OCN News

  • Webinar: Nursing Wellness: Navigating Mental Health, Substance Use, and Recovery

    June 04, 2024

    Current research indicates the mental health of nurses has not rebounded to pre-pandemic levels. Many are still reporting significantly high levels of psychological distress, resulting in clinical symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trauma, with one in ten experiencing suicidal thoughts. Even more concerning is the fact that most are not seeking mental health care, citing … Read more

  • Podcast: How Much Do Oregon’s Registered Nurses Earn?

    April 05, 2024

    How does Oregon stack up in nurse compensation? The newly published report, How Much Do Oregon’s Registered Nurses Earn? The 2023 Oregon Wage Study, from the Oregon Center for Nursing, helps to address that common question. Tune in for a conversation with OCN Research Director Dr. Richard Allgeyer as we dig into the data and examine Oregon nursing wages … Read more

  • OCN Explores Nursing Wages in New Research

    April 03, 2024

    How much do Oregon nurses really make? The well-being of Oregon’s nursing workforce is a guiding initiative for OCN, which includes the compensation of our nursing professionals. The Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) conducted a comprehensive study in late 2023 to garner essential insight into the topic. Currently, information about nursing salaries from the Oregon … Read more

  • Podcast: Everything You Need to Know About the Oregon State Board of Nursing

    March 12, 2024

    You have likely heard about the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN), but how does the organization interact with and support Oregon nurses? Join us for a conversation with Dr. Sarah Wickenhagen from the Oregon State Board of Nursing as she raises the curtain to give us an inside look at the governing board. We’re … Read more

  • Nurse Residency Programs Bridge School and Career: A Look into a Rural Oregon Nurse Residency Program

    October 24, 2023

    Guest Article by Jessie Wilkie, Senior Digital Marketing Manager at Sky Lakes Medical Center Nestled east of the Cascades Mountain Range in Southern Oregon is Oregon’s City of Sunshine. Klamath Falls, Oregon, is truly one of the nation’s most beautiful towns. It’s not just the town that is a hidden gem, so is the Nurse … Read more

  • OCN Celebrates its 2023 Outstanding Nurse Preceptor Award Winners

    October 05, 2023

    Together with nursing staff and leaders across the state, the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) announced Oregon’s Outstanding Nurse Preceptors for 2023. The third annual event celebrates 24 exceptional nurse preceptors and recognizes their critical roles in advancing the nursing workforce.  “We could not do this without our nurse preceptors. Preceptors help nurses transition into … Read more

  • How do the Perceptions of In-Facility, Face-to-Face Simulation, and Virtual Simulation in Nursing Education Compare?

    August 11, 2023

    The COVID-19 pandemic had profound impacts on nursing education in Oregon and across the country. As emergency declarations were implemented, many healthcare providers closed their facilities to students seeking clinical placements due to shortages of protective equipment, risks of further spread of COVID-19, and the ongoing burden on healthcare staff. In response to these disruptions, … Read more

  • Submit a Nomination for an Outstanding Nurse Preceptor

    August 10, 2023

    The OCN Annual Outstanding Nurse Preceptor Awards is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the critical role these professionals play in advancing the nursing workforce. Do you know someone in your organization who has a positive impact on new team members? Or do you have a preceptor who left a lasting impression on your own … Read more

  • Oregon Center for Nursing Grants $496,496 to Foster Nurse Well-being in Long-Term Care Settings

    July 13, 2023

    Portland, Ore., July 13, 2023 — The Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) recently awarded $496,496 in grant funding to support mental health and emotional wellness initiatives for nurses in long-term care environments. Funding was made possible by the generous support of the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS).  The grants will support the nursing workforce of … Read more

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