Nursing Community Monthly Roundup – May 2024

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.

43 Senators Support FY 2025 Funding for Title VIII in Senate Dear Colleague Letter
On May 14, forty-three Senators signed onto a Senate Dear Colleague letter requesting $530 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs in FY 2025.

NCC Thank a Nurse Reception
On May 8, the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) hosted a “Thank a Nurse” Reception on Capitol Hill. Attendees were joined by congressional staff and three members of Congress. For additional photos and information, see below and visit the NCC’s Events page.

Webinar June 12, 2024 – Supporting New Faculty Members: Onboarding Strategies

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


Date: Wednesday, June 12
Time: 2:00-3:00pm Eastern

New Faculty need help! They are entering into an environment that has been in turmoil for the last couple of years. They need support. They need encouragement. They need teaching strategies and ideas to get them started in nursing education. This session will provide new faculty with concrete ways to ensure success in nursing education. It will also provide seasoned faculty with strategies to ensure they keep the new faculty, once they have been hired.

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


Kelly Simmons DNP, RN is the Concentration Program Director for the PhD Healthcare Leadership Administration and Healthcare Professions Education at Rocky Mountain University. She is also an Education Consultant with ATI Nursing Education. She served as the Academic Dean/Chief Academic Officer at the Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned her DNP degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, her MSN degree from Northern Kentucky University, and her BSN degree from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Simmons has developed, taught, and directed both graduate and undergraduate nursing programs. Her areas of clinical expertise include critical care and post-anesthesia recovery. Dr. Simmons is a graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky (2012), a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the Chair of the Rosedale Green Board of Directors, Covington, KY. Areas of professional interest include nursing administration and program/curriculum development.


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.

2024 Call For Nominations: Board Of Directors & Nominating Committee




Dear OADN Members,

Are you looking for an opportunity to share your passion for nursing education?  As the only national organization exclusively advocating for community college nursing education and the associate degree pathway, OADN needs your unique talents, perspectives, and expertise to help strengthen our collective voice for associate degree nursing education. OADN membership is one of the most meaningful ways we show our support for one another, create community, promote our continual learning and growth, protect our shared interests and values, and strengthen our professional identity together. Serving at the national level on the OADN Board of Directors or Nominating Committee offers an opportunity to enhance your own member experience with OADN and create a lasting impact on associate degree nursing education.

We currently have three (4) open positions on the OADN Board of Directors: At-Large Director (any region); Director, Western Region; Director, Northeast Region; and Director, Southwest Region. In addition, there is one (1) open position on the OADN Nominating Committee.

The term for Regional Directors is two years. Board positions take effect at the upcoming OADN Convention, October 31st – November 2nd, 2024. Board Directors, including all officers, regional directors, public directors, and the at-large director, shall participate in developing and implementing the strategic plan, serve as Board Liaisons to committees and workgroups, and 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 at monthly virtual meetings and 2 face-to-face meetings, funded by OADN, at locations to be determined annually. 

The term of service for the Nominating Committee Member is two 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. This committee is a great leadership opportunity to expand your involvement with OADN.

The Annual Call for Nominations process is hosted on Survey Monkey. Click here to complete the required candidate application. If you don’t have a Survey Monkey account, please create a free account and follow the instructions to complete all online application components. The 2024 OADN Call for Nominations Application Submission Deadline is July 15, 2024.

On a personal note, I have developed professionally through my individual and organizational membership of OADN, which has provided multiple opportunities to learn and network with others across the country. Please consider running for one of the open 2024 OADN Board of Director or Nominating Committee positions and/or look for other ways to become more involved in OADN.  Doing so will advance community college nursing education and the associate degree pathway. OADN has been and will continue to be our champion and trusted resource in nursing education. OADN needs your help to further our important advocacy work for associate degree nursing. Together, we can support OADN’s vision of expanding networks that promote leadership, collaboration, and advocacy, further enriching associate degree nursing education and the communities we serve.


Jennifer E. Smith, RN, MSN, MBA, CV-BC, CNE
2024 Chair
OADN Nominating Committee 

Candidate Online Application Checklist

  • Candidate Statement: Max. 250 words (Uploaded in Survey Monkey).
  • 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 two (2) 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 in the Survey Monkey. For additional questions regarding the 2022 OADN Call for Nominations, please contact Mary Dickow, Director of Leadership Development, at

Foundation Scholarship, Award, and Grant Application Deadline Approaches

The 2024 Foundation Scholarship, Award, and Grant deadline is June 1.  These opportunities can make a major difference in the life of a nurse educator, and here is a portion of a 2023 recipient’s story.

