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June 16, 2005: Oregon: Nursing shortage tied to education:"When registration closed for the 2005-2006 Central Oregon Community College nursing program this week, 144 prospective students had applied, instructional dean Celeste Brody said. Only 36 of those applicants will start the program in the fall. "It's hard," Brody said. "People get really mad." Most of the applicants will have taken the prerequisite courses for the COCC nursing program, Brody said. Many will have high grade-point averages and personalities that fit the nursing trade. But, because of a lack of faculty members and money to expand the program here, a vast majority of those who applied will not get in."
http://www.bendbulletin.com/news/story.cfm?story_no=16531

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Fri, May 27, 2005: Oregon: You can learn a lot from a dummy:"A recent night found first-year Providence Portland nurse David Walker struggling to keep a confused and agitated patient in bed, and closely monitoring a cancer patient receiving five units of blood. Yet another patient fighting cancer deteriorated quickly as his kidneys and lungs failed. Walker thrives on the challenge, and he says, at 41, in a third career, he's not afraid to ask for help. "Coming from business, it's just amazing how much a nurse has to do that goes unrewarded … how many details there are. You can't make a mistake," Walker says."
http://www.portlandtribune.com/archview.cgi?id=30073

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Jan 23, 2003: Oregon: Providence Health System, university partner to address nursing shortage:"A new partnership between the University of Portland and Providence Health System is addressing the local shortage of nurses. The multi-million dollar partnership, announced Thursday, will provide 75 new full tuition scholarships annually for upper-level nursing students and three-year job placements in the Providence Health System after graduation. Providence's initial commitment, funding $2.5 million in University scholarships the first year, is believed to be the largest of its kind in the nation aimed at dealing with the growing nationwide shortage of nurses."
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/argus/index.ssf?/base/news/1043361378105750.xml

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December 6, 2002: Oregon: 1st contract eludes Milwaukie nurses:"Frustrated at what they perceive as the slow pace of contract negotiations, nurses at Providence Milwaukie Hospital took their case public Tuesday night at a forum convened by the Workers' Rights Board, an offshoot of Portland Jobs With Justice."
http://www.oregonlive.com/metrosouth/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/metro_south_news/1039179402248065.xml

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November 19, 2002: Oregon: LPNs could help relieve shortage:"For years I have been trying to bolster the profession of the licensed practical nurse (LPN). LPNs are being discriminated against by the dominant registered nurses. With the "critical nursing shortage," one would think that the hospital and care centers would be doing everything they could to encourage and support nurses (both LPNs and RNs); however, that is not the case."
http://www.oregonlive.com/letters/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/editorial/1037710577104190.xml

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November 19, 2002: Oregon, Salem: Local man takes part in campaign for nurses:"The nursing profession is looking for a few good men to fill its ranks, and it's using a local man to help in the search. Yuri Chavez is one of several male nurses featured on posters throughout the United States in a campaign to encourage men to consider nursing as a career. The caption on the poster reads: "Are you man enough to be a nurse?" Chavez, a nurse anesthetist at Silverton Hospital, has been in the field for 12 years. The 39-year-old said he never really considered it would lead to a stint in modeling. His co-workers, friends and family have been positive about the poster, he said, and he hopes it helps the campaign. "No. 1, it will raise awareness for men that this is a viable career and they can still have all the characteristics of being a man and still be a nurse," he said."
http://news.statesmanjournal.com/article.cfm?i=52052

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November 14, 2002: Oregon: Hey, fellas: Operation tries to get guys into nursing:The headline reads like a tough-guy taunt: "Are you man enough . . . to be a nurse?"Underneath the banner stand nine macho men -- Harley rider, black belt, combat medic -- who ply the profession of Florence Nightingale. They are, literally, the new poster boys for Oregon nursing. The campaign, unveiled Wednesday in Portland, takes aim at nursing's sissified stereotype. The goal: attract more men to a field starved for recruits. A Northwest Health Foundation report released last year found that one in five Oregon nursing jobs will go unfilled by 2010. By 2020, nearly half will go empty -- just when aging baby boomers will need more medical care."
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/103727862676021.xml

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November 14, 2002: Oregon: MHCC sees source of needed nurses:"Re-entry programs are more efficient, but many such programs died in the mid-1990s when hospitals were laying off nurses. When the Oregon Nurse Leadership Council brought in groups to brainstorm better solutions, Mt. Hood offered to pilot a nursing re-entry program, even though there was no money to do so. "We've got a pool of people who used to be nurses, but whose licenses expired" for reasons including burnout, work-related injuries or young families, Saito said. "We'll never know until we try. Let's see if we can get them back into a workforce." More students needed The pilot program launched this fall with four nurses -- the college needs 18 for the class to survive. The students take only one class on campus, at Mt. Hood or another college that offers a pharmacology class. The other 80 hours of work happens online, with the nurse setting the pace. Afterward, the nurse gets a temporary limited license to perform either 160 or 320 hours of clinical work, depending on how long ago the license expired."
http://www.oregonlive.com/metroeast/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/metro_east_news/103710579599510.xml

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National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.:"The following narratives have been written by individual state boards of nursing regarding the significant activities in their respective states related to the nursing shortage. These excerpts do not provide a comprehensive update of the nurse shortage in these states or nationwide. The information is simply intended to share information among Member Boards."
National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.
676 N. St. Clair Street Suite 550 Chicago, Illinois, 60611-2921
Telephone: (312) 787-6555. info@ncsbn.org
http://www.ncsbn.org/news/stateupdates_state_shortage.asp

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Nursing Shortage Serious For Seniors, About.com:"As the population ages the impact of the nursing shortage will be even greater. There is a threat to the health of every older adult in the United States and Canada looming on the horizon. It is not a virus or new type of bacteria that is causing this threat. The threat to health is a result of the increasing shortage of nurses in both countries. Over the last couple of years there have been numerous stories in the press about the magnitude and causes of the shortage. So far solutions for this situation have been few. Additionally this nursing shortage will impact the oldest of citizens the most. Older adults use health care services at a higher rate than do younger people. Advances in medicine and improved nutrition and lifestyle have added years to the average life span. With this longer life comes higher needs for medical services, especially the services of professional nurses."
http://seniorhealth.about.com/cs/prevention/a/nurse_shortage.htm

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The Nurse/Patient Ratio by Genevieve M. Clavreul RN, Ph.D.:"The New Year heralds many things, and this year brings legislation mandating a patient/nurse ratio in California. But after the confetti stops falling, did we get what we want? We now have a panacea for thousands of nurses in California, however, the ratio really can’t be enforced. (At the writing of this article the companion bill for enforcement is stalled in the legislature, having been defeated at least once already). As my children are fond of saying, “why am I not surprised?” Having been a nurse for almost 30 years, most of those years spent in the NICU/PICU, I am used to working with a strict nurse/patient ratio. ICU’s and a few other areas of nursing have always been under the control of an “acuity” system. Actually, all nursing is supposed to be, but we all know this isn’t always the case. For this reason, I knew in my heart that legislating a nurse/patient ratio was probably an exercise in futility."
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com
http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=254&wn=1

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Nursing: A Medical Emergency, and Opportunity, hits home by Ronald A. Reis and Karen F. Reis RN:"You’re an RN, and you’ve been at it, administering to the sick and wounded, for months, years, maybe even decades. You’ve got your hands full with 12-hour shifts, high turnover, an often less than supportive work environment, and a stressed-out health care system that is, in places, itself on life-support. What to do? How to keep going? How to make this job, career, meaningful again? How to get out of nursing what you went into it for? How to avoid adding to the national nursing shortage by short-circuiting your own involvement in a noble profession?"
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com
http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=253&w

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Preparing for Battle: What YOU can do for YOU, Sicker patients, reduced staffing, longer hours, and increased responsibilities—by Deborah Lynne, RN, BSN:"As Registered Nurses, few of us think of the hospital we work in as a battlefield, or of ourselves as soldiers. But the truth is, there are more similarities than you might think. We show up for our shift each day, not knowing what challenges we might encounter. Our job requires us to be in the moment at all times, and to make split second decisions on the run. What we do or don’t do can mean the difference between life and death. We often work under extreme stress, yet must remain calm and in control. Although there are others who function in a supportive capacity, we are the ones on the frontline."
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com
http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=255&wn=1

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