Dear OADN members,
Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! I hope everyone had a magical holiday season and was able to enjoy family, friends, and some relaxation. The holidays are continually filled with so many activities and as we enter 2017, it is a wonderful time to reflect on the past year and bring forward new innovations for the new year. OADN is no exception as we launch new initiatives for the year. I am pleased to have the opportunity in my 2017 opening message to share some of the new initiatives, and remind members of some of the on-going work of OADN.
Online Community: OADN has developed a new platform to replace our current listserver that we have been using for some time. We are introducing the OADN Online Community for members to share ideas, asks questions, and communicate with each other. This is a member benefit and you will need to log in on the website to use this tool. The OADN Board of Directors are confident that you will find the new communication method helpful and engaging. The Online Community is located under the membership tab once you have logged in.
New work group: The OADN Board of Directors has established a new work group, Quality and Safety in Nursing (QSEN). This group is a result of member input and we are pleased to assist in this very important work. The role of the QSEN work group is to complement the work of the national level by building on nursing’s capacity to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care. The work group will specifically focus on the role of the ADN as it relates to QSEN. The OADN workgroup will become part of the national QSEN associate degree nursing task force. OADN will be distributing a short survey to our membership and the QSEN workgroup is asking for a few moments from your busy schedule to complete. Please look for the survey the week of January 9th.
Guatemala Faculty Abroad Nursing Immersion Experience: A quick reminder the deadline to apply for the Guatemalan faculty immersion experience is January 15th. This will be a life changing experience and I look forward to sharing this journey with some of you. Click here for more information on the Guatemala faculty abroad nursing immersion experience.
At the beginning of this message, I mentioned reflecting on the past year. I would be remiss not to recognize the important work of the OADN Board of Directors and their commitment to you. They volunteer their time and passion in support of associate degree nursing. I would like to acknowledge the Board members whose terms ended in November 2016; President Pat Smart and Directors Lynn Lowery, Donna Spivey, and Cynthia Casey. Cynthia Casey resigned to take a new position and we wish her well. I would like to express my sincere gratitude and acknowledge Pat Smart for her tireless efforts to assist OADN in moving forward at the national level. A CEO can only be successful with a strong supportive Board of Directors, and Pat was the leader behind this work. Directors Lynn Lowery, Donna Spivey, and Cynthia Casey were continually present to support the OADN mission. I thank each of you and look forward to continually working with you.
As the past Board members terms come to a close, we welcome our new Board members. I am very excited to welcome them and they have quickly demonstrated a commitment to OADN’s goals. Each individual has become engaged in various committees and has displayed exceptional leadership skills. It is truly a pleasure to welcome: Nancy Perry (Maryland), Lea Stevens (Texas), Sandra Walker (Ohio), and Laura Schmidt (Michigan). Laura was appointed by the OADN Board of Directors to fulfill Cynthia Casey’s term. I look forward to working with each of our new members, and encourage you to get to know them by viewing their bio-sketches.
As we welcome in 2017, I wish health, happiness, and on-going success to each of you in the upcoming year. I encourage you to take time for family, friends, yourself, and cherish each moment, and enjoy the adventure of life!
Wishing you all the best in the New Year,
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN