EUGENE, Ore. — Tuesday marks the start of National Nurses Week, and the spotlight is on the profession now more than ever.
Oregon, along with the rest of the nation, is facing a shortage in primary care physicians. Nurses with advanced and specialized degrees, like nurse practitioners, have stepped up to fill the gap. In fact, Oregon is one of the 17 states that gives autonomy to advanced practice nurses.
“We’re seeing them utilized more as the national shortage of doctors and even more nurses as well, but nurses are really picking up in advanced degrees,” says Tim Herrman with Network VP Patient Care Services.
Nursing is the nation’s largest health care profession with 3.1 million registered nurses in the United States. But with new patients signing up for the Affordable Care Act, the federal government projects that our health care system will need more than one million new registered nurses by 2022.
The mayors of Eugene and Springfield have signed proclamations expressing appreciation for local nurses and their growing roles in health care delivery.