Portland, Ore., July 13, 2023 — The Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) recently awarded $496,496 in grant funding to support mental health and emotional wellness initiatives for nurses in long-term care environments. Funding was made possible by the generous support of the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS).
The grants will support the nursing workforce of long-term care environments across Oregon, including memory care, hospice, and skilled nursing facilities. Selected projects address specific work-related stressors and were designed in collaboration with the nursing staff at each organization. A complete list of the funded projects is available here.
“There were 6,676 nurses working in long-term care settings in Oregon as of 2020. These professionals often function in much more isolated roles with different team dynamics and work environments than other nurses,” said Jana Bitton, Executive Director of OCN. “The Oregon Center for Nursing is thrilled to support these projects addressing the unique challenges this workforce population faces.”
OCN began funding well-being projects in early 2023. The organization has awarded $846,143 in grant money for nursing-focused mental and emotional wellness across the state. Learn more about the OCN RN Well-Being Project, a statewide wellness and mental health initiative for nursing staff, and past grant-funded projects at oregoncenterfornursing.org/rn-well-being-project.
About The Oregon Center for Nursing
The Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) is a nonprofit workforce center working to advance the nursing profession across Oregon. The organization fulfills its mission of supporting “informed, well-prepared, diverse, and exceptional nursing professionals” through research, education, programming, and community partnerships. Established by nursing leaders in 2002, OCN is regarded by the Oregon state legislature as a leader and advisor for nursing workforce issues, including well-being, job satisfaction, and retention. For more information about the organization and its programming, visit oregoncenterfornursing.org.
Callie Gisler, Communications Specialist
Oregon Center for Nursing
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