Dear OADN Members:
Welcome back to the fall semester 2016! Another academic year begins with the excitement of a new generation of nurses beginning their entry in the profession. You can sense from the students’ faces, their apprehension and yet eager anticipation as they begin their journey. As a faculty member, director, and finally a Dean I recall the intensity of this time, but yet there was also a sense of eagerness to start the students on their journey. I wish all of you a successful semester and the important role you have as educator, clinician, mentor, tutor, advisor, and yes the list continues! However, the impact you are making on each of these future nurses is truly inspirational to each of them.
This past month I represented OADN at the National Council of State Boards (NCSBN) Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly. It was an excellent meeting with an opportunity to hear the latest significant issues that the NCSBN Board of Directors is focusing on with their important role in regulation. One of the priorities is assisting Boards of Nursing who want to move forward with the introduction of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). As you may recall, OADN endorsed the NLC in July, 2016. At this point in time legislation has been passed in 10 states. Other strategic initiatives include careful consideration of the changing regulatory environment, including the longer-term demographic of the general population and nurses, health care delivery and technological changes that could impact nursing boards. I realize many of our associate degree nursing programs have a practical nursing component. There are proposed changes to the NCLEX PN Test Plan that include adding cultural and spirituality and some slight modifications in percentages in some of the areas. As always, the percentage of test items assigned to each Client Needs category and subcategory of the NCLEX-PN Test Plan is based on the results of the study Report of Findings from the LPN/VN Practice Analysis. I encourage you to visit the NCSBN website for further information.
On behalf of the OADN Board of Directors we are extremely pleased to announce a new educational partnership with Western Governors University (WGU). WGU is a unique higher education institution that began in 1995 as a result of 19 governors whose goal was to offer a more innovative model of education and at the same time provide opportunity for career advancement. The model is unique in that it provides a means for individuals to learn independent of time or place and to earn competency-based degrees and other credentials that are credible to both academic institutions and employers. WGU offers the RN to BSN on-line that has the ability to assist many of our students. Additionally they are a variety of tracks for the MSN. Jan Jones-Schenk DHSc, RN, NE-BC, National Director College of Health Professions stated, “WGU and OADN are working together to develop broader and deeper relationships with community colleges to provide more options for academic progression of associate degree nurses. WGU is the only competency based university, offers a flexible, affordable and high quality option for working adults. OADN is committed to finding solutions for its members and associate degree graduates for additional seamless academic progression options.” WGU will be sponsoring the “Great Debate” as the convention which will surely be an engaging and stimulating discussion. For more information on the WGU partnership opportunities click here.
Speaking of convention, I hope to see many of you there as this truly will be a phenomenal convention with many dynamic speakers, workshops, and 29 concurrent sessions. There will be many new and different topics, as well as new events. The inaugural induction ceremony of the fellows to the Academy for Associate Degree Nursing will occur, as well as the 30th anniversary celebration of OADN. So come join us in Dallas and you surely will not be disappointed.
My best to each of you as you begin the 2016 academic year,
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF