Dear OADN Members:
The countdown is on for the OADN 2019 Convention in Louisville, and the anticipation provides an era of excitement. Even though there is much work associated with the convention, it is the highlight of the year for me. I enjoy seeing everyone so much and it gives me the opportunity to interact on a face to face basis. Each of you gives me the energy and the support that helps me advocate for associate degree nursing throughout the year. The OADN Convention is the only national nursing convention designed specifically for associate degree nursing education. There is still time to register as the beautiful OMNI hotel awaits your arrival with open doors. https://www.oadn.org/convention/2019-convention
The events of the 2019 Convention will not disappoint as the keynote kicks-off the convention with an outstanding presentation by interprofessional experts Drs. Kathrin Eliot and Anthony Breitbach. This session will describe how the voice of the patient can ultimately inform the health care professional in ways that many other forms on teaching cannot. It will be a moving presentation that you will not soon forget. Dr. KT Waxman, current President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and world renowned simulation expert, will provide the most up to date information in the world of simulation.
Back by popular demand are some of the amazing returning speakers. Dr. Gerry Altmiller who always provides practical application to the world of nursing education will focus on teaching strategies that support the QSEN competencies and demonstrate how they can be integrated into clinical learning experiences. Dr. Phil Dickinson will engage OADN attendees with the latest updates on the Next Generation NCLEX. He will provide first-hand the information as the research and development phase continues. Extra time has been provided this year for more questions and answers. Take this opportunity to ensure you have the most current and accurate update on the NGN Project. Finally, Dr. Tim Bristol and Karin Sherrill will address teaching students on recognizing and analyzing cues, prioritizing hypotheses, generating solutions, taking actions, and evaluating outcomes. Additionally, participants will be provided with a toolbox of templates that will make the classroom come alive!
The concurrent and poster sessions will address latest nursing educational trends with practical application. I know these sessions will be outstanding and you will return to your programs with rejuvenation and innovative ideas. Speaking of innovation, do not miss visiting the sold out exhibit hall and view all the latest products along with amazing food and special beverages as you tour the hall.
Unfortunately, I realize some of you will not be able to join us in Louisville. Frequently, I hear the concern for professional development funds being drastically cut and so I do understand the lack of resources. But perhaps you can begin planning for next year. The OADN Convention will take place at the stunning JW Marriot in Indianapolis November 6 -8 with the theme of Vision 2020: ADN Educators Leading the Way. For those not attending this year you will be missed but you will be there in spirit with all of us.
My very best,
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN