e-Learning Consortium: NEXus

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Quick Glance
Formed 2004
Located c/o Western Institute of Nursing
3455 SW Veterans Hospital Road
Portland, OR 97239-2941
Employees Approximately 1.2 FTE
Agency Contact Paula McNeil, RN, MS
Project Director
Sponsor Western Institute of Nursing
More Information Website


NEXus (the Nursing Education Xchange) enables member institutions to expand the capacity of doctoral programs in nursing in the United States by offering courses through collaborative efforts with other institutions, thereby giving nursing doctoral students greater access to high quality education.


Our organization was created in 2004 and is a membership collaborative comprised of 16 schools/colleges of nursing across the US that offer distance-accessible doctoral courses. There are two kinds of members: full academic collaborators, which both offer courses and send students to take courses from other members; and academic affiliates, which send students to take courses, but do not offer courses through NEXus. The collaboration is governed by an Executive Committee comprised of a representative from each member institution. NEXus was founded by the Western Institute of Nursing, which serves as the lead organization. Initial grant funding was from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, US Department of Education; and then from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. The collaborative is now self-supporting. NEXus utilizes the WICHE Internet Course Exchange.


NEXus services include:

  • A course exchange catalogue through which member schools/colleges of nursing can post courses and the number of seats available to students in the member institutions. Courses are organized into 12 clusters, focusing on areas of nursing knowledge.
  • Programming to address emerging health issues, such as chronic and disabling conditions, and more recently, children, parents, and family.
  • Special topics programming, which are one-time offerings on emerging or "hot topic" issues affecting nursing practice.
  • A positive business model in which a common tuition is shared between the teaching institution, the home institution and NEXus central.

Initiatives & Interests

NEXus initiatives/interests include:

  • A new collaboration between the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) and NEXus, in which the focus is the preparation of new faculty to provide academic leadership in gerontological nursing for associate and higher degree nursing programs nationally to address the dynamic and changing needs of older adults. Individual schools/colleges of nursing that are members of NHCGNE will join NEXus at an initial reduced membership fee. Students at these member schools will have access to the entire course catalogue and to a greater variety of doctoral courses.
  • Collaborate in the delivery of distance nursing education offerings to the benefit of nursing doctoral students.
  • Implement ongoing evaluations to assess organization and operational processes.
  • Increase doctoral students' access to quality higher education courses through coordination of member institutions.
  • Improve opportunities for faculty collaboration and networking.
  • Administer a website that serves as a resource for students, faculty, and advisors for distance education doctoral nursing courses.
  • Identify external funding opportunities.
  • Coordinate and disseminate consortium information to all NEXus member institutions and students.
  • Coordinate efforts among 16 member institutions to maintain student friendly system.

Organizational Documents

Annual Report 2014.

Guiding Principles.

Memorandum of Understanding.

Membership Application.