Employers in Oregon continue to report a strong demand, or need, for nurses according to The Demand for Nursing Professionals in Oregon – 2018, a new report released by the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN).


“Employers report difficulties in recruiting, hiring, and retaining nurses across the spectrum of health care,” said Jana R. Bitton, OCN’s Executive Director.  “While hospitals seem to be using contract labor to help reduce the number of open positions, vacancy rates for long term care, home health/hospice and public health have continued to climb.”

OCN conducted its research by contacting hospitals and health systems, skilled nursing facilities, home health and hospice agencies, and public health departments across Oregon to ask about current and projected hiring needs for nurses.

“The demand for nurses in Oregon isn’t lessening,” Bitton said. “Our hope is this updated information will help inform employers, policymakers and schools as they work to ensure Oregonians have access to health care and quality nursing professionals.”

The full study, The Demand for Nursing Professionals in Oregon, is available to download on the Reports page of the OCN website

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 www.oregoncenterfornursing.org.

Media Contact:
Jana Bitton, MPA