Dear OADN Members,
The first month of 2017 is now in the history books, and like most months, the time flies by and in somewhat of astonished state I wonder where the month went. The OADN Board of Directors had a very productive meeting in Houston, Texas on January 13th and 14th at Long Star Community College. Thank you to past Board member Donna Spivey and the staff of the nursing program for their hospitality, and providing meeting space. The Board accomplished many agenda items and had some great discussions in thinking strategically about OADN’s direction.
I would like to share with you some of the highlights at the recent Board meeting. I think it is important to keep the membership informed of the various activities and initiatives.
- Committee and work groups were approved by the Board of Directors. Many of you completed consent forms to volunteer for committee and work group assignments. I want to thank everyone for their willingness to serve as the committees and work groups provide valuable assistance to the Board of Directors and the organization. Emails have been distributed to each of you who graciously volunteered and meetings will be scheduled for the respective committees and work groups soon. Each committee and work group has a Board member liaison that will provide feedback to the Board on a monthly basis.
- The Board approved a new partnership with the American Red Cross. This is an exciting initiative to provide opportunities for OADN members to contribute to American Red Cross programs across the country. The agreement paves the way for OADN to help support American Red Cross chapters in helping people across the country. Additionally, a template for an Academic Service Learning Experience has been developed to be used at local American Red Cross chapters. OADN member schools and the local American Red Cross chapter can use the template to develop clinical agreements that will provide practical learning opportunities and/or clinical experiences. The template will be available on the OADN website by February 15th.
- A new webinar series has been developed in collaboration with Walden University. OADN President Christy Dryer and I have been working with Walden University to establish continuing education webinars. Information is posted on the website about the first webinar to be offered February 23rd on “Avoiding Burnout.”
- An updated membership marketing plan has been developed.The OADN membership continues to grow by industry standards. However, I encourage all members to reach out to faculty and programs that are not currently members of OADN. There truly is strength in numbers and this is so important for the viability of associate degree nursing education. We need all voices as we continue the support for ADN education, and OADN is only organization solely advocating ADN education. We want everyone to be aware of their voice being heard at the national level.
- OADN values established. As you are aware, OADN has always had a vision, mission, and goals. However, the values of OADN had never been uniquely identified and were woven into our goals. However, it is important to have organizational values. As a result, the OADN Board of Directors formed a work group to establish our specific values. The work group met numerous times and brought to the Board the following values: visionary, equity, integrity, and excellence. We welcome member feedback and you will see more about the values development in the near future.
The preceding information is only a brief glimpse into some of the work accomplished by the Board of Directors and staff. I would like to commend the Board members for their engagement at the meeting and leadership of President Christy Dryer. I look forward to a successful and exciting year that will continue to advance OADN to the forefront as a leading national nursing organization.
Wising you a wonderful spring semester!
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN