Why Become a Nurse in Portland
There are many reasons to become a nurse, most of which begin with the desire to help and heal others. You may be in search of a higher income, more meaningful work, or the security of knowing you’re always needed in your field because of the increased demand for nurses in Portland.
More nurses are needed to care for an ever-growing aging population of baby-boomers, especially since one-third of all Oregon nurses are expected to retire within the next 10 years. In 2016, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) projected that the state of Oregon will need 6,000 more nurses than it will have trained by 2025.
“As the need for registered nurses increases in our community, it is our responsibility to keep up with that demand through more educational options like our 16-month ABSN program,” says Dr. Sarah Sweitzer, Dean of Health and Human Services.
Not only is there a greater need for nurses than ever before, studies are showing that nurses have the highest impact on patient outcomes of anyone on a hospital staff. While doctors might only spend about 15 minutes per patient, nurses spend 50-70% of their shift directly caring for patients, and patient outcomes improve when nurses spend more time with them. This was studied across a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, meaning these nurse-improved outcomes were everything from faster healing, less serious infections, less pain, and even fewer deaths.
So even if you never perform a single chest compression, you might save hundreds of lives over your nursing career just by spending time with your patients.
Is Nursing Right for You?
Being a nurse goes beyond a desire to want to help people. While certainly a rewarding career, nursing is also demanding, stressful and can be unglamorous. So, before you decide to pursue a BSN degree, it is important that you can answer “yes” to these 9 questions:
- Are you a good listener and communicator?
- Do you have the patience to handle difficult people?
- Are you organized?
- Are you an empathetic person?
- Can you emotionally handle the realities of human pain and suffering?
- Are you able to think clearly in stressful situations?
- Are you willing to clean up bodily fluids while maintaining a positive attitude?
- Are you ok with working with schedules that are unpredictable?
- Can you stand on your feet for at least 12 hours at a time?
Overall, it is important to remember that critical thinking and creative problem-solving are as important as empathy when it comes to sharing your gifts as a nurse and serving your community.
Please contact our enrollment team to find out if a nursing career is the right fit for you.