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.
Neuro-surgical nurses are specialized medical-surgical nurses that care for patients needing neurosurgery for problems involving their nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves). The Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN) credential program is maintained by the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing (ABNN). Neurosurgical nurses must renew their CNRN certification every five years. The major professional organization for neurosurgical nursing is the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN), although neuro-surgical nurses may also consider joining the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN), which is the major professional organization for adult medical-surgical nursing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent, overall job growth for registered nurses.