IOADN’s Donna Meyer New CEO of OADN
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 In April 2014, she was the co-author of a paper organized by the Robert Wood Johnson on the importance of community college nursing programs and academic progression. Most recently, she worked with the Robert Wood Johnson Academic Progression in Nursing National Advisory Committee to release the recommendation for BSN Foundational Courses to assist community college nursing students in nursing academic progression.
Numerous other partnerships have been formed including: American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Nurses Association, the National League for Nursing, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In November 2014, the N-OADN officially changed its name to the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN). On June 1, 2015 Donna will officially begin her tenure at OADN’s CEO.
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.
Additionally, she served as the Director of the Lewis and Clark Family Health Clinic and mobile unit. The clinic is the only nurse managed primary care clinic operated by a community college. The clinic began operating in 2007 and has served over 130,000 clients. Dean Meyer was responsible for working with then Senator Obama in 2007 to receive for funding of a mobile health unit to serve the rural communities.
She is very engaged in numerous organizations, holding offices in both state and national organizations. Her professional nursing activities include: 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, the American Association of Community Colleges Workforce Commission, the Illinois Healthcare Action Coalition for the IOM/Future of Nursing, National Nursing Centers Consortium Health Policy Committee, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.
She has been responsible for securing over 7 million dollar in grants for the nursing program and clinic.
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, and in October, 2012 was inducted to the Southern Illinois University Hall of Fame. She has presented at numerous national and state conferences, and completed research on the impact of a nurse managed center in the community college setting. She completed her bachelor’s, master’s degree, and post-graduate work at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.