Nursing Supply

  • Filling the Gap: An Examination of Oregon Registered Nurses Licensed Through Endorsement

    April 20, 2022
    OCN Report

    • To fill the need for nurses in Oregon, employers traditionally rely on RNs migrating to Oregon to practice.
    • If the number of endorsing RNs practicing in Oregon continues to fall, Oregon’s smallest counties are at risk of not being able to recruit enough RNs to fill needed positions.
    • Non-hospital practice settings in smaller communities across Oregon may face worsening staffing issues if the number of endorsing RNs who do not practice in Oregon continues to rise.
    • A decline in the number of nurses moving to Oregon or a drop in the proportion of endorsing RNs who practice in the state could have severe consequences on the ability to provide timely, high-quality healthcare to Oregonians.

  • Issues Facing the Post-Pandemic Nursing Workforce in Oregon – Lasting Pandemic Impacts

    March 10, 2022
    OCN Report

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many issues facing the nursing workforce in Oregon, including the disruption of the nursing education pipeline, increased stress levels and burnout among nurses, and nurses leaving their positions. The issues affecting the nursing wor...

  • A New View on Nurse Turnover: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Shocked the System

    October 07, 2021
    OCN Report

    Turnover among the nursing workforce is a global issue with a significant impact on the delivery of high quality care and the financial performance of healthcare systems. High levels of turnover among nurses increase workgroup conflict, decrease unit cohesion, and reduce ...

  • The Connection Between Local Nurse Recruitment Efforts and Social Determinants of Health

    January 22, 2021
    OCN Report

    Recent studies in Oregon provide compelling evidence of a nursing workforce maldistribution across geographic areas, practice settings, and even across nurses’ careers. The original intent of the work on maldistribution was to encourage communities to explore customized...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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