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I-OADN Spotlight


I-OADN is very fortunate to have one of our members, Donna Meyer, as the first CEO of our national organization, OADN. Donna has most recently been the Dean of Health Sciences at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois. She retired from Lewis and Clark in May, 2015 and assumed her OADN CEO role on a full-time basis on June 1, 2015.

Donna served as the president of I-OADN for several years and became involved in the national organization, N-OADN at the time, in 2007. She assumed the presidency of N-OADN in 2011. Under her leadership, N-OADN forged many collaborations. In September 2012, after working closely with other national organizations, she was one of five national leaders responsible for the release of the joint statement on nursing academic progression.

Donna Meyer’s career spans over thirty-five years in both practice and education. Her primary clinical background has been in pediatric nursing at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She began her academic career at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois as a nursing faculty member and progressed into the Director of the program and ultimately became the Dean of Health Sciences.

She is very engaged in numerous organizations, holding offices in both state and national organizations including: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Academic Progression in Nursing Advisory Board, the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Interprofessional Healthcare Education, the Illinois Center for Nursing Advisory Board.

Dean Meyer has received various awards for her work including the: MetLife Community College Excellence Award for Innovation, Illinois Nurses Association Innovation in Health Care Award, Illinois Community Administrators Award for Innovation, Illinois Nursing Pinnacle Leader of the Year, the Southern Illinois University Outstanding Nursing Alumni Award, the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award.

Read more about Donna Meyer

Upcoming Events

The deadline for student and educator scholarship has been extended to September 30, 2017.

The 2017 National Convention of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) will be held November 17-19, 2017 in Scottsdale, AZ. The theme of the convention is Advancing Quality and Safety in Healthcare.



“Test Construction & Writing for NCLEX Success”

On Friday March 24, 2017, I-OADN presented Ms. Tina Rayfield who gave a workshop entitled “Test Construction & Writing for NCLEX Success” at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL.

The objectives of that workshop were:

  1. Identify the current standard of nursing and where is that evidence-based information found.
  2. Utilize the practice analysis research to create a simplified structure “S.A.F.E.T.Y.Y.Y”, as a guide for the test development plan.
  3. Define and recognize common item writing errors.
  4. Practice developing high difficulty level items and alternative items to achieve NCLEX success.

The resources below were used by Tina and are available for you to download until July 1:

I-OADN Nurses Attend National Convention

The 2016 National Convention of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) was held November 4-6, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. The Illinois Chapter was well represented. The theme of the convention was Leadership and Professional Collaboration. Several members of the Illinois Chapter gave presentations or presented posters. The annual convention is a great time for nurses involved in Associate Degree Nursing to network and learn from each other (and have a little fun, too!).

3rd Semester JJC Nursing students participate in National Skin Prevelance Study with Silver Cross Hospital Wound Care Specialists.

Joliet Junior College Nursing Students

Mission Statement

The mission of I-OADN is to promote the value of associate degree nursing education and practice through collaboration and advocacy, and strive to ensure excellence in the future of health care and professional nursing practice in the state of Illinois.


How to Join I-OADN

Your membership in the national organization, OADN, automatically makes you a member of I-OADN if you live in Illinois. To join OADN, click here for more information.