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OREGON BY THE NUMBERS

$80K
Average annual salary of a
registered nurse in OREGON

37
NUMBER OF Hospitals in the sTate of OREGON

67%
HIGHER HOUSING COSTS THAN
THE REST OF THE U.S.

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TRAVEL NURSE SALARY

Oregon is on par with the national average for travel nurse pay. What does that mean to a nurse looking to travel? Travel nurses, on average, take home between 10-30% more than their permanent counterparts. Please keep in mind that travel nurses can land between, below, or above this range based on location and their specialty. Put into context, the average annual salary of a registered nurse in Oregon is $79,897, according to Nurse Salary Guide.

TRAVEL NURSE SALARY

Oregon is on par with the national average for travel nurse pay. What does that mean to a nurse looking to travel? Travel nurses, on average, take home between 10-30% more than their permanent counterparts. Please keep in mind that travel nurses can land between, below, or above this range based on location and their specialty. Put into context, the average annual salary of a registered nurse in Oregon is $79,897, according to Nurse Salary Guide.

HOW DO I GET MY OREGON

NURSING LICENSE?

Oregon is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows nurses to practice in other NLC states without having to obtain an additional license. If your current home state of residence is not a state that participates in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, applying for a Oregon nursing license by endorsement is necessary.

If a travel nurse wants to obtain their Oregon nursing license, they must follow these steps:

  • Submit an application for Licensure by Endorsement online here with the associated fees. You will need to supply evidence that you meet the Practice Hour Requirement of at least 960 hours of nursing practice at the level of licensure sought if it has been more than five years since you graduated from your nursing program, including current or previous employers and the dates you worked for them. After submitting the application and payment you will receive an email with instructions for the following steps.
  • Verification of your original and current or most recent state license verification is required. If the state(s) participate in the NURSYS system, you can complete the request on the NURSYS site, designating Oregon as the receipt of verification. If the state(s) do not participate in NURSYS, must contact their boards of nursing for further instructions. You will need to send them the appropriate Verification of License form – use the current license verification form to send to the state where you are currently licensed and the original state license verification form to the state of your original licensure. They will mail the form directly to the Oregon State Board of Nursing at 17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd, Portland, OR 97224.
  • Fingerprint and background checks are required for all applicants. After you’ve submitted your license and payment, the board will send you a Next Steps email that includes the directions on how to get fingerprinted. There will be a link to the Oregon State Board of Nursing section on the Fieldprint website which the state uses to handle fingerprint collection via Live Scan. Both in-state and out-of-state applicants can use this as it offers the largest network of collection sites in the country. You will need to schedule an appointment with the nearest location via the link that is unique to your application and pay the background check fee as listed in the instructions. Print the Confirmation page after completing this process as you will need to bring it with you to the appointment along with two forms of identification.
  • Oregon also requires your official nursing transcripts. Contact your nursing program or the institution that maintains the official records and request that official, sealed final transcripts, including your degree awarded and graduation date be sent directly to the Oregon State Board of Nursing at 17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd, Portland, OR 97224. If the school subscribes to a national document transfer network, you may request the service to send official transcripts to the board at obsn.transcripts@state.or.us.

HOW DO I GET MY OREGON NURSING LICENSE?

Oregon is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows nurses to practice in other NLC states without having to obtain an additional license. If your current home state of residence is not a state that participates in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, applying for a Oregon nursing license by endorsement is necessary.

If a travel nurse wants to obtain their Oregon nursing license, they must follow these steps:

  • Submit an application for Licensure by Endorsement online here with the associated fees. You will need to supply evidence that you meet the Practice Hour Requirement of at least 960 hours of nursing practice at the level of licensure sought if it has been more than five years since you graduated from your nursing program, including current or previous employers and the dates you worked for them. After submitting the application and payment you will receive an email with instructions for the following steps.
  • Verification of your original and current or most recent state license verification is required. If the state(s) participate in the NURSYS system, you can complete the request on the NURSYS site, designating Oregon as the receipt of verification. If the state(s) do not participate in NURSYS, must contact their boards of nursing for further instructions. You will need to send them the appropriate Verification of License form – use the current license verification form to send to the state where you are currently licensed and the original state license verification form to the state of your original licensure. They will mail the form directly to the Oregon State Board of Nursing at 17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd, Portland, OR 97224.
  • Fingerprint and background checks are required for all applicants. After you’ve submitted your license and payment, the board will send you a Next Steps email that includes the directions on how to get fingerprinted. There will be a link to the Oregon State Board of Nursing section on the Fieldprint website which the state uses to handle fingerprint collection via Live Scan. Both in-state and out-of-state applicants can use this as it offers the largest network of collection sites in the country. You will need to schedule an appointment with the nearest location via the link that is unique to your application and pay the background check fee as listed in the instructions. Print the Confirmation page after completing this process as you will need to bring it with you to the appointment along with two forms of identification.
  • Oregon also requires your official nursing transcripts. Contact your nursing program or the institution that maintains the official records and request that official, sealed final transcripts, including your degree awarded and graduation date be sent directly to the Oregon State Board of Nursing at 17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd, Portland, OR 97224. If the school subscribes to a national document transfer network, you may request the service to send official transcripts to the board at obsn.transcripts@state.or.us.

TRAVEL NURSE

OPPORTUNITIES IN OREGON

  • Oregon is home to 37 hospitals.
  • There are 2 Level I trauma centers.
  • Multiple large health systems including: Legacy Health, Samaritan Health Services, Asante Health System
  • 4 teaching hospitals, including: Portland VA Medical Center, Oregon Health Sciences University and Hospital

TRAVEL NURSE OPPORTUNITIES IN OREGON

  • Oregon is home to 37 hospitals.
  • There are 2 Level I trauma centers.
  • Multiple large health systems including: Legacy Health, Samaritan Health Services, Asante Health System
  • 4 teaching hospitals, including: Portland VA Medical Center, Oregon Health Sciences University and Hospital

TRAVEL NURSE HOUSING

IN OREGON

Our dedicated travel and housing team can help you find great housing in Oregon. There are two options available: company paid housing or receive per diems to find housing for yourself.

Oregon’s cost of living is 28% above the national average. So, what about housing? On average, housing costs are 67% higher than the rest of the country.

Here are some figures about the average cost of renting apartments in Oregon:

  • One-bedroom: 3% above the national median.
  • Two-bedroom: 2% above the national median.

Keep in mind that prices and percentages vary based on location.

Whatever the choice, MSO Oregon’s team is available to assist you with all your travel and housing needs. We ensure that your transition is as seamless as possible.

TRAVEL NURSE HOUSING IN OREGON

Our dedicated travel and housing team can help you find great housing in Oregon. There are two options available: company paid housing or receive per diems to find housing for yourself.

Oregon’s cost of living is 28% above the national average. So, what about housing? On average, housing costs are 67% higher than the rest of the country.

Here are some figures about the average cost of renting apartments in Oregon:

  • One-bedroom: 3% above the national median.
  • Two-bedroom: 2% above the national median.

Keep in mind that prices and percentages vary based on location.

Whatever the choice, MSO Oregon’s team is available to assist you with all your travel and housing needs. We ensure that your transition is as seamless as possible.