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 and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action Welcome the 118th Congress
On February 8, the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action at the Center to Champion Nursing in America held a reception welcoming the 118th Congress. Attendees were joined by congressional staff and four members of Congress, including Reps. Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14), Deborah Ross (D-NC-02), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA-01), and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18).
OADN CEO Dr. Rick García meeting with Reps. Underwood, Ross, and Jackson Lee (left to right) at the Feb. 8, 2023 event on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
The OADN Foundation promotes the mission and vision of OADN, through the development of resources and the recognition of scholarship and excellence in associate degree nursing education. In collaboration with our valued partners and sponsors, the OADN Foundation is making a difference for nurse educators, their students, and the communities they serve across the country. Every year, the OADN Foundation provides thousands of dollars in award, grant and scholarship funding to support OADN members throughout every stage of their professional journey.
The OADN Foundation is proud to offer financial support to our students and faculty, in the following award and scholarship categories: academic excellence and progression, professional advancement, leadership development and community service, and scholarly research. Investments in these areas will reap benefits for all of us as we help support the future of associate degree nursing education. When the 2023 cycle launches on March 1st, please share these scholarship and grant opportunities with your nursing faculty and students and encourage them to apply.
The OADN Foundation is also committed to recognizing individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedicated service in the promotion of associate degree nursing education and practice. We are proud to offer an opportunity to express gratitude and appreciation for a valued colleague, trusted mentor, visionary leader, and steadfast champion of associate degree nursing through nomination for one of the Foundation’s three honorary awards:
Bobbie Anderson Leadership Award: Named in honor of OADN’s first president, Bobbie Anderson. Mrs. Anderson joined with other state leaders in nursing to organize the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. She helped ensure the delivery of quality health care through her dedication and tireless efforts in promoting associate degree nursing education and practice. This prestigious award is given annually to an educator or nursing program administrator who has demonstrated exceptional leadership within his or her institution, community, and at the state and national levels.
Elsevier Educator of the Year Award: Each year, this award is given to one exceptional educator that uses innovative teaching strategies, motivates students to perform at their highest level, collaborates cooperatively with colleagues in the college and/or clinical setting, and demonstrates meaningful participation in professional and community activities.
NurseThink New Educator of the Year Award: This award is given to a nurse who is new to the role of educator with less than three years of experience teaching nursing students in both clinical and classroom instruction. Nominees should exhibit exceptional teaching skills, passion for the role of nurse educator, and a demonstrated commitment to the profession and students.
New in 2023 –Online OADN Foundation Nominations & Applications To streamline the annual OADN Foundation Call for Awards, Scholarships and Grants, I am pleased to announce we have revamped the application process and transitioned to a new, online format, powered by Survey Monkey Apply. Please visit the OADN Foundation page at Foundation – OADN, click the link for the award, scholarship or grant opportunity of interest to read step-by-step instructions, as well as detailed eligibility and criteria requirements. You will find a direct Survey Monkey application link under the instructions for applicants’ section. We strongly encourage applicants and nominators to read the instructions carefully, gather all required materials and thoroughly edit them before submitting an online application. The 2023 OADN Foundation Call for Awards, Scholarships and Grants Submission Deadline is June 15, 2023. All award, scholarship, and grant recipients will be acknowledged and presented with their respective awards at the 2023 OADN Convention, Turning the Tide of Nursing Education, November 15th – 18th at the Manchester Hyatt in San Diego, California.
In closing, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our valued partners and all of you who have donated to the OADN Foundation. Your financial contribution is making a direct impact for our faculty and students who embody the excellence of the associate degree pathway. Together, we are helping to meet OADN’s vision of expanding networks that promote leadership, collaboration and advocacy and further enrich associate degree nursing education and the communities we serve.
Christy Dryer, DNP, RN, CNE
President, OADN Foundation
TURNING THE TIDE OF NURSING EDUCATION Convention dates: November 15 – 18, 2023 Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego Deadline to submit abstracts: Podium – April 16, 2023 Posters – May 31, 2023
The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) invites nurse educators, program administrators, practitioners, and those interested in nursing education to submit abstracts for the OADN annual convention, planned for November 15-18 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The call is for concurrent sessions (50 minutes) and posters.
The convention theme this year, “Turning the Tide of Nursing Education,” focuses on the innovative strategies and solutions that nurse educators are employing to address the unique challenges and opportunities facing associate degree nursing (ADN) programs.
Faculty, leaders, and nursing students have weathered community societal challenges and have emerged resilient recognizing the need to rise up and create a better today, and turn the tide for a brighter future. Our joint journey through recent past challenges shined the spotlight on many key areas that ADN programs are now addressing to better prepare new graduate nurses. This year’s OADN Convention is your opportunity to share the creative and resourceful strategies that you are using to ensure the success of your students and programs.
Your nurse educator colleagues from across the country want to hear from you! Whether you are an individual nurse educator, group of educators, dean/director, clinical coordinator, simulationist, practice partner, regulator, or community stakeholder, you have a story to tell about how you are supporting the next generation of registered nurses. Please consider telling the story of how you are addressing the challenges and opportunities facing your program by submitting an abstract to the 2023 OADN Convention.
The OADN Membership has requested topics that include:
Addressing the faculty shortages through creative recruitment, retention, and faculty development strategies
Managing faculty workloads
Fostering clinical judgment and preparing students for the Next Generation NCLEX
Plug and Play Strategies, Worked Examples, and Proven Quick Tips for student success in the classroom, lab and clinical settings
Success Strategies geared at elevating institutional NCLEX pass rates
Inclusive institutional supports that assist culturally diverse students with successful recruitment, admission, progression, and graduation
Leveraging the social mission of nursing education to achieve learning outcomes and advance health equity
Transition to practice: new models and promising initiatives
Competency-based education and the associate degree pathway
Strategies to address lack of clinical placements and identifying new and non-traditional clinical learning experiences
Simulation and virtual simulation to build clinical judgment and achieve learning outcomes
Advocating for your nursing program within your institution or to policymakers at the state and local levels
Encouraging and supporting faculty and dean/director leadership development
Preparing for the role of nursing dean or director
Succession planning for nursing deans and directors
Abstracts that present well-designed demonstration or pilot projects that are evidence-based or include data are preferred. A maximum of four presenters will be considered with your abstract submission. All presenters are required to register and pay as an attendee for the Convention.
Please note: OADN encourages all those submitting a podium abstract to additionally submit as a poster abstract, as well. Podium abstracts that are not accepted for presentation *will not* automatically be considered for poster presentation. Please submit your abstract through both the podium and poster links to be considered for both options. If your podium abstract is accepted for presentation, then the committee will withdraw your corresponding poster abstract from consideration. You may also submit a poster abstract on a different subject for separate consideration.
To submit an abstract, complete the appropriate form via the links below.
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 Welcomes 118th Congress
On January 11, the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) welcomed Senators and Representatives to the 118th Congress and outlined our shared priorities of investing in Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs and supporting nursing research. The NCC looks forward to working with the new Congress to support our current and future nursing workforce.
Happy New Year! I trust 2023 is off to a great start for everyone. At the OADN Headquarters we are fully engaged and working on our organizational strategic direction plan, which the Board of Directors developed last February. While all three strategic direction priorities are equally important for our organizational health and success, I would like to highlight what I believe is one of OADN’s most important member benefits: advocacy. As you know, OADN is the national voice and a pivotal resource for community college nursing and the associate degree pathway. You, our extraordinary members, embody this mission of OADN through the work you do each day at your colleges to cultivate a robust nursing workforce that reflects the rich diversity of the communities you serve. Advocating for you is paramount to our ongoing efforts to engage in, and strengthen, inter-professional collaborations that collectively advance community college nursing education and amplify the voice of associate degree nursing.
My esteemed predecessor, OADN CEO Emeritus Donna Meyer, worked tirelessly to ensure OADN had a seat at every national table where education and health care policy decisions impacting associate degree nursing programs were made. Promoting diversity and inclusion in the nation’s nursing workforce to improve health equity for our patients and our communities is central to the advocacy work we do at OADN. To achieve this, OADN partnered with the George Washington University and Fitzhugh Mullan Institute’s Social Mission Alliance, which is a national movement focused on transforming health professions education to advance health equity. In 2019, OADN and SMA collaborated to assess the feasibility of adapting the Social Mission Metrics Initiative (SMMI) Self-Assessment Survey, which had been disseminated to baccalaureate and masters’ levels nursing programs, to ADN programs. The OADN Social Mission Task Force assisted with the development of the SMMI Self-Assessment Survey for ADN programs, and a small pilot program for OADN program members launched in 2021. Now, we have an unprecedented opportunity to capture much needed data on health equity in associate degree nursing programs through dissemination of the SMMI Self-Assessment Survey to all OADN program leaders across the country.
