Specialties & Departments


OHSU Nursing has opportunities in all major specialties and many departments. Because we're a major academic health center, you also have opportunities to discover new specialties and fulfill your nursing potential.

Acute Care

As the specialty referral center for Oregon, Southwest Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Northern California, OHSU has one of the highest case mix indexes of any U.S. academic health center.* Specialty areas include oncology, bone marrow transplant, cardiac, solid organ transplant, trauma and neurosurgery. Intermediate care patients are also placed on our acute care units. *Source: University Health Consortium.

Advanced Practice Nursing

Advanced practice nurses are masters and doctorate-prepared RNs certified by a national organization, granted expanded scope of practice by the Oregon State Board of Nursing and credentialed and privileged by the OHSU Credentialing Board.APNs include nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists and certified registered nurse anesthetists.

Ambulatory Care

OHSU has more than 80 outpatient practices distributed across 50 geographic regions, with nearly 600,000 outpatient visits each year.
As an ambulatory care nurse, you'll be responsible for rapid patient assessment and flow, care coordination, interdisciplinary collaboration, preventive care and much more.
OHSU's ambulatory practices include:

  • Casey Eye Institute
  • Child Development and Rehabilitation Center
  • Diagnostics
  • Medicine specialties
  • Oncology
  • Pain management
  • Pediatric specialties
  • Primary care
  • Psychiatry
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Surgical specialties
  • Women's health


Critical Care

OHSU cares for critically ill patients in our Trauma Surgical, Neurosciences, Cardiovascular, and Medical intensive care units.  We provide the latest evidence-based treatment and have a reputation for effective teamwork.  Critical care nurses understand the importance of their independent scope of practice and engage in dependent scope of practice decision making.  Critical care nurses also provide patient and family-centered care for the full spectrum of illnesses.  The nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:1 or 1:2 based on the patients dynamic stability and acuity.

Doernbecher Children's Hospital

Doernbecher  Children's Hospital at OHSU, provides a full range of services for children of all ages.  Specialties include pediatric cardiology, neurology and oncology.  Doernbecher provides care in a family centered, interdisciplinary manner in all the inpatient and outpatient areas.  Inpatient units include acute care, intermediate, oncology,  neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, including ECMO services, and a dedicated pediatric perioperative area and emergency department.  Outpatient services include clinics on the main campus and throughout the state to meet the needs of the diverse population we serve.

Emergency Department

Nurses in the Emergency Department work as a team to provide patient-centered care for all ages. The ED of our Level I trauma center has four resuscitation rooms, three secure psychiatric rooms and 15 additional acute care rooms, plus a 10-bed observation unit.

Maternal Services

Maternal Services nurses work in labor and delivery and the Mother Baby Unit. The family birthing suite serves a range of patients, including those choosing water births and needing specialized interventions. In the Mother Baby unit, newborns stay with their mothers 24 hours a day.

Perioperative Services

OHSU Perioperative Services serves the hospital's Level 1 trauma center. Nurses provides comprehensive and specialized care at all stages of surgery. We work in teams and are dedicated to clear communication for safety and quality of care.

Other Nursing Job Areas

Additional nursing specialties at OHSU include:

  • Management
  • Informatics
  • Oregon Poison Center
  • Psychiatry
  • Palliative care