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OCNE Conference - May 10, 2024

Graduate Eugene Hotel, Eugene, Oregon

OCNE’s premier event of the year!

The OCNE conference brings nurse faculty together from 15 different nursing programs, for a day focused on education, scholarship, networking, and fun.

General public attendees are welcome to join us with successful registration.  Space is limited and registration will end if we exceed our registration limits.  

The conference includes the Louise Shores Lecture Series keynote presentation, poster and exhibitor viewing opportunities, and breakout presentation sessions.   All activities are related to best practice and innovations in nursing education.  

2024 OCNE Nursing Education Conference​

Exploring Pathways

Our theme for 2024, Exploring Pathways, focuses on best practice techniques and tools that are applicable to nurse educators and nursing educational programs.  OCNE is optimistic in its anticipation of offering multiple completion pathways as a strategy to meet, not only the needs of our nursing students, but also the needs of our practice partners.   

Flyer for OCNE Conference, Exploring Pathways, May 9 and 10, 2024

Michele Deck has been presenting nationally and internationally on innovative teaching methods in the field of health care education and training for over 36 years. She is the recipient of many honors and awards for her creativity, innovation, productivity, and exemplary leadership qualities. Honors include Association of Nurses in Professional Development (ANPD) prestigious Belinda E. Puetz Award, election to Sigma (formerly called Sigma Theta Tau) National Nursing Honor Society, and Business Woman of the Year by the National Business Council. 

Michele is co-founder and chief executive officer of G.A.M.E.S., a company that specializes in seminars on adult learning and interactive training methods, and Tool Thyme for Trainers, a company which supplies innovative and creative presentation tools for educators worldwide. She has authored twelve books on creative and involving ways to teach adults. She is a past president of Lamaze International and past Accreditation Chair. She served on ANPD’s Education committee and was a member of the Editorial board of the Journal For Nurses in Professional Development for 8 years.

A special event for Nurse Faculty of OCNE Schools

Registration is free for OCNE faculty.  OCNE Faculty should follow the registration instructions posted to the OCNE Basecamp

General Admission 

$150 registration fee for non-OCNE attendees

The 2024 Nursing Education Conference has been awarded 5.0 contact hours approved by the ANCC.

NCPD Provider Unit Statement:
OHSU is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Oregon Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Participants can earn 5.0 nursing continuing professional development contact hours.

All presenters for this activity have attested that they will provide the best available evidence for this content and present information fairly and without bias.

OCNE - The Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education - May Conference


Teaching Excellence

OCNE Nursing Programs have exceeded the National Pass Rate over the last five years. OCNE is proud to have educated over 6000 nursing students.

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Clear Focus

OCNE is committed to educating nurses with the competencies necessary to provide high quality, compassionate health care to all.

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Competency-Based Curriculum

OCNE’s curriculum is “spiraled,” referring to the intentional revisiting of major topics throughout the curriculum at increasing levels of complexity, so that new is related to previous learning.

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2023 OCNE Nursing Education Conference

OCNE Engagement & Innovation in Nursing Education

Kim Leighton, PhD, RN, FAAN
Executive Director
ITQAN Clinical Simulation & Innovation 
Center | Hamad Medical Corporation

Keynote Speaker:
Kim Leighton, PhD, RN, FAAN

May 4 and 5, 2023
Seaside Convention Center, Seaside, Oregon

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Dr. Kim Leighton is Executive Director of Itqan Clinical Simulation and Innovation Center at Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha, Qatar, serving the multidisciplinary clinical practitioner community. She moved from emergency nursing to education and simulation over 20 years ago, and enjoys facilitating learning with simulation, consulting, and mentoring others. Dr. Leighton is a past president of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, where she led development of the first standards of best practice for simulation. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Dr. Leighton’s research focuses on development and psychometric analysis of evaluation tools for simulation education, which have been disseminated through her website to simulationists in 85 countries. Her current work explores the effectiveness of various clinical education environments. Dr. Leighton is co-editor of the award-winning book Simulation Champions: Fostering Courage, Caring, and Connection.

Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD) – 4.5 contact hours

To receive the continuing education credits, attendees must participate in all conference activities and submit an electronic evaluation. Participants who successfully complete the above requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion with the documented contact hours.

OHSU is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Oregon Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation #4003172.

2022 OCNE Conference

Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education
Nursing Education Conference

Oregon’s   Nurse   Educators:

Leading a Pathway Forward

May 13, 2022
Bend, Oregon

Sue Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN

Keynote Speaker

Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN

Sue Hassmiller serves as the senior adviser for nursing for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a 50 state effort to implement the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine report on the Future of Nursing. She is the recipient of a number of awards, three honorary doctorates and most notably the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international honor given to nursing professionals by the International Committee of the Red Cross. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

OCNE Nursing Education Conference – 2021

*The OCNE May Conference is planned to be a face-to-face event and guidelines and recommendations related to group gatherings will be closely monitored and observed.