OCN News

  • Versatility of Nurse Practitioners Leaves Primary Care Call Unanswered

    July 21, 2020

    The scope of work and practice authority for nurse practitioners (NPs) varies widely across the United States. In some areas, NPs are restricted from prescribing medication, or can practice only under the supervision of a physician. In other states, like Oregon, NPs enjoy full practice authority. They can evaluate patients, diagnose, order tests, manage treatments, … Read more

  • Schools Transition to Virtual Simulation During Pandemic

    July 06, 2020

    As the COVID-19 pandemic descended in March 2020, colleges and universities across the United States closed classrooms and transitioned to Zoom lectures. Nursing programs, however, faced a unique challenge. Not only did they need to quickly switch to online lectures, nursing programs needed a way to provide clinical placements when facilities across most of Oregon … Read more

  • Report Finds Intersection Between Practice Settings and Experience

    June 16, 2020

    The Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN), the state’s leading nursing workforce research organization, today released a new report showing how nurses’ tendencies to work in certain settings change as they gain more nursing experience. ​ “The results of this study clearly show that nurses with less than 20 years of experience are more likely to work … Read more

  • OCN Donates 5,000 Face Masks to Protect Vulnerable Populations

    April 23, 2020

    The Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN), the state’s leading organization on nursing workforce issues, donated 5,000 disposable face masks to the Oregon Health Care Association (OHCA). “Given the recent news about the number of COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities in Oregon, we gladly offered to donate these needed face masks to OHCA as their … Read more

  • The Power of a Pandemic

    April 20, 2020

    The year 2020 was supposed to be about a lot of things – the start of a new decade, the Year of the Nurse and Nurse Midwife, Summer Olympics, a presidential election. Only three months into the year, the COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed the world we live in. As healthcare professionals and policymakers work with … Read more

  • Portland Business Journal: Oregon Nursing Workforce Strained by COVID-19

    March 18, 2020

    Check out the Portland Business Journal’s recent article on COVID-19’s potential to impact Oregon’s nurse workforce. 

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  • OCN Finds Critical Lack of Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care

    March 04, 2020

    The Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) released a new report on nurse practitioners with surprising and important implications for public health policy makers, health care leaders, nurse educators and the nursing workforce. With a noticeable shortage of primary care providers throughout the state, assumptions have been made that trained and licensed nurse practitioners (NPs) could … Read more

  • Growth in BSN Programs Impacts Oregon’s Workforce

    November 06, 2019

    The Oregon Center for Nursing’s (OCN) recently released a new report, “Trends in Oregon Nursing Education, 2012-2018,” which examines long-term trends in the state’s nursing education pipeline. “It all starts with education,” said Jana R. Bitton, OCN’s Executive Director. “Understanding Oregon’s capacity to educate future nurses is a vital component to ensuring our state has … Read more

  • Good Things Happening in Nursing

    September 09, 2019

    It’s easy to point out the challenges facing Oregon’s nursing workforce. We write about them … constantly. Extensively. Obsessively? When the focus centers on all the challenges and obstacles, it is easy to feel discouraged and think things aren’t getting better. And yet, things ARE getting better. At the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce … Read more

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