“While finishing my MSN, I was approached by a patient’s family member who said she thought I would be a great educator.  Honestly, I had never considered teaching, but I was ready for a challenge.  After graduating, I was offered a teaching position at the Technical College of the Lowcountry (yep, my alma mater).  Five years passed and I moved into the nursing program director position.  From the time I started in academia, I knew I wanted the CNE designation.  For me, the CNE symbolizes being the best of the best in nursing education.  Unfortunately, I found it cost-prohibitive and put that goal on the back burner.  Then the opportunity to apply for the Castlebranch Professional Development Scholarship came, and I was so thrilled to be a recipient!!  I used the scholarship to purchase various study materials and to pay for the exam.  I found the exam to very rigorous and thorough, more so than I predicted.

Now that I can use the CNE designation, it speaks volumes for what can be accomplished no matter your starting point in nursing.  My background and upbringing were a barrier to being successful, but the ADN opportunity at my community college paved the way.  I still live in my small rural community and seek out opportunities to tell my story to those who may face similar circumstances:  no money, poor support systems, and unfair labels.  WE CAN BE SUCCESSFUL no matter where we start.  What matters is where we finish and how we help the next ones in line behind us.”

Vandy Amason is the Nursing Program Director at Low Country Technical College in Beaufort, South Carolina.

The awarding of these prestigious scholarships, awards, and grants is another amazing benefit of your OADN membership.  Please consider applying!

Applications and Nominations due June 1.  Access all forms and criteria on the OADN Foundation landing page.

Nursing Community Monthly Roundup – April 2024

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 Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Appropriations Requests to House and Senate LHHS-ED Appropriations Subcommittees
Fifty-seven members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) signed onto a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies outlining the funding requests of at least $530 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and at least $210 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025.

2024 Celebrating Nurses: Making a Difference Every Day

The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) plays a crucial role in shaping the nursing profession, advocating for high-quality education and support for nursing students and faculty. At a recent North Carolina Associate Degree Nursing Council meeting, I had the privilege of meeting an inspiring ADN faculty member from North Carolina who exemplifies the dedication and compassion that characterize many OADN members.

This faculty member goes above and beyond her role as an educator, consistently and intentionally being present for her students well beyond the classroom. She devotes herself to guiding, supporting, and mentoring her students, ensuring the successful attainment of their degrees and smooth transition into nursing practice. Her commitment to her students’ well-being is truly remarkable and serves as a shining example of the impact that educators can have on shaping the future of nursing.

As we celebrate Nurses Week 2024, this year’s theme is “Nurses Make a Difference,” it is fitting to reflect on the profound contributions of nurses like her. Nurses are more than healthcare providers; they are advocates, caregivers, educators, and companions. Nurses’ unwavering compassion, dedication, and commitment to excellence make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities daily.

During Nurses Week, we celebrate the invaluable contributions of nurses worldwide and reaffirm our commitment to supporting and empowering them in their noble mission. Together, let us honor and celebrate nurses’ remarkable impact on our lives, our communities, and our world.





Rick García, Ph.D., RN, CCM, FAAOHN, FAADN
Chief Executive Officer
OADN and OADN Foundation


Academy of Associate Degree Nursing – 2024 Call for Nominations

Dear OADN Members,

The Academy of Associate Degree Nursing (AADN) was established to recognize those individuals who model exemplary dedication to associate degree nursing education and practice and have worked as change agents to advance health and education through associate degree nursing.

AADN Academy Applications
Academy members are those actively engaged in associate degree nursing education or practice, with proven records of excellence in their institutions and a demonstrated commitment to the health of their communities. Those interested in becoming a fellow of the AADN are encouraged to review this application and submit it by the deadline of June 28, 2024. Applicants may self-nominate or be nominated by another for this prestigious opportunity to recognize their contributions to associate degree nursing.

AADN Honorary Academy Nominations
The honorary academy fellowship recognizes those individuals who have worked to transform health and education through associate degree nursing throughout their careers. Honorary fellows have worked in education, practice, and other fields such as advocacy and service. Honorary fellows are nominated by a colleague or peer. Those interested in submitting a nomination to recognize an individual as an honorary fellow of the AADN are encouraged to review this form and submit it by the deadline of June 28, 2024.

OADN celebrates all fellows of the AADN and their remarkable contributions to students, faculty, patients, communities, and the nurse leaders of tomorrow.


