Dear OADN Members:
As you read this message I have traveled to Geneva, Switzerland with a group of nursing leaders. The trip was organized by Dr. Susan Hassmiller, Senior Advisor for Nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We began our journey in Washington, DC and will be visiting the International Council for Nurses, the World Health Organization, the International Federation of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies, and the United Nations. What an opportunity for the international representation of OADN. Travel such this emphasizes the global world of nursing and healthcare. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) believes that nurses are key to improving access to quality and cost-effective care and to enhancing the health of populations. As nurses, we have the opportunity to impact access to healthcare and high quality standards of care. Nursing is a universal profession and truly impacts the global world. I look forward to sharing the experiences of my journey with all of you.
In my absence, President- Elect Dr. Christy Dryer will be representing OADN at the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education in Washington, DC on October 5-7. OADN has been a member of the forum since 2012. The forum focuses on the importance of aligning health professional education with the needs of clinical practice, consumers, and the health care delivery system.Given the complexity of health care and the globalization of societies, it is no longer realistic to expect a single profession to manage the multifaceted needs of patients. Historically, nursing has understood the importance of team collaboration. OADN’s involvement in this forum is essential as we are the associate degree representation of a sixty plus international forum. Again, this highlights the global representation of OADN.
Dr. Cynthia Maskey, OADN Treasurer will be representing OADN at an invitation only meeting hosted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) in Chicago on October 2 and 3. The meeting, Regulation: 2030, is a summit that will bring regulators and health care leaders from around the world together to chart the future of nursing regulation from an international perspective. The goal is to understand where nursing regulation is headed, accelerate processes that we think will be advantageous to the future of nursing and regulation, remove barriers, and prevent less than optimal outcomes.
As you look at the previous three paragraphs and the highlighted words, you will note a theme focusing on a larger world. Global health is facing unprecedented challenges and nurses have the ability to shape and advance health care. It is imperative that as nurse educators we introduce the concept of global health to our students. OADN will be promoting a global perspective as we launch our faculty immersion experience to Guatemala in summer, 2017. More information will be provided on the website soon and a concurrent session at the OADN conference a few short weeks away will provide more details. I look forward to sharing my personal experience with you and hope you will consider participating in this life changing experience.
If you have not yet made your plans for attend the convention, there is still time! Looking forward to seeing each of you in Dallas.
My best to each of you,
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF