Text Size:   A+ A- A   •   Text Only
Site Image

  • Welcome to the Oregon State Board of Nursing
    Image Directory Not Found
    The Oregon State Board of Nursing safeguards the public's health and wellbeing by providing guidance for, and regulation of, entry into the profession, nursing education and continuing safe practice.

    The Board of Nursing, with the help of its staff, determines licensure and certification requirements; interprets the Oregon Nurse Practice Act; evaluates and approves nursing education programs and nursing assistant training programs; issues licenses and renewals; investigates complaints and takes disciplinary action against nurses and nursing assistants who violate the Oregon Nurse Practice Act; maintains the nursing assistant registry; and, administers nursing assistant competency evaluations.
  • Coming Soon: Live Scan Digital Fingerprinting
    Beginning September 1, applicants for new licensure/certification in Oregon or reactivation of a previously-issued Oregon license/certificate will have their fingerprints taken via Live Scan, a digital process for fingerprint capture. The new process will be easier, more reliable, and produce results faster than the traditional ink-and-paper method.  Watch this space for more details to come later this month!
  • OSBN Statement Regarding the Legalization of Cannabis in Oregon

    In light of the legalization of cannabis in Oregon on July 1, 2015, the Oregon State Board of Nursing wants to reiterate that our licensees and certificate-holders are expected to practice with professional skill and safety at all times.  The Board wants licensees, certificate-holders, and applicants to be educated and informed about the use of substances and impairment in the workplace.


    Information from the Oregon Liquor Control Board
    NHTSA Drugs and Human Performance Fact Sheet
    National Institute on Drug Abuse

  • Seeking Volunteers for the OSBN Nursing Education Advisory Group
    The OSBN’s Nursing Education Advisory Group (NEAG), a 15-member group tasked with reviewing Board policies, administrative rules, and various education issues, has openings for additional members.  The NEAG is comprised of geographically-diverse nurses who meet 11 times a year. 
    If you would like to find out more about the NEAG, or are interested in applying to become a member, please click here: OSBN Nursing Education Advisory Group. The NEAG membership application deadline is July 3, 2015.
  • Expedited Licensing Available for Military Spouses

    If you are the spouse or domestic partner of an active service member, Oregon state law allows the Board of Nursing to expedite your licensure or certification endorsement process.  

    In addition to meeting all usual Board requirements, applicants should:  A) Provide evidence that you are married to, or in a domestic partnership with, an active member of the United States Armed Forces, and B) Provide verification that you are licensed or certified in another state, and you are not subject to disciplinary action in that state.

    Please call or email our office at (971) 673-0685 or oregon.bn.info@state.or.us to get further information about this expedited application process.

  • Students Enrolled in Non-Oregon Based Programs & Preceptors
    two nurses
    If you are enrolled in a non-Oregon based APRN or prelicensure program, or precepting a student enrolled in a non-Oregon based program, please review the information page linked below.

    Students Enrolled in Non-Oregon Based Programs & Preceptors

  • Public Disciplinary Documents Available Online
    As of July 2010, copies of public disciplinary documents taken during each Board Meeting are available online. You may view a list of all actions taken during a Board Meeting by clicking the link below. Simply click on the applicable meeting date to find a link to the documents.

    You may also look up a licensee with our online License Verification System and view any discipline documents for individual licensees.
Applicants and Licensees Consumer Information