• 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...

  • Nursing Education in Oregon: 2016-2017

    July 01, 2018
    OCN Report

    The Oregon Center for Nursing facilitates research and collaboration for Oregon’s nursing workforce to support informed, well-prepared, diverse and exceptional nursing professionals.

  • Aging Trends in Oregon’s Nursing Workforce

    February 09, 2018
    OCN Report

    • Oregon’s current nursing workforce is younger than the recent past.
    • The median age for registered nurses was 47 in 2016; down three years from that in 2012.
    • More younger nurses are entering the workforce.
    • The younger nursing workforce is...

  • Characteristics of the Nursing Workforce in Oregon – 2016

    September 07, 2017
    OCN Report

    The nursing workforce is critical to the delivery of healthcare. Nurses work in a variety of settings and practice areas affecting the lives of all Oregonians. In addition, nurses make up the largest share of the healthcare workforce in Oregon. This makes nursing an econo...

  • Oregon Nurses Licensed By Endorsement

    April 20, 2018
    OCN Report

    Oregon’s registered nurses (RNs) obtain their licenses by one of two methods:

    • EXAM—This method is for individuals who have just finished their initial nursing education and have not yet worked as a registered nurse.
    • ENDORSEMENT—This method is f...

  • Oregon’s Licensed Practical Nurse Workforce

    September 04, 2016
    OCN Report

    What is a Licensed Practical Nurse? Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) provide basic nursing care under the direction of registered nurses or licensed independent practitioners. Job responsibilities include monitoring patients’ health, administering basic patient care, pr...

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