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Nurse Staffing

Join ONA's Nurse Staffing Campaign

We lead the nation in safe staffing standards--from successfully passing the first statewide staffing committee legislation in 2001 to driving regular improvements to Oregon's groundbreaking law.

Join ONA in our ongoing campaign to improve staffing in Oregon and across the country and find out how to use our staffing law to a difference for nurses and patients.

In Oregon, nurses have a voice in creating staffing plans that meet patients’ needs. The Oregon Hospital Nurse Staffing Law covers the important role direct-care nurses have in crafting and approving hospital staffing plans, how plans are implemented, rest periods for nurses, and state enforcement of the law.

ONA Staffing Committee Resource Manual

ONA is excited to announce and distribute the release of our new Staffing Committee Resource Manual in electronic format. The resource manual includes information on the Oregon Nurse Staffing Law and a series of PowerPoint presentations on Hospital Based Nurse Staffing Committees and Staffing Request & Documentation Forms (SRDF), resources from the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

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Staffing Request & Documentation Forms

Nurses are ethically obligated to report when staffing on their unit is insufficient or unsafe for patients. When nurses are faced with a staffing problem it is important that the nurse a) notify someone in the chain of command, b) ask for additional staff, and c) ask for a response in a reasonable period of time, e.g., minutes, hours.

If the problem persists, completing a Staffing Request & Documentation Forms (SRDF) is an important way nurses can notify their facility and ONA of a potential staffing problem.

Nurse Staffing Resources

Contact ONA

If you have questions about Oregon's Nurse Staffing Law or would like to inquire about scheduling a training, please contact ONA via email at

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