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Message from the CEO, March 2019

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Dear OADN Members:

February proved to be an extremely busy month for OADN with numerous representations and exciting happenings. The month began with a face to face Board meeting that included incredible engagement and innovative thoughts from all the Board members as we continue to be the national voice for associate degree nursing education. One focused area of discussion was on nurse residencies that are often so vital in the transition to practice for graduates. In the next couple of months, OADN will be releasing a position statement on residency programs. We want to ensure that our thoughts are heard on this very important clinical initiative.

As a member of the Board of Directors for the Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCBA), I had the privilege of attending their annual convention in New York City. It was an honor to attend the session by Austin Community College, Texas Two-Step: The Journey to Become the First Texas Community College to Offer an RN to BSN Program presented by Dr. Nina Almasy and Patricia Recek. In the last two years, they have been working diligently and quickly to be able to offer this program of study. I applaud them for the work they have accomplished in providing the RN to BSN opportunity for the graduates and practicing nurses in the community. I know that for many to confer the RN to BSN at your college is a challenge and there are many obstacles for pursuing this option. However, I think it is important to celebrate this milestone for Austin Community College and the state of Texas as it is truly a victory for associate degree nursing education.

One of my next stops on the February journey was the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey where the work continues on population health. The invitation-only meeting was comprised of a small group of nursing leaders and it was exciting to share the work of OADN and the numerous ways population health is being incorporated into the ADN programs. The first phase of this work began when we convened to look at promising educational models in preparing nurses across all levels of professional practice for population health. The next phase of the work is focused on current and emerging nursing roles in population health practice and the nurse’s preparation for these roles. It was an extremely stimulating discussion and important that the ADN voice was represented.

Finally, I want to bring your attention to the Future of Nursing 2020-2030, A Consensus Study from the National Academy of Medicine. A committee has been formed to “extend the vision for the nursing profession into 2030 and chart a path for the nursing profession to help our nation create a culture of health, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and well-being of the U.S. population in the 21st century.” The committee will examine the lessons learned from previous work completed with the initial Future of Nursing Report, released in 2011, as well as considering the current state of technology and assess the capacity of the profession to meet the anticipated health and social care demands from 2020 to 2030. I will be attending the public forum representing OADN for the inauguration of this next report. I encourage all of you to view the link provided and register for the online event. This is again an exciting time in our profession, and I am privileged to represent OADN in this historical event.

And my final note is to the state of California who recently signed an affiliated agreement with OADN to collaborate and advocate for the interests of associate degree nursing education. I welcome the opportunity to engage with the California community colleges and associate degree nursing programs.
I know for many this has been a very long winter of frigid temperatures and snow, but spring is upon us and with this a feeling of new beginnings. This year is also a time of new beginnings for OADN and I look forward to our continued successes with your support.
Sending warm spring thoughts to each of you!




All the best,

Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN