Overview of Nursing Courses
In the OCNE curriculum, major concepts are introduced in the first courses and threaded across the nursing education program. We call our curriculum "spiraled," referring to the intentional revisiting of major topics throughout the curriculum at increasing levels of difficulty/complexity, so that new learning is related to previous learning.
OCNE's curriculum represents a shift from the fundamentals of Nursing to that which is fundamental to nursing. The singular focus of basic skills/procedures has been broadened substantially to include health promotion, strategic introduction to clinical judgment, evidence-based practice, and leadership. Basic care measures remain, while the instructional approach is altered to having the learning framed from the perspective of a registered nurse.
Courses are organized around foci of care:
And cross-cutting competencies:
List of OCNE Nursing Courses*:
* 400-level Nursing courses are taught only on OHSU campuses. Students must also complete prerequisites and additional non-nursing courses to graduate.
The focus on concepts is pertinent to both the clinical setting and a way of integrating clinical experience into the classroom setting. Concepts transcend specific diseases, and are seen as pertinent to multiple diseases or groups of individuals. Here are some examples.