Message From the CEO

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March 2015

Dear OADN Members:

As I place my fingers to the keyboard there is an era of excitement as I send my message to each of you.  This is my first message after being named the full-time CEO for OADN, even though officially I will not begin my tenure until June 1.   My emotions are many at this point in time.  Yes, it is bittersweet as I leave Lewis and Clark Community College; it has been my home for 33 years.   However, it is because of the support and mentorship of Lewis and Clark over the years that I feel prepared for this new journey.    Yes, there will be challenges at times, but as I have often said challenges need to be transformed into opportunities.   I am filled with anticipation and many new ideas for the future of OADN.   OADN has experienced dramatic and positive changes over the past few years, but in order to continue in this direction the OADN Board had the immense foresight to make the decision to have a full-time CEO.  Consistency in messaging is very important as we continue our advocacy for associate degree nursing.   I am truly honored to have the support of the OADN Board of Directors and to take on this incredible position and represent OADN and each of you. 
In the last few weeks, I have had many individuals asked if my decision was a difficult one.  In some ways, change for anyone can be difficult.  However, my passion exceeded the change octave.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my work with OADN over the past years, and was not ready to say farewell to all that we have accomplished.  I believe I have been given a gift to fulfill my last years in my career with my passion and to hopefully make a difference.  I want each of you to know I will represent OADN to the very best of my ability and to advocate for all we do for the future of nursing and healthcare in this country.
I am currently returning from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) Annual Meeting.  I am fortunate to represent OADN on the RWJF APIN National Advisory Committee.  Once again an engaging, thought-provoking meeting with community college, university, and practice partners being candid  and forth-coming about the many challenges and successes with their work on academic progression.  However, one message that was consistent and strongly vocalized was the importance of community colleges.  I would like to share a few bullet points from one of the slides to help emphasize this point.All the best to each of you,
1.  Community colleges provide quality, accessible and affordable pathway for higher education 
2.  Community colleges provide a critical role by:
           Serving students in nursing education pipeline
           Increasing diversity of the nursing workforce
           Ensuring education access for nurses in all regions of the country
3.  There is not the capacity to meet 80% BSN by 2020 without the community collegesDonna Meyer
I encourage you to read these above statements often, and remember what essential work you are doing as associate degree nurse educators in preparing the workforce of tomorrow.   Yes, there may be new models regarding the manner in which programs are offered, for example the RN to BSN at the community college, but never doubt the importance of community colleges and your influence on the students, healthcare, and the nursing profession.  IT IS NOW UP TO US TO SHAPE OUR DESTINY AS COMMUNITY COLLEGE EDUCATORS!

All my best,

Donna Meyer, MSN, RN

OADN Activities & Initiative


  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.


  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


  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



Thank You to our 2014 Convention Sponsors

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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).