Elizabeth Mahaffey








Libby Mahaffey, PhD, RN, FAADN
Chair Emeritus, Academy of Associate Degree Nursing



OADN Launching New Membership Platform

In the coming weeks, OADN will transition to our new membership management and engagement platform, Member365. The transition will begin on April 26, and welcome emails to the new membership system will be sent on May 16.

New member registration and membership renewals will be paused during this time. Programs with renewal dates during the transition period (April 26 – May 16, 2024) have been given an extension and a revised renewal date of May 28, 2024.

Please contact Member Services Representative Harriet McClung at or call 1-800-809-6260 for assistance with new membership or renewals.

OADN’s decision to migrate to Member365 comes after thorough research and consideration of various platforms to better serve our members and streamline our operations. Member365 offers robust features and functionalities that will enhance our ability to connect with you, provide valuable resources, and facilitate collaboration within our community. Here are some key benefits of the transition to Member365:

  1. Improved User Experience: Member365 offers a user-friendly interface that will make navigating and accessing OADN resources, events, and member benefits easier.
  2. Enhanced Communication: With Member365, we can communicate with you more effectively through targeted emails, newsletters, and announcements tailored to your interests and preferences.
  3. Centralized Membership Management: Member365 provides a centralized platform for managing your membership profile, renewals, event registrations, and other interactions with OADN, making it more convenient for you to engage with us.
  4. Delegate Support Staff Access: Heeding the advice of our members, deans and directors will now be able to delegate their system access for the purposes managing faculty member lists, payments and invoicing, and overall program administration. Each nursing program administrator can delegate access to up to three other individuals (faculty, support staff, or financial administrators), each with their own system logins and passwords. This feature facilitates OADN membership renewal and updates, and is flexibly designed for both large and small nursing programs.
  5. Many More Exciting Features to Launch in 2024:
    1. Member Directory
    2. Member-to-Member Messaging & Collaboration
    3. Committee & Task Force Workspaces
    4. Job Board
    5. Manage Annual Giving to the OADN Foundation
    6. Digital Membership & Recognition Certificates
    7. Continuing Education Management and More!

As we transition to Member365, we will provide detailed instructions on how to access the new platform and update your membership profile. Rest assured that we will make every effort to ensure a smooth transition and minimize disruptions to your membership experience. This transition will ultimately benefit our members by providing a more efficient and engaging platform for collaboration and professional development.

If you have any questions or concerns about the transition to Member365, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at

As always, we value your feedback and are committed to supporting you throughout this process.

Thank you for your continued support of OADN.

Professional Identity in Nursing and the Clinical Judgment Measurement Model: A Merging of Two Essentials for Transition to Practice

By Karen LaMartina, President of OADN

Transition to nursing practice has been a source of much discussion. Recent research has suggested that most new graduate nurses struggle with making clinical judgments yielding optimal patient outcomes, leaving nurse educators to ponder, “How do we best prepare students to be practice-ready?”

NCLEX 2023: the Call for New Approaches to Instruction

The 2023 launch of the Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) necessitated a call for a change in teaching strategies, such as a flipped classroom and case studies. Nursing educators have embraced these new approaches to instruction, realizing the days of being a “sage on the stage” and reading a PowerPoint slide deck are long gone. The NGN measures the culmination of education that should strongly indicate a safe transition to practice. It will, however, be a few years before we know the significance of the NGN in the transition to practice. Will we learn that the assessment itself mattered, or were the changes made in nursing education the ones that contributed the most to a graduate’s safe and successful entry into the workforce?

The Emergence of Professional Identity in Nursing

ISPIN LogoProfessional Identity in Nursing (PIN) is a new mindset born out of grassroots “think tank” research that is now a standard of curriculum in nursing programs. Both ACEN and CNEA have added language in their standards mandating the inclusion of PIN into nursing curricula. The International Society for Professional Identity in Nursing (ISPIN) was established in 2018, following years of research identifying PIN domains. Those domains are values and ethics, knowledge, nurse as a leader, and professional comportment. Not to be confused with professionalism, which implies things such as dress code or showing up to work on time, PIN is defined as “a sense of oneself, and about others, that is influenced by characteristics, norms, and values of the nursing discipline, resulting in an individual thinking, acting, and feeling like a nurse” (Joseph & Godfrey, 2023).

Integrating PIN into Nursing Curricula

A stepwise approach in nursing education to integrate PIN should begin on day one. Just as in practice settings, as discharge planning begins on day one of admission, the same holds for developing nursing professional identity in our students. Day one of a nursing program could include an introduction to PIN, with those domains continually reintroduced throughout the four semesters, culminating in a professional nurse who will graduate and join the workforce with a keen sense of what professional identity means.

