OADN Voices: January Leadership Message

January 9, 2024

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