As you are very much aware there is major emphasis on interprofessional healthcare education occurring. As a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education we are attempting to raise awareness in many areas. One of the areas of interest focuses on oral health and the practice of nursing and dental medicine. We are now looking at extending this awareness focusing on nursing education.
We have initiated a program with this aim in mind. Beginning with a workshop series to define the basics for this group, and we would now like to invite you to Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois for the first workshop of the series. The series is entitled Integrating the Mouth and Oral Cavity into a Model Nursing Curriculum and will begin April 28, 2015. Leading dynamic dental professionals from across the country will be here to assist with the development. Obviously, nursing representatives need to be present to instill thoughts from the nursing perspective. Johnson and Johnson and Trident are a major sponsors of this initiative.
As a Nurse we have the opportunity to heal the mind, soul, heart, and body of our patients, their families, and ourselves.
They may forget your name but they will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou
I want to begin my message by celebrating each of you and the work you have contributed to both nursing education and the nursing profession during Nurses Week! I think often on how the impact of nursing educators is not recognized and under-appreciated. Where would the profession of nursing be without all of you educating the next generation of nurses? On a daily basis, you share your expertise, both clinical and theoretical, as well as patience with this very special group of students.
I remember when I was a new nurse educator, many individuals would say to me:
"So you decided to go into teaching, which must be so much easier!"
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR OADN BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OADN continues to move forward at the national level to promote Associate Degree Nursing through leadership, collaboration, advocacy, and education to ensure excellence in the future of health care and professional nursing practice. This is your opportunity to become an active participant of the OADN Board of Directors at the national level. The annual elections are approaching. We are seeking candidates for president elect, secretary, director (2 positions), and Nominating Committee (3 positions). This is an excellent opportunity to represent your associate degree nursing colleagues and support OADN’s mission.
Download the call for nominations form and submit your nomination this week!
The submission deadline is June 15, 2015.
During the recent visits to Capitol Hill, the OADN Board discussed the Workforce Development Programs funded through the Public Health Service Act, Title VIII and the importance to nursing practice and education.Additional information is provided in the brochure
The brief, along with other workforce information, is available on HRSA’s National Center for Health Workforce Analysis website