The Oregon League focused on nursing education and continuing education, public health nursing, training of Native American nurses (albeit, a seemingly minor program), and advocacy work (such as for greater nurse employment and better funding for education and employment opportunities). And they were pivotal in moving Portland's nurse training school from the County Hospital to the University of Oregon (which became OHSU).
|OCLN returns to OLN name, 1982|
The Oregon League for Nursing records (Collection Number 2017-019) cover many of these topics, including becoming a member of the National League; advocating for nursing education and greater nurse employment; raising funds and advocating for better funding for both education and employment of nurses; producing educational programs, such as films, radio dramas, and public speaking engagements; and day-to-day governance of the organization.
Of particular interest is a significant run (1953-1985) of the organization's newsletter, "The Oregon Reporter." The newsletter charts much of the history of the organization, serves annually as a bulletin for the annual convention, and also documents related happenings in the region. View the finding aid for the Oregon League for Nursing records for more information.