Registered Nurses collaborate with the healthcare team to promote health, prevent diseases, and restore care. Their duties depend on the healthcare setting, but are common tasks that all nurses perform. These include the administration of medication, monitoring for adverse side effects, updating patients’ medical records, educating patients and families on the plan of care, and collaborating with the health care team to develop, implement, and assess patient care plans.
Nurses work in hospitals, primarily, but also in schools, assisted living … Read the rest
Oregon’s liberal laws for advanced practice nurses, particularly nurse practitioners, enable nurses to participate in the delivery of primary care and help relieve the pressures on an overburdened system. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are registered nurses who have completed graduate-level study at the masters or doctorate level and national certification in a specialized area of practice. They provide effective, affordable patient care services, similar to a primary care physician, without any loss of patient satisfaction. In rural and medically … Read the rest
The aging of the U.S. population, increased access to health coverage, and a shortfall of primary care physicians will cause a crisis within healthcare. Oregon, like other states, is particularly vulnerable as populations in rural areas do not have access to primary care. One measure the state has implemented to pick up the slack is to utilize nurse practitioners in medically under-served areas. The number of nurse practitioners in the state rose by 18% over a three year period in … Read the rest
Registered nursing graduates have a difficult time finding a job if they don’t have a bachelor’s degree. For many years, the associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) has held its position as the benchmark for practice, but a paradigm shift in the industry is causing more hospitals to expect a higher level of education from their RNs. As the emphasis shifts to preventative and patient-based primary care, many hospital institutions will require their RNs to hold a BSN degree or higher.… Read the rest
Rapid changes in healthcare lead to higher expectations from the largest part of the healthcare team. Loftier credentialing expectations drive registered nurses with an associate’s degree to enroll in RN to BSN programs to secure a bachelor’s degree. When the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the Future of Nursing Report in 2010 and recommended that 80 percent of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree by 2020, only 30 percent of practicing nurses held the advanced degree. Today, close to … Read the rest
Oregon State faces a major shortage of nurses in the areas of long-term care, hospice care, geriatric care, and public health. Nurses comprise the largest segment of the healthcare workforce in Oregon. The demand is dependent on the nursing needs of the aging population. Although there is an all-round need for nurses, the greatest need is within long-term care to meet the complex care needs of senior Oregonians. According to a 2015 report from the Oregon Center for Nursing, the … Read the rest