PIN and the Clinical Judgment Measurement Model: A Synergistic Approach

All four PIN domains can be linked to the Clinical Judgment Measurement Model (CJMM). For example, when a nurse is confronted with a clinical decision, they must consider the values and ethics associated with it, draw on their knowledge, recognize themselves as the leader in the patient’s care, and then demonstrate the comportment dictated by the situation. To understand the link to CJMM, knowledge allows the nurse to recognize and analyze cues, prioritize hypotheses, and generate solutions, while one’s values, ethics, leadership, and comportment drive the nurse to take action. Professional Identity is the compass that guides practice and is a mindset that is paramount to a nurse’s ability to develop creative solutions for their patients. This should then beg the question of every nurse in practice, “Are you wearing your PIN?”


Nurse educators have always wondered what teaching strategies are the most effective. Is it in the classroom setting or clinical setting where students learn best? In my 30 years of experience, I have found that the most successful individuals in the nursing program are those who not only possess the ability to handle the rigorous curriculum but also have a strong sense of purpose and are willing to embrace the responsibilities of the role. Perseverance is key, but having a clear understanding of why you chose nursing is just as important, if not more so. The combination of CJMM and PIN can provide a practical marriage of clinical judgment and identity, ultimately creating a workforce of nurses who possess both the knowledge to think critically and the professional identity to carry out their work.

Joseph, M. L. & Godfrey, N. (2023). A new mindset: From tasks to professional identity.
Nurse Leader, 21(2), 183–187.

OADN Voices: April Leadership Message


Make the Decision TODAY to Attend the OADN Convention!

Dear OADN Members,

This year, we will celebrate OADN’s 40th Anniversary Convention from October 31 to November 2 in Tampa, Florida. The convention’s theme, “Bridging the Past to Build the Future”, is centered on the commitment to deliver excellence in associate degree nursing education and support the future generation of registered nurses over the next 40 years and beyond.

Leadership guru Craig Groeschel states that today’s decisions determine the stories we tell tomorrow. If you want to tell a story of providing excellence in ADN nursing education, you must make strategic, purposeful decisions that lead you to achieve that goal. Thus, I encourage you to commit to attending the convention today.

“Intentionally invest your resources today to accomplish your goals and fulfill your mission in the future.” –@craiggroeschel

Many of us view our resources as limited—we only have so much time, and our budgets are often constrained. It’s time to shift that view and see attending the convention in terms of the return on investment. When investing, you do not expect an equal return—you desire an exponentially larger one. When you attain higher expertise in ADN education, your organization improves, aligning with its mission to support the next generation of nurses. This translates into an exponential return on investment, enhancing the impact of your efforts!

OADN is the most comprehensive resource for ADN faculty, directors, and deans. Advocate for your program by seeking administrative support to attend the convention. Initiating this request in advance will allow them to earmark the required funds. OADN has developed a template letter for requesting support, which you can customize to justify your budget and travel needs.

This year, we have an exceptional lineup of speakers, including Jason A Schwartz, Desiree Diaz, Danielle McCamey, and Jaqueline McMillian-Bohler. They will touch on critical issues related to associate degree nursing education, such as the Next Generation National Licensing Exam (NCLEX), and pertinent topics to expand your thinking on leadership, innovation, and advocacy. The remainder of the convention agenda is filled with education sessions and workshops on the topics that interest you most, including enhancing clinical judgment, evaluation and accreditation, simulation, NCLEX preparation, and promoting diversity. This exclusive information is essential for nurse educators, enabling us to fulfill our mission of educating quality nurses. Participating in the convention fosters networking relationships that lead to innovative ideas, support systems, and actionable solutions from other programs experiencing similar challenges. It provides a platform for exchanging best practices and advancing ADN education.

You will also have time to experience downtown Tampa and all it offers. The early bird registration is $795, and OADN has negotiated the best rates for accommodations at the JW Marriott ($279/night + tax) and adjoining Marriott Tampa Water Street ($259/night + tax). The hotel is on the waterfront in downtown Old Tampa, an area known for dining, walking, and beautiful outdoor spaces.

Plan to elevate your program and faculty’s excellence in ADN education starting now! Pursue funding opportunities and prioritize self-investment. There is no comparable education and networking experience designed for ADN educators. Stay tuned for upcoming emails detailing the convention schedule and registration process.

It will be a rewarding experience. I hope to see you there!

Mariann Harding, Ph.D., RN, CNE, FAADN
OADN Treasurer and Board Liaison, Abstract Review Committee