OADN Leadership Institute in 2024

January 24, 2024


Don’t miss this opportunity to apply today!!

  * Applications are now being accepted for a NEW Cohort *

Seminar Dates

March 12, 2024

April 9, 2024

May 7, 2024

June 4, 2024

Applications Due: February 20, 2024

*Limited number of Partial Scholarships Available*

Now is the perfect time to explore your next steps to becoming a more confident, influential leader with this unique program!

OADN is pleased to announce additional opportunities to apply for this cohort-based program geared towards emerging nursing education faculty and directors with the purpose to enhance competencies and skills to lead advances in Associate Degree Nursing education.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Virtual seminars – ½ day (4 hours) sessions designed to advance participant’s skills and competencies
  • Creation of a personal leadership development plan – to set and track current and future goals
  • Mentorship Experience – participants will meet regularly with identified mentors

Questions?? Contact Mary Dickow, Director of Leadership Development at mary.dickow@oadn.org

The program provides an excellent opportunity to exchange wisdom, share perspectives, as well as practice giving and receiving feedback in a supportive environment. Participants engage in intersession activities, peer-to-peer interactions, receive reading assignments, resources, and tools to fine tune their leadership development activities, and focus on outside trends impacting the profession.

At the completion of the program participants will have gained essential experiences and critical leadership skills to advance their personal development and directly impact their programs, institutions, and communities.

Applications Due: February 20, 2024

Admission: 2 Cohorts up to 20 participants each

Tuition: $995* for OADN members / $1,495 for non-members (*Limited number of partial scholarships available to members only through the OADN Foundation)

Time Commitment: 4 hours a week over a 4-month period

For More Information Contact: Mary Dickow, Director of Leadership Development at mary.dickow@oadn.org


Online Application Instructions

This year’s application process is made possible by Trajecsys.com



Alumni Testimonials

“This Leadership Institute has been such a blessing! I appreciate the connections that you have given us it has opened so many doors. My mentor and I plan to continue to meet over the summer. The program has inspired me to get more involved with OADN and I would love to be a mentor to be able to guide someone as much as I received guidance in this program. ” – Chasya Wiseman, DNP, RN, CMSRN – Associate Dean of Nursing Operations, Department of Nursing, Polk State College “Thank you for providing this amazing learning opportunity! I have learned a great deal about myself as a leader. Along with that, I have met new colleagues and mentors. I appreciate being a part of the OADN Leadership Institute. I am proud to call myself an alum!” -Amy Carr MSN, RN – Level 1 PN Coordinator, State Fair Community College


Photo: Cohort 6 members Dee Armstrong & Lovey Reynolds connecting for the first time in person at the OADN 2023 Convention
“The OADN Leadership Institute had a significant impact on my leadership growth and sense of belonging. The seminars allowed me to learn the true meaning of leadership. I appreciated our guest speakers for enhancing my knowledge and fostering my growth as Associate Dean of Nursing. I plan to utilize the skills that I have acquired from the seminars along with the recommended books and handouts. Thank you to OADN for providing the opportunity to strengthen my leadership skills through participation in this incredible program!”

Dometrives (Dee) Armstrong DNP, MSN, FNP, PHN, RN
Associate Dean of Nursing
San Diego City College

“The OADN Leadership Institute is a must for early career leaders. The Institute distinguishes itself with its diverse and dynamic seminars. The range of topics covered was deeply relevant, ensuring that each seminar was a unique learning experience. One of the Institute’s most remarkable aspects was the guest speakers and mentors, comprised of seasoned leaders and experts in various roles across the US. Their personal stories and experiences were invaluable, offering us a window into the complexities and rewards of effective leadership. The networking opportunities with a cohort of like-minded professionals from diverse backgrounds fostered a rich exchange of perspectives, as well as a source of support and collaboration. Participating in the OADN Leadership Institute was a game-changing experience for me, both professionally and personally. The Institute’s comprehensive content has given me the confidence and skills to enhance my leadership style, emphasizing the importance of integrity, social responsibility, and long-term thinking. I wholeheartedly recommend the OADN Leadership Institute to anyone aspiring to become a more effective, innovative, and responsible leader.”

Lovey Reynolds MSN, RN, CPN, CNE
FT Nursing Faculty
City Colleges of Chicago Malcolm X College


“As a newer leader in nursing education, the OADN Leadership Institute was transformative! Being so busy, it may never seem like the right time to set aside time for personal growth, but it is definitely worth the investment! The program offered me an invaluable opportunity to pause and spend a few moments recharging and focusing on my career and leadership development through thought-provoking and inspirational seminars. I highly recommend this experience to anyone looking to grow and develop as a leader!” – Karla Ross DNP, RN, CNE – Director, Associate Degree Nursing, Blinn College



“The OADN Leadership Institute has provided me with a safe space to process what it means to be an associate degree nursing director. The 1:1 mentoring gives me direct access to a seasoned ADN leader and my mentor has already expanded my network with introductions to numerous individuals who have ideas to share about my personal growth and program management.  The time I set aside to participate in this program is time I am gifting to myself as a learner and a developing leader in a very challenging era of nursing and nursing education.” – Dale Spielman, MSN, RNC-OB, CNE – Director for Nursing Education, Harford Community College


“The small cohort model provides participants with the opportunity to connect and collaborate with other nursing leaders across the country who share similar challenges and experiences. I have truly appreciated the program format to engage in further exploration during the peer-to-peer discussions with my Pod. The OADN Leadership Institute has provided useful leadership resources not just for right now, but for my future professional goals as well.” – Vicki Calfa, MSN, RN, CNE, PCCN – Assistant Professor of Nursing, Ranger College – Ranger, TX



“If you are new to the role of a leader in nursing education or looking to improve your leadership skills, this is the program for you. The OADN Leadership Institute provides significant guidance, support, and great mentors. The monthly seminars were timely and relevant to what is occurring in nursing education with innovative solutions. Your cohort and the speakers you meet become additional resources long after the program ends.” – Karen Macey-Stewart, DNP, A-GNP-C, PMGT-BC – Interim Traditional BSN Practice Director and Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health, Loyola University – New Orleans, LA



“The OADN Leadership Institute provided me with a structured approach to evaluation of my own learning needs and planning for my professional development. More importantly, the Institute created a community of nursing educators and educational leaders who continue to provide mentorship and support for the participants’ personal growth.” – Peter Miskin, DHSc, MScN, RN, PHN – Nursing Faculty, Evergreen Valley College – San Jose, CA