Dear OADN Members:
I can hardly believe May is here! I know this is an extremely busy time of year with pinning ceremonies, honor convocations, and graduations. It is an exciting time as new graduates fulfill their educational requirements and enter into the nursing profession. Although it has been many years for me since I experienced entering the profession, I still remember the feeling of anticipation as to what the future would hold. At that point, I had no idea of the journey ahead and today I am so very grateful to have this position as OADN’s Chief Executive Officer. I think with Nurse’s Week quickly approaching I often reflect on my nursing journey and how proud I am to be part of this amazing profession. I wish you all a very special month and I hope you have time to reflect on your own personal journey.
I am also pleased to announce that OADN has teamed with Nurses Service Organization (NSO), an Aon Affinity healthcare brand, the affinity business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), to offer professional liability insurance coverage as well as access to risk education to OADN members. With 40 years’ experience in the healthcare profession, NSO serves 550,000 nurses nationwide.
“NSO is committed to educating nursing professionals on their liability risk,” said David Griffiths, senior vice president, NSO. “Nursing professionals face unique malpractice risks, and we look forward to collaborating with OADN to advocate for, and help safeguard their members’ risk. Members can include coverage for non-medical activity, imperative for nursing professionals who are teaching and training the next generation of nursing professionals.”
OADN is very pleased to partner with NSO to help our members understand their liability risk. As our members shape the next generation of nurses, OADN supports them through advocacy for their success and advancement. Not only will this partnership provide access to liability insurance, it will also provide an educational component to provide articles and case studies to help students understand their risks. This information will certainly be a benefit in educating nursing students and can be found.
April was a very busy month with numerous OADN representations across the country. Some of the highlights were:
- American Organization for Nurse Executives (AONE) Annual Conference
- Visiting Wisconsin and speaking with all the ADN Deans and Directors
- Treasurer Dr. Cynthia Maskey represented OADN at the National Student Nurses Association
- National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education
- Nursing Student Leadership Workshop, Maryland
- Nurses on Boards Coalition Meeting
- Presenting at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Annual Conference
I believe you can see by this brief listing of activities, OADN is ensuring our voice is present. I wanted to add a few comments about a couple of the representations. The Nurses on Boards Coalition initiative continues to be a very important as we work together to have more nurses on all types of boards to improve the healthcare of our communities. The voice of a nurse can bring a distinctive perspective to so many types of boards. The NOBC is working on a state strategy to ensure that the work is reaching all stakeholders in every state.
The presentation at the American Association of Community Colleges Annual Conference was very well received. The presentation entitled, “What Every Community College President or Administrator Should Know about their Nursing Program” focused on the importance of the pathway of associate degree nursing. It was interesting because a major theme of the conference was the important role community colleges play in a pathway for many to advance their education. OADN is an affiliated council of AACC and as a result assists in providing education about nursing in the community college system.
However, the representation that inspired me the most was the Nursing Student Leadership Workshop which was co-sponsored by Cecil College and Harford Community College. The students were engaged, held an acute understanding that continuing their education was an expectation, and demonstrated a passion for nursing. They asked pointed, reflective questions, and provided me a sense of exhilaration for the next generation of our profession. It is also once again reminded me of the important work each of you perform on a daily basis in educating the students. So once again, be proud of what you do and the impact you are making on students’ lives and the patients they will care for in the future.
I hope everyone is enjoying the newsletter format that we recently implemented. We want to keep all of you informed on the latest information and OADN activities. May will be another busy month and I am very excited to represent OADN for the first time at the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Conference in Barcelona, Spain May 26 – June 1. OADN has not previously attended ICN and this again demonstrates our role not only nationally, but internationally. I know it will be an exceptional journey, and I look forward to sharing the experiences with you.
My best and Happy Nurse’s Week.
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN