In 2001, The Oregon Center for Nursing was established to address the shortage of qualified nurses in the state. By offering scholarships and grants and researching the nursing workforce, the Center aimed to identify new sources of potential nurses, and to smooth the way from education to licensure for aspiring nurses.
The advent of affordable and accessible online education has opened a new path for inducting new nurses into the healthcare industry, at a time when new nurses are wanted across the U.S. Accredited online nursing education programs are recognized nationally, and can prepare nurses, in combination with clinical practice hours, to test for licensure. The Oregon State Nursing Board handles all licensure needs for the state, and offers licenses in the following nursing occupations:
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN), including Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, Nurse Anesthetists, and Clinical Nursing Specialists.
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with Prescriptive Authority (APRN-Rx)
Nursing Licensure in Oregon
Oregon is not a member-state of the Nurse Licensure Compact, so anyone wishing to practice there must apply via the Oregon State Nursing Board directly. The steps and requirements for applying are outlined below, and more detailed instructions and the necessary forms can be downloaded from the nursing board’s website.
- Complete the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN), administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).
- Submit proof of graduation from an approved nursing education program, as well as proof of clinical hours worked at the level of the license you are applying for. You must also turn in passport photos no more than six months old, and other forms of identification.
- Submit to a criminal background check.
- Renew your license every two years using the application instructions available on the Oregon state nursing board’s web page.
- Fulfill continuing education requirements every two years, and submit proof of this along with your renewal application.
Average Nursing Salaries in Oregon
All salary data is as of May 2011.
Oregon’s metropolitan areas all boast mean wages for nurses of over $70,000, well above the national mean, making the state an excellent place to get licensed, from an earnings perspective. However, the state reports relatively low employment numbers for nurses, even in the capitol city, so competition for these well-paid positions might be intense.
The table below compares the mean annual salaries for RNs in Oregon against those in the metropolitan areas of the state, and against the U.S. as a whole. All data has been provided by The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
|Area||Registered Nurses||Average Salary|
|Corvallis, OR||Data Not Released||$75,930|
|Eugene – Springfield, OR||2,880||$76,690|