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NEPIN Launches Interactive Website

posted on March 13, 2018 posted in OADN News

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The National Education Progression in Nursing Collaborative (NEPIN) has launched a new, comprehensive website.

 

The National Education Progression in Nursing Collaborative (NEPIN) has launched a new, comprehensive website to assist in accelerating educational advancement for nurses across the United States. This is a major step toward the organization’s mission of fostering collaboration to ensure that nurses have access to higher levels of education and achievement.

“Collaboration is the key to long-term success in academic progression. Having been involved in the work with the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium, one of nine APIN projects, this website exemplifies the benefits of such collaboration to increase the number of BSN-prepared nurses in the workforce. As we near 2020, the NEPIN collaborative will continue the work of the APIN effort to facilitate educational progression of the nursing workforce” states Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN Dean and Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing.

Tina Lear, National Program Director for NEPIN, added “We are excited for the website to be live. We are continuously working to keep it up to date and to add relevant resources and data to ensure that we are promoting best practices for advancement and achievement across the United States. I hope that visitors to the site will find it interactive and easy to navigate. There are many opportunities for interested individuals and organizations to get involved within our alliances. Each of these is detailed on the website and is an integral part of NEPIN’s success.”

In addition to the website serving as a national resource, NEPIN is continuing to work toward effective collection and dissemination of data, expansion of alliances, and promotion of successful methods. “For over 5 years, the APIN program sought to bring educators and employers together to create practical solutions for academic progression and a stronger nursing workforce,” says Pam Thompson, MS, RN, CENP, FAAN, who served as National Program Director for RWJF’s Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN). “Not only will the NEPIN website serve as a great resource to carry this legacy forward, it will also serve as a central convener bringing together the best minds in practice and academia. We must continue to nurture this dialogue and foster the meaningful collaboration necessary to solve this dynamic workforce issue. Together we can propel all nurses to the higher levels of academic and professional achievement our families and communities deserve,” adds Thompson, who also serves as CEO Emeritus of the American Organization of Nurse Executives. 

The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing Foundation serves as the fiduciary and convener for the collaborative. Leadership of the initiative includes representatives from the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers, Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, and Western Governors University. For more information and how to be involved, contact Tina Lear at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow NEPIN on Facebook @nepincollaborative.

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The ACEN and OADN Announce a Partnership

posted on December 05, 2017 posted in OADN News

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Dec. 5, 2017 – The board members of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) made the announcement today that the two organizations have entered into a partnership. The goal of this partnership is to increase the benefits and the efficacy of the support network for associate degree nursing (ADN) programs and their students. While both the ACEN and OADN will continue to operate completely independently and will not gain any ownership interests, rights, or financial stakes in the companion organization, the constituents of each organization will see many benefits immediately.  


Members of OADN will have direct access to assistance, advice, continuing education, and current best practices related to accreditation. Through the partnership there will be an increase in opportunities to learn and engage in the accreditation process for all associate degree programs reaching the important achievement of initial and/or continuing accreditation.  

Faculty members associated with the ACEN’s accredited programs and OADN’s members can increase their skill development, teambuilding, and leadership through separate and joint programming offered by the ACEN and OADN, and will be able to more readily connect and network with the community of ADN program faculty throughout the United States.  

Both the ACEN and OADN will be able to improve their outreach efforts to support ADN programs, and will be able to enhance and supplement their current professional development offerings, benefitting both the ACEN’s accredited programs and OADN’s members.  

The partnership will facilitate ACEN accredited programs and OADN members access to timely and important information about academic progression, which will further advance the success of graduates from ADN programs.  

Dr. Marsal P. Stoll, Chief Executive Officer for the ACEN, sees this partnership as another way for the organization to concretely carry out its mission. Says Dr. Stoll, “The ACEN has accredited associate degree programs since the inception of our agency in the 1950’s and the majority of ACEN-accredited programs are associate degree programs; currently 721 associate degree programs hold ACEN accreditation. This partnership with OADN is another way for the ACEN to fulfill its commitment of being a supportive partner for nursing education programs.” 

ACEN is the largest accreditor of ADN programs and the only accrediting agency for ADN programs recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. OADN strongly supports accreditation as evidenced by a 2017 revised position paper stating that “accreditation remains a constant, nationally recognized marker of educational quality and program outcome achievement.”  OADN’s Chief Executive Officer Donna Meyer stated, “ADN programs are crucial to meeting the nursing workforce needs of our country.  These programs are of the highest caliber and accreditation only reinforces this status.  Additionally, non-accredited programs may be restricted from obtaining clinical placement sites, face decreased ability to obtain federal grant dollars, and impede the graduate’s ability to move forward in their education. The OADN Board of Directors believes strongly that working in partnership with ACEN we can increase the number of accredited ADN Programs.”  In support of accreditation and academic progression, OADN is one of the national organizations taking the lead in the new initiative on academic progression, the National Education Progression in Nursing (NEPIN) collaborative, partially funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To learn more about the ACEN, programmatic accreditation and the benefits thereof, please visit http://www.acenursing.org/. For more information about OADN, the only national organization dedicated to associate degree nursing, please visit https://oadn.org/.

[1] “Accreditation Position Statement,” OADN, https://www.oadn.org/images/pdf/resources-initiatives/170802_OADN_Accreditation_PositionStatement_final.pdf

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NEPIN Receives Grant From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

posted on November 13, 2017 posted in OADN News

NEPIN receives grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to accelerate educational advancement for nurses across the U.S.

The National Education Progression in Nursing Collaborative (NEPIN) has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to accelerate educational advancement for nurses across the United States. NEPIN’s diverse stakeholders have joined for the purpose of advancing nurses to higher degrees. With a mission of fostering collaboration to ensure that nurses have access to higher levels of education and achievement, the vision of NEPIN is a diverse nursing workforce that optimizes the health of all Americans.

