It is my honor to address you for the first time as OADN’s new Deputy Director. You’ll be hearing more from me in the coming weeks and months as I learn more about you and the important work you do in preparing nurses to enter the workforce. Though not a nurse myself, I have a deep appreciation and abiding passion for nursing and the role nurses play in safeguarding the health and welfare of individuals and communities. As a nurse champion, I have long fought to see that our nation’s nurses are imbued with the strongest competencies and empowered with the best opportunities, so that they may can continue to serve as the backbone of an interprofessional workforce for health. Nowhere is this more critical than in the communities served by OADN’s many individual and institutional members. I greatly admire the values that OADN upholds by ensuring access to high quality, community-based nursing education. Associate degree nursing education is at the core of not only student access to the nursing profession, but also patient access to safe, quality nursing care in all communities.
Like many associate degree students, I was the first in my family to graduate college. My academic success would not have been possible if it weren’t for the dedication and determination of the faculty who worked diligently to ignite my creativity and challenged me to think beyond myself. They sparked my initiative and instilled confidence in me to pursue endeavors I had never even imagined. I know this is what OADN members do each and every day. You prepare future nurses to drive change in the communities they serve, and I look forward to supporting you in that mission.
Some of you may know me through my past role with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) program, where I worked with community colleges and universities to scale up innovative nursing education pathways that increase options for students and nurses to pursue their educational goals. Central to that mission was the basic truth that community college nursing programs are essential to meeting nursing workforce needs. While nursing shortages and surpluses will come and go, community and technical colleges must remain steadfast and nimble in helping our communities weather these changes. Only through the work of our leaders in associate degree nursing education will we ensure that the entire workforce is prepared for emerging roles across the continuum of care.
As your new Deputy Director, I am both humbled and excited to work with OADN’s leadership and membership to grow the organization and help build new partnerships within the nursing community and across the healthcare landscape. OADN is truly blessed to have such a dedicated Board of Directors and visionary CEO in Donna Meyer. I’ve watched OADN flourish into a powerful national advocate for associate degree nursing education under Donna’s leadership, and I’m truly fortunate to have the opportunity to now work on your behalf with such a dynamic leader.
Together, Donna and I will continue to advance OADN’s mission to promote associate degree nursing through education, leadership, inclusivity, collaboration, and advocacy. As your Deputy Director, you should always feel free to reach out to me with any thoughts, questions, or concerns you have. I look forward to hearing from you as we all work to ensure excellence in the profession, and I hope to meet you at the 2017 OADN Convention this November in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Bryan Hoffman, MA
OADN & The OADN Foundation