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.
Forensic nurses treat the victims of violence, crimes, abuse and trauma, while also aiding detectives in the scientific investigation that helps catch perpetrators. Even if they perform little to no direct patient care, forensic nurses must keep their RN license active. Certificates in Forensic Nursing are offered by such organizations as the University of California and American Forensic Nurses (AMRN), and forensic nurses can receive further certifications from the Forensic Nursing Certification Board (FNCB) as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A) or Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Pediatric (SANE-P). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses.