Ample employment opportunities exist for master's-prepared nurses in Oregon. According to a 2010 survey conducted by the Oregon Center for Nursing, the state's hospitals and healthcare systems would like to hire more nurses who have MSN degrees in management and administration, as well as more clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs). Oregon's public health departments and agencies are also very interested in hiring more nurse practitioners. In fact, public health agencies reported that they had the most difficulty finding qualified and interested nurse practitioners.
Oregon's Board of Nursing classified master's-prepared nurses with advanced training and knowledge as Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs). The Board of Nursing officially recognizes three classes of APNs: nurse practitioners, CRNAs and CNSs. In Oregon, certified nurse midwives (CNMs) fall under the "nurse practitioner" classification.
Professional organizations for Oregon's MSN-prepared nurses include the Oregon Nurses Association, Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives, Nurse Practitioners of Oregon, Oregon Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the Oregon Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Association.
MSN programs for Oregon nurses include:
- Oregon Health & Science University. OSHU is home to several nationally recognized MSN programs. U.S News & World Report ranked OSHU's nurse midwifery program the best in the nation; the family nurse practitioner program ranked sixth, while the school's overall MSN programs ranked seventh. OSHU also has a 27-month nurse anesthesia program. A number of the school's programs are now available online, including MSN degrees in nurse education, public health and health systems/organizational leadership.
- University of Portland. The University of Portland is on the cutting edge of nurse education. The school recently began offering a Clinical Nurse Leader MSN degree. The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is a newly defined nursing role. CNLs oversee the care of a group of clients and revise care plans based on population data and outcomes. As of 2011, there were fewer than 2000 CNLs in practice in the US, but the CNL degree is expected to become the primary MSN degree as nurse practitioner programs gradually convert to doctoral-level programs.