Dear OADN Members:
March proved to be another busy month for OADN with numerous representations and engaging meetings. My travels took me to Washington, DC for meetings at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and attendance at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Spring Meeting. As a reminder, OADN is an affiliate of AACC and a member of the AACC’s Economic and Workforce Development Commission. It is essential that we work closely together with consistent messaging and working collaboratively on the issues and challenges the community college nursing programs are experiencing. The meetings were productive and I look forward to traveling to the national AACC meeting in a few short weeks in New Orleans. I will be presenting a concurrent session entitled, “What Every College President and Administrator Needs to Know about Their Nursing Program.” The focus of the presentation will be on innovative strategies needed to ensure that associate degree nursing remains a viable pathway in a very changing nursing landscape.
The AACN meeting is always an important meeting for OADN representation, and I want to acknowledge the invitation from the CEO and President Dr. Deb Trautman. I think it is imperative that AACN members have the opportunity to observe OADN’s willingness to partner as it relates to nursing education. AACN developed an Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) Task Force last year and I presented to them in the fall. The task force did report out at this meeting and shared some of the information I presented. Although there are still challenges, I think it is vital that OADN’s voice on collaboration and partnership continues to be heard.
The OADN Board also met face to face in March for two days and I would like to applaud the Board for all their innovative thoughts and commitment. I think one of the most outstanding features of the Board is their insightfulness to strategically plan for OADN’s future direction. The Board continually looks towards the future and the growth that OADN has experienced in the last few years as the premier organization for associate degree nursing. The Board dedicates many hours to this work in a variety of ways and this organization could not be where it is today without the Board leadership. OADN will only continue to excel as the national voice for associate degree nursing.
I wanted to share a couple of new initiatives with you. First, OADN has collaborated with the University of Minnesota to offer a free informatics course. The course is aimed at faculty new to nursing informatics and who are interested in a broad overview of the discipline. 15.0 contact hours will be awarded upon completion of the course through the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The course is self-paced and may be excellent for summer learning. Read more
A second initiative is the development of the Nursing Student Resource Guide. This guide was prepared collaboratively with OADN and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National League for Nursing, National Council of State Board of Nursing, and the National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc. The purpose of the guide is to assist students who are thinking about attending nursing school, and providing them with valuable information and resources. I want to thank the OADN Student Resource work group, led by President Christy Dryer who provided much input into this document. Read more
Finally, you will notice a new appearance of an OADN newsletter. We are hoping this new format will help provide you with all the latest happenings of OADN. Speaking of happenings, it is never too early to start planning for the OADN 2017 Convention in Scottsdale. I know it will once again be an amazing convention and in the coming months you will be hearing much more about the speakers and events.
For now I wish you a very happy spring,
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN