Oregon Nursing Takes Action

November 23, 2011 -- On Friday, November 4, 2011, the Oregon Nursing Leadership Collaborative (ONLC) announced the formation of two workgroups dedicated to implementing changes recommended in the 2011 Institute of Medicine (IOM) “Future of Nursing” report. One group will focus on increasing the number of baccalaureate-educated nurses and the other will focus on preparing and enabling nurses to lead change. The groups will develop action plans that will affect the way nurses participate in health care transformation and provide care throughout Oregon.

“Oregon is translating the exciting vision of the "Future of Nursing" report into state-wide collaborative partnerships," said Paula Gubrud, RN, EdD, OHSU Associate Dean and current chairperson of the ONLC.  “The launch of these groups represents a year of planning for Oregon's preferred future." 

The Oregon Nursing Leadership Collaborative (ONLC) is comprised of representatives from the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives, Oregon Council of Deans, Oregon Council of Associate Degree Programs, Oregon Nurses Association, Oregon State Board of Nursing and the Oregon Center for Nursing. The ONLC deals with a wide range of issues of concern to the nursing profession, which presently includes the nursing shortage, especially the need to enhance the education and work environment of nurses.

For more information on the ONLC’s IOM Future of Nursing workgroups, please contact Mary Rita Hurley, OCN’s Executive Director and ONLC member, at 503-943-7150 or [email protected].

The Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) is a non-profit organization, established by the nursing leaders in 2002 with a mission to promote a well-prepared nursing workforce dedicated to providing care and leading change to meet the health needs of our communities. OCN fulfills its mission by educating nurses to embrace leadership opportunities, developing certainty through research, advocating for effective outcomes and stimulating collaborative innovation.

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As has been the case in recent recorded history, the shortage of nurses back East is not the case on the West Coast. In fact, one might say we have a glut of nurses out here where the temperatures are milder and the wages are higher. BSN programs have not kept up the pace because they have neglected to treat their adjuncts in a civil manner nor pay them anything close to what they can make in the "real" world. Consequently, these programs have the reputation for not preparing their graduates with what it's really like out there because they don't have faculty that are now or have recently worked in the field. The classic book on reality shock for new grads is still the case for these grads. ADN and LPN programs have sprouted up to fill the gap in turning out grads and have been more effective in giving their students more "front line" experience. Still, their grads are having difficulty finding employment in the urban area of the Pacific NW. I admit that my information is currently second hand since, at present, I'm not working in a BSN program, but I have worked in both. Alan (Yehudah) Winter BSN, MS