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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: Server Maintenance Planned for February 28 and March 1
    The Oregon State Board of Nursing will perform routine maintenance on its web servers February 28. All online services, including license renewals and web complaints, will be unavailable from 4 p.m. February 27 until 4 p.m. March 1. If your license expires on either of those dates, please renew your license or certificate as soon as possible.
    Please click here to go to our Online Services webpage to complete your application:  Online Renewal Login Page.
    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.
  • Seeking Comment on National Standards for Background Checks
    In November, 2013, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) received the designation of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer OrganizationIn support of NCSBN’s mission, this designation is for the purpose of developing and promoting increased recognition and voluntary adoption of standards of excellence in the regulation of nursing practice through nurse licensure and competency assessment throughout the U.S. and its territories. 
    NCSBN's Standard's Development Committee (SDC) has developed a standard for criminal background checks for nurse licensure and is asking for public comment about this standard from Jan. 22 through March 5, 2015. 
    You may access the standard by going to this link www.ncsbn.org/standards-development.htm
  • New Office Hours Provide Better Customer Service

    To provide better service to our licensees, the Oregon State Board of Nursing has expanded its office hours.  Our main office and phone line are now open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Our office is located at 17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Road in Portland. 

  • 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
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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.
  • 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.
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