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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.
  • Attention: Only Online Renewals Accepted After March 1
    As of March 1, 2017, only online renewals will be accepted. Licensees needing assistance are welcome to come to the OSBN office at 17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Road, Portland, OR 97224 to complete their renewal using our lobby kiosk. 
    The switch ensures that all licensees complete the statutorily mandated workforce data survey.  After submitting your renewal, you can check the progress of your application with our online Application Wizard.   ​​
  • 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. 
     
     
  • 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!

  • 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.

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