OCN is a nonprofit organization created by nursing leaders in 2002. Recognized by the Oregon state legislature as a state advisor for nursing workforce issues, OCN fulfills its mission and objectives with help from it’s dedicated leadership, staff and community partners across Oregon.
The Oregon Center for Nursing facilitates research and collaboration for Oregon’s nursing workforce to support informed, well-prepared, diverse and exceptional nursing professionals.
Conduct, analyze and disseminate research
Encourage collaboration and build partnerships with diverse stakeholders to advance nursing
Promote nursing and healthcare in all settings in which nurses practice
Board of Directors
Jack Dempsey, Dempsey Public Affairs
Cynthia Evans, MS, RN
Pam Fifer, EdD, RN, CNE, George Fox University
Narcy Foraker, MNE, RN, CHSE, University of Portland
Leda Garside, BSN, RN, Tuality Healthcare
Deena Harpham, Cross Country Healthcare
Erica Knepper, BSN, RN, Adventist Health
Gretchen Koch, MSN, RN, Oregon State Board of Nursing (ex-officio)
Troy Larkin, PhD, RN, Providence Health & Services
Laura Magstadt, MSN, MBA, RN, NE-BC, Asante Health
Julie Plagenhoef, MPH, RN, Nurse Family Partnership
Patricia Rojas, RN, MBA, Kaiser Permanente
Kyle Stevens, MS, Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board
Oregon Center for Nursing’s board of directors is an amazingly dedicated group of individuals passionate about nursing and healthcare! Comprised of up to 15 members, our board meets regularly to discuss the changes in the nursing workforce and healthcare delivery. Are you interested in serving on the OCN Board of Directors? Contact Executive Director, Jana Bitton, to learn more.