NEPIN Quality Designation

We know that you believe in and understand the importance of academic progression and, as such, are encouraging your students to continue on their academic journey.  The National Education Progression in Nursing (NEPIN) collaborative wants to recognize you for those efforts with the NEPIN Quality Designation.

The purpose of the NEPIN Quality Designation is to recognize nursing programs that effectively enhance, empower, and encourage the nurse’s ability to obtain higher levels of education.

Any nursing program that is accredited by a specialized/professional nursing accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education is eligible and encouraged to apply.  Designation is awarded for a period of 4 years from the date of acceptance.

The process is simple!  You only need to provide a copy of your strategic plan, quality improvement measures, and outcomes.  We’ve left the formatting up to you to make it more convenient.  For complete details, including submission guidelines, a sample rubric, cost, and the application, click here.

Once the designation is awarded, you will receive the NEPIN Quality Designation seal icon to display on your institution’s website and social media accounts.  Students, potential faculty, stakeholders, and employers will know at a glance that you champion academic progression!

For questions, please contact Tina Lear, NEPIN Executive Director, at

Nursing Community Monthly Roundup – March 2021

NCC Sends Letter of Congratulations to U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
On March 3, the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) sent a letter to the recently confirmed U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Denis McDonough, welcoming him to his new position and pledging to work with him to improve veteran’s health through nursing care.

NCC Statement on the American Rescue Plan Act Becoming Law
On March 11, the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) issued a statement commending Congress and the Administration for actions to address the COVID-19 pandemic by passing and signing into law H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

NCC Sends Appropriations Request to House and Senate LHHS-ED Appropriations Subcommittees
On March 16, sixty members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) signed onto letters to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies outlining the funding request levels of $530 million for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and $193 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research for Fiscal Year 2022.

NCC Sends Letter of Congratulations to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
On March 25, the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) sent a letter to the recently confirmed U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, welcoming him to his new position and outlining our shared priorities to combat COVID‐19, preserve critical advancements, and support the health of our nation.

NCC Sends Letter Supporting Legislation to Address Workplace Violence
On March 31, fifty-one members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) sent a letter to Congressional Leadership urging for consideration and passage of the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1195).

Message from the CEO – April 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.




The National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing Responds to the Atlanta Spa Shootings

As a member of the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing, OADN has joined in the development and issuing of the below statement abhorring the murder of Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) individuals.  We join the Commission in calling for an immediate halt to all acts of violence being committed against the AAPI community.


(March 24, 2021) On Tuesday, March 16, a white man embarked on a shooting spree across three spas in Atlanta, Ga, resulting in the murder of eight people, including six Asian women. The National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing (the Commission) strongly condemns this senseless, deplorable, and appalling act of violence and racism. The Commission members extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims and all loved ones left behind to grieve this unfathomable tragedy.

Xenophobia, discrimination, racism, violence, sexism, and the stigma against Asian, Asian American and the Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities must stop. Harmful rhetoric and disinformation have contributed to the rise of hate crimes and acts of violence targeting AAPI communities over the past year. Racism creates a health crisis that impacts a person’s mental, spiritual, and physical health as well as overall quality of life. The Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements obligates all nurses to be allies and to advocate for and speak up against racism, discrimination, and injustice. As nurses, we respect the human dignity of all people.

Racism, violence, discrimination, and injustice are major social determinants of health and have absolutely no place in a civil, humane society. The Commission stands in solidarity with AAPI communities to vehemently denounce and #StopAsianHate.


About the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing

The National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing (the Commission) examines the persistent problem of racism within nursing and describes the impact on nurses, patients, communities, and health care systems to motivate all nurses to confront systemic racism. The work is urgent to create safe and liberating environments for all nurses as well as profession that exemplifies inclusivity, diversity, and equity. The Commission is comprised of leading nursing organizations that represent a broad continuum of nursing practice, ethnically diverse groups, nationally and in regions across the country and who have for years raised their individual voices to condemn all forms of racism within our society.

