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Nursing Shortages in the News
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There has been a recent flurry of national news articles related to nursing shortages. CNN Money discussed the current shortage health providers are facing and their efforts to recruit and retain nurses, including increasingly higher signing bonuses, relocation reimbursements and continuing education funds. While common practices in rural communities, health providers in urban areas are also implementing some of these strategies to help fill open positions.

At the same time, a recent article from Modern Healthcare suggests that the added recruitment incentives may impact revenue growth. The article cites studies from Moody’s which showed hospitals' average annual revenue growth of 5.7% between 2012 and 2016 exceeded salaries and benefits expense growth of 5.5% but did not include recruitment expenses.

How can Oregon continue to meet the health care needs of its residents? Join us at our Education and Practice Summit on July 12th to discuss this topic and more!
 
 
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On July 12, OCN will host the Nursing Academic/Practice Summit. This full-day event will feature panel discussions from nurse faculty and nurse leaders as we explore “Creating a Model for Nursing in Oregon.” If you are a nurse leader in either education or practice, please join us for this free event to discuss nursing’s future in Oregon. 

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Volunteers Needed for OCN Workgroups    
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OCN is looking for great thinkers to help find solutions to some issues affecting Oregon’s nursing workforce. These groups are:

Nurse Equity Coalition: In 2016, the Oregon registered nurse workforce was 88% White, while the population in Oregon was just 78% White. Join stakeholders interested in improving diversity within Oregon’s nurse workforce.

Behavioral Health Task Force: The lack of behavioral health workforce in Oregon is staggering, and finding access to care is becoming more and more difficult. Nurses are at the frontline of these services, and we are looking for great ideas for how to help more people with mental health needs access care. Volunteers from both education and practice settings are welcome.

Statewide RN Professional Development Task Force: How can we provide workforce development to help nurses at all levels, in all practice settings throughout all of Oregon? We’d love to hear your ideas.

Each of these workgroups will meet virtually approximately 3-4 times per year with some follow up email discussion.

Interested? Please sign up on OCN's volunteer page.
 
 
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