Dear OADN Members:
November was such an exciting month with the highlight of the OADN National Convention! It was an amazing convention from the time I entered the gorgeous Fairmont Princess Resort. The sessions were high caliber and provided stimulating information and thought. Pinot and Posters was again a special event with exceptional posters. Congratulations to the newly inducted Fellows to the Academy for Associate Degree Nursing. Your contributions to associate degree nursing education are exceptional and embody the highest excellence. Special congratulations to the Educator of the Year, Karen Ingersol and all the scholarship recipients who are so very deserving. I would like to extend a very special thank you and recognition to the exhibitors and sponsors for their support of OADN, who assisted in making our convention a huge success. However, one of the best features was seeing our members and guests. For me, it is so memorable to finally put a face with the person I have been communicating with by phone or email. Seeing each of you reminds me how honored and privileged I am to represent OADN and each of you. Along with the OADN Board of Directors, thank you for taking your personal time to travel to Scottsdale and attend. I am hopeful you found the convention as energizing as I did. For those who could not be with us this year, please begin to plan for the 2018 OADN Convention in Philadelphia, November 9 - 11 with the theme of Population Health: A Vision for Nursing Education. The call for abstracts is available.
There are so many important notifications and news occurring, I wanted to limit my message and encourage you to review all the news including the new partnership with Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing to increase the number of accredited associate degree programs, the information on the Next Generation NCLEX, the Castlebranch Bridges Program, and so much more.
As we approach this holiday season, may you take time for yourself and remember the impact you are having on the next generation of nurses and our profession. I know as OADN’s CEO I count my work as one of my very special blessings in life.
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN