Message from the CEO – April 2021

April 6, 2021

Donna MeyerDear OADN Members:

A few weeks ago, a communication was distributed for nominations to the Academy for Associate Degree Nursing.  The Academy began in 2015 and was developed to recognize those individuals who model exemplary dedication to associate degree nursing education and practice, and who have worked as change agents to advance health and education through associate degree nursing.  When I review this statement, I think of many of you who have made a significant impact on associate degree nursing.  This past year emphasized the importance of leadership, innovation, and perseverance that prospective and current Academy members embody.

Nurses often possess a high degree of humility and do not always celebrate their strengths and talents to a fault. We readily do the work and serve others but do not necessarily look for accolades.  While that altruism is admirable, it often can translate to not thinking of ourselves as leaders, innovators, or experts. It is important to recognize that you are leading every day and your sphere of influence is broad. Your steadfast dedication during these challenging times deserves recognition.  This application period provides a perfect opportunity to highlight your many accomplishments and see yourself the way others do, as an exemplary leader in associate degree nursing.

I am also pleased to announce that Libby Mahaffey PhD RN FAADN, who was the inaugural chair of the Academy was bestowed the honor of Chair Emeritus by the OADN Board of Directors on March 2. The OADN Board of Directors believes this honor is representative of Dr. Mahaffey’s enduring commitment and leadership of associate degree nursing.

Not only has Dr. Mahaffey contributed to the Academy, but her tenure and advocacy for OADN over the years has been remarkable.  Over the course of her career and work with OADN, her efforts to strengthen the workforce and build bridges within nursing and other professions have both advanced the profession and patient care across the nation.  As OADN’s President from 2000 -2002 she worked tirelessly to ensure OADN’s voice was represented at numerous national meetings.  Additionally, Dr. Mahaffey is responsible for the initial plans for the OADN Journal and submitted the journal name, Teaching and Learning in Nursing that continues today.  This truly is a celebration of Dr. Mahaffey’s legacy and a career with so many accomplishments.

Please review this application and submit it by the deadline of May 15, 2021.   As a reminder, applicants may self-nominate or be nominated by another.  I do hope you will consider applying for this prestigious opportunity as a Fellow of the Academy of Associate Degree Nursing (FAADN) and be recognized for your contributions to associate degree nursing.

Please take care.