OADN Voices: Celebrating Black Nurses

Continuing the Legacy:
Celebrating Black Nurses’ Contributions this Black History Month and Beyond

Dear OADN Members,

Though Black History Month is nearing its end, the contributions of Black nurses deserve continuous recognition. OADN expresses our sincere appreciation for the invaluable contributions of Black nurses to our most noble profession.

As a Black nurse of Haitian heritage, I humbly acknowledge that I am indebted to the giants whose shoulders I stand upon, such as Mary Eliza Mahoney, the first licensed Black American nurse in 1879, and Catherine Flon, the nurse most notably revered for sewing the Haitian flag but also serving as a nurse in the Haitian Revolution that lead to Haiti’s independence in 1804.

I also acknowledge the pioneers among us, including friends of OADN like Dr. Sheldon Fields, President of the National Black Nurses Association, Dr. Sharrica Miller, a trailblazing nursing leader and diversity, equity, and inclusion strategist, and  Dr. Marie O. Etienne, the first black President of the Florida American Nurses Association who is also of Haitian descent, as they continue to pave the way for future generations.

While this month serves as a powerful reminder of the resilience, leadership, and unwavering commitment of Black nurses throughout history, I believe it’s crucial to extend this recognition beyond February. We must continuously celebrate the inspiring Black nursing students, educators, researchers, and practitioners who shape patient care, research, education, and advocacy every day.

As we acknowledge the strides made, we must also confront the persistent challenges rooted in systemic racism and inequity within healthcare. This serves as a call to action for us all to actively dismantle barriers and foster inclusivity in every aspect of nursing.

To our esteemed Black nurse colleagues, we extend our deepest gratitude for your dedication to advancing health equity and improving outcomes for all. Your tireless efforts in the face of adversity inspire us all to strive for a more just and equitable healthcare system.

As we move forward, let us reaffirm our commitment to honoring the past, celebrating the present, and shaping a future where diversity, equity, and inclusion are the cornerstones of nursing excellence. Together, we can create a profession that truly reflects the richness and diversity of the communities we serve.

Patricia Nabal, DNP, FNP, RN-BC
Director, Midwest Region
OADN Board of Directors

Advocacy Trainings for Nurses – 2024 Webinar Series

OADN is excited to announce three new advocacy training webinars.

Each of these three webinars are open to all OADN members free of charge.

NOA has recognized the importance of advocacy and the role nursing associations and their individual members in leading change at the local, state, and national levels. We understand that our member organizations and individual members are key players in this effort. However, we have also identified common obstacles that can hinder our progress toward achieving our goals. At NOA, we are committed to working with our members to overcome these obstacles and continue advocating for the nursing community.

Session Dates and Topics:

  1. Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 1:00-2:00 pm Eastern Time
    AARP’s Advocacy Strategy and the Campaign
     with Winifred Quinn, PhD, FAANP(H), FAAN, Honoris Causa. Director, Advocacy and Consumer Affairs for the Center to Champion Nursing in America.
    Click Here to Register
  2. Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time
    Advocacy in Action: Learn How Capitol Hill Works and How to Effectively Communicate Your Message to Policymakers and Staff
     with Julie Shroyer, MSW, President & CEO of Wheat Shroyer Government Relations.
    Click Here to Register
  3. Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern TimeA Year on the Hill: Nurses Can Influence Policy Work with Brenda Baker, Director of Policy for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing; and Kristin Ashford, Associate Dean and Professor of undergraduate Programs and Health Policy for the University of Kentucky College of Nursing.
    Click Here to Register


Educational Speakers:

Winifred V. Quinn, PhD, FAANP(H), FAAN, Honoris Causa
Winifred Quinn is a nationally recognized 20+ year expert in health care policy, advocacy, outreach, and relationship management. Dr. Quinn helps direct a national campaign dedicated to improving health care through nursing.




Julie Shroyer, MSW, President & CEO, Wheat Shroyer Government Relations
Julie Shroyer has more than 35 years of federal health policy experience including service on Capitol Hill as committee staff and in senior positions in the non-profit and private sector. A respected advisor to congressional and presidential campaigns, she is sought after for her recognized expertise in health care and public policy.




Brenda Baker, PhD, RN, FAAN
Brenda Baker is the Director of Policy at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.







Kristin Ashford, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAAN
Kristin Ashford is a professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing where she serves as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Health Policy. As a fellow of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Education, she has led curricular transformation including integration of health policy competencies and instruction.

