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Northwest Nursing Careers

As a nurse with Kaiser Permanente, you’ll thrive in a patient-centered, healing environment where you’ll work among true health experts. Along with support, innovative tools, and opportunities to grow your skills and your career, you’re also free to express your true self. This is where you can share your passion for healing with every community you serve. That’s how we’ll all realize the true strength of total care.

Our Nursing Specialties

Maternal Child Women’s Health

Be part of some of the most important and memorable moments in a family’s life by helping to welcome their children into the world. As a Maternal and Child Health RN, you’ll go beyond caring for a patient by providing care and support to an entire family.


  • Antepartum
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Postpartum
  • Surgical Procedures and Recovery
  • Lactation
  • Special Care Nursery/ Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Newborn Care
  • Triage/Advice Nurse

Medical Surgical

As a Medical Surgical RN, you’ll have limitless opportunities to advance your skills and become an expert practitioner. Each unit has non-invasive telemetry capability and accommodates complex patient populations. Medical Surgical RNs are leaders among the health care team and truly make a difference in the lives of their patients.

Sunnyside Medical Center specialties:

  • Oncology
  • Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cardiac, including pacemaker placement and percutaneous cardiac interventions
  • Orthopedic surgery, including injury and joint replacements
  • Neurosurgery spine patients
  • General surgery
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Breast reconstruction surgery
  • Gynecological surgery
  • Urology surgery
  • High-acuity complex medical patient populations, including peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, cystic fibrosis and eating disorders

Westside Medical Center specialties:

  • General surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery, joint replacements
  • Urology surgery
  • High-acuity complex medical patient population: Peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis

Critical Care

As a Critical Care nurse, you’ll work in an up-tempo environment while treating both Critical Care and Progressive Care patients. Across patient situations, you’ll have the opportunity to provide a wide range of treatments and help make a difference by bringing the highest level of care.

Sunnyside Medical Center specialties:

  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit
  • Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Medical Surgical Progressive Care Unit
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • CABG
  • Neurosurgery
  • Stroke
  • TAVR
  • VAD

Emergency Department

Some of the most intense and rewarding moments in health care occur here. As an Emergency Department RN, you will have the opportunity to truly make a real difference for your patients as you see them on the worst day of their lives and directly aid in their recovery.

Perioperative and Interventional Services

As a result of us providing surgical procedures for more than 600,000 members, becoming a Perioperative and Interventional RN gives you the opportunity to aid in an incredible breadth and depth of procedures. This also means you’ll have plenty of options for career growth, location flexibility, and patient population.


  • Prep and Recovery
  • Operating Room (OR)
  • Cardiovascular Lab (CVL)
  • Medical Procedure Unit (MPU)
  • Dialysis
  • Cardiovascular Prep and Recovery (CVPR)

Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs)

Join a team of RNs, surgical technicians, anesthesia technologists and other surgical patient care staff providing key outpatient surgeries and procedures. This includes the opportunity to work in one of three centers in Portland, Clackamas, and Salem — with 19 ORs that offer multiple specialties and six procedure rooms that provide Endoscopy and Ophthalmology services.

Sunnybrook services:

  • Pediatrics, age 7 and older
  • Neurosurgery spine
  • General
  • Plastics
  • Head and Neck
  • Vascular
  • Oral Surgery
  • Urology
  • Podiatry
  • Orthopedics, including total joints
  • Gynecology
  • Endoscopy Services, including pediatric

Interstate services:

  • Pediatrics, age 6 months and older
  • Dental
  • General
  • Urology
  • Head and Neck
  • Ophthalmology, including retina surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Dermatology

Skyline services:

  • Pediatrics, age 7 and older
  • General
  • Orthopedics
  • Gynecology
  • Urology
  • Pain
  • Ophthalmology
  • Endoscopy
  • Podiatry
  • Dental
  • Endoscopy Services


Whether you’re newly licensed or an experienced RN, on our Ambulatory team you’ll be part of an interdisciplinary group working collaboratively to provide high-quality, affordable health care services. Together, you’ll work to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.


  • Additional Medicine
  • Allergy Immunology
  • Cardiology
  • Convenient Care
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Family Medicine
  • Foot Care
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Genetics
  • Gender Pathways
  • Hepatology
  • Immune Deficiency
  • Infectious Disease
  • Infusion Centers
  • Internal Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pain Management
  • Pediatrics
  • Physiatry
  • Podiatry
  • Population Health
  • Pulmonology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Rheumatology
  • Surgical Specialties (Vascular, Thoracic, Head and Neck, Orthopedics, Plastics, Neuro, etc.)
  • Telehealth/Advice Nursing
  • Wound Care
  • Urgent Care
  • Urology

Population Health

Our integrated healthcare model works together to form a care umbrella we call "Continuum of Care".

