am confident that with your help and feedback, we will be successful and keep OADN STRONG.

With sincere gratitude for all you do for your students and OADN,



Laura Schmidt, DNP, FNP-BC
President, OADN


2022 Call For Nominations: Board Of Directors & Nominating Committee




Open Positions on the OADN Board of Directors:

  • (1) Director, Northeast Region from one of the following: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, District of Columbia, International Members from Europe and the Middle East.
  • (1) Director, Southwest Region from one of the following: Texas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, International Members from South America.
  • (1) Director, Western Region from one of the following: Washington, Alaska, California, Oregon, Hawaii, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, International Members from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Oceana.
  • (1) At-Large Director

The term of service for Regional Directors and At-Large Director is two (2) years. Board positions take effect at the OADN Convention, November 18 – 20, 2022. Board Directors, including all officers, regional directors, public directors, and the at-large director, shall participate in the development and implementation of the strategic plan, serve as liaisons to committees, task forces, and workgroups, and shall carry out other responsibilities as delegated by the Board of Directors. Regional Directors shall be residents of the designated regions, respectively. Board commitment includes attendance on monthly virtual meetings and 3 face-to-face meetings, funded by OADN, at locations to be determined annually.


Open Positions on the OADN Nominating Committee:

  • (2) Committee Members

The term of service for Nominating Committee Members is two (2) years. Nominating Committee members review and recommend candidates for offices to the Board of Directors in accordance with OADN Bylaws and an established timeline. The Nominating Committee meets via virtual meetings.


NEW ONLINE APPLICATION – To streamline the Annual Call for Nominations process this year, OADN has changed platforms to Survey Monkey Apply to complete the required candidate application. If you don’t have a Survey Monkey account, please create a free account. All you need is your name and email address to set this up.

Please review the candidate requirements carefully and follow the step-by-step instructions to complete all components of the online 2022 Call for Nominations Application. Application submission deadline is June 15, 2022 at 8pm Eastern/7pm Central/6pm Mountain/5pm Pacific.

Candidate Online Application Checklist

  • Candidate Consent Form: Review the OADN Member Manual Membership – ( and complete all required components of the online Candidate Consent Form
  • Board Member Expectations Form: Complete all required components of the online Board Member Expectations Form
  • Candidate Statement: Submit your Candidate Statement (file upload, max. 250 words). Please review Instructions for Candidate Statements for more helpful tips.
  • Candidate Letter of Support: Submit one (1) letter of support from a colleague for the candidate’s nomination.
  • Candidate Letter of Support from College President or Dean (Required for candidates applying for a Board of Director position ONLY): Submit one (1) letter of support from your college President or Dean acknowledging the time commitment for monthly virtual meetings and three (3) face-to-face meetings per year.
  • Candidate Professional Resume or CV: Submit your current curriculum vitae (CV) or professional resume.
  • Candidate Headshot Photo: Submit an electronic photo of your headshot for inclusion with the ballot. Candidate headshot should be between 400 x 400 at a minimum, to 7,680 (w) x 4,320 (h) in PNG or JPEG file. 

Incomplete applications or late submissions will not be accepted. Please carefully review all application instructions and helpful tips for more information. For additional questions regarding the 2022 OADN Call for Nominations, please contact Amy Owens, OADN Project Manager, at