OCN News

  • Nurse Residency Programs Bridge School and Career: A Look into a Rural Oregon Nurse Residency Program

    October 24, 2023

    Guest Article by Jessie Wilkie, Senior Digital Marketing Manager at Sky Lakes Medical Center Nestled east of the Cascades Mountain Range in Southern Oregon is Oregon’s City of Sunshine. Klamath Falls, Oregon, is truly one of the nation’s most beautiful towns. It’s not just the town that is a hidden gem, so is the Nurse … Read more

  • OCN Celebrates its 2023 Outstanding Nurse Preceptor Award Winners

    October 05, 2023

    Together with nursing staff and leaders across the state, the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) announced Oregon’s Outstanding Nurse Preceptors for 2023. The third annual event celebrates 24 exceptional nurse preceptors and recognizes their critical roles in advancing the nursing workforce.  “We could not do this without our nurse preceptors. Preceptors help nurses transition into … Read more

  • How do the Perceptions of In-Facility, Face-to-Face Simulation, and Virtual Simulation in Nursing Education Compare?

    August 11, 2023

    The COVID-19 pandemic had profound impacts on nursing education in Oregon and across the country. As emergency declarations were implemented, many healthcare providers closed their facilities to students seeking clinical placements due to shortages of protective equipment, risks of further spread of COVID-19, and the ongoing burden on healthcare staff. In response to these disruptions, … Read more

  • Submit a Nomination for an Outstanding Nurse Preceptor

    August 10, 2023

    The OCN Annual Outstanding Nurse Preceptor Awards is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the critical role these professionals play in advancing the nursing workforce. Do you know someone in your organization who has a positive impact on new team members? Or do you have a preceptor who left a lasting impression on your own … Read more

  • Oregon Center for Nursing Grants $496,496 to Foster Nurse Well-being in Long-Term Care Settings

    July 13, 2023

    Portland, Ore., July 13, 2023 — The Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) recently awarded $496,496 in grant funding to support mental health and emotional wellness initiatives for nurses in long-term care environments. Funding was made possible by the generous support of the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS).  The grants will support the nursing workforce of … Read more

  • Oregon Center for Nursing Awards $350,000 for Nurse Well-being Projects

    May 03, 2023

    The Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) recently awarded approximately $350,000 in grants to projects that promote mental health and emotional wellness for nurses. The funds were made available through the Congressionally Directed Spending allocation from the offices of Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden. The grants were awarded to projects from around the state and … Read more

  • Meet Our 2023 Nurse Wellness Conference Speakers

    May 02, 2023

    Dan Leahy, MA Leadership Development Specialist and Educator An innovative leadership development specialist with over 30 years of leadership education experience and another 16 years of experience as a clinical therapist, Dan Leahy brings a unique blend of interpersonal and organizational perspectives to his work. Along with over 20 years of graduate-level teaching, he has … Read more

  • Improving Organizational Well-Being

    January 13, 2023

    A new year provides the opportunity to take a step back and reflect on where we are and where we want to be. Whether personally, emotionally, physically, or professionally, the RN Well-Being Project encourages organizations to make time for reflection and enact change. Our nurse experts have identified four categories in wellness improvement: Many workplaces can support … Read more

  • OCN Recognizes Preceptors Across the State

    September 14, 2022

    As Oregon’s healthcare providers continue to address unprecedented staffing needs within their facilities, the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) is celebrating the vital work of nurse preceptors through the second annual Oregon Outstanding Nurse Preceptor Awards. In conjunction with Nursing Professional Development Week, OCN will recognize and honor 14 nurses who serve a critical role … Read more

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