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Online Nursing Programs in Oregon

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A shortage of qualified nurses has been an issue of concern for years, and Oregon nursing schools have been working to innovate their programs and assist students who are working toward a baccalaureate degree. To that end, the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education has worked to reform nursing programs to, among other things, allow students to complete their last year of education online.

Keep reading to learn exactly how much registered nurses in Oregon make and how Oregon nursing programs are expanding to allow online studies.

Online Nursing Programs in Oregon

Nurses in Oregon can choose several different education paths, and the Oregon State Board of Nursing has approved a number of programs for each option:

  • 15 practical nursing programs
  • 18 registered nurse associate degree programs
  • 10 registered nurse baccalaureate degree programs
  • 2 nurse practitioner programs

Licensed practical nurses may complete a short-term educational program, usually offered at a community college. These programs are typically hands-on and cannot be completed online. The same is true for associate degree programs for new registered nurses.

However, those hoping to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing can find options to allow them to complete their education online. The Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education first initiated this new model of nursing education in 2006. Their program allowed students to begin their education on-campus at a community college and then complete their bachelor's degree online through the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

Since the completion of the consortium's model project, some Oregon nursing schools have expanded on the concept. For example, Central Oregon Community College has a program that allows students who have completed their RN associate degree at the school to then go on and earn an online bachelor's degree from either Linfield College or OHSU.

Current RNs may also find other options to study online through RN-BSN or RN-MSN programs. These can be a convenient way for nurses to expand their knowledge and potentially move into higher paid positions as nurse practitioners. By studying online, these nurses can study at their convenience and minimize disruptions to their work schedule.

What's the Nursing Career Outlook in Oregon?

Nursing positions in Oregon are expected to grow significantly in the coming years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statics. The chart below details the average employment, salaries and job growth for Oregon nurses.

Position Employment in Oregon (2014) Average Salary in Oregon (2014) Expected Job Growth Statewide (2012-2022)
Registered Nurses 31,050 $82,940 16.2%
Nurse Anesthetists 210 $162,500 26.4%
Nurse Practitioners 1,360 $111,160 26.8%
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 2,810 $48,550 19.9%
Nursing Assistants 11,390 $28,710 20.4%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014)

Of course, not every nurse in the state will earn these salaries. Actual incomes depend on a number of factors, including education and experience. Geographic location can also affect a person's wages. For example, the following represents average salaries for Oregon registered nurses in 2014 by metropolitan area.

  • Portland: $85,450
  • Bend: $82,960
  • Salem: $77,860
  • Eugene: $80,320
  • Medford: $78,310

Nursing Specializations in Oregon

Just as doctors can specialize their work, so too can nurses. In fact, there are more than 100 nurse specialties, according to Johnson & Johnson. These can be broken down into nine categories such as advanced practice, emergency and surgical and include the following job titles:

  • Clinical nurse leader
  • Family nurse practitioner
  • Hematology nurse
  • Labor and delivery nurse
  • Neuroscience nurse

Some Oregon nursing programs may offer classes that are designed to prepare students for a certain specialty. Other nurses specialize as they gain experience on the job.

Another way for nurses to specialize is to earn a voluntary certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center or another professional organization. There are dozens of certifications available. Some are specifically for nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists while others may be pursued by RNs.

The following are a few examples of the certifications that may be available:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation nursing
  • College health nursing
  • Nursing case management
  • Perinatal nursing
  • Psychiatric-mental health nursing

Sources:

  1. Long-term projections, Projections Central, http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
  2. Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_md.htm
  3. Registered nurses, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291141.htm
  4. Explore Specialties, Johnson & Johnson, https://www.discovernursing.com/explore-specialties#no-filters
  5. ANCC Certification Center, American Nurses Credentialing Center, http://www.nursecredentialing.org/Certification
  6. Oregon Approved Nursing Programs, https://osbn.oregon.gov/OSBNOnlineReports/default.aspx?ReportName=OregonApprovedNursingPrograms
  7. A Model for Addressing the Nursing Shortage in Oregon, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, August 12, 2013, http://www.rwjf.org/content/dam/farm/reports/program_results_reports/2013/rwjf73224
  8. Nursing Program, Central Oregon Community College, https://www.cocc.edu/nursing/

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