We see the significant impact our ADN graduates have in our communities and how they are uniquely positioned to address the social determinants of health and health inequities through their nursing practice. However, we do not have national data on social mission in associate degree nursing education, which is essential in any effort to drive meaningful change. As OADN President Karen LaMartina, stated “This data will help amplify the voice of community college nursing education and call attention to the importance of the associate degree pathway in addressing racial and social inequities and address the social determinants of health affecting the communities we serve across the country.” Over the next few months, we will be sending out communications about the SMMI Survey for Associate Degree Nursing with an urgent request that our OADN member school leaders participate in this important and timely initiative. You may ask, what’s in it for me? Great question! SMMI survey participants will be provided a mechanism to assess their individual program’s social mission as well as a benchmark tool to compare it with national norms. This data may be used in your own institutional self-study for annual reports to your national nursing accrediting body. As you know, many of the national nursing accrediting bodies have specific criterion that must address how programs meet these criterion/elements in their curriculum. Having this specialized social mission data for your program will allow you to identify strengths and development opportunities while also meeting your programmatic accreditation needs.
I understand that time is our most valued commodity, so I would like to thank you in advance for your participation with the SMMI Self-Assessment Survey when it launches in the coming weeks. Your contribution to this critically important effort will generate the data we need for OADN to strengthen our advocacy role in promoting the value of the associate degree pathway as an entry point into the nursing profession. It will also amplify our collective voice and impact by demonstrating how essential community college nursing programs are to our nation’s health care workforce.
With heartfelt appreciation,
Rick García, Ph.D., RN, CCM, FAAOHN, FAADN
Chief Executive Officer
OADN and OADN Foundation
During the Fall 2021 semester, the Alpha Delta Nu students of the Beta Mu Chapter at Pearl River Community College (PRCC) created a recruitment video for their ADN nursing program to be shown to potential incoming nursing students. Students wrote the scripts and spoke on academic classes, admissions, clinicals, student activities, and experiences. The following semester, Spring 2022 inductees prepared a handwashing service project for children under the age of 5 in the PRCC On-Campus Daycare.
Students taught the children how to properly wash hands with soap and water, learned a handwashing song, and then used a black light lamp and UV reactive gel to show the children if they washed their hands appropriately. Children were also given a pamphlet prepared by the students with coloring pictures and the song lyrics to bring home to their parents.
During the academic year 2020-2021, ADN provisional students continued the development of our Joliet Junior College Department of Nursing Peer Mentoring program. During Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, the third semester provisional ADN transitioned seamlessly to virtual peer mentoring due to Covid pandemic campus restrictions.
Virtual peer mentoring was provided using the Teams virtual platform with ADN students leading small group discussions as well as creating a video each semester titled, “ADN Peer Mentors Share their Favorite Tips for Success in Nursing School (Volumes 1 & 2).” These videos have been posted on the Nursing Simulation and Skills Lab Canvas Course home page (Learning Management System) and combined current views of are over 200 times (and counting). Both semesters provided information on the following topics during small group “Study Buddy” virtual meetings: evidence based application-level study strategies; identifying learning styles; NCLEX practice question strategies and interpretation; time management and organization; stress and test anxiety strategies. Students created multiple learning tools including PowerPoints and handouts. In total, 57 first year nursing students attended 14 ADN student led Peer Mentoring Study Buddy virtual sessions. Perhaps most importantly during the pandemic, ADN peer mentors provided support and an important source of connection during the online nature of this year with campus restrictions on in-person learning.
Nursing faculty supported attendance at the peer mentoring sessions by providing course point(s) for working with an ADN Peer Mentor. Each semester, mentees and the ADN student mentors completed surveys to evaluate the Peer Mentoring program. Results demonstrated a high level of satisfaction from both groups, as well as a desire to continue and expand the program. Suggestions from these surveys are incorporated by the new ADN students each semester in a continual quality improvement process. Additionally, induction eligible students mentor incoming third semester ADN provisional students in the development of the next peer mentor project. Each semester, ADN students complete a written report of their project including evaluation data.
Applications cycle for 2024 OADN Leadership Institute Cohorts to be announced in Fall 2023
Every journey has a beginning…start yours now with the OADN Leadership Institute!
OADN is pleased to announce additional opportunities to apply for this cohort-based program geared towards emerging nursing education faculty and directors with the purpose to enhance competencies and skills to lead advances in Associate Degree Nursing education.
