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.
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.