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From Start-up to Sustainability: A Decade of Collaboration to Shape the Future of Nursing

Gubrud, Paula; Spencer, Angela G.; Wagner, Linda

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000212

AIM This article describes progress the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education has made toward addressing the academic progression goals provided by the 2011 Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report.

BACKGROUND The history of the consortium's development is described, emphasizing the creation of an efficient and sustainable organization infrastructure that supports a shared curriculum provided through a community college/university partnership.

METHOD Data and analysis describing progress and challenges related to supporting a shared curriculum and increasing access and affordability for nursing education across the state are presented.

RESULTS We identified four crucial attributes of maintaining collaborative community that have been cultivated to assure the consortium continues to make progress toward reaching the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing goals.

CONCLUSION Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education provides important lessons learned for other statewide consortiums to consider when developing plans for sustainability.

About the Authors Paula Gubrud, EdD, RN, is an associate professor, Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing and the co-director for the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE), Portland. Angela G. Spencer, MBA, is program manager for the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE), Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing. Linda Wagner, MN, RN, is program director/department chair at Rogue Community College Department of Nursing, Redwood Campus, Grants Pass, Oregon and the co-director of the OCNE. The authors gratefully acknowledge past and current members of the OCNE Coordinating Council, past and current chairs of the OCNE Curriculum Committee, the OCNE Research and Evaluation Committee, and the OCNE Learning Activity Committee for their contributions to collaborative leadership and continued innovation. The development of OCNE was supported by grants from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Service Administration, the Northwest Health Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Kaiser Northwest, the Meyer Memorial Trust, the James and Marion Miller Foundation, the Ford Family Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the US Department of Education, and the Oregon Community College and Workforce Development office. For more information, contact Dr. Gubrud-Howe at

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

© 2017 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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