Redesigning Nursing Education

Student nurses receive instruction in a class.

The Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) is a statewide coalition of community college and university nursing programs in Oregon. It was designed as a long-term solution to the nursing shortage, and in response to the need for a new kind of nurse to care for Oregon's aging and increasingly diverse population.

Faculty from across the community college and university sectors worked together to create a standard competency-based baccalaureate curriculum delivered on all campuses. The innovative curriculum and pedagogy based on advances in learning science has resulted in positive learning outcomes, sustained high NCLEX pass rates, high ratings for students' clinical skills, and employer and student satisfaction.