OCNE has a set of 10 core competencies that each OCNE student must demonstrate as a measure of their readiness to graduate.  Nursing demands a high level of integrity, ethical behavior, and emotional stability. Registered nurses monitor their patients’ conditions, administer medications and treatments prescribed by a physician or nurse practitioner, and work with the physician and other members of the health care team. Nurses also direct and supervise nursing support personnel. In large hospitals, nurses typically work on medical or post-surgical units, or in a certain area such as surgery or intensive care. They may also work with special groups of patients including children, the elderly, or persons with disabilities.

Each OCNE Partner School is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing to offer their nursing program to students. Upon graduation, students have attained the academic foundation and clinical preparedness required to students are prepared to demonstrate leadership in the field and sit for the national licensure examination.  

Over five thousand students have graduated from the OCNE curriculum.

OCNE nursing programs produce quality graduates who meet appropriate industry standards, that go on to work with health care professionals, scientists, engineers and managers.  Nurses are sought after in a variety of specialties and settings. Nurses also enjoy the benefits of a rewarding profession that values life-long learning and offers opportunities for educational and career advancement.

4495 students have graduated from the OCNE curriculum as of spring 2017. This includes 3186 associate degree graduates and 1309 graduates from the 3-year BS program. As of winter 2018, 726 associate degree graduates have gone on to complete the BS degree at OHSU, and another 141 are in progress. Our graduates are now Registered Nurses in rural and urban Oregon communities across the state. They are leaders, working in acute and community settings. Many have gone on for advanced practice certifications and graduate degrees.

OCNE Core Competencies (abbreviated)

  1. Bases personal and professional actions on a set of shared core nursing values
  2. Uses reflection, self-analysis, and self-care to develop insight
  3. Engages in intentional learning
  4. Demonstrates leadership in nursing and health care
  5. Collaborates as part of a health care team
  6. Is able to practice within, utilize, and contribute to all health care systems
  7. Practices a relationship-centered approach
  8. Communicates effectively
  9. Makes sound clinical judgments
  10. Locates, evaluates and uses the best available evidence

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