As I begin my first message of the new year, it brings me to a pause as I reflect on the year that has just passed. Many of us are thinking both about the year we have just experienced and about what lies ahead in the new year. My thoughts focus on the successes of OADN in the past year and the bright future ahead. It is difficult in a limited message to share all the advocacy events, education programs, and development of partnerships that has continued to enhance OADN’s place of national prominence.
The past year OADN has again forged new partnerships with such organizations as CGFNS International CGFNS as collaboratively we explore issues surrounding nursing education in a globalized world. Our vital work with the American Red Cross continues and in November, OADN was asked to become a member of the American Red Cross National Nursing Committee. The future nursing workforce needs to be engaged in the communities they reside and be prepared to assist in the disasters they may encounter. Volunteerism is critical to our society and introducing students to an amazing organization, such as the Red Cross, is an important aspect of their educational journey. Our new Memorandum of Understanding with the Gerontological Society of America is another way to provide valuable resources to our members.
We also value the many partnerships that have remained consistent such as our work with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCBA), Nurse Services Organization, and CastleBranch. Our memberships are numerous and so important for each of you to ensure representation. The Nursing Community, the Nursing Organization Alliance, the Nurses on Boards Coalition, and the American Organization of Nurse Executives are an integral part of the work of OADN and are essential to our future.
Additionally, we continue our affiliation with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Nurses Association, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, the National League for Nursing, and Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN). These national affiliations are imperative to demonstrate unity with the nursing profession.
OADN has not only been included but has been invited to ensure the associate degree voice is present. To name a few, the George Washington University Social Mission in Nursing Education Advisory Board, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Population Health Initiative, the Nursing Community Coalition Tenth Anniversary Celebration.
We continue our work as a part of the leadership team for the National Education Progression in Nursing Collaborative (NEPIN) as we advance the academic progression work ensuring the associate degree nursing pathway is maintained. This work has become a hallmark for OADN and continues to dominate as we build partnerships with many amazing higher education institutions including Western Governors University, Capella University, George Washington University, Southern New Hampshire University, University of Phoenix, and Walden University. OADN is working with other partners that enhance the success of our students such as Kaplan and Healthcare Learning Innovations. The cumulative efforts of all these partnerships provides many opportunities for OADN.
Over the holiday season, I took a little time away traveling with my family to our northern neighbors visiting the gorgeous sights of Vancouver and Victoria. As we were traveling one day, I noticed a billboard that read, “Dreams are born from collaboration.” This resonated with me as it reminded me of OADN and my role as the CEO. Three years ago, I had a dream that OADN had many opportunities within their reach as an association. My vision was a strong collegial approach, listening to all points of view, and strategically working with others, the OADN voice would be more influential. This collaboration has crossed many areas that include education, practice, leadership, and advocacy. But through our collaboration, a dream of becoming our own independent association is now a reality. I know we may have some challenges ahead, but these challenges should be viewed as opportunities. As I reflect on where we have come in five short years, I am so very proud to represent all of you and our ADN programs. It is truly my passion and one I am most proud of in my professional career. I want to thank the OADN Board of Directors and staff, as well as each of you for all your support. I look forward to not only a new year, but a new chapter in OADN’s history.
Here’s to 2019!
My very best,
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN