Dear OADN Members:
Spring is the season that reminds us of the importance of nursing leadership. Nurses Week, Florence Nightingale’s Birthday, the Nurses on Boards Spring into Leadership Campaign, and OADN’s call for nominations turn our thoughts to the important role of nurse leadership in OADN and across society.
During the launch for the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report I was privileged to address the committee and highlight the importance of leveraging to role of community colleges in addressing the social determinants of health and access to care. Nurses at all levels and in all settings are well positioned through their education and training to take on the challenge of contributing to the health and wellbeing of our communities. With our associate degree nursing programs present in so many communities across the nation there is a rich opportunity for nursing to demonstrate leadership.
It is our responsibility to raise awareness regarding the need for nurses to step into leadership roles and assume a seat at decision-making tables. As a founding member and continued active partner with the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC), OADN firmly believes that all boards and bodies of influence at the local, state and national level benefit from the unique perspective of nurses. With a goal of 10,000 nurses on boards by 2020 the NOBC is looking for nurses to Stand Up and Be Counted!
Speaking of boards - did you know that there are 7 open positions on the OADN Board of Directors? This is a perfect opportunity to be at the table where important decisions are made. Let your voice count with the only national organization that advocates for associate degree nursing education. My own journey began with a board a position in OADN. I remember having many doubts about becoming involved, lacking some confidence in having the ability to be on a Board. It truly has been a remarkable personal experience, and I hope one you will listen to your own call to leadership. The call for nominations packet can be found here.
It is time for involvement to ensure the viability of associate degree nursing and I encourage you to consider running for a position. OADN needs leaders like all of you! And yes, you can do it!
As we enter into this next season I reflect on the fact that this year marks the fourth year I have served in one of the most important leadership roles of my career. I am honored to continue in this position, working with our Board, for our members and our students as OADN continues to provide innovative leadership to strengthen the professional role of the Associate Degree Nurse.
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN