Dear OADN Members:
I can hardly believe the month of December is here and 2016 will soon be in the history books. OADN’s history will also be recorded with another successful convention that recently concluded in Dallas, Texas. It was a memorable time as OADN celebrated its 30th anniversary, the first induction ceremony for the Fellows of the Academy of Associate Degree Nursing, and many exciting session and educational exhibits. The highlight for me was seeing all of the attendees and the enthusiasm for associate degree nursing education. There was an air of passion for our profession and the exhilaration was evident at the convention. The keynote address by Dr. Cole Edmonson harnessed the sentiment of pride in being a nurse. As nurses, we frequently are confronted with many challenging situations. The events that Cole described at Texas Presbyterian Hospital during the Ebola crisis described the resiliency of nurses and the power to be united. It was a very moving keynote that moved the heart and soul of those in attendance. For those who were unable to attend, I do hope you plan to join us for the convention in Scottsdale, Arizona November 17 – 19, 2017.
Two days after the OADN 2016 convention ended, I traveled to Washington, DC for two important meetings. I attended the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Fall Meeting to represent OADN on the Workforce Commission and as an AACC Affiliated Council. One of the major topics of discussion at both meetings was community colleges conferring the RN to BSN. It was obvious from the discussion this is an important consideration from a workforce standpoint in many communities. Healthcare facilities continually prefer to hire BSN prepared graduates, and yet the ADN program graduate is an extremely highly qualified entry level practitioner. This discussion will continue, and both associate degree and baccalaureate degree nursing programs need to continue the dialogue for innovative partnerships. While in DC, I also attended the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) meeting where we again welcomed a new member, the Infusion Nursing Society to the coalition. The NOBC continues to work diligently to improve the health of communities throughout the nation through the service of nurses on boards and other governing bodies. Nurses can provide can provide a unique perspective to achieve the goals of improved health and efficient and effective healthcare systems at the local, state and national levels. OADN is proud to be a founding member of the NOBC.
Three days after DC, I attended the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) final meeting in Miami, as the grant has come to conclusion. While there, I had the distinct opportunity to present OADN’s involvement over the last five years and convey the value of the work that has been accomplished. It has been truly remarkable and each of you should be recognized for your work related to academic progression. I think the remarkable point is that academic progression was never a new undertaking because as nurse educators we have always supported and encouraged life-long learning. I am not exactly sure of the next steps for the APIN work however; it is evident we must continue to promote progression for our students as a pathway in their educational journey. From Miami, it was a flight to Omaha for the American Nurses Association (ANA) Organizational Affiliate meeting and the Nurses Organizational Alliance (NOA) Meeting. Both meetings provide OADN representation that is vital in our efforts to ensure our voice is being heard at the national level.
Updates:As you may recall, our suggested by-laws changes were voted on, changed and implemented, download 2016 by-laws.
In addition, I encourage each of you, as outstanding associate degree nursing educators, to consider applying to become a fellow of the Academy of Associate Degree Nursing (AADN). The deadline to apply is February 28th 2017, download Academy application.
Please remember, the first ever “Guatemala Faculty Abroad Nursing Immersion Experience” will take place the third week of July, 2017. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2017, click here for more information on Guatemala faculty abroad nursing immersion experience.
In closing, I wanted to echo a request shared at the convention by keynote speaker Dr. Cole Edmonson, simply asking that everyone “put on their gratitude glasses”. I am thankful for the opportunity to represent each of you, and the distinct honor to advocate for associate degree nursing.
All the best,
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN