As cases surge, the demand for hospital beds increases and the supply of qualified nurses shrinks which means that traveling nurses employed by agencies are now about to command top dollar.
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A nurse at Rogue Regional Medical Center, the largest hospital in the county, says that for the first time a stream of people are staggering into the emergency room, short of breath.
On Wednesday, the Oregon Nurses Association filed an unfair labor practice charge against St. Charles Health System, headquartered in Bend, Ore., over the system's recently introduced policy of requiring employees to either get vaccinated against influenza or wear a mask through peak flu season, according to a report from KTVZ.
Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission is working to rescue almost 300 nursing students caught in limbo when ITT Technical Institutes shut its doors earlier this month, with Portland Community College possibly stepping in to take over the curriculum, allowing the students to to finish