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.
Patient care technicians (or PC techs) work under the supervision of nursing and medical staff to complete routine tasks and provide direct patient care. Certified nursing assistants, hospital attendants, licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses are examples of patient care technicians. Patient care technician job requirements will vary greatly depending on the job; some will require CNA certification while others will only require a high school diploma. Because of this, patient care technician salary will also vary greatly between positions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent job growth for nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, at 19%.