Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) recently released a new infographic on Oregon’s nursing education programs. Combined with OCN’s reports on nursing maldistribution in Oregon, the infographic shows how the pipeline of Oregon’s future nurses continues to evolve.
“Oregon nursing education continues to graduate more students,” said Jana R. Bitton, OCN’s Executive Director. “The number of graduates from Oregon nursing programs grew by 13 percent from 2017. Baccalaureate program graduates grew by 25 percent.”
The infographic also highlights the number of seats available for new nursing students. Almost two-thirds of available seats were in Oregon’s baccalaureate programs. More than 75 percent of those seats were in private universities and colleges. The number of seats in associate nursing programs declined by eight percent since 2017.
OCN staff also looked at program distribution across the state. They found eighty-seven percent of baccalaureate seats were in the Portland Metro area. Eighty-one percent of associate degree program seats were outside the Portland area.
“The accessibility of associate and baccalaureate degree nursing programs contributes to the maldistribution of nurses in the state,” said Bitton. “As the state considers whether communities have an adequate nursing workforce, the pipeline must be evaluated.”
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 advisor for nursing workforce issues, OCN fulfills its mission through nurse workforce research, building partnerships, and promoting nursing and healthcare. For more information about OCN, please visit www.oregoncenterfornursing.org.
Jana R. Bitton, MPA