“This effort will do much to help us work toward our 2020 goal of having at least 80% of our nursing workforce at the baccalaureate level. It is time for all hands on deck, including schools of nursing, accreditors, state boards of nursing, employers, and nurses themselves.  This is just the collaborative needed to get us to our goal” says Dr. Susan Hassmiller, Senior Adviser for Nursing at RWJF.

Tina Lear, National Program Director for NEPIN, added “Promoting the nursing profession and continued education are essential to improving patient experience and outcomes.  Everyone wins when opportunities to continue learning, growing, and achieving are made available.  Through the work of NEPIN, we will not only ensure that nurses are able and encouraged to continue achieving their goals, but we are also ensuring that Americans have access to the best care possible.”

Through the creation of a comprehensive national resource, dissemination of data, expansion of alliances, and promotion of successful methods, NEPIN will broaden and build on the previous work of the APIN (Academic Progression in Nursing) initiative that concluded earlier this year.  The Leadership Team states, “Nurses, employers and educators are coming together in this new initiative with increased energy focusing on nurse advancement and achievement across the entire United States.  We are excited to have the support of RWJF as we continue moving forward.”

The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing Foundation will serve as the fiduciary and convener for the collaborative.  Leadership of the initiative includes representatives from the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers, Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, and Western Governors University. If you would like more information or would like to be involved, contact Tina Lear at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  NEPIN’s website is currently under construction but will soon be available at www.nepincollaborative.org.  You can also follow us on Facebook @nepincollaborative

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working with others to build a national Culture of Health enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook

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NEPIN Appoints Tina Lear as National Program Director

posted on October 16, 2017 posted in OADN News

The National Education Progression in Nursing Collaborative hires Tina Lear as National Program Director

The National Education Progression in Nursing Collaborative (NEPIN) has hired Tina Lear as National Program Director to accelerate educational advancement for nurses across the United States. NEPIN’s diverse stakeholders have joined for the purpose of advancing nurses to higher degrees. With a mission of fostering collaboration to ensure that nurses have access to higher levels of education and achievement, the vision of NEPIN is a diverse nursing workforce that optimizes the health of all Americans.

Lear holds a Masters in Health Administration and a Bachelor’s in Education.  She believes in the power of nursing to affect positive change, has extensive knowledge of all facets of healthcare, and also serves as the Executive Director of the Missouri Center for Nursing. “Promoting the nursing profession and continued education are not just passions of mine, they are essential to improving patient experience and outcomes.  Everyone wins when opportunities to continue learning, growing, and achieving are made available.  Through the work of NEPIN, we will not only ensure that nurses are able and encouraged to continue achieving their goals, but we are also ensuring that Americans have access to the best care possible” says Lear.

The Leadership of the initiative include: the Forum of the National Nursing Workforce Centers, the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, and Western Governors University.  The Leadership team stated, “Nurses, employers and educators are coming together in this new initiative with increased energy focusing on nurse advancement and achievement. We are excited to have Tina Lear to serve as the National Program Director, as she brings a wealth of expertise to the position.”

NEPIN is new, but the organization’s continued work emanates from the APIN (Academic Progression in Nursing) initiative, a grant-funded effort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that concluded in June. The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) Foundation will serve as the fiduciary and convener for the collaborative.  If you would like more information or would like to be involved, contact Tina Lear at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Launch of the National Education Progression in Nursing Collaborative (NEPIN)

posted on August 02, 2017 posted in OADN News

The National Education Progression in Nursing Collaborative (NEPIN) has formally launched to accelerate educational advancement for nurses across the United States. NEPIN’s diverse stakeholders have joined to establish a national focus that will identify, support and scale up practices that advance BSN and higher nurse preparation in response to the urgency of this initiative. The collaborative will work to ensure that community colleges, universities and employers work in full collaboration to educate current and future nurses to the baccalaureate and beyond. NEPIN is new, but the organization’s continued work emanates from the APIN (Academic Progression in Nursing) initiative, a grant-funded effort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that concluded in June. The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) Foundation will serve as the fiduciary and convener for the collaborative in partnership with the National Forum for State Nursing Workforce Centers. 

“Accessible education that leads to the baccalaureate degree and beyond is crucial to our healthcare system. While OADN is deeply committed ato maintaining the ADN as a vital entry point into the nursing workforce, we are also dedicated to ensuring that all future, current, and former ADN students have efficient and effective pathways to pursue baccalaureate and advanced degrees” affirms Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN, Chief Executive Officer of OADN. “Building on the success of the APIN, NEPIN will work closely with workforce leaders in academia and practice to further distill and disseminate best practices in academic progression. This important work will better position nurses to enhance the well-being of the communities and individuals they serve.”

“The percentage of the RN workforce with a BSN or higher degree increased from 49% in 2010 to 53.2% in 2015, yet in many regions, nurses and students still lack the progression options they seek,” adds Sofia Aragon, JD, BSN, RN, Executive Director of the Washington Center for Nursing and President-Elect of the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers. “Further progress requires our deeper engagement with nursing employers and even stronger collaboration between universities and community colleges. Ultimately, improving pathways for education progression in the nursing workforce will enhance both patient care and population health."

The NEPIN collaborative evolved from a series of meetings which included the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, (OADN) HealthImpact, the Washington Center for Nursing, Western Governors University College of Health Professions, the University of Phoenix, University of Kansas School of Nursing, the Center to Champion Nursing in America, and the University of California at San Francisco Lee Center for Health Policy Studies. For additional information on the National Education Progression in Nursing Collaborative, please contact Donna Meyer, one of NEPIN’s Co-Leads at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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