OREGON NEWS: Oregon nursing group, resigned to mandate, wants ‘bold’ action to address staffing shortages

The intense care required for Covid-19 patients has exhausted nurses and other health care staff. (Oregon Health & Science University photo)

With the Covid-19 vaccine mandate looming, the Oregon Nurses Association stepped into the fray on Thursday, calling on the state to take “bold” action to give relief to nurses strained by exhausting shifts relief and to train a new corps.

In a news conference, association officials called on hospitals to allow nurses to take true work breaks, switch away from relying on temporary traveling nurses and step up investment in a wellness program to help nurses face mental health issues. 

They also called for an increase in faculty salaries at Oregon colleges and universities to expand training for students, with loan forgiveness programs that would attract nurses . . .