Advance Your Nursing Career at OHSU

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Nurses with all levels of experience and credentials can grow their nursing careers at OHSU. Every RN role at OHSU comes with professional practice support, support to succeed, and generous benefits. Join our nursing team as a: 

New nursing school graduate. Start your career at Oregon’s only academic health center. 

Experienced Associate degree nurse. Earn your BSN with tuition support while you work.

Experienced RN. Grow your career at a Magnet-designated hospital, recognized for nursing excellence and innovative professional nursing practice. 

Advanced practice nurse. Work alongside other experts in your specialty as an NP, or APRN. OHSU is a quaternary care facility and designated Level 1 trauma center.  

RN to BSN support for nurses who have an ADN

If you are an RN with an Associate’s degree, we can help you earn your BSN. OHSU pays 80% of tuition costs for eligible nurses. To be eligible, you: 

  • Work as an RN at OHSU in a 0.5 FTE or greater role. 
  • Have been an OHSU RN for at least 6 months.  
  • Complete your courses with passing grades once you enroll. 

Many RN jobs at OHSU are open to Associate's degree nurses. You can find that information on each job listing under required qualifications.

Positions for new nursing graduates

At OHSU, we offer opportunities for new RNs in many specialties. You will work alongside experts in an environment that supports all team members to share new ideas. Our personalized Transition to Practice program will support your adjustment to your new RN role. 

When to apply

  • Apply online at least six to eight weeks before graduation. 
  • If you accept an employment offer, you will to pass the NCLEX and have an Oregon RN license before your start date.  

Positions for advanced practice nurses

We offer opportunities unmatched in Oregon for research, education and quality improvement projects. At OHSU, we treat the most complex, high-acuity patients in our region.  

Learn more about nurse practitioner or nursing faculty roles at OHSU. 

Departments and specialties

OHSU has a high case mix index, even compared to other academic health centers in the U.S. This means we treat the most complex patients in the region. Our acute care units are the specialty referral center for hospitals in Oregon, Southwest Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Northern California.   

Adult acute care specialty areas include:  

  • Oncology 
  • Bone marrow transplant 
  • Cardiac care 
  • Solid organ transplant 
  • Trauma 
  • Neurosurgery 
  • Intermediate care

Learn more about our pediatric care units.

Nurses in the OHSU Emergency Department work as a team to provide patient-centered care for adults and children. Cognitive behavioral RNs help provide emergency psychiatric care. The emergency unit of our Level 1 Trauma Center includes: 

  • 4 resuscitation rooms 
  • 3 secure psychiatric rooms 
  • 15 additional acute care rooms 
  • 10 beds in our observation unit 

OHSU’s Acute Informatics team supports care providers wherever their work involves technology. They support existing technology and put new technology in place.  

Nurse informaticists are skilled in both nursing and analytical science. They understand clinical workflows, and make sure technology supports safe and effective patient care. They also find and share data to improve quality, operations and patient safety.  

Nurses at OHSU’s birth center work in the labor and delivery unit, or postpartum care unit. Our and delivery unit serves a range of patients, attended by a nurse-midwife, OB-GYN, or perinatologist. Patient needs vary widely, from families choosing waterbirth to families who need special or emergency interventions.  

In our postpartum unit, newborns stay with their parent 24 hours a day. 

OHSU offers opportunities across departments and specialties for case management, resource nursing, and nurse coordinator roles. There are also nursing roles on interdisciplinary teams to support patients with long-term care. 

The Oregon Poison Center is a resource for health care providers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Nurses in these roles are toxicology experts. They work with doctors to consult with health care providers whose patients have experienced a toxic exposure.  They also follow patient progress to help evaluate any tests, lab samples or other findings. 

OHSU’s award-winning palliative care program is known for excellent care. We support both adult and pediatric patients. Nurses in the program work alongside doctors, physician assistants, physical therapists, social workers and chaplains to support patients and families.  

Along with treatment for symptoms like pain, the program helps patients, families and medical teams with medical decisions and advanced care planning. 

Doernbecher Children's Hospital at OHSU is Oregon’s top ranked children’s hospital. We provide a full range of services for children of all ages. Nurses at Doernbecher offer family-centered care alongside doctors and other providers.  

Inpatient units include: 

  • Acute care 
  • Intermediate care 
  • Oncology 
  • Neonatal intensive care unit with ECMO services 
  • Pediatric intensive care unit with ECMO services 
  • Pediatric perioperative unit  

Our outpatient services include clinics on the main campus and across the state to meet the needs of children in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Pediatric specialties include:  

  • Cardiology 
  • Child Development and Rehabilitation 
  • Dermatology 
  • Endocrinology 
  • Gastroenterology 
  • Hematology 
  • Infectious disease 
  • Nephrology 
  • Neurology 
  • Oncology 
  • Orthopaedics 
  • Otolaryngology 
  • Pulmonology 


Nurses in OHSU Perioperative Services provide comprehensive and specialized care for patients before, during and after surgery. They are known for their commitment to safety and clear communication. There are two Perioperative Services teams, one for adult patients and one for pediatric patients. They both serve OHSU’s Level 1 trauma center.  

Nurses in OHSU’s multi-specialty procedural unit care for patients who are having outpatient procedures, like endoscopy or installing a catheter. 

Care areas include: 

  • Cardiac catheterization 
  • Electrophysiology 
  • Procedural care 
  • Recovery
  • Interventional radiology 
  • Endoscopy 

Faculty jobs at OHSU

Learn about nursing faculty openings and how to apply.