As a Continuum of Care RN, you’ll be a core part of our patient’s care journey — no matter where it takes them. These roles are about coordinating care and ensuring the best health outcomes beyond our bedsides. That includes collaborating with other disciplines to optimize recovery and empowerment, but you’ll also play an important part in addressing the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social needs of our patients.


  • Care Management
  • Virtual Transition Clinic (hospital to home)
  • Health Engagement and Wellness Services (health coaching)
  • Gender Pathways Clinic
  • Clinical Informatics and Innovations
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Home Health and Home Infusion
  • Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Post-Acute Care

Inpatient Care Management

Our RN Care Coordinators work at the top of scope, taking bedside nursing skills to the next level serving as mentors, subject matter experts, and leaders in nursing. Utilization of the nursing process, gap analysis, communication of interventions for both short and long term success, excellent communication skills both verbally and written are core to providing successful patient outcomes as a care coordinator.

  • They collaborate with an with interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, therapies, dieticians, and leaders to provide quality hospital care and develop a patient centered transition plan back to the community.
  • They perform holistic intake assessments that inform development of the plan of care both acutely and for needs after discharge form the hospital.
  • Concurrent utilization review and evaluation of progression is also part of the role to optimize medical and social supports for patients and their families while responsibly stewarding resources for the community as a whole.

Care management requires frequent, compassionate, but difficult conversations with patients and families about plans of care including timelines, recommendations, benefits, services, costs, and eligibility of available care options. Bedside nurses must become familiar, competent, and confident in having these conversations and working towards agreements with satisfactory results.

What Our People Say

Dena T.

RN Team Lead, Salmon Creek Outpatient

I practice nursing at Kaiser Permanente because of the team approach to care. I love that all disciplines are there to care for our patients. We also strive to do best practices, and the staff have a say in how we deliver care.

Jesslyn L.

Registered Nurse

I’ve been a nurse at Kaiser Permanente for almost 11 years and they’ve supported me through my journey. I’ve been able to complete my BSN program with 100% financial support from our union and management helping accommodate my schedule.

LaSheila R.

Population Health Director

I started working at Kaiser Permanente almost 32 years ago as a new graduate RN. I’ve had many management growth opportunities, such as courses in leadership, fellowships, and mentoring both nurses and interns. They’ve provided me with the tools to become my best self as a nurse and as a leader.

Wendy K.

Manager, Acute Care Utilization Management

Throughout my 23 years with Kaiser Permanente, I’ve been blessed to have some excellent managers and mentors along the way and try to pass on this support through an effort to be a strong mentor for those that are coming up in the company now.

Why Join Us?

Flex Your Hours

In our environment, there’s room for a career and a life. Many of our nursing departments offer flexible hours.

Taking More Home

We appreciate our nurses and they know it. That’s why, compared to our competitors, our nurses’ take-home pay is higher.

Be You

As a health care team that’s a reflection of all our communities, we are all able to be our true, authentic selves.

Innovative Care

From telehealth to our integrated Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect® records system, we continue to improve care delivery and re-imagine what total care can be.

Nurses as Leaders

Throughout our system, you’ll find nurses rising to leadership positions while helping further our system’s mission.

You’ll be encouraged to grow your nursing skills and your career with Kaiser Permanente Northwest in the direction you’re most passionate about. We’ll support your future.

Competitive Benefits

Our nurses receive competitive compensation, medical and dental, vacation and holidays, pension and retirement plans, performance sharing plan, tuition reimbursement and professional development.

Community Investment and Outreach

10,000 Medically Tailored Meals were delivered through a pilot program with Meals on Wheels to test health care outcomes related to chronic diseases.

$132,342,552 is the amount of our annual investment in subsidized care and coverage, including medical financial assistance, charity, and grants and donations.

3,250 Volunteer Hours were dedicated to community service and outreach programs by Northwest Permanente employees.

$11,906,236was our annual investment in our Internal Medicine Residency Program and our Center for Health Research.

81 Schools and Community Groups experienced our Educational Theatre Program addressing school community health.

$2,973,862 represents our annual investment in economic opportunity initiatives, including scholarships and capacity building for small businesses.

10 Nonprofits focused on fighting systemic racism throughout the region received grants totaling $250,000.

$166,226,224 is our total annual investment to make total care a real part of our communities through education, donations, grants, and other initiatives.

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