Nurses, hospital administrators push for changes to current health care system

Workers are advocating for a better way to address the issues, including the nursing shortage, during the ongoing Legislative Session in Salem.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Hospital staffing shortages have gone from bad to worse during the COVID-19 pandemic over the past three years, with a growing number of nurses leaving the bedside overwhelmed and exhausted. 

Caregivers have been stretched thin in Oregon even as the number of new patients coming in has increased. Workers at every level of the health care sector agree that it’s time for system-wide changes, and they’re bringing those concerns to Salem.

“Ultimately it helps all of Oregonians to have

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