Dear OADN Members:
The fall semester is in full swing for all of you and for OADN as well. September has proven to be a very eventful month of representations and developing our latest initiative of the National Education Progression in Nursing Collaborative (NEPIN). Our representations this month began in San Diego at the National League for Nursing (NLN) Summit. President Christy Dryer, Deputy Director Bryan Hoffman and I were present to represent OADN and visit with current and future members. It was delightful to see many of our members and discuss all that OADN has to offer to potential new members. The networking with each of you and listening to your thoughts and hearing about all your innovative initiatives is truly exciting.
Shortly after the NLN Summit, it was off to Washington DC for the Center to Champion Nursing (CCNA) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) joint meeting. The meeting was an overview and summary of the work over the last five years that included the pillars of education, leadership, and data. OADN has been involved in much of this work in the pillars of education and leadership. The work all of you have accomplished in the area of academic progression should truly be applauded. Additionally, OADN has been deeply involved in the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) which was launched in 2014. As a reminder, the mission of the NOBC is to improve the health of communities and the nation through the service of nurses on boards and other bodies to improve the healthcare of our communities. We are continuing to advance this mission by increasing nurses on all type of boards and encourage you to review the information at www.nursesonboardscoalition.org
While in DC, I represented OADN at the joint reception hosted by the Nursing Community and CCNA. OADN is very proud to be one of the supporting organizations of the Nursing Community. The Nursing Community’s outstanding work on behalf of the nursing profession, healthcare, and the many issues facing is to be commended. Our voice is being heard in Washington DC through the advocacy of the Nursing Community.
From Washington DC, it was cross country to Las Vegas and Seattle. In Las Vegas, I was invited to present at the Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCBA) pre-conference summit held in collaboration with the American Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). The presentation I delivered focused on community colleges conferring the RN to BSN degree inclusive of the history, advantages, and challenges. It was important for OADN to present this information as the only national nursing organization that advocates for associate degree nursing and also supports our colleagues who pursue this much needed option. It is always advantageous to have the opportunity to talk with community college Presidents and at this particular meeting discussing this pathway with community college trustees.
From Las Vegas, it was on to Seattle for the NEPIN meeting with the transition team. As you recall, this new initiative will continue the effort of the Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) program previously funded by the RWJF. Partnering with the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Center, we are the national convener to support educational progression in nursing. Through this collaborative we are creating a comprehensive national repository of education progression models, disseminator of quality information, and identification of consistent data collection and metrics. The OADN Foundation and OADN are very enthused and honored to be leaders in this national movement.
Before I conclude this message, I wanted to extend a personal invitation to register for the OADN 2017 convention in Scottsdale. One of my favorite parts of the convention is seeing and meeting many of you. The venue is remarkable and the convention program will not disappoint you. The early registration deadline is October 6, so I encourage you to review the information https://oadn.org/events/index.php/register The Board of Directors and Convention Planning Committee have been working diligently to once again provide you with a strong program to meet the needs of nurse educators. We will be having an opportunity for committee meetings on Saturday evening at 5:30 pm, and hopefully you will consider becoming involved.
Looking forward to seeing you in Scottsdale!
Donna Meyer MSN RN ANEF FAADN
Chief Executive Officer