Dear OADN Members:
Happy September and welcome to the fall semester! I hope that everyone had a great summer and had the chance to enjoy some time away and become re-energized. Nurses are often not the best about taking time for themselves and yet is so important. So please remember to step away from time to time as you begin the academic year. My wish for all of you is a successful semester as you prepare the future nursing workforce.
I also want to share a moment and reflect on the tragedies our country has faced this past month. As the school year begins there will be children not returning to classes, families without sons and daughters, wives, husbands, and grandparents taken all too soon. My heart is saddened by what these families are enduring now and, in the future, as their lives will never be the same. It is important to recognize all the health care professionals who aided these families in time of desperate need. For their lives have also changed as they experienced the ultimate tragedy in their community. May we keep them in our thoughts and hope that these tragedies will somehow come to an end.
As a member of OADN, you should know that we continue to advocate for you in many different arenas. The fall is off to a busy start for OADN as we work to represent your voice on the national stage and ensure that OADN’s perspective is heard. Most recently I attended the National Council of State Boards Regulatory Meeting in Chicago. This is always a very informative meeting and OADN’s presence is very important. I can report back that 304,000 students have taken the new test items and those students passing current NLCEX questions are showing success on the new items. Other events include: a visit to the Kansas Deans and Directors Meeting, Director of Strategic Initiatives Mary Dickow will represent us at a special national forum on Professional Identity in Nursing, and Deputy Director Bryan Hoffman and myself will attend the NLN Summit. It is such a privilege to be at these different meetings as we advocate for ADN education.
I also want to again remind you to register for another amazing OADN National Convention that will be taking place in two short months in Louisville. I am so looking forward to seeing many of you and I know the convention will not disappoint. The opening session will be dynamic and include an impressive surprise. The general sessions from QSEN’s Dr. Gerry Altmiller, to acclaimed simulation expert Dr. KT Waxman, more information on Next Generation NCLEX from Dr. Phil Dickison, and finally student preparation for the Next Generation with Nurse Tim and Karrin Sherill, you’re sure to leave the convention with many stimulating ideas. Colleagues from around the country will provide concurrent and posters sessions with the latest innovation. The exhibit hall is sold out with many new exhibitors for you to speak with on the latest products to assist faculty and students. Finally, as a reminder the convention is also FUN! The city of Louisville and the Louisville Omni will be venues you will soon not forget. The Omni Hotel is only 18 months old and holds many special attractions within the hotel. Did someone say, “Speak easy and bowling alley?” Stroll the streets of downtown Louisville and enjoy the authentic nature of this Derby and River City.
Again, wishing you all a great semester and applauding you for the great work you do!
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, ANEF, FAADN