Good Things Happening in Nursing

It’s easy to point out the challenges facing Oregon’s nursing workforce. We write about them … constantly. Extensively. Obsessively?When the focus centers on all the challenges and obstacles, it is easy to feel discouraged and think things aren’t getting better. And...

Nursing Shortage? What Nursing Shortage?

Back in 2002, when the Oregon Center for Nursing was first created, there was an evidence-based concern that the nation would be facing a potentially catastrophic shortage of nurses by 2010. When 2010 came around, as one of the only positive outcomes of the Great...

When Life Hands You Lemons…

… Learn from them.  View from hospital number “I’ve lost count.” It has been a rough year.  Not for OCN, but for me personally. Since January of this year, I’ve rushed to the emergency room of four different hospitals on six occasions....
Stress, Resilience and Mindfulness

Stress, Resilience and Mindfulness

by Dana Bjarnason, RN, MA, CNA, PhD Resilience has been described as the process of adapting in the face of adversity and becoming stronger after something bad happens. In addition to innate qualities that support resilience, research has demonstrated that there are...
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