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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.
  • Online License/Certificate Exam Applications Available March 9
    As of March 9, new nursing and nursing assistant graduates can apply for their first license or certificate by examination using the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) web-based application system.
    Online applications allow payments to be processed faster--usually the same day--and improves the accuracy of information being uploaded to the agency's database, thus reducing possible delays.  Applicants must have a social security number to login to the secure online application system. 
  • Social Security Numbers to Be Required in 2018
    To decrease the chance of fraud in obtaining licenses from individuals who live overseas and do not intend to work in the US or Oregon, Social Security Numbers will be required (per Oregon Revised Statute 25.785) according to this schedule:
    --  Applicants for a new license or certificate: beginning January 1, 2018.
    --  Applicants seeking to renew their license or certificate:  beginning April 1, 2018.
    Refusal to provide your SSN will result in denial of licensure/certification, and the denial will be reported to the National Practitioner Databank.  US work visas (H1B, I-766 or other current federal government form authorizing you to work in the United States) will be accepted.  If you are attending school on an F1 Visa, provide a copy of the I-94 and I-20 signed by the designated school authority with your application.
    For more information, contact the OSBN office via email: oregon.bn.info@state.or.us.
  • 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. 
  • Board of Nursing Adopts Oregon Opioid Guidelines

  • Cultural Awareness for a Diverse Citizenry
    Oregon's racial and ethnic populations are growing at a faster rate than the nation, with one in five (21.5%) or 800,000 Oregonians identified as people of color.  With Oregon’s growing diversity in mind, the Oregon State Board of Nursing encourages Oregon nurses and nursing assistants to obtain cultural competency continuing education.  
    The Oregon Health Authority provides a list of cultural competency continuing education opportunities, which are available through the Office of Equity and Inclusion.  (Cultural competency courses means any educational course that helps health care professionals to work effectively with diverse groups.)
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