Nursing News Archives

  • Grant Opportunity Supporting Nurses’ Well-Being

    September 20, 2022

    Established in 2020, the RN Well-Being Project is an initiative designed to provide research and resources on the mental and emotional well-being of Oregon’s nurses and to implement evidence-based interventions to positively impact nurses’ mental health. This project has brought together nursing leaders from all areas of healthcare, legislators, policy analysts, association representatives, research analysts, … Read more

  • OCN Recognizes Preceptors Across the State

    September 14, 2022

    As Oregon’s healthcare providers continue to address unprecedented staffing needs within their facilities, the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) is celebrating the vital work of nurse preceptors through the second annual Oregon Outstanding Nurse Preceptor Awards. In conjunction with Nursing Professional Development Week, OCN will recognize and honor 14 nurses who serve a critical role … Read more

  • Honoring Preceptors

    September 13, 2022

    Preceptors hold the key to unit culture. How you welcome and train new nurses in your unit is critical to creating the environment you want to work in as a nurse. The first year of nursing is often a steep learning curve. A new graduate RN takes on the identity of a nurse and learns … Read more

  • RN Well-Being Project Illuminates Nursing Needs

    June 27, 2022

    A statewide survey conducted by the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) detailed the workplace interventions that nurses feel are necessary to improve their mental and emotional well-being. Aiding workplaces in developing those interventions is the central goal of OCN’s RN Well-Being Project, which launched last year and has garnered national attention for the important work it’s … Read more

  • New Study Outlines Drawbacks to Reliance on Nurse Migration

    April 14, 2022

    Oregon’s healthcare providers have long relied on nurse migration from other states to fill open nursing positions. A new study from the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) demonstrates how this reliance on nurse migration impacts employers and communities in different ways. “Though Oregon doubled enrollment in our nursing education programs in the early 2000s, the … Read more

  • Nurses Share Their Thoughts on Meaningful Recognition

    April 05, 2022

    Often overlooked by the public, media and policymakers, nurses’ roles and contributions to healthcare have been highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic shifts into yet another phase, how can we continue to recognize the contributions of Oregon’s nurses?  Recently, as part of the Oregon Center for Nursing’s (OCN) 20th anniversary “Recognize Nursing” campaign, … Read more

  • COVID-19 Impact On Nursing Workforce Will Outlast Pandemic

    March 09, 2022

    ​Although Oregon’s pandemic state of emergency will end on April 1, the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) suggests the pandemic’s impact on the nursing workforce will last much longer. A new OCN research brief estimates it will take between 4.3 and 5.7 years for Oregon’s nursing workforce to recover to pre-pandemic levels. “We continue to … Read more

  • An Unofficial Guide to New Graduate Nursing

    February 07, 2022

    Your countdown app alerts you that you have 100 days left until you graduate nursing school. A wave of emotions comes over you – excitement and pride, but also apprehension and some anxiety. You’ve grown accustomed to the ebb and flow of nursing school but now it is time to take your first steps as … Read more

  • OCN Evolving To Meet Nursing Needs

    January 31, 2022

    When the Oregon Center for Nursing was first founded in 2002, the state was facing a serious shortage of nurses in certain settings. Sound familiar? Today, the profession continues to face staffing pressures, this time from a global pandemic that led to a “Great Resignation” and acute shortages of nurses.  As the Oregon Center for … Read more

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