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!
Dr. Laura Schmidt was recently honored with the 2014 League for Innovation John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award. The award was presented at the League for innovation in the Community College national conference in Boston. She received the award for her leadership in achieving national accreditation for the nursing programs at Northwestern Michigan College, dedication to nursing education, and earning her doctorate degree. Laura is the Coordinator of the Nursing Program at Northwestern Michigan College and is a strong supporter of OADN.
We are so very proud of your accomplishments and the work you do on the behalf of community college nursing programs.
NURSE IN WASHINGTON INTERNSHIP
OADN is a member of the Nursing Organizations Alliance. They have requested that we share the following information with our members. If you are interested in attending you would be able to register at the member rate as a member of OADN.
The Nursing Organizations Alliance Nurse In Washington Internship (NIWI) is scheduled for Sunday, March 15th – Tuesday, March 17th in Arlington, VA. NIWI is open to any RN or nursing student (all levels of education) that is interested in an orientation to the legislative process.
National Coalition Launches Effort to Place 10,000 Nurses on Governing Boards by 2020
WASHINGTON, DC – The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing is pleased to be a founding member of Nurses on Boards Coalition, of national nursing organizations will work to increase nurses’ presence on corporate and non-profit health-related boards of directors throughout the country. “Without a nurse trustee, boards lack an authority on the patient experience, quality and safety, and the largest part of the hospital workforce,” Trustee Magazine, a publication of the American Hospital Association, wrote recently.
The Nurses on Boards Coalition will implement a national strategy aimed at bringing nurses’ valuable perspective to governing boards and national and state commissions with an interest in health. The goal is to put 10,000 nurses on boards by the year 2020. The effort is a direct response to the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2011), which recommended nurses play more pivotal decision-making roles on boards and commissions in improving the health of all Americans.
The effort is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP as part of their collaborative effort to implement the recommendations of the IOM report through the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.
OADN Board Appoints Full Time CEO
The Board of Directors for the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) is pleased to announce that Donna Meyer has been named full time Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective June 1, 2015. Donna has served as the part time CEO since June 2014.
OADN President Patricia Smart stated: The Board is confident that the move to make the CEO position full time will provide OADN with the means to continue to be actively involved in the national initiatives that are shaping the future of nursing thus ensuring that associate degree nursing education continues to be an opportunity for nurses entering the profession. The organization is committed to academic progression to ensure a strong professional nursing workforce for the country.
During her presidency of OADN, Donna has been instrumental in working collaboratively with numerous nursing and health care organizations. Her passion for and commitment to associate degree nursing is apparent.I hope you will join the OADN Board of Directors in welcoming Donna to this full time position, working with the Board, and on behalf of OADN, to promoteAssociate Degree Nursing through leadership, collaboration, advocacy, and education to ensure excellence in the future of health care and professional nursing practice. Please direct any questions or concerns about this communication to OADN President Patricia Smart, firstname.lastname@example.org
OADN Board Of Directors Appoints Dr. Liana Orsolini to Public Board Member Position
Monday, January 19, 2015
The OADN Board of Directors is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Liana Orsolini Ph.D., RN, ANEF, FAAN as a public board member for a two year term. The appointment was approved at the OADN Board of Directors meeting on January 8, 2015. Dr. Orsolini has over 20 years of teaching experience in associate degree nursing programs and experience teaching in accelerated baccalaureate in nursing programs at the university level. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on the Initiative on the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health , which produced recommendations for an action-oriented blueprint for the future of nursing. Currently, Dr. Orsolini is the Care Delivery and Advanced Practice System Consultant for the Center of Clinical Excellence and Innovation for Bon Secours Health System (BSHSI), a six state integrated faith-based health system. She is responsible...
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NCSBN Releases Results of National Simulation Study
Aug. 21, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chicago - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has released the findings of its award-winning research, “The NCSBN National Simulation Study: A Longitudinal, Randomized, Controlled Study Replacing Clinical Hours with Simulation in Prelicensure Nursing Education,” which concluded that substituting high quality simulation experiences for up to half of traditional clinical hours produces comparable end of program educational outcomes to those students whose experiences are mostly just traditional clinical hours and produces new graduates that are ready for clinical practice
The National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN), as the leading advocate for associate degree nursing (ADN), encourages voluntary specialized accreditation for associate degree nursing programs as a means to enhance educational quality. Accreditation is a peer-reviewed process, based on identified standards and a system of assessment, evaluation, and continuous improvement. Accreditation not only serves the public as a measure of quality for health care employers and academic partners of associate degree programs, but is also an assurance of quality educational standards applied to faculty, staff, and students.
Joining the American Nurses Association as an Organizational Affiliate
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
Strengthening our partnership with the National League for Nursing (NLN) and exhibiting at our respective conventions
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
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)
Serving as an organizational affiliate council member on the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Economic and Workforce Development
Serving as a member of the RWJF Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN ) Advisory Committee
Serving as a member of the RWJF Subcommittee to review standardization of general education requirements for nursing education
Partnering with RWJF in the development of a white paper on the importance of Associate Degree Nursing Education.
Reaffirming commitment to the Nursing Community in their reorganization as a sponsoring member
Advocating for the funding of Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and community college programs
Participating in our annual Board of Directors “Trip to the Hill” to promote HRSA Title VIII funding
Continuing sponsor of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education
Continuing support of the Joining Forces Campaign, a national campaign launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden
Joining the Champion Nursing Council, which advises the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action
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
President Donna Meyer addressed the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action Strategic Advisory
Representing N-OADN on the invitation only RWJF National Nursing Leadership Strategy Committee
Partnering on journal articles emphasizing the importance of associate degree nursing education, sponsored by the Campaign for Action
Continuing annual session on the important role of Associate Degree Nursing Education at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) National Conference
Conducting Annual Convention each November for Associate Degree Nursing Faculty, Deans, Directors and other interested parties
Ongoing representation at the Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers
Alpha Delta Nu National Honor Society for Associate Degree nursing students continues to grow with more than 70 chapters
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