Message From the CEO

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April 2015

Dear OADN Members,

The winter months are coming to a close and the time of rebirth with spring is approaching quickly. I would imagine everyone is looking forward to a few additional rays of sunshine and the resurgence of the beautiful tree and flower life that comes with spring. For me, when I think of spring I think of new emergence with change. Nowhere is the right of passage to spring and the potential for change more evident than in our nation'’'s capital. The OADN Board traveled to Washington, DC; March 17 - 19 for our annual Board meeting and trip to the Hill. This is one of the most exciting and important times of the year for the OADN Board as we advocate for community college nursing education. This year we were privileged to have four of the Chapter Presidents share in the experience with us. It was so wonderful to have the following Presidents with us:

Florida
Dr. Patricia Seabrooks
Illinois
Dr. Mary Beth Luna
Maryland
Dr. Nancy Perry
Mississippi
Denise Young

Their input during the Board meeting and advocacy on the Hill was greatly appreciated, and contributed to the energized and collaborative atmosphere.

I want to share with you about our advocacy work while in DC. We are continually moving forward to assure that community college nursing education stays at the forefront. The focus of the congressional visits was to request continued funding for the Nursing Workforce Development programs, Public Service Act, Title VIII funding, and stress the importance of community college nursing education. For over 50 years, Nursing Workforce Development programs, authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act, have helped to build the supply and distribution of qualified nurses to meet our nation's healthcare needs. Title VIII programs bolster nursing education at all levels, from entry-level preparation through graduate study, and provide support for institutions that educate nurses for practice in rural and medically underserved settings. Additionally, our advocacy work included communicating the vital role community colleges play in educating the future nursing workforce. Discussions included: community colleges providing valuable opportunities for individuals with diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses; the continuing and growing need for qualified nursing faculty, and the opportunity for community colleges to offer the RN to BSN. Congressional representatives are truly interested in nursing education, practice, and healthcare issues.

Every time I visit Washington, DC, I cannot help but feel a sense of pride as I walk through Capitol Hill, enter the Senate and House of Representatives, view the Washington Mall, the White House, and the Washington Monument standing so stately. There is a feeling of awe as I think about all that has occurred here in the history of this great country. Yes, there have been some unsettled times through our country's history, and yet the United States continues to prevail as a strong and well-respected world leader. In many ways, associate degree nursing education could be compared to this same history. Since its inception there have been many struggles and as associate degree educators we are often feel we are explaining our existence. Community college nursing programs are known for their innovation and flexibility to adapt to workforce needs. We are willing to partner with our university colleagues for new strategies to assist our graduates to advance their education; and collaborate with our practice partners to improve the healthcare of our communities. As nursing educators we are unified demonstrating the vital role community college nursing play in our healthcare system. As John Lumpkin, MD, MPH, RWJF's Senior Vice-President stated:

"Community colleges are a vital part of the nursing workforce, and have the ability to provide individuals the ability to launch careers, setting them on a path to achieve goals, and helping our nation meet access needs for an aging and chronically ill population. Community colleges have a role to play a role in preserving nursing as a profession. … In partnership with community colleges, we can influence social change."

Happy spring!

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Donna Meyer MSN RN
CEO OADN

OADN Activities & Initiative

Collaboration

  1. Joining the American Nurses Association as an Organizational Affiliate
  2. Partnering with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to produce a joint brochure on academic progression and co-presenting a series of three webinars on educational collaboration between ADN and baccalaureate nursing programs
  3. Strengthening our partnership with the National League for Nursing (NLN) and exhibiting at our respective conventions
  4. Initiating a historic, collaborative Joint Statement on Academic Progression for Nursing Students and Graduates with NLN, AACN, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), and Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Collaborating with AACN, AONE, ANA, ACCT, AACC, NLN, and Future of Nursing Campaign to address concerns of clinical placements and employment in roundtable discussions held with N-OADN Board sponsors in Washington, DC in 2013 and 2014
  5. Presenting a Panel Forum on the importance of academic progression and partnership at the 2013 ACCT National with representation from the AACN, NLN, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) 
  6. Serving as an organizational affiliate council member on the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Economic and Workforce Development
  7. Serving as a member of the RWJF Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN ) Advisory Committee
  8. Serving as a member of the RWJF Subcommittee to review standardization of general education requirements for nursing education 
  9. Partnering with RWJF in the development of a white paper on the importance of Associate Degree Nursing Education.

Advocacy

  1. Reaffirming commitment to the Nursing Community in their reorganization as a sponsoring member
  2. Advocating for the funding of Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and community college programs
  3. Participating in our annual Board of Directors “Trip to the Hill” to promote HRSA Title VIII funding
  4. Continuing sponsor of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education
  5. Continuing support of the Joining Forces Campaign, a national campaign launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden
  6. Joining the Champion Nursing Council, which advises the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action
  7. President Donna Meyer represented N-OADN at a White House meeting with senior Obama Administration officials and fellow nurse leaders for a discussion on improving quality of care and patient health
  8. President Donna Meyer addressed the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action Strategic Advisory
  9. Representing N-OADN on the invitation only RWJF National Nursing Leadership Strategy Committee
  10. Partnering on journal articles emphasizing the importance of associate degree nursing education, sponsored by the Campaign for Action

Education

  1. Continuing annual session on the important role of Associate Degree Nursing Education at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) National Conference
  2. Conducting Annual Convention each November for Associate Degree Nursing Faculty, Deans, Directors and other interested parties
  3. Ongoing representation at the Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers
  4. Alpha Delta Nu National Honor Society for Associate Degree nursing students continues to grow with more than 70 chapters
  5. President and Board Members accept invitations to address the importance of ADN education to ensure excellence in the future of health care and professional nursing practice at the local, state and national level

Upcoming Events

2015 Annual Convention -

13-15 November 2015

Jacksonville, FL


 

Convention

Thank You to our 2014 Convention Sponsors

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Foundation

Foundation Mission:

The Foundation receives and allocates funds to promote optimal health care through the education and practice of registered professional nursing graduates of Associate Degree Nursing programs.

Foundation Goals
  1. Support curriculum innovations to improve preparation of the Associate Degree graduate. 
  2. Keep Associate Degree Nursing education responsive to current health care needs.
  3. Support the role of Associate Degree Graduates.
  4. Provide scholarships to support preparation of faculty and students.
  5. Recognition of excellence in teaching (and research).