November 20, 2006, 6:05 pm

It’s An Emergiblog Review!


This gorgeous facility is the Oregon Health and Science University Medical Center.

No, I didn’t move to Oregon although Portland is beautiful .

They also have fantastic health care facilities.


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As a member, I receive requests from websites to do an objective review of their online information/layout and write about my findings here on Emergiblog.

I select only the offers I choose to select and I am paid by the sites reviewed whether the review is favorable or unfavorable (an important distinction). My goal is to review sites that I feel nurses would be interested in exploring.

Emergiblog has been asked to review the OHSU Nursing Retention and Recruitment site.

All I can say is: Wow!

Let’s look at the details.


Are you a nurse thinking about moving to the Pacific Northwest?

You need to check out the OHSU site.

Are you a nurse and want to check out a premier place to work? Want to see how the places that are “doing” it right are actually doing it?

It is imperative that you check out this site.


I was no stranger to the Oregon Health Sciences University name. It’s an amazing teaching and research facility.

And they believe in the power of nurses.

This particular area of the massive inter-linking site is the go-to place for nurses looking for employment. If you weren’t thinking OHSU, you will be when you are done.


The main page of the site contains the basic information. Location, address and telephone numbers; it also notes that OHSU is looking for critical care nurses at this particular time.

So far, so good.

The meat of the site is found on the sidebars.

To the right are links that will give you information on the nursing philosophy of the facility. Read them!

We’re not talking dry, boring nursing-tome stuff here. OHSU is truly committed to excellent nursing practice. Each link is readable, clear and specific to the topic.

I even found their Nursing Organizational Chart interesting and easy to read. Yes, I am a geek, what can I say?

To the left are links that give a general overview of the nursing departments, units (size and special info) and specialties that are offered to nurses.

Look at this link specifically. There are nursing specialties there I didn’t even know existed. If you are a new nurse, your eyes will bug out. If you are an experienced RN, the selection will make your mouth water. Internships are available!

If you can’t find a niche at OHSU, you probably aren’t a nurse!

Note that OHSU is working on the Magnet Recognition Program. Find out what that entails.


Need an Oregon license? There is a link straight to the Oregon Board of Registered Nursing.

Want to further your degree? You can link right to the nursing school and download the nursing publications.

  • This link could be more user friendly.
  • There are a lot of requirements listed but I found myself thinking, “Okay, I want to sign up NOW so where would I go.” I found it daunting and I have looked at numerous online BSN programs.
  • For comparison, the University of Wisconsin BSN/LINC site is much more appealing to those looking for online programs, as is the site for Thomas Edison State University in New Jersey.

I tested the site by looking for an emergency department job. There were no staff nurse positions available, but they are looking for a nursing manager.

As of today, the entire OHSU lists 141 nursing positions that run the gamut of the specialties. That’s not a lot of openings for a teaching facility this size.

You can tell a lot about a facility by the number of nursing positions open, and this is a positive sign to me that there is not a lot of turnover. A stable nursing staff is a good nursing staff.

I notice a lot of nurses needed for the critical care float pool and PACU has a few more openings than other departments. Considering the number of surgeries/procedures performed there, I’m not surprised.


In summation, the site is easy to use, the links are self-explanatory and you can always find “home” base – you won’t get lost on this site.

Good explanation of benefits, but no salary scales are listed. Differentials are listed.

You come out of the experience with the distinct impression that OHSU values their nursing staff and offers an unbelievable amount of support and education for their nurses.

I get the impression nurses are able to give exceptional care through OHSU.

Nice site.


  • beajerry

    November 21, 2006 at 9:19 am

    Very cool place.

    Diagnostic imaging nursing??

  • Sarah

    November 21, 2006 at 1:38 pm

    Recently, my 6 yr old daughter had to have a boatload of testing done. We were referred to OHSU. I was in awe of their efficiency and how nice it was being there. Whoever thought a hospital could be a comfortable and inviting place? Not me. And the staff? They were so helpful, kind, and understanding. It really was amazing.

    It’s a good thing I’m already working on my prerequisites for nursing because otherwise I’d be changing my educational goals. OHSU is a place I want to work. Once I’m done with nursing school I will be applying for every RN job that I qualify for, and some that I don’t, until they get so tired of seeing my resume that they offer me a job.

    OHSU really is a fantastic place.

  • Julie

    November 21, 2006 at 4:10 pm

    That is an awesome site. I have seen a similar site for a Northern Virginia hospital that had me drooling at the possibilities that may lay ahead. I wish my current employer was this forward-thinking.

  • LisaMK

    November 21, 2006 at 9:34 pm

    I’ve been everywhere; UCLA, Cedars-Sinai, Jules Stein, all over California and New York for treatment, hospitals, ER’s, etc.

    OHSU did a full work-up on me in July of this year at their pituitary clinic. A pituitary work-up is no easy feat, believe me. You are in at midnight for blood draws, at the imaging clinic, the lab, the pharmacy, through the ER in the middle of the night. I was tickled pink with the wonderful staff I met in all locations in the hospital. I cannot say the same for other places I have been, not even the ‘top” hospitals of America. I’m a difficult patient with all of my ailments, so getting my seal of approval is really saying something. 😉 I don’t think you could go wrong in Portland, it is a very neat place to be.

  • marachne

    November 23, 2006 at 11:06 am

    I don’t work at OHSU, but I’m in the PhD program at the SoN. I think the hospital is finally getting over some of the “bad blood” that developed during a very acrimonious fight around the nurse contracts. It will be interesting to see what all the building on the hill, the water front development & the infamous tram will do in terms of infrastructure.

    Yeah, Dornbecher, the children’s hospital is awesome. The cancer unit is a good place with a lot of cutting edge work being done: major BMT unit, does Brain Barrier Disruption.

    And I think the school of nursing is pretty awesome, some great faculty…although there are + and – to anyplace. The MPH program is multi-disciplinary but housed at SON, hopefully our center for health disparities will survive the move of its founder, and maybe, just maybe they’ll bring the CNS program back. One thing to know Kim: we have a post-masters education certificate and knowing you’re interested in teaching…

    Last, but far from least, I cannot say enough about our gero dept — great faculty, wonderful students, supportive, collegial atmosphere and a ratio of 13 professors to 15 (doctoral) students

  • Sheri

    November 24, 2006 at 7:23 pm

    OHSU is where I landed 27 years ago with premature rupture of membranes with my first child, 24 weeks pregnant. I stayed for 5 weeks, and during that time wandered a lot of halls. The hospital was what felt like it’s onw community- like a city unto itself, open all nite, alwys something happening. I thought it was fascinating, and that’s what led to my eventually becoming a nurse.
    I work in managed care now, and believe me, when we get people that need a work up of some depth, this is where we send them.


    November 26, 2006 at 12:23 am

    I don’t know if you knew this, but I am actually a recent graduate of the OHSU Paramedic Education Program. We do our clinical rotations in the hospital and I got the chance to work with some amazing nurses there. It is an excellent hospital, best place to go in a wide, wide area if you need specialty care, and a great city on a hill.

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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