Highlights of the program include:
Virtual seminars – designed to advance participants skills and competencies
Creation of a personal leadership development plan – to set and track current and future goals
Mentorship Experience – participants will meet regularly with identified mentors
The program provides an excellent opportunity to exchange wisdom, share perspectives, as well as practice giving and receiving feedback in a supportive environment. Participants engage in intersession activities, peer-to-peer interactions, receive reading assignments, resources, and tools to fine tune their leadership development activities, and focus on outside trends impacting the profession.
At the completion of the program participants will have gained essential experiences and critical leadership skills to advance their personal development and directly impact their programs, institutions, and communities.
Application Cycle: TBA
Admission: 4 Cohorts up to 15 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 email@example.com
“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
“The small cohort model provides participants with the opportunity to connect and collaborate with other nursing leaders across the country who share similar challenges and experiences. I have truly appreciated the program format to engage in further exploration during the peer-to-peer discussions with my Pod. The OADN Leadership Institute has provided useful leadership resources not just for right now, but for my future professional goals as well.” – Vicki Calfa, MSN, RN, CNE, PCCN – Assistant Professor of Nursing, Ranger College – Ranger, TX
“If you are new to the role of a leader in nursing education or looking to improve your leadership skills, this is the program for you. The OADN Leadership Institute provides significant guidance, support, and great mentors. The monthly seminars were timely and relevant to what is occurring in nursing education with innovative solutions. Your cohort and the speakers you meet become additional resources long after the program ends.” – Karen Macey-Stewart, DNP, A-GNP-C, PMGT-BC – Interim Traditional BSN Practice Director and Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health, Loyola University – New Orleans, LA
“The OADN Leadership Institute provided me with a structured approach to evaluation of my own learning needs and planning for my professional development. More importantly, the Institute created a community of nursing educators and educational leaders who continue to provide mentorship and support for the participants’ personal growth.” – Peter Miskin, DHSc, MScN, RN, PHN – Nursing Faculty, Evergreen Valley College – San Jose, CA
The George Washington University Social Mission Alliance Receives $50,000 Award to Advance Health Equity Through Nursing
One of 16 Recipients Nationwide of AARP & RWJF Health Equity Innovations Fund Awards
The George Washington University’s Social Mission Alliance, of which OADN is a member, is among sixteen organizations to receive a Health Equity Innovation Fund award. The awards from the AARP Center for Health Equity through NursingSM and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), are for projects offering promising solutions aimed at eliminating structural inequities, particularly structural racism, within the nursing profession, health systems, or community, and for projects that help improve access to care and services for those most disproportionately impacted by health disparities. The 16 projects sharing the over $700,000 in awards also support the advancement of one or more of the recommendations in the National Academy of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity.
The Social Mission of Associate Degree Nursing Programs project will be led by Social Mission Alliance (SMA) team member Sonal Batra, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University, in collaboration with New York State Action Coalition (NYSAC) and the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN).
Throughout the project, the team will administer a social mission self-assessment survey to associate degree nursing program leaders across the country in order to provide a mechanism to assess their program’s social mission and benchmark it to national norms. This process will establish a social mission performance baseline, identify strengths to build on and improvement opportunities for ADN programs to advance health equity and social justice, and allow for evaluation of the effectiveness of subsequent performance-improving changes.
“As the national advocate for the over 1,100 associate degree nursing (ADN) programs across the country, OADN has been proud to partner with the Social Mission Alliance over the last several years to lead the effort to address social mission in nursing education and develop the Social Mission Metrics Initiative (SMMI) for associate degree nursing. The majority of new nursing graduates from diverse backgrounds are entering the profession through the ADN pathway. Nurses who reflect the individuals living within their local communities are better prepared to deliver culturally congruent, equitable health care to their patients. The ADN SMMI Survey is a critically important tool to help capture much-needed data, which is currently lacking on social mission within associate degree nursing education. This data will help amplify the voice of community college nursing education and call attention to the importance of the associate degree pathway in addressing racial and social inequities and address the social determinants of health affecting the communities we serve across the country.” –Karen LaMartina, PhD, RN, OADN President
With initial support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity and the Social Mission Alliance began the Social Mission Metrics Initiative (SMMI) in 2016. The project started with the development of a novel social mission self-assessment tool to measure school-level social mission that was implemented nationally in 2019. This interprofessional work initially focused on dental schools, medical schools, and baccalaureate and masters level nursing schools. Schools received a benchmarking report for their performance in educational programming, community engagement, governance, diversity and inclusion, institutional culture and climate, and research.
In 2019, OADN and SMA began a collaboration to assess the feasibility of adapting the SMMI self-assessment to ADN programs. These programs contribute to the largest segment of the U.S. health care workforce who are at the front line of patient care and are a critical mechanism for diversifying the nursing workforce. This work was led by members of OADN’s Social Mission Task Force and began with piloting the original SMMI survey at 5 ADN programs, followed by focus groups with participating program leaders. After promising results from the initial pilot, an associate degree version of the SMMI survey was fielded to 17 ADN programs in 2021. The survey was adjusted at each step based on participant feedback, lessons learned from the broader SMMI, and input from the Social Mission Task Force. The result of this process is a ready-to-go ADN Social Mission Self-Assessment survey.
Through this project, SMA will deepen our partnership with OADN and expand the collaboration to include the New York State Action Coalition (NYSAC) to
conduct a national implementation of the SMM Survey with OADN member programs,
develop a baseline for social mission in associates degree nursing education, including an assessment of difference in program performance by characteristics including geography, institutional structure, size, and student body characteristics
provide program specific benchmarking for ADN programs to advance targeted health equity promoting education, training, and institutional policy strategies, and
elevate the social mission conversation among ADN programs through turning data into collaborative efforts to facilitate structural change in nursing education.
About the Funding:
The 16 winning projects for this funding are from: California (3), the District of Columbia, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland (2), Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin (2) and West Virginia.
The awards will be administered by CCNA at the AARP Center for Health Equity through Nursing. (Read more below.)
About the AARP Center for Health Equity through Nursing and the Campaign for Action:
The AARP Center for Health Equity through Nursing serves as a vehicle for change and national resource for advancing health equity. CCNA is an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and it runs the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of the same organizations building a healthier America through nursing. Since its founding in 2007, CCNA has created national and state multi-sector networks to stimulate collaboration, innovation and spur for better health and well-being through nursing.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) has named Rick García, Ph.D., RN, CCM, FAAOHN, FAADN as its new chief executive officer, effective January 3, 2023. Dr. García most recently served as vice president of nursing, regulation, and program expansion for Unitek Learning, in Newport Beach, CA. Appointed by the OADN Board of Directors, Dr. García will replace Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, FAADN, FAAN, who has served with distinction as OADN’s CEO for 7 years. Donna Meyer announced her retirement last June 2022.
“We are so pleased to announce that Dr. Rick García will serve as OADN’s next CEO,” said OADN President Karen LaMartina, PhD, MSN, RN. “He brings a wealth of experience in Associate Degree Nursing education, health care policy, clinical practice, and association leadership. As an Associate Degree Nursing graduate himself, Dr. García has a profound appreciation for the work that OADN members do to ensure the strength of our nation’s nursing workforce.”
“I’m humbled and honored to take the helm of this important and respected organization,” Dr. García said. “My goal is to amplify OADN’s longtime mission of serving as the national voice and a pivotal resource for community college nursing education and the associate degree pathway,” Dr. García added.
In his recent role at Unitek Learning, Dr. García worked with health systems in communities with education deserts by bridging the gap between practice needs and regulatory boards of nursing to address and increase the RN workforce supply in these diverse communities. His work in regulation and program expansion fostered strategic collaboration with health system leaders to address the needs across multiple points of care delivery nationally.
Prior to his work at Unitek Learning, Dr. García served as the Director of Nursing Education at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. He also holds a founding Ph.D. faculty member appointment at the School of Nursing at Georgetown University, and a courtesy faculty appointment at New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing.
Dr. García ‘s regulatory experience has allowed him to serve as an RN member on the District of Columbia Board of Nursing (DCBON), chair of the DCBON education sub-committee, and as a professional liaison board member on the American Midwifery Certification Board.
Dr. García received his ADN from Miami-Dade Community College, his BSN from the University of Miami, an MS from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in nursing science with a minor in nursing education from Barry University in Miami Shores, FL.
About the Organization of Associate Degree Nursing (OADN)
Representing the over 1,100 associate degree nursing programs across the country, OADN is the national voice and a pivotal resource for community college nursing education and the associate degree pathway. OADN works to expand networks that promote leadership, collaboration, and advocacy to further enrich nursing education and the communities we serve. Online at www.oadn.org