Dear OADN Members:
Although the official start of spring was March 20th, I always think of the month of April as the beginning of the spring season. The flowers begin to bloom, birds chirp more, and the lush green becomes more evident in our landscape. Corresponding to the theme of spring, the Nurses on Board Coalition (NOBC) recently delivered a major campaign entitled “Spring into Leadership.” As a founding member of the coalition, OADN has been intensely involved in the work of the NOBC and the importance of Board service. Although the work of the NOBC is focusing on placing nurses on all types of board, it does provide pause for reflection on the OADN Board of Directors. As the CEO, I have the unique privilege of working with these dedicated individuals who are volunteering their expertise, time and energy to support the vision and mission of OADN. Their service is extraordinary and on a continual basis OADN needs members to become involved at the national level.
The call for nominations is upon us and I encourage all of you to consider becoming part of OADN’s Board of Directors. As a result of a by-laws change and the desire to ensure inclusivity, we will be electing one Board of Director from the following:
- Northeast Regional Director: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, District of Columbia, International Members from Europe and the Middle East.
- Southwest Regional Director: Texas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, International Members from South America.
- Western Region Regional Director: Washington, Alaska, California, Oregon, Hawaii, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, International Members from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Oceana.
- At-Large Director: Board member can be elected from any region.
- Nominating Positions: Two members to be elected
Your involvement is essential to the continued advancement of OADN as the premier organization for associate degree nursing. Please let your voice be heard by taking the leap into leadership with OADN!
The OADN Board of Directors is also fortunate to have two appointed Public Board Members. Dr. Liana Orsolini who has served on the Board since 2015 recently resigned due to additional employment responsibilities. I would like to publically thank Dr. Orsolini for giving of her time and talents during her tenure. Her passion for associate degree nursing education is evident, and has consistently been an advocate for academic progression. The OADN Board of Directors extends sincere appreciation to her for many contributions she provided to OADN.
With the resignation of Dr. Orsolini, the OADN Board of Directors is proud to announce the appointment of Michael R. Bleich, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN as a public board member. During his academic career, he served as President and Dean of the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College, Dean at Oregon Health and Science University, Associate Dean at the University of Kansas, and Chair of Nursing at Mount Senario College in Wisconsin. In practice and leadership, he was the Chief Executive Officer for KU HealthPartners – an academic practice that included a safety net clinic – and acute care roles as Chief Nursing Officer/Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Accreditation Officer for Health Midwest in Kansas, and CNO for Bryan Memorial Hospital and Saint Mary’s Medical Center, in Nebraska, and Wisconsin, respectively.
A living example of academic progression, Dr.Bleich received his diploma in nursing from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1976. He subsequently earned a BSN from Milton College, an MPH in nursing and patient care administration from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in human resource development from the University of Nebraska. His is a fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows program, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, WK Kellogg Foundation, American Academy of Nursing, and National Academies of Practice.
Dr. Bleich served on the Institute of Medicine committee, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, and was an early champion of seamless academic progression and the important role of associate degree nursing education. I am very excited to welcome Dr. Bleich to the OADN Board as he will be a key adviser on matters of workforce planning, interprofessional education and practice, and diversity and inclusion.
It has been said the nursing profession brings a unique perspective and thus nurses are valuable and entrusted leaders. I encourage all of you to continue the legacy of OADN through your engagement and leading us in our future.
Take time and enjoy the beauty of spring.
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN