The Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) recently released an update of it’s “I Am an Oregon Nurse” infographic, providing updated information on the diversity represented in Oregon’s largest health care profession.
“There are more than 41,000 registered nurses who work in Oregon, which represents an increase of 6 percent since 2014,” said OCN Executive Director, Jana R. Bitton, MPA. “The increase of nurses is needed, particularly as we project a shortage of nurses over the next several years. We are constantly analyzing the most up-to-date information available on the workforce, so we can see how it is evolving and changing.”
The “I Am an Oregon Nurse” infographic displays key information, including gender, education level, median salary, work settings and practice specialties. “There have been some significant changes since 2014,” said Bitton. “More than half of Oregon’s nurses now have a baccalaureate degree or higher, and the percent of nurses working in hospital settings have gone down.”
OCN will release additional information on Oregon’s nurse workforce later this year. To view or download the “I Am an Oregon Nurse” infographic, or other reports on Oregon’s nursing workforce, visit www.oregoncenterfornursing.org
OCN is a nonprofit organization created by nursing leaders in 2002. OCN facilitates research and collaboration for Oregon’s nursing workforce to support informed, well-prepared, diverse and exceptional nursing professionals. Recognized by the Oregon state legislature as a state advisory for nursing workforce issues, OCN fulfills its mission through nurse workforce research, building partnerships, and advocating for nursing and healthcare. For more information about OCN, please visit www.oregoncenterfornursing.org.
Jana R. Bitton, MPA