The Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) is a partnership of eleven Oregon community colleges and six campuses of the OHSU School of Nursing with 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.
OCNE transformed nursing education in Oregon. The consortium improved access to baccalaureate education, particularly in rural areas, and increased faculty opportunities for collaboration across campuses. We continue accepting new partner campuses. Clatsop Community College in Astoria admitted its first OCNE class in fall 2016. Our newest partner, Columbia Gorge Community College, will begin delivering the OCNE nursing curriculum in fall 2018.
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.
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.