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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. 
  • New Nurse Emeritus License Available January 1, 2016
    Thanks to legislation passed in June 2015, Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses who wish to retire can apply for Nurse Emeritus status, which allows them to volunteer their nursing skills in a limited capacity. 
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.


    Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Marijuana and Nursing Practice
    Information from the Oregon Liquor Control Board

    NHTSA Drugs and Human Performance Fact Sheet
    National Institute on Drug Abuse

  • 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.'
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