Oregon Nursing Advancement Fund

Supported by Oregon’s RNs and LPNs

If you are a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse in Oregon, there is a surcharge on your license fee dedicated to supporting the Oregon Nursing Advancement Fund. Read on to learn about this vital effort to support nursing in Oregon.

What is the Oregon Nursing Advancement Fund?

Enacted by the Oregon Legislature in 2015, the Oregon Nursing Advancement Fund was created to support a nonprofit organization that:

  • Works to advance the profession of nursing in Oregon through research, leadership development, educational support, and advocacy for nursing;
  • Conducts research studies on the nursing workforce in this state, including projected supply and demand of nurses and workforce shortages in nursing education and practice;
  • Distributes information free of charge about the Oregon nursing workforce to residents of this state; and
  • Convenes nursing organizations to address issues and recommendations identified through nursing workforce research.

Who pays into this fund and how much?

Every licensed practical nurse and registered nurse in Oregon pays $9 per license application or renewal to support the Oregon Nursing Advancement Fund. That is the equivalent of $4.50 a year.

How does the Oregon Nursing Advancement Fund support OCN?

The Oregon Center for Nursing is proud to be a recipient of the Oregon Nursing Advancement Fund. Monies received from this fund are earmarked to fund research on the nursing workforce, support annual events to convene nursing leaders from around Oregon, and maintain our website with up-to-date information on nursing in Oregon.

How can nurses learn about the efforts of the Oregon Nursing Advancement Fund?

The Oregon Center for Nursing provides quarterly updates to all nurses in Oregon via the Oregon State Board of Nursing Sentinel. Sign up for our newsletter for news and updates from OCN. In addition, our publications, data, and information are always free to access on the website.

Do other states have a similar license surcharge?

While not universal, Oregon is one of thirteen nursing workforce centers that receive license surcharge fees to fund their work. The cost ranges anywhere from $3 to $40 per year.