Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education Comprehensive Evaluation

    Project Dates: 7/1/2008 - 12/15/2011

    The Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) is a partnership among 8 community colleges and the 5 campuses of the Oregon Health & Science University, establish as a long-term solution to the nursing shortage. The objectives of this project are to: (1) evaluate the outcomes of OCNE, specifically the extent to which OCNE has increased the supply & distribution of baccalaureate prepared RNs in Oregon, improved the quality of baccalaureate education, and improved the utilization of faculty through reducing workload and increasing satisfaction; (2) determine what components of the OCNE model are critical to achieving these outcomes, including both the planning processes used in the development of OCNE and the ways in which the OCNE model is implemented; (3) disseminate this information to other states and regions considering replication of the OCNE model. The Regional Research Institute and the Oregon Health Sciences University received a three year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to measure the implementation of the OCNE program across all 13 campuses as well as measure the impact of OCNE on student outcomes and faculty work life.