2024 Call For Abstracts: OADN’s 40th Anniversary Convention!

2024 OADN Convention Call for Podium & Poster Abstracts

In celebration of OADN’s 40th Anniversary, we invite nurse educators, administrators, simulationists, researchers, interprofessional colleagues, and students to submit abstracts for the OADN Annual Convention, planned for October 31 – November 3, 2024, at the Marriott Water Street in Tampa, Florida. The call is for concurrent sessions (50-minute podium presentations, including Q&A) and posters.

Theme: Bridging the Past to Build the Future

OADN’s 40th Anniversary Convention theme recognizes the historic role of the associate degree pathway on our nation’s healthcare workforce and patients in every community. Together, we will shine a light on the extraordinary impact of associate degree nursing educators and the collective achievements of OADN members, who have tirelessly advocated for the associate degree pathway over the past forty years.

As we look to the future, we invite you to reflect on how you navigated past challenges, seized opportunities, and were able to deliver success stories for your program faculty, students, and the community you serve. Please share innovative techniques, new knowledge, meaningful collaborations, and best practices to help ensure we continue delivering excellence in nursing education and support the future generation of registered nurses over the next 40 years and beyond.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Competency-Based Education
  • Fostering Clinical Judgement
  • Bridging the Gap from Education to Practice
  • Academic/Practice Partnerships
  • Transition to Practice Strategies
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • National Nursing Accreditation
  • Strategies for Faculty Engagement & Success
  • Faculty Recruitment, Retention and Development Strategies
  • Strategies for Student Engagement & Success
  • Leadership Development for Faculty & Program Administrators
  • Program Administration: Preparing for the Dean/Director Role, Managing Faculty Workloads, and Succession Planning
  • Simulation in Nursing Education
  • Artificial Intelligence in Nursing Education
  • Wellness & Self Care for Faculty and Nursing Students
  • Academic Progression
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Accessibility in Nursing Education
  • Advocacy for Associate Degree Nursing Education
  • Innovative and Non-traditional Clinical Learning Experiences
  • Plug and Play Strategies, Worked Examples, and Proven Quick Tips for Student Success in the Classroom, Lab, and Clinical Settings


General Information on the Submission Process

  • Abstracts that present well-designed demonstrations or evidence-based pilot projects that include data are preferred.
  • A maximum of four (4) presenters will be considered with your abstract submission. The primary presenter will be the main point of contact for all communication with OADN and is responsible for ensuring that co-presenters complete necessary action steps in preparation for the convention.
  • OADN requires all presenters to identify any existing or potential conflicts of interest related to the content to be offered (e.g., commercial interest, affiliation with a vendor, and/or receipt of royalties) and affirm that their abstract presentations will not be used to sell a particular product or service.
  • All presenters must register and pay as attendees for the OADN Convention. Presenters are responsible for their own expenses, including the above-referenced registration fee, travel, accommodations, and other expenses.
  • Please note: OADN encourages all those submitting a podium abstract to submit it 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. Abstract submissions must include:
    • Session Title
    • Brief Description (max. 100 words)
    • Background/Introduction (max. 150 words)
    • Intervention/Description and/or Research Methods (max. 200 words)
    • Findings/Results (max. 200 words)
    • Conclusions (max. 200 words)



General Information on the Review Process

    • Each abstract is peer-reviewed by at least two OADN Abstract Review Committee reviewers.
    • Reviews are blind; hence, reviewers do not see submitters’ names or program affiliations.
    • If your podium abstract is accepted for presentation, the OADN Abstract Review Committee will withdraw your corresponding poster abstract from consideration. You may also submit a poster abstract on a different subject from your podium abstract for consideration.
    • Notifications of Acceptance will be delivered to primary presenters in the Summer of 2024.

For inquiries, contact oadn@oadn.org

We look forward to receiving your contributions and fostering meaningful discussions that will shape the future of Associate Degree Nursing Education.

OADN Voices: February Leadership Message

Cultivating Moments That Matter with the OADN Leadership Institute

Dear OADN Members,

A book I am currently reading, The Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath, inspired my thinking about this leadership message. In the book, the authors discuss strategies to create meaningful moments rather than leaving them to chance. The strategies noted in the book support increasing impact by intentionally creating “moments of elevation, insight, pride, and connection.” Reflecting on the readings and strategies shared in the book, I see opportunities to create moments that matter in leading Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) education, particularly regarding academic nurse leadership development.

Recently published nursing literature describing the urgency of the workforce shortage of academic nurse leaders and the need for leadership competency development (Apen et al., 2021; Birkhead et al., 2024; & NCSBN, 2023) got me excited about the opportunity offered through the OADN Leadership Institute. The structure and content covered through the OADN Leadership Institute include strategies to cultivate moments that matter while developing the leadership competencies identified in the published research that are needed for effective academic nurse leaders.

The OADN Leadership Institute creates connections through a community of learners in a cohort-based program of emerging nursing education directors and faculty. This program provides participants with competencies and skills to lead advances in ADN education. I encourage you to consider this unique program offering to explore your next steps to becoming a more confident, influential leader. For experienced nursing program directors, as part of program succession planning, consider sponsoring faculty to ensure quality nursing education during leadership transitions.

Highlights of the OADN Leadership Institute include:

  • Virtual seminars – ½ day (4 hours) sessions designed to advance participant’s 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 application cycle for the next OADN Leadership Institute cohort is open through February 23, 2024: Apply Here!

For Leadership Institute questions, please contact Mary Dickow, Director of Leadership Development, at mary.dickow@oadn.org.

I am honored to be a part of OADN, an association actively committed to creating impact through meaningful moments in ADN education. As an OADN member or prospective member, I hope you will leverage the resources offered through OADN, including applying or sponsoring participation in the upcoming Leadership Institute cohorts.

As you progress through this academic term, I wish you continued success and many opportunities to cultivate moments that matter for you as a nurse leader, your ADN programs, and the students you serve.

With Gratitude,

Lynette V. Apen, DNP, RN, CNS, CNE
OADN President-elect




Apen, L.V., Rosenblum, R., Solvason, N., & Chan, G.K. (2021). Nursing academic leadership: An urgent workforce shortage in nursing education. Nursing Education Perspectives, 42(5), 305-309. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.nep.0000000000000851

Birkhead, S., Edwards, P.A., Nettleton, M. B, Oppenlander, J., & Stapleton, M. (2024). Roles and skills for effective academic nurse leaders. Journal of the American Nurses Association – New York, 3(1), 22-32. https://doi.org/10.47988/january.28237684.3.1

Heath, C. & Heath, D. (2017). The Power of Moments. Simon & Schuster, New York, NY.
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (2023). Environmental scan: Nursing at a crossroads- An opportunity for action. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 13(4), S1-S48. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2155-8256(23)00006-6

OADN Simulation Committee Honored with Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s 2024 Service in the Field of Virtual Simulation Award

The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) is pleased to announce that the OADN Simulation Committee has garnered the prestigious 2024 Service in the Field of Virtual Simulation Award from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). SSH’s Virtual Simulation Section presented the award during the 2024 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) Conference held in San Diego, California.

This award recognizes those who have modeled dedication, investment, and contributions that have facilitated the utilization of Virtual Simulations. The OADN Simulation Committee, known for its commitment to advancing simulation education in nursing, has been recognized for its outstanding service and creation of the OADN Virtual Simulation Reviews, a partnership between OADN and Unbound Medicine.

“OADN is deeply honored that the committee’s innovative initiatives, dedication to excellence, and tireless efforts to enhance simulation practices in nursing education have earned them this esteemed accolade,” said OADN President Karen LaMartina, Ph.D., MSN, RN. “The OADN Board of Directors congratulates the Simulation Committee for this well-deserved honor. As OADN celebrates its 40th anniversary, this award reinforces the organization’s commitment to shaping the future of nursing education and embracing advancements in simulation technology and practices.”

“At the height of the pandemic, the OADN Simulation Committee’sOADN Virtual Simulation Reviews founding members recognized the critical need for virtual simulation options while clinical learning experiences were drastically reduced or completely unavailable,” added OADN Chief Executive Officer Rick García, Ph.D., RN, CCM, FAAOHN, FNYAM, FAADN. “The committee developed a systematic review of virtual simulation options using the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practice (HSSOBP™), reviewed numerous products, and embarked on a campaign to educate nurse faculty on these standards and their application to virtual simulation products. We are all deeply proud of the committee’s accomplishments and record of service.”

OADN Simulation Committee Chair Janeen Berndt, DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE, ACNS-BC, expressed gratitude for the recognition, stating, “Receiving the 2024 Service in the Field of Virtual Simulation Award is a testament to the hard work and passion of our committee members. Early on, the committee decided that the resources we created should be broadly accessible to all nurse faculty who may need them. We remain dedicated to building nurse educators’ capacity to assess and utilize virtual simulation options for nursing programs.”

“The Virtual Simulation Reviews our committee developed were the first of their kind in health professions education,” noted committee member Elizabeth Robison, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE-A. “The broad need for this resource created a platform for the committee’s other educational activities, including numerous webinars and conference presentations. Together, we have educated hundreds of faculty on the importance of the HSSOBP™ in all simulation modalities, as well as other critical issues such as diversity, equity, & inclusion in simulation and aligning simulation tools to the Next Generation NCLEX© exam.”

For more information about the OADN Simulation Committee and its initiatives, please visit the OADN Resource Library.

Several OADN Simulation Committee members gather at the 2023 OADN Convention in San Diego. Featured here (right to left): Anna Williams, MNSc, RN, CNE; Teresa Cooney, MSN, RN; Sami Rahman, RN, MEd, MSN; Tammy Schwabb, DNP, RN, CHSE; Liz Robison, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE-A; Marci Dial, DNP, MSN, PMGT-BC, CHSE, LNC; and guest speaker Joanna A. Hall, MNSc, RN, CHSE.

Nursing Community Monthly Roundup – January 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 Statement on the Passing of Former Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson
On January 4, the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) issued a statement honoring the life and legacy of former Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, who passed away at the age of 89. The NCC had the privilege of working with her in Congress as she advocated for nursing on Capitol Hill. Her legacy will continue to be an inspiration to all.

NCC Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership Outlining FY 2024 Continuing Resolution Funding Requests for Title VIII and NINR
On January 9, all sixty-three members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) sent a letter to Congressional Leadership, as well as to House and Senate Appropriations Committees, requesting at least $302.472 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and at least $197.693 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) in fiscal year (FY) 2024, as outlined in the Senate Appropriations Committee passed bill. The NCC urged Congress to avoid a long-term continuing resolution (CR) and fully fund these critical programs.

NCC Sends Letter to in Opposition to H.R.3347/S.2070, the Protect Lifesaving Anesthesia Care for Veterans Act of 2023
On January 25, forty-one members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) sent a letter outlining opposition to H.R.3347/S.2070, the Protect Lifesaving Anesthesia Care for Veterans Act of 2023. H.R.3347/S.2070 would unnecessarily, and unjustifiably, restrict access for our CRNAs within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), adversely impacting the health care of our nation’s veterans.

Webinar Feb. 7, 2024 – How to Form and Foster Your Own Professional Identity

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



Date: Wednesday, February 7
Time: 2:00-3:00pm Eastern

Professional Identity in Nursing is essential to the healthy growth and development of the nurse as well as the health and well-being of the work environment. However, it is not an inherent trait. There are specific ways that nurses, including nursing faculty, can develop and strengthen their own professional identity. This session will describe professional identity in nursing; discuss the work of the International Society for Professional Identity in Nursing; and provide ways that individual nurses can form and foster their own professional identity.

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


Dr. Beth Phillips PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE is the Strategic Nursing Advisor for Ascend Learning/ ATI. She is Faculty Emeritus at Duke University School of Nursing, having taught there for 16 years in the Accelerated BSN and MSN in Nursing Education programs. Beth was also the Director of the Institute for Educational Excellence at Duke where she was responsible for faculty orientation and development, clinical instructor orientation, and continued competence for educators. Beth has been active on curriculum committees at both the SON and the SOM. Beth served on the Educational subgroup of the Racial Justice Taskforce for the last year. In addition, Beth was instrumental in overseeing the review of the curricula in the School’s four programs for evidence of Bias. Prior to Duke, Beth spent 9 years at Vance Granville Community College, where she taught in and directed the ADN and LPN programs. Prior to teaching, Beth spent 13 years working in surgical trauma ICU. Beth received her ADN from Waukesha County Technical Institute in Wisconsin; her BSN from East Carolina University; her MSN from Duke; and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Beth has a passion for equity and inclusion, faculty onboarding, and innovations in education. Beth has published on educational strategies, completed research on clinical decision making in nursing students, and students’ intent to become faculty, among other topics. Beth has presented nationally and internationally on nursing education topics. Beth is actively involved in the International Society for Professional Identity in Nursing.


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.

OADN Leadership Institute in 2024


Don’t miss this opportunity to apply today!!

  * Applications are now being accepted for a NEW Cohort *

Seminar Dates

March 12, 2024

April 9, 2024

May 7, 2024

June 4, 2024

Applications Due: February 20, 2024

*Limited number of Partial Scholarships Available*

Now is the perfect time to explore your next steps to becoming a more confident, influential leader with this unique program!

