Dear OADN Members:
Over the past years, OADN has been a major advocate of academic progression to ensure that the associate degree pathway remains viable. In 2017, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) program concluded, and the National Education Progression in Nursing (NEPIN) collaborative was formed. The OADN Board of Directors realized the extreme importance of the work on academic progression and supported OADN being involved. OADN is represented on the Leadership Alliance of NEPIN and the OADN Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, serves as the fiduciary and convener for the collaborative.
I recently asked NEPIN National Program Director, Tina Lear to provide an update on their work. Tina, along with Mary Dickow, OADN’s Director of Leadership Development, will be presenting at the upcoming OADN virtual convention. You can attend their presentation by registering here.
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN, FAAN
Greetings from NEPIN! I am excited and honored to continue the work on the importance of academic progression at all levels. Over the past ten years, there have been tremendous victories in academic progression efforts with an aim to ensure that they continue and multiply. As we continue to expand initiatives and networks across the country, we envision an equitable nursing workforce that optimizes the health of all Americans.
I would like to highlight three of the NEPIN projects. 1) The ADN to BSN special interest group is working to identify nursing education and employment experts in each state to assist in quantifying the availability of creditable progression data. Additionally, the group has drafted sample questions for consideration by the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers for inclusion in future iterations of the nursing survey minimum datasets. 2) The Equity, Achievement and Thriving specialized interest group recently published a white paper titled, “Equity, Achievement and Thriving in Nursing Academic Progression”. The white paper was the basis for a NEPIN webinar hosted mid-September. Both can be accessed on our website. The white paper will also appear in the October issue of Teaching and Learning in Nursing. 3) The Clinical Innovations specialized interest group is exploring statements, recommendations, alignment to standards, clinical placement models, and the expansion of clinical alternatives. Now more than ever before, this group recognizes the implications a lack of clinical education opportunities has on the ability of nurses to progress in their education endeavors.
Please take care and be safe!
Tina Lear MHA, PMEC
National Program Director