As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its seventh month in Oregon, it continues to impact the nursing workforce in multiple ways.

As facilities, particularly in the Portland Metro area, continue to pivot and shift to meet emerging community health needs, many have reduced or suspended in-person clinical placements for nursing and health care students. To preserve the nursing workforce pipeline, nursing programs are replacing lost in-person clinicals in many different ways.

In the Oregon Center for Nursing’s latest brief, “NOT WORKING WELL: Clinical Placements for Nursing Students in an Era of Pandemic,” examines the short and long-term future for clinical placements. The report, authored by Devon Berry, PhD, RN, contains information and feedback from 17 facilities and schools across the Portland Metro area.

Though exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the issues and themes uncovered in this brief pre-date the current pandemic, and point to long-standing issues that must be addressed.