OCNE Is A Collaboration
of 17 Oregon Nursing Programs
OCNE Is A Collaboration
of 17 Oregon Nursing Programs

Major Elements of OCNE


OCNE is a partnership of eleven community college nursing programs and all of the OHSU nursing program campuses. OCNE programs are located in all quadrants of Oregon, in both rural and urban communities.

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 & Collaboration – Create a partnership of Oregon's public nursing programs.

  • Changing the culture of nursing education in Oregon by moving from independent silos of education to a combined effort
  • Collaboration with practice partners early and often
  • Sharing instructional resources

Curriculum Transformation – A shared baccalaureate curriculum based on the competencies needed for emerging health care needs and rapidly changing health care environment.

  • Intentional content reduction to facilitate deep learning of exemplars
  • Reorganization of courses to base on goal of care (Health promotion, acute illness, chronic illness management & end of life care)
  • Developmental stages remain present as a concept/thread through the curriculum

Pedagogy Reform – Design instruction based on cognitive science and nursing research. Focus on how people learn.

  • Facilitating student learning core content/concepts deeply, then using evidence based processes to laterally learn in different arenas
  • Integrate clinical into theory and vice versa
  • Pooling efforts for faculty development

Clinical Education Redesign – Changing the framework of clinical from training to a learning laboratory

  • In conjunction with practice partners move from random access of clinical learning experiences to purposeful activities
  • Make best use of clinical and lab resources across the state
  • Transparency in expectations based on competency benchmarks
  • Incorporate simulation facilities on every campus