About OCNE

The Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) is a partnership of eight Oregon community colleges and five campuses of the OHSU School of nursing have created a shared curriculum taught on all consortium campuses. Through OCNE Oregon nursing programs can dramatically expand their capacity and enrollment, and prepare graduates of these programs with the competencies to address the rapidly changing health care needs of Oregon's aging and ethnically diverse population.

The OCNE is engaging transformational change. Although other programs and systems have used components of this model (e.g., competency-based education, case-based instruction, articulation between associate degree and baccalaureate programs), never has one explicitly combined best practices in curriculum and instruction, state-of-the-art educational technology, competencies based on assessment of emerging health care needs of a population, mechanisms to share faculty expertise in a consortial arrangement; coadmission of students to associate and baccalaureate degree programs, and collaborative efforts to create new clinical education approaches, all in an effort to better prepare graduates and to accommodate an increased number of students.

OCNE is often cited as an initiative primarily focused on increasing access to baccalaureate education, and this has been one of its goals. However, OCNE actually encompasses multiple initiatives necessary to meet the overarching goal of aligning nursing education with the emerging health care needs of Oregonians:

    • Partnerships and Collaboration
    • Curriculum Transformation
    • Pedagogy Reform
    • Clinical Education Redesign

This comprehensive and collaborative effort is unprecedented in the United States and is increasingly viewed by health care and nursing education leaders as a model that could be adapted to achieve similar goals across the country. the work being done at OCNE has substantial policy implications—for development of nursing education systems, design of curricula, use of simulation as a component of clinical education, and delivery of clinical education.

Article by Chris Tanner, et al: The Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education - A Response to the Nursing Shortage

OCNE has substantially changed nursing education in Oregon. The consortium has improved access to baccalaureate education, particularly in rural areas, and increased faculty opportunities for collaboration across campuses.  We continue to accept new partner campuses—Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon, will admit its first OCNE class in 2013—and to develop resources and infrastructure to support our work.

Nationally, OCNE has inspired nursing faculty around the country to engage in education redesign in order to align nursing education more closely with emerging health care needs and health care system changes, and to increase educational capacity for baccalaureate education.  Through conferences, publications, and webinars, faculty in 12 states have actively deliberated whether to develop programs like OCNE.  So far, 10 states have seen the greatest effects: components of the OCNE program have been adopted in Massachusetts, Texas, New York, New York, and rural North Carolina, while statewide or regional consortia have been developed in California and Hawaii and continued active planning is occurring in New Mexico, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Maine.

Ten years after OCNE’s initial vision, our focus remains the same: educating nurses with the competencies necessary to provide high quality, compassionate health care to all.

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