Contract Research

The Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) collects, analyzes and distributes information on Oregon’s nursing workforce.

Our experience provides us with a deep understanding of nursing workforce data, collection methods, and access to historical data sets that can be used to track and monitor trends over time. While OCN’s research priorities and agenda are influenced by our mission, objectives and emerging trends in the nursing field, we also perform contract research work.

Types of services available include:

  • Survey instrument evaluation, creation and/or implementation
  • Data cleaning and/or transformation
  • Descriptive and inferential analyses, and interpretation of findings
  • Infographic, fact sheet, white paper, report creation
  • Evaluation planning and/or implementation
  • Grant writing assistance
  • Focus group analysis
  • Literature reviews

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Find out more about OCN’s contract research services and how we can assist your organization. 

Past Contract Research Projects:

Standing Orders Stakeholder Meeting Feedback Analysis

Client:              Oregon State Board of Nursing
Year:                2019

The Oregon Center for Nursing provided an independent, third-party evaluation of feedback received from the 6 stakeholder meetings conducted across Oregon to gather information about how standing orders and protocols are currently used in a variety of care settings. OCN presented a written summary of findings to OSBN’s Board of Directors at the September 2019 board meeting.  

Increasing Capacity in Oregon’s Nursing School Programs

Client:              Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board and Southwestern Oregon Community College
Year:                2018

Faced with a regional nursing shortage community partners are investigating potential ways to increase capacity at local nursing programs. OCN created a literature review and white paper describing national and statewide trends in nursing education related to clinical placement and nurse faculty shortages.

Rural Nurse Mentoring Program Feasibility Study

Client:              Oregon Office of Rural Health
Year:                2018

Following challenges discussed during the 2017 Rural and Frontier Listening Tour, the Office of Rural Health enlisted OCN to study the feasibility of implementing a mentoring program for nurses in Oregon’s Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) and provide recommendations for a pilot project. Project components included a literature review, survey design and implementation, potential site interviews and a final written report.

Certified Nursing Assistant 2 Data Analysis

Client:              Oregon State Board of Nursing
Year:                2018

 OCN provided compilation and analysis of data collected during a CNA2 survey. OCN presented and discussed the data with OSBN’s CNA workgroup and created an infographic describing key survey findings.

Rural Medical Training Workgroup Healthcare Workforce Evaluation

Client:              Umpqua Economic Development Partnership
Year:                2018

 As Douglas County healthcare providers struggle with recruiting and retaining healthcare professionals some of the first questions asked were which professions are growing in our region and are Oregon’s higher education programs meeting this need. At the partnerships request, OCN compiled and analyzed data to quantify future demand for nursing and other identified key professions and current educational capacity within the state. A final executive summary was prepared and presented to community members and stakeholders.