About OCN

Kristena McAllister, MSN, RN

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, OR

Founded as a non-profit by nursing leaders in 2002, the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) is the state advisor for nursing workforce issues. OCN supports and promotes exceptional nursing professionals, conducts and disseminates research, and builds partnerships with diverse stakeholders to advance nursing.

OCN works across the state to support a wide spectrum of nursing professionals, from new graduates to senior leaders working in diverse healthcare settings. The organization is regarded by nurse leaders, educators, and state legislature as a leader and advisor for nursing workforce issues, including well-being, job satisfaction, and retention. 

Our Mission & Objectives

The Oregon Center for Nursing facilitates research and collaboration for Oregon’s nursing workforce to support informed, well-prepared, diverse, and exceptional nursing professionals.We create and support programming centered around our strategic objectives:

Oregon Nursing Advancement Fund

Our research and programming are funded by numerous income sources, including state and federal grants, government funding, and the Oregon Nursing Advancement Fund, which designates a portion of each Oregon nursing license fee to OCN. This means that OCN’s work is funded, in part, by nurses for nurses. Learn more about the Oregon Nursing Advancement Fund here.


The OCN Team

Meet the team of nursing advocates who keep The Oregon Center for Nursing running.

Our Board of Directors

OCN is guided by a dedicated board of nurse and healthcare leaders from across Oregon.

Get In Touch

We are here to help! Get in touch with questions about OCN programs, events, and more.

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