The need for more nursing jobs is expected to grow in Oregon, as an aging RN workforce moves closer to retirement. A program called the N2K Nursing Education Program, a collaboration of the Oregon Health Career Center, hospitals and nursing programs, aims to take on the nursing shortage by providing tuition money for hospital employees to complete nursing degrees. Furthermore, hospitals throughout Oregon have taken measures to improve recruitment and retention of nurses, and there has been a statewide focus on adding more nursing educators to schools.
Emergency-trauma nurses provide rapid, initial assessment and treatment for patients. Because emergency-trauma nurses treat patients of all ages suffering from an extensive range of illnesses and injuries, they must be able to recognize and treat a wide variety of ailments, quickly and efficiently. The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) offers certification as a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN), Certified Transport Registered Nurse (CTRN) and Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN). BCENs CEN and CFRN certification credentials have been accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS).