Dear OADN Members:
I think for many of us summer is often a welcomed relief for some down time. Although there is time for vacation and enjoying the company of family and friends, the summer is still very busy and for OADN this is definitely true. I thought I would take this opportunity to share and highlight some of OADN's activities during the summer months. It began on May 28th, in Washington DC, by providing testimony to the Institute of Medicine's Committee for the Evaluation of the Impact of the IOM Report:
The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As the CEO, I was invited to represent OADN and explain our involvement regarding the recommendations set forth in the report. I participated on a panel with national nursing and community college leaders. In summary, I explained OADN has been instrumental in assisting on numerous projects as a member of RWJF Academic Progression in Nursing National Advisory Committee. We support the models of academic progression proposed by the work of the Center to Champion Nursing in America. Additionally, OADN worked on the development of the recommended BSN Foundational Courses to assist a seamless progression for associate degree graduates to a BSN program. The key is to build on the foundation in community college programs and ensure the majority of students' progress without barriers towards obtaining the baccalaureate degree. The important point is we were invited and our voice was heard. Additionally, written testimony was provided to the evaluation committee.
June involved two essential trips to Denver, Colorado. The first visit was the National Nursing Workforce Centers Forum. This was an excellent conference providing data and research on the nursing workforce in our country. I attended many interesting sessions and represented OADN, emphasizing the importance of associate degree nursing as a vital educational pathway.
I returned to Denver later in the month as an invited guest for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Academic Progression in Nursing Rural Health Conference. This outstanding meeting focused on the challenges of academic progression in the rural areas of our country. For me, the excitement was in the innovation and creativity of academic progression models with community colleges and universities working in partnership. I was elated to meet a fellow community college colleague, Jennifer Anderson from Laramie County Community College in Wyoming. The community colleges in Wyoming are completing a new initiative with the University of Wyoming in an innovative 3 +1 program.
The next stop was Pensacola, Florida and time at the OADN National Office. It is always wonderful to spend time at the office with the amazing staff that supports OADN on a daily basis. They are dedicated to the mission of OADN, and the work we are trying to accomplish. My time there also provided the opportunity to work with a Doctor in Nursing Practice student who was interested in the operation of a national nursing organization. I think it is important that as nurses we support and mentor each other whenever possible.
July brought two trips to our nation's capital. As one of the founding 21 member organizations for the Nurses on Boards Coalition, OADN has been involved since its inception. This significant work continues in advancing the goal of transforming health and health care through nursing's leadership on various organizational boards across the country. The Nurses on Boards Coalition is developing a national strategy aimed at bringing nurses' valuable perspective to governing boards and national and state commissions with an interest in health. The goal is to put 10,000 nurses on boards by the year 2020. The effort is a direct response to the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2011), which recommended nurses play more pivotal decision-making roles on boards and commissions in improving the health of all Americans. OADN is very proud to be one of the founding organizations as I truly believe it demonstrates the important role we play at the national level.
The second trip was the American Nurses Association Organizational Affiliate Meeting and the American Nurses Association Membership Assembly. The Organizational Affiliate meeting provides an avenue for organizations to share their issues, concerns, and the positive work they are completing. It was a remarkable time of networking and stressing the pivotal role of associate degree education.
Most importantly was the OADN Board of Directors meeting in Dallas. Every July, the Board travels to the destination for the next convention, and this year was no exception. It was an extremely dynamic two days discussing the operations of the organization and the strategic plan. I want to commend this exceptional Board for their volunteer commitment and dedication, and visionary leadership of OADN.
Perhaps this was not the most thought provoking CEO report, but I am hopeful that everyone will see OADN is working diligently at the national level to represent the interests of each of you and the future of associate degree nursing. Associate degree nursing is a vital and integral part of nursing history in this country and I am proud to represent all of you in our mission and vision for the future.
Enjoy some of the remaining summer,
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN