Oregon Health & Science University

RN, Doernbecher Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
ONA union represented
Doernbecher Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Salary Range
$52.11- $86.81 per hour, based on RN Degree and level of experience.
12 Hour Night Shift - Every Other Weekend Requirement
Position Shift Differential
12.5% of base rate
Drug Testable
LinkedIn Job Code

Department Overview

Doernbecher Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a 46-bed level IV, regional referral center, providing care for a patient population of critically ill, convalescing and growing premature and term newborns. Admissions come from our own high-risk perinatal department, as well as transports from other hospitals in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Hawaii.


Department Specific Working Conditions:

Provide continuing care and monitoring of NICU patients in locations outside of the NICU including MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine, Upper GI, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, etc. 

Function/Duties of Position

$8,000 Hiring Bonus for candidates with at least (1) year acute care hospital registered nurse experience. Must begin work by September 30, 2024 to qualify.


Relocation assistance package available. Free parking at night!


$52.11- $86.81 per hour, based on RN Degree and level of experience.


The NICU at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR is a regional referral center for all critically ill neonates, offering access to pediatric surgeons and subspecialists. Here are some things that set us apart from other hospitals in the area that make this an exciting place to work:

  • 46 bed, Level IV NICU, within a Level I, Academic Medical Trauma Center
  • Magnet designated hospital
  • Most comprehensive Fetal Care Program in Oregon and Southwest Washington, offering maternal and fetal care at one center, including intrauterine fetal surgery
  • Specialized neonatal resuscitation program for high risk delivery attendance
  • Pediatric and Neonatal Transport team
  • NICU specific PICC and Lactation teams
  • Pioneering research in areas including nutrition, patient safety, and ventilation strategies
  • This is a night shift only position - no rotations between night and day shift

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Required Qualifications

Minimum Requirements:

  • 1 year of RN experience in a level 3 or higher NICU
  • External applicants: Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Degree from a program accredited by Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA)
  • Internal applicants: Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Current, unencumbered Oregon State Registered Nurse License
  • BLS and NRP at time of hire and must be issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) 
  • BLS and NRP must not expire during orientation or probation period (upload documentation with online application)

Preferred Qualifications

Department Specific Preferences:

  • Internal Applicants: Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
  • Stable Certification for those with NICU experience
  • Resource: 2 years level II/III/IV experience preferred (per management discretion)
  • Bilingual: Spanish/English
  • Specialty certification specific to Neonatal Nursing

Additional Details

New Grads: Please apply within 90 days of your graduation date.


Length of Orientation  


  • Experienced Nurse (Fellowship or Specialty Fellowship) with >1 year of experience:
    • Either Transition to Practice (TTP) Program Learning Pathway or Orientation experience individualized to the candidate between 2-14 weeks. 


*Bonus Disclaimer: current RN employees at OHSU, Adventist Medical Center in Portland or Hillsboro Medical Center are not eligible for the hiring bonus. 



There are 6 positions available.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.


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