OADN Delivers Virtual Simulation Reviews On The Unbound Medicine Platform

Updated March 10, 2021 — Virtual Simulation Reviews – ATI Update

A new product has been added to the Virtual Simulation Reviews from Unbound Medicine®. The OADN Simulation Task Force has just complete a comprehensive review of ATI’s Real Life 3.0. Visit the OADN VSR website to read the review.

ATI Real Life 3.0 is a screen-based simulation covering topics in the area of Adult Med-Surg, Maternal Newborn, Nursing Care of Children, and Mental Health. The detailed simulation review compares the product to INACSL Standards and provides faculty and simulationists with information such as cost, required equipment, and faculty and student support for using the product.

We’re looking for more volunteers to participate in the Task Force. If you have a high degree of familiarity with the INACSL Standards and are an OADN member, please send an email indicating your interest to The time commitment is roughly three hours per week, but can be more depending on your expertise and level of interest.

About Unbound Medicine
Unbound Medicine builds digital products that educate students and answer clinical questions at the point of need. With expertise in medical informatics, health technology, and medical publishing, our team has delivered innovative mobile and web solutions to healthcare institutions and individual clinicians for more than 20 years. Additional information is available at

About Organization of Associate Degree Nursing
OADN is the national voice and a pivotal resource for community college nursing education and the associate degree pathway. We work to expand networks that promote leadership, collaboration, and advocacy to further enrich nursing education and the communities we serve. Online at

Announcing the First-Ever Virtual Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI)!

NIWI 2021 LogoDue to COVID-19 the 2021 NIWI will be held in a virtual format. Mark your calendars for April 19-22, 2021!

NIWI is open to nurses, nursing students, and nursing organization staff leaders that are interested in an orientation to the legislative process. At NIWI, you develop the tools and confidence to approach legislators at the local and national level to advocate for change in nursing, health care and education. There is no application or acceptance process to attend NIWI, anyone may register.

OADN Members qualify for the member rate! Registration for the virtual Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) is now open! Register by April 1 to take advantage of the early bird rate.

Learn more:


Writing for Publication 101: March 16th

Event Date: March 16th – 4pm ET-5:30pm ET / 1pm PT-2:30pm PT

This webinar will explain how to write a manuscript for publication. Strategies for successful submission and acceptance of a manuscript will be discussed, including resources to aid novice and experienced authors. Differences between writing for academic assignments and writing for publication will be explored.

Register Here

Have you been thinking about submitting a manuscript for publication and do not know where to start or feel overwhelmed by the process? In this webinar the presenters will discuss reasons why it is important to publish in nursing, types of publications, strategies for writing a successful manuscript, the differences between academic papers and published articles, the peer review process, editorial decisions including revise and resubmit, and what happens after your paper is accepted. An overview of how to prepare your manuscript, including how to utilize author guidelines and other reporting standards, will be discussed.

Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe how to prepare a manuscript for publication using author guidelines, reporting standards, and best practice guidance.
  • Explain the differences between writing a paper for school, including doctoral projects and dissertations, and writing for publication.
  • Identify resources available to support authors, including the Elsevier Researcher Academy.


Dr. Anna Valdez has over 28 years of experience in clinical practice and nursing education.  She has taught nursing at all levels and in a variety of settings.  She current serves as a Professor and Chair of Nursing at Sonoma State University, and as a contributing senior faculty member at Walden University.  Dr. Valdez is nationally certified in emergency nursing, flight nursing, and nursing education. Her current research interests focus primarily on emergency nursing, social determinants of health, health inequity, social justice, and nursing education.  Dr. Valdez has presented at several conferences and served on a variety of health-related advisory boards. She has published numerous peer reviewed articles and contributed as an author in two current emergency nursing books. Dr. Valdez has served as an Associate Editor, Section Editor and member of the Executive Editorial Board for the Journal of Emergency Nursing. She is currently serving as the Editor in Chief for the Teaching and Learning in Nursing journal.


