There are three
types of advanced practice nurse in Oregon: Nurse Practitioner, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. There are nine
nurse practitioner specialties: adult; acute; women's health care; geriatric (until 2015); pediatric; psychiatric mental health; family; neonatal, and nurse midwife.
Generally, you are eligible to apply for Nurse Practitioner and CNS certification if you are a currently licensed RN in Oregon, have a Master's or Doctoral Degree in Nursing, and have graduated from an appropriate specialty program. CRNAs educated after Jan. 1, 2001, also must have a Master's Degree. Specifically, you must meet the OSBN's education, practice and legal requirements for each type (Refer to the Oregon Nurse Practice Act and Administrative Rules http://www.oregon.gov/OSBN/adminrules.shtml
.). Prescriptive authority requirements are found in Division 56 of the Oregon Nurse Practice Act (OAR 851-056