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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 will retire from Lewis and Clark in May, 2015 and assume 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.

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Upcoming Events

The 2016 OADN Convention will be held in Dallas, Texas on November 4-6, 2016. We hope to see you all there!

Deadline for student and educator scholarship is June 15.

The next general meeting will be held in April 2016. Date and time to be announced soon.


IDFPR, Nurses Associations Convene Historic Meeting

IOADN Officers in Chicago

Pictured left to right: Julie D’Agostino, Director of Nursing, Harper College; Becky LaMont, Dean of Health & Human Services, Heartland Community College; Janet Lynch, Dean of Health Careers; Sauk Valley Community College; Mary Beth Luna, Dean of Health Professions & Emergency Services, Joliet Junior College.

Last week, the Illinois Center for Nursing convened a meeting of Illinois nurses associations to provide an opportunity to introduce Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) Secretary Bryan Schneider and Professional Regulation Director Jay Stewart to the strength and diversity of Illinois’ nursing professionals. Approximately 20 nurses associations were in attendance at the James R. Thompson Center for the first-ever assembly to give a brief overview of their association, providing insights into practice regulation and department priorities. …Read more

I-OADN President Named Co-facilitators for the Illinois Nurse Practice Act Review

I-OADN President Mary Beth Luna and the President of the Illinois Association of Colleges of Nursing (IACN) Bill Cody are the co-facilitators for the review and revision of the RN education section of the Illinois Nurse Practice Act. The Illinois Nurse Practice Act sunsets in 2017. More information about that process can be found at www.cqrcengage.com.

I-OADN Scholarships Awards Three Scholarships

Scholarships were awarded to three individuals in August 2015. Irena Markova, a LPN who is obtaining an associate’s degree in nursing to become a RN, was awarded $500. Irena attends Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL. Sandra Spilman is a nursing student from Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL. She also received $500 towards her nursing education. Our nurse educator scholarship of $2500 was awarded to Laura Routh from John Wood Community College in Quincy, IL. Professor Routh received half of her award and will receive the other half when she presents her project and/or dissertation to our membership at a future meeting. I-OADN scholarships are awarded annually. Applications are due by June 15 each year and can be found at the “Scholarships” link on this website.

Dr. Bucy Speaks at September Meeting

At our general meeting in September 2015 at Illinois Valley Community College, Dr. Theresa Bucy from College of DuPage presented her DNP project, “Meet the Neighbors: Faculty Development in the Use of a Virtual Community to Teach Nursing.” Dr. Bucy was a past recipient of the I-OADN Nurse Educator scholarship.

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.