Dear OADN Members:
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And now I would like to say CONGRATULATIONS!! Each of you made it through another busy academic year and the spring semester that encompasses the many celebrations such as pinning, graduation, and of course Alpha Delta Nu inductions. It is always a very hectic season and yet a memorable time as we observe the graduating class realizing their hopes and dreams for the future. As nurse educators, you have worked tirelessly to prepare the future nurses for the challenging healthcare environment they are entering. I applaud you for giving of your time and compassion to assist the graduates to be successful.
As I think of the new graduates, I think about the complex healthcare system they are being emerged into as new practitioners. The past few days, I have reflected on this even more as I have been representing OADN at the 2016 Quality Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Forum. It has been an amazing experience and so exciting to see many associate degree nurse educators present. Thank you to OADN member, Christina George who assisted me in being present at the meeting and the Think Tank dinner of nursing leaders! I think one of the significant points made was that QSEN is neutral. Translating that statement means there is not a discussion about ADN or BSN, but more about safe patient-centered care! The overall goal of QSEN is to “meet the challenge of preparing future nurses who will have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare system within which they work.” As you look at the six major competencies: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidenced based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics, it makes one realize the enormous knowledge base the graduates must possess.
The conference was stimulating as much discussion focused on academia and practice working collaboratively; education prepares practitioners, and practice informs education. It truly must be a partnership! In the coming months, you will see more about QSEN as we will provide more information that will be beneficial to you as nurse educators. It is very important the healthcare system administrators realize associate degree nursing faculty are educating students with quality and safety at the forefront. To read more about QSEN and the latest initiatives, please click here http://qsen.org/.
I realize many of you work in the summer months, but as the beginning of the summer approaches I hope you find some time to relax and refresh. Enjoy family time and time for yourself. Each day is a gift, embrace it and enjoy.
Peaceful summer thoughts,
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF