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  • Welcome to the Oregon State Board of Nursing
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    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.
  • When Will I Be Licensed? Check the Application Status Wizard!

    If you have submitted an application for licensure and would like to know the current status, use the Board of Nursing’s new Application Status Wizard.  Click the link and enter the last four digits of your Social Security Number and date of birth.  You’ll get a real-time list of the application checklist items that are awaiting completion, such as the receipt of your transcripts or verification from another state.  You can also print a receipt so you have a record of payment. 
  • Seeking Volunteers for the OSBN Nursing Education Advisory Group
    The OSBN’s Nursing Education Advisory Group has openings for members.  The group is tasked with reviewing Board interpretive statements, administrative rules, and various education issues.  The NEAG is comprised of geographically-diverse nurses who meet throughout the 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 August 19, 2016
  • You've Graduated From Your Nursing Program--Now What?

    Congratulations on completing your journey to become a nurse! There is just one more thing to do: get your Oregon RN or LPN license. 

    We've recently updated our webpage to give you a step-by-step plan on how to apply for your Oregon nursing license and take the national nurse licensure exam (NCLEX).

    Click here for more information.

  • Electronic Transcripts Now Accepted
    The Board of Nursing is now accepting electronic transcripts for licensure applications.  Transcripts must be sent directly to the OSBN office by a national document transfer network that your school subscribes to. Credentials Solutions eSCRIP-SAFE and the National Student Clearinghouse are two examples of entities that provide this service.
    Contact your school to see what electronic document transfer network they use, then request the service to send your official transcripts to OSBN at: osbn.transcripts@state.or.us.
  • Live Scan Digital Fingerprinting Now Available

    Applicants for new licensure or certification in Oregon, or reactivation of a previously-issued Oregon license or certificate, now have their fingerprints taken via Live Scan, a digital process for fingerprint capture. The new process is easier, more reliable, and produces results faster than the traditional ink-and-paper method. Plus, fingerprinting sites are located throughout the U.S. 

    Click here for more information!

  • Plastic License Cards No Longer Issued in Oregon
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    To promote public safety and prevent fraud and misuse, the Oregon State Board of Nursing no longer issues plastic license cards. Employers should verify licenses through our online license verification system, or the national NURSYS system.

    Nurses and nursing assistants may also look up their own license numbers with the online verification system. Simply enter a first and last name and click 'search.'
  • Students Enrolled in Non-Oregon Based Programs & Preceptors
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    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

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