Dear OADN Members:
On behalf of the OADN Board of Directors, I want to take a moment to share thoughts on the recent events impacting our nation. We are all experiencing a feeling of deep sadness over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey and the many others that have suffered or perished at the hands of injustice. As we struggle with the pain and uncertainty over these recent events, we must not let their voices fall silent. At the same time, we are still confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The global health emergency has only intensified the need to address health inequities that persist in our country. As members of the nursing profession, we abide by a strong code of ethics and must advocate for all individuals. We also understand the unintentional bias embedded in the healthcare system that ultimately leads to poorer healthcare outcomes. OADN is committed to living our values of equity and inclusivity while we work to support nursing education and practice.
To do that we need strong leadership to bring about critical change. My message this month was to focus on the importance of serving on boards with an emphasis to encourage all of you as members to consider serving on the OADN Board of Directors. Now more than ever we must work to increase the diversity of our Board and step up in leading OADN to continue to be a strong advocate and national voice for ADN programs. It is imperative that our Board mirrors the students we serve in our communities.
As a member of the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) Board of Directors I am pleased to highlight a new offering on the NOBC website. Some of you have indicated you are interested in running for the Board but not sure of your readiness. NOBC recently launched an online educational module designed specifically for nurses, nursing students and nurse educators to gain an understanding of board governance and how their professional experience translates to impactful contributions in an organization’s board room. The module is comprised of five instructional videos and a companion workbook https://www.nursesonboardscoalition.org/empowering-nurse-leaders/. I highly encourage you to review this wonderful resource and reflect that as nurses we are committed to the lives and well-being of all members of our communities. With the current state of our nation what better time to consider how you might contribute to the change we must see. What better time to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives by making a commitment to addressing disparities and inequities through the power of nursing leadership.
Let us use our voices, our hearts, and our minds to invest in a better future for our students, families, and communities. Together we can make a difference.
Please stay well and safe,
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN, FAAN