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 – ½ day (4 hours) sessions designed to advance participant’s 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

Questions?? Contact Mary Dickow, Director of Leadership Development at mary.dickow@oadn.org

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.

Applications Due: February 20, 2024

Admission: 2 Cohorts up to 20 participants each

Tuition: $995* for OADN members / $1,495 for non-members (*Limited number of partial scholarships available to members only 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 mary.dickow@oadn.org


Online Application Instructions

This year’s application process is made possible by Trajecsys.com



Alumni Testimonials

“This Leadership Institute has been such a blessing! I appreciate the connections that you have given us it has opened so many doors. My mentor and I plan to continue to meet over the summer. The program has inspired me to get more involved with OADN and I would love to be a mentor to be able to guide someone as much as I received guidance in this program. ” – Chasya Wiseman, DNP, RN, CMSRN – Associate Dean of Nursing Operations, Department of Nursing, Polk State College “Thank you for providing this amazing learning opportunity! I have learned a great deal about myself as a leader. Along with that, I have met new colleagues and mentors. I appreciate being a part of the OADN Leadership Institute. I am proud to call myself an alum!” -Amy Carr MSN, RN – Level 1 PN Coordinator, State Fair Community College


Photo: Cohort 6 members Dee Armstrong & Lovey Reynolds connecting for the first time in person at the OADN 2023 Convention
“The OADN Leadership Institute had a significant impact on my leadership growth and sense of belonging. The seminars allowed me to learn the true meaning of leadership. I appreciated our guest speakers for enhancing my knowledge and fostering my growth as Associate Dean of Nursing. I plan to utilize the skills that I have acquired from the seminars along with the recommended books and handouts. Thank you to OADN for providing the opportunity to strengthen my leadership skills through participation in this incredible program!”

Dometrives (Dee) Armstrong DNP, MSN, FNP, PHN, RN
Associate Dean of Nursing
San Diego City College

“The OADN Leadership Institute is a must for early career leaders. The Institute distinguishes itself with its diverse and dynamic seminars. The range of topics covered was deeply relevant, ensuring that each seminar was a unique learning experience. One of the Institute’s most remarkable aspects was the guest speakers and mentors, comprised of seasoned leaders and experts in various roles across the US. Their personal stories and experiences were invaluable, offering us a window into the complexities and rewards of effective leadership. The networking opportunities with a cohort of like-minded professionals from diverse backgrounds fostered a rich exchange of perspectives, as well as a source of support and collaboration. Participating in the OADN Leadership Institute was a game-changing experience for me, both professionally and personally. The Institute’s comprehensive content has given me the confidence and skills to enhance my leadership style, emphasizing the importance of integrity, social responsibility, and long-term thinking. I wholeheartedly recommend the OADN Leadership Institute to anyone aspiring to become a more effective, innovative, and responsible leader.”

Lovey Reynolds MSN, RN, CPN, CNE
FT Nursing Faculty
City Colleges of Chicago Malcolm X College


“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

Webinar Jan. 24 – Generative AI in Nursing Education

Generative AI in Nursing Education

January 24, 2024 – 12PM EDT

Join us for an engaging webinar designed specifically for nurse educators who are eager to stay ahead in a world where Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming ubiquitous. An expert panel will discuss how AI technology is rapidly evolving and becoming more integrated into educational settings, and why it’s essential for educators to understand and harness these powerful tools to enhance teaching and learning experiences in nursing.

Whether you’re new to AI or looking to expand your existing knowledge, this webinar will provide you with the necessary resources and ideas to modernize your approach to nursing education.

Topics Covered:

• Overview of generative AI basics
• Tips to implement AI tools
• Strategies to overcome AI challenges



William M. Detmer, MD, MSc

William M. Detmer, MD, MSc is the president and CEO of Unbound Medicine. Dr. Detmer is a board-certified internist trained at the University of California-San Francisco with a master’s degree in medical information sciences from Stanford University. In 1994 Dr. Detmer created the first web-based search interface to the world’s medical literature. He was vice president of clinical information products for Ovid Technologies before starting Unbound Medicine. Dr. Detmer spends much of his time working on all things Unbound but still finds time to travel and enjoys being with his family.


Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, CSE, FNAP

Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, CSE, FNAP is the Betty Norman Norris Endowed Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing as well as a Provost’s Office Faculty Fellow. Before she was recruited to UVA in August 2019, she spent fifteen years as a faculty member at the George Washington University School of Nursing and the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. During her time at GW, she served as both founding faculty and the inaugural Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the School of Nursing. The latest subject she’s helping demystify is one that seems to frighten even the heartiest academics: artificial intelligence (AI). A year and a half after she published LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice & Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice in 2017, Kim learned that her wife Kathy had ovarian cancer. Kim and Kathy spent the next six months sharing their experiences via social media and giving people a sense of what it’s like to be living while dying.  Shortly after Kathy died in August 2019, a New Yorker documentary film was made about Kim, Kathy, and their son Greyson. ​ Her new book, The Handbook of LGBTQIA-Inclusive Hospice & Palliative Care, was published by Columbia University Press in October 2023.  ​ Dr. Acquaviva has a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, an M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences. She is an AASECT-Certified Sexuality Educator.


Justin Fontenot DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAADN

Editor-in-Chief, Teaching and Learning in Nursing [OADN], Associate Professor [Tulane University], Organization for Associate Degree Nursing

Dr. Fontenot, who is a Fellow of the Academy of Associate Degree Nursing (AADN), is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Tulane University School of Medicine and the Editor-in-Chief of Teaching and Learning in Nursing. Dr. Fontenot is currently serving as a founding member and Co-Chair of the OADN Diversity Equity Inclusivity Committee, where he made substantial contributions as an author of the OADN position paper on Racial and Social Equity. He has demonstrated a deep commitment to addressing racism, bias, and oppression in nursing education and practice. Dr, Fontenot is a dedicated advocate for Associate Degree Nursing and serves as a role model for ADN students, nurses, and faculty. He is interested in how AI can help students in their studies and researchers in their work to speed up the transition of evidence in clinical practice.

OADN Voices: January Leadership Message

Realize Your Potential in the New Year with OADN: 

Setting Intentions and Embracing Opportunities 


Dear OADN Members,

The New Year is not just a change in the calendar but a moment of transition, a perfect chance to reset, renew, and rediscover the possibilities. We will use this transition period to set intentions for the coming year. Consider how OADN can help you achieve your 2024 goals….

You may intend to complete more professional development. Prioritize your ongoing learning and skill development with OADN’s continuing education series. Additionally, mark your calendar for the OADN Convention scheduled for October 31st – November 3rd in the picturesque city of Tampa. The OADN Convention is the only national conference exclusively dedicated to the needs of pre-licensure registered nursing education programs and the associate degree pathway.  It is a prime opportunity to network with peers, attend informative education sessions, and gain insights that can propel your professional growth.

If staying informed about cutting-edge research in nursing education is one of your objectives for the coming year, consider making it a goal to read each issue of Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education issue. This quarterly publication is the official peer-reviewed journal of OADN and publishes research specific to our practice in ADN education.

Have you considered sharing your knowledge with others? You can accomplish this in many ways. For example, you could start working on a poster submission or podium abstract for the OADN Convention in the fall. Watch for the 2024 Call for Abstracts for more details and consider submitting an abstract. Are you still waiting to write a full-length journal article? You can submit an article to the newest section of Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education Tips of the Trade for ADN Nurse Educators. This section welcomes submissions of at most 250 words highlighting innovative and practical teaching tips.

Attending the OADN Leadership Institute can be a transformative experience for those aspiring to a leadership role in nursing education. The Institute is tailored to current and future nursing leaders, providing a platform to hone essential skills, exchange ideas, and cultivate a network of mentors and peers.

Recognizing the importance of diverse perspectives in nursing education research, OADN has opened a new avenue for individuals researching to recruit nursing education participants. If you are frustrated with research that does not consider the ADN perspective, why not take matters into your own hands and conduct your research? OADN allows researchers to reach OADN members for recruitment and participation in nursing education research studies. Researchers can apply to have their recruitment materials showcased on the OADN website and promoted in OADN communications. This initiative encourages voluntary participation from ADN faculty and program leadership, fostering a collaborative approach to research within the ADN community. To learn more, visit the OADN Member Research Survey Application

In conclusion, the new year is a blank slate awaiting your aspirations and intentions. Whether seeking professional development, staying abreast of research, sharing your knowledge, or aspiring to leadership, OADN stands ready to help you achieve your goals. May 2024 be a year of growth, fulfillment, and success in all your endeavors.

Elizabeth “Liz” Mizerek
Northeast Regional Director, OADN Board