About The National Organization For Associate Degree Nursing
The National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing or N-OADN as it is frequently referred to, can best be understood in terms of its vision, mission and goals.
“The National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing is the leading advocate for Associate Degree Nursing”.
“The National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing promotes Associate Degree nursing through collaboration, advocacy, and education to ensure excellence in the future of health care and professional nursing practice”.
- “Collaboration Goal: Advance associate degree nursing education through collaboration with a diversity of audiences.
- Education Goal: Advance associate degree nursing education.
- Advocacy Goal: Advocate for issues and activities that support N-OADN’s mission”.
It is clear from the above that the main purpose of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing is to ensure that the educational, advocacy and collaboration needs and best interests of associate degree nurses are met and considered.
All organizations have a number of benefits available for their members in order to improve their membership numbers and the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing is no exception. However it is very important to remember that this organization aims to benefit the field as a whole by ensuring that each individual member is provided with the opportunities and options needed to advance their careers. Some of the basic membership benefits that you will be eligible for should you choose to join the association are mentioned below.
- Members of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing are eligible for a subscription to Teaching and Learning in Nursing, the official journal of N-OADN which is full of important information regarding the profession and which serves as an invaluable resource for all nurses in the profession.
- This is not the only publication which you will receive because members also get First Tuesday, which is a monthly E-communication from the Board of Directors.
- Advocacy is an important ideal for the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing; as a result of this you will have access to national legislative interaction and updates through which you can be assured your voice will be heard.
- Members of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing also receive Representation in Public Policy, which means that their concerns and complaints will be addressed when policy decisions are made.
- Through interaction with other nursing organizations members of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing are given the opportunity to form an excellent networking base through which they can advance their career and gain access to information which will help them in their work.
- Members have the opportunity to engage in N-OADN List Server participation.
- Because it is important for change and advocacy to occur at all levels, members of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing have the opportunity to participate in state-level activities through N-OADN State Chapters.
- In addition to this you will also have the opportunity to participate in national nursing leadership activities; it must be noted that this will serve you well in many ways, including the fact that it will boost your résumé when it comes time to go job hunting.
- You will also be eligible for reduced member rates at the annual convention hosted by the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing; this is a significant saving in comparison to what non members will have to pay in order to attend the same conference.
- Continuing your education is an important part of keeping up to date and advancing your career which is why the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing offers a number of professional continuing education opportunities to its members with the aim of advancing the opportunities of each individual member as well as of advancing the nursing profession as a whole.
- Networking is one of the most important ways in which to advance your career and your education, which is why the organization offers a number of collegial interaction and networking opportunities to its members.
- Because it is not always possible for all students to afford the fees involved in studying further even if they stand out from the rest of the crowd, the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing offers a number of annual scholarship and award opportunities
If you would like to promote N-OADN to your colleagues in associate degree nursing education you can also become a member of the Champion Program. In order to become a Champion you must be an individual or agency member in good standing for at least one year, be interested in promoting N-OADN through methods such as networking and speaking to nursing organizations and facilities, and be supportive of N-OADN programs and projects. There are a number of responsibilities that come with the role of being a champion, including the fact that you must have N-OADN material on-hand at all times to distribute to interested persons/parties. These materials will be provided upon request by the National Office staff.
In addition you will be responsible for serving as the contact person for calls and questions about N-OADN, and looking for ways to promote N-OADN at job fairs, local meetings and conventions, national meetings, community events, and any other appropriate venue. There are a number of benefits that are specific to Champion members, including recognition in N-OADN publications, rebate coupons for each member recruited, recognition at the annual convention, and the knowledge that associate degree nursing education will benefit greatly from our organization as it grows and becomes stronger. The N-OADN Champion Program is voluntary. You will be reimbursed for phone calls and postage as needed. If you are interested in learning more about the program, or to offer your services, please contact the N-OADN National Office at 877-966-6236 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a number of different membership categories that you may fall into if you are considering membership with the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing.
Individual members are registered nurses who have an interest in associate degree nursing and who have all the rights of membership and shall have one vote. This type of membership is known as individual membership. Associate members are individuals other than registered nurses who have an interest in associate degree nursing and they will also have all the rights of membership and shall have one vote. This type of membership is called Associate Membership. Retired members shall be individuals who have retired from practice and they shall have all the rights of membership and shall have one vote. This type of membership is known as retired membership Last but not least agency members shall be composed of colleges, other institutions of higher education, and healthcare agencies or organizations that have an interest in associate degree nursing. These agency members shall have the right to appoint up to two delegates to membership meetings. These delegate(s) shall “have the right to make motions and vote the equivalent of two total votes. Agency members shall not have the right to hold office”.
The National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing has a number of chapters in different states that you could consider joining in order to be instrumental in causing change at a local level.
Chris Witbeck, MSN, RN
Charles Molsbee, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE
Little Rock, AR
Lori Rae Hamilton, MSN, RN, COADN
Anna Hubbard, EdD, ARNP
Port St Lucie, FL
Catherine Horat, DHA, RN, FNP-BC
Kankakee Community College, Kim Mau, MSN, RN
Ava Stennett, MSN, RN
Diane Russo, RN, BS
Javan Scheller, MSN, RN
Donna Stoderl, MS, RN
Coon Rapids, MN
Katina Bell, RN
Senda Guertzgen, MS, RN
Karen Clarke, MSN, RN
Christine Heid, MSN/Ed, RN, OCN, CNE
Cheryl Degraw, MSN, RN, CRNP
Jane Brown, RN, MSN
Shelia Kyle, MSN, EdD, RN
Associate degree nursing is a very important sector of nursing as it is these nurses with these qualifications who form the backbone of the industry. By joining the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing you are showing your support for the individuals who work so hard alongside you to make the industry what it is today. When you apply for a job it is likely that your membership status will give you a significant advantage over the other applicants for the same position as it shows that you are dedicated in your free time as well as in your professional life to the profession.
If you would like to find out more about this organization, please use the contact information provided below:
NOADN National Office
7794 Grow Drive
Pensacola, FL 32514
FAX: (850) 484-8762