The Oregon Center for Nursing’s (OCN) newly updated infographic, Nursing Education in Oregon, shows graduations from Oregon’s nursing programs have remained relatively stable despite ongoing faculty shortage concerns. 

“The number of graduates went down slightly from 2017 to 2018, but not significantly,” said Jana R. Bitton, OCN’s Executive Director. “Given our research showing the challenges of recruiting and retaining nurse faculty, we thought we might see a bigger impact.” 

Data for the infographics was compiled from annual surveys of nursing programs approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.  This version includes new data elements, including tracking of graduates from Oregon RN-to-BSN programs, and the average age of graduates. 

Information about students completing nursing school in Oregon is vital,” Bitton said. “This important data helps schools, communities and policymakers have informed conversations about ensuring a robust, local workforce in the future. 

The infographic, Nursing Education in Oregon, is available to download on the Infographics page of the OCN website.

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 advisory 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

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Jana R. Bitton, MPA