I work at the VA on a designed education unit for UP, which means that we get students from UP each term who are assigned to specific nurses that act as their clinical instructors for the duration of that term. I also interact with OHSU nursing students a lot, as most of our SNTs (student nurse techs) are from OHSU.
It's hard to compare the two based on those interactions, since the OHSU SNTs are employees on the floor, so they are competent and confident in their positions, while the UP students are on the floor as students, usually unfamiliar with the environment.
It seems like UP has a solid program, and those students are always very well prepared, ask good questions, and quickly gain confidence. (But I HATE the color of their scrubs
, sorry!) I've met/interacted a few times with the woman who coordinates the clinicals, and she seems to really care about the students and ensuring their clinical experiences are top notch.
On the other hand, one of the most amazing nurses I work with is a new grad (May 2016) from OHSU, and she is incredible. She is a brilliant nurse, her critical thinking is off the charts, and her ability to interact with both patients and members of the interdisciplinary team are truly enviable. Similarly, when I interact with the SNTs (which is rare since they work days and I'm on nights), they just exude a confidence and know-how that I certainly never felt as a student (and still don't always feel as a newer nurse).