• Issues Facing the Post-Pandemic Nursing Workforce in Oregon

    September 03, 2020
    OCN Report

    Oregon ’s nursing workforce has faced many different challenges over time, such as the aging of the population and health care demand related to increased prevalence of chronic conditions. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage states, including Oregon, the challe...

  • Nursing Maldistribution: The Intersection Between Practice Setting and Years of Nursing Experience

    June 22, 2020
    OCN Report

    • More experienced RNs tend to practice in home health/ hospice, public health, policy and education.
    • RNs practicing in home health/hospice and public health will likely retire from nursing while working in those settings.
    • RNs with less than 20 years...

  • Primary Care Workforce Crisis Looming in Oregon

    March 11, 2020
    OCN Report

    It is well-established that the primary care needs of all Oregonians are outpacing the supply of medical professionals to meet those needs. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are educated and trained to provide primary care and there has been a dramatic growth in the number of NPs...

  • Trends in Oregon Nursing Education, 2012-2018

    November 08, 2019
    OCN Report

    Some remarkable changes in the nursing workforce have occurred over the past few decades. The number of registered nurses (RN) in the workforce has grown by more than 50 percent since 2001, with more than 3.1 million RNs working across the United States in 2015. Across th...

  • Shortage or Maldistribution: Shifting the Conversation About Oregon’s Nursing Workforce

    June 21, 2019
    OCN Report

    The prospect of a nursing shortage causes great concern for health officials and healthcare industry leaders. Nursing shortages are problematic for healthcare leaders and workforce planners as there are simply not enough nurses to fill vacant positions. This creates signi...

  • Nursing Apprenticeships: Examples for Oregon Discussion

    March 18, 2019
    OCN Report

    As communities and healthcare settings across the United States experience difficulties in recruiting and retaining nurses, many are searching for innovative solutions to fill workforce gaps. One option explored and implemented by some states is the concept of “nurs...

  • The Demand for Nursing Professionals in Oregon

    November 01, 2018
    OCN Report

    Because of the impact nurses have on the delivery of healthcare, the supply and demand for nurses garners much attention at a state and national level. In Oregon, and in other states, there are increased concerns about a nursing shortage, as well as an increased demand fo...

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