A recent effort to lower the nursing vacancy rate in Portland has been successful, with nursing jobs being filled faster by qualified individuals. According the Oregon Center for Nursing, 41 percent of currently licensed RNs are expected to retire by 2025. Thus, there is a huge demand for a large young workforce to come up. Portland area hospitals are responding by paying students. tuition costs in exchange for them working as nurses for an agreed amount of time. Three main hospitals in Portland are Oregon State Hospital, Providence Portland Medical Center, and Legacy Emanuel Hospital.
Nurse-midwives are advanced practice registered nurses that provide primary care to women, including gynecological exams, prenatal care, labor and delivery care, and neonatal care. To receive their Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery, registered nurses must graduate from a nurse-midwifery program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)the accrediting body of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)and pass the national certification exam offered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). According to PayScale, the nurse-midwife salary range is $36,000 to $84,511. The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses.