AACN and N-OADN Join Forces to Promote Academic Progression

AACN and N-OADN Join Forces to Promote Academic Progression

Free Three-Part Webinar Series Commences in November

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN) are working together to support our shared goals of academic progression in nursing. AACN and N-OADN recently published a brochure for associate degree-prepared nurses and nursing students on taking the next step in their nursing education by pursuing a baccalaureate or graduate nursing degree. The brochure is available at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/your-nursing-career/Academic-Progression-Brochure.pdf.In addition, we are excited to announce that our partnership is offering a new webinar series highlighting academic progression. AACN and N-OADN recognize the critical value of innovative initiatives and collaborative partnerships between associate degree and baccalaureate/graduate nursing programs to seamlessly move student along the education continuum.

This three-part webinar series represents a joint effort that directly aligns with the recommendations set forth in the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which states, “Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.”

Guest speakers include nursing education experts who will provide their perspectives on exciting initiatives that aim to increase the number of baccalaureate and graduate-prepared nurses in the workforce. As the demand for high-quality nursing services continues to grow, and in particular for services that require nurses with advanced degrees, it is more essential than ever that nurses are supported in the pursuit of higher education.

AACN and N-OADN invite their memberships to attend webinars in November, January, and February. For each webinar, one contact hour will be awarded to those who attend the entire webinar and submit an evaluation.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The series will be archived for future access and the webinars are scheduled as follows:

Navigating Academic Progression: National Insights and Action

Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 1:00-2:00 pm ET

Speakers: Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Adviser for Nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pamela Thompson, MSN, RN, FAAN, Program Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Academic Progression in Nursing

Dr. Hassmiller will share her work with the Future of Nursing’s Campaign for Action, and Ms. Thompson will provide an overview of her work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Academic Progression in Nursing program. Learn about the significant efforts underway in several states to support academic progression.

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Collaborative Academic Progression Models: Showcasing Successful PartnershipsTuesday, January 22, 2013 from 1:00-2:00 pm ET

Speakers: Marcia Maurer, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, University of Illinois at Edwardsville School of Nursing; Donna Meyer, MSN, RN, Dean of Health Sciences, Lewis and Clark Community College; Libby Mahaffey, PhD, RN, Dean, Nursing and Allied Health, Hinds Community College; and Patricia Waltman, EdD, RN, CNNP, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Accreditation, University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing.

Dr. Maurer and Ms. Meyer will share insights and best practices related to their schools’ RN to BSN articulation agreement. Dr. Mahaffey and Dr. Waltman will discuss how Hinds Community College participates in the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Pathways to Advanced Practice Nursing model to graduate students through its RN to MSN program. Learn about how these two partnerships implemented successful models for academic progression.

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