It started as a weekly Zoom call in the midst of a pandemic. Now it’s a growing community.
Information is a critical commodity in these rapidly changing times. With a mission to facilitate research and collaboration, OCN began weekly virtual Friday Huddles in 2020. This community enables communication and connection for our members.
Educators, clinicians, policymakers, and stakeholders across Oregon gather regularly to discuss and share information, data, and strategies to navigate the nursing workforce. Some of our recurring themes in 2023 were:
From establishing essential education opportunities to exploring key topics, such as the Nurse License Compact, Huddlers were visionaries in overcoming challenges and moving Oregon’s nursing workforce forward.
Representatives from the Oregon State Board of Nursing attended regularly to provide updates to Huddlers on proposed rule changes, explain licensing process changes, and address common questions.
The next generation of Oregon nurses was top of mind for many Huddlers, as we discussed vaccination requirements, clinical experiences, simulation in education, nurse intern licenses, and much more.
Incoming legislation, including changes to nurse staffing ratios and funding-backed research into nurse educator staffing, were regular topics amongst Huddlers.
Continuing education, transition and residency programs, and nurse preceptors were just a few of the topics that Huddlers discussed while exploring nursing practice.