The Oregon Center for Nursing released a new report today detailing the latest trends in Oregon’s supply of registered nurses.

The report, “Characteristics of the Nursing Workforce in Oregon – 2016”, utilizing the latest available public data from the Oregon State Board of Nursing and Oregon Health Authority, provides insight into the current workforce and changes in trends over the past six years.

“Nursing professionals are the largest segment of health care providers in Oregon,” said OCN Executive Director, Jana R. Bitton, MPA. “Understanding the complexities and changing demographics of this workforce is critical as we look at policy changes and workforce planning.”

“Characteristics of the Nursing Workforce in Oregon – 2016” identifies several areas of interest related to Oregon’s registered nursing workforce. The nursing workforce appears to be slightly younger than in past years, though almost 1 in 5 registered nurses plans to retire in the next five years. Education level is another important issue also discussed at length.

“Many organizations are actively looking at the education levels of their registered nurses,” said Bitton. “While the percent of Oregon nurses has increased since 2010, we are still nowhere near the national goal of having a workforce where 80 percent hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. Our latest research shows the slow rate of increase is in part due to older nurses who hold associate’s degrees remaining in the workforce longer than anticipated.”

OCN will be hosting a free webinar to discuss the findings of its latest report on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 12 PM. To register for the webinar, go to

To view or download the “Characteristics of the Nursing Workforce in Oregon – 2016” report, or other reports on Oregon’s nursing workforce, visit

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

Media Contact:
Jana R. Bitton, MPA
Executive Director