2024 Celebrating Nurses: Making a Difference Every Day

May 8, 2024

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