Dr. David Woodruff, a Faculty Development Specialist with Chamberlain University, was previously the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Cleveland, Ohio Campus. Dr. Woodruff has 30 years of experience in the nursing profession including practicing in Intensive Care and teaching in ADN, BSN, and MSN programs. Prior to coming to Chamberlain, Dr. Woodruff was the founder and president of a business that specialized in personalized continuing education and coaching to increase the number of certified nurses in the workforce.  Dr. Woodruff earned his BSN and MSN from Kent State University, and a PhD in Nursing Education from Capella University. Dr. Woodruff is a National Academies of Practice fellow, Certified Nurse Educator, and is certified in Professional Staff Development, Critical Care nursing and Progressive Care nursing. His dissertation and research interests include the transition to practice and professional development of nurses and faculty. Dr. Woodruff serves as the Associate Editor for the Teaching and Learning in Nursing journal.


Nursing Community Monthly Roundup – February 2021

NCC Sends Letter to Congress Outlining Shared COVID-19 Priorities
On February 25, fifty-nine members of the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) sent a letter to Congressional Leadership and key Committee Members, urging them to include shared legislative priorities in the COVID-19 relief package.

OADN Responds to NH Representative’s Inaccurate Statement on ADN graduates

OADN has responded in the media and through formal communications to the offensive comments made by New Hampshire State Representative Linda Tanner regarding associate degree nurses. OADN takes seriously our responsibility to correct any misstatements in the public record that do accurately reflect the excellent patient care that associate degree nurses deliver. Such comments can also be dangerous as they misinform the public on the qualifications and safety of the nurses who provide them care, a concern only heightened amidst the global pandemic.

Download OADN’s full response to the NH legislature

Read OADN’s media response



OADN & AACN Secure No-Cost Access To COVID-19 Screening Solution Until Vaccines Become Widely Available

(July 13, 2020) – Two of the nation’s most influential nursing education associations, the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN), and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), have negotiated no-cost access to CastleBranch’s T.E.A.M. CB COVID-19 Compliance solution for healthcare education programs, students and associated facilities.

While the T.E.A.M. toolset within CB COVID-19 Compliance was previously available at no cost through December 2020, OADN and AACN advocated to ensure these programs, facilities and students maintained no-cost access until a vaccine for COVID-19 is made widely available. Access to the tool will help to ensure student safety in the clinical environment.

“It’s crucial we do everything possible to help nursing students return to clinical experiences, empowering them to graduate and join the nursing workforce. These programs and students are under incredible pressure, and we must not place them in a position where they have to choose between their safety and their financial wellbeing,” said Donna Meyer, CEO of OADN. “It’s why we advocated on behalf of all nursing programs and students to give them no-cost access to T.E.A.M. until we have a vaccine.”

Concerns over COVID-19 shuttered the doors to clinical sites throughout the country, keeping students from continuing their education and threatening to cause a shortage in frontline healthcare workers. Following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, CastleBranch’s CB COVID-19 Compliance solution enables administrators at healthcare education programs to screen students for common COVID-19 symptoms and high-risk indicators, all while complying with strict federal privacy guidelines. This toolset, Temperature, Education, Attestation, and Monitoring (T.E.A.M.), helps ensure students are healthy and safe before returning to clinical environments.

“COVID-19 is an unprecedented challenge to our entire healthcare system, including our nursing educators, students and programs,” said Dr. Deborah Trautman, president and CEO of AACN. “This partnership with CastleBranch is a prime example of the good that can come from private businesses, educational institutions, and government health agencies uniting with clarity and purpose to serve the public good.”

CB COVID-19 Compliance is built upon CastleBranch’s existing enterprise-level solution, CB Bridges, which has the proven ability to support millions of users. The platform is designed to remain compliant with all relevant regulations governing the collection and usage of private data, including FERPA, FCRA, CCPA and more.

The decision to expand the no-cost access through the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine came after OADN and AACN leadership approached CastleBranch, who negotiated access not just to their members, but the entire nursing education industry.

“Healthcare educators train the next generation of healthcare professionals to protect us from infectious disease,” said Brett Martin, CEO of CastleBranch. “We stand with this community, and are happy to lend our support to OADN, AACN and all of nursing education.”

To learn more about how CastleBranch can help, visit or call or email us at 888.723.4263 ext. 1066,