As reported in previous issues of Sentinel, the Oregon Board of Nursing will cease issuing plastic license cards on December 31, 2009. As of January 1, 2010, employers will need to verify a nurse or nursing assistant’s license status through the Board’s online license verification system, or the National Council for State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Nursys® system.
Although license cards have historically been perceived as "proof" of a licensee’s eligibility to practice nursing or perform nursing assistant duties, the fact is that wallet cards are subject to fraud, loss and theft. Additionally, there is an assumption that the card carrier’s license status is current as it reads on the card. In fact, the information could be up to two years old. This puts the public at risk, and puts employers at risk for civil penalties and other sanctions (if they employ someone without a current Oregon license). Several other states, such as New Hampshire and North Carolina, have already eliminated license cards.
OSBN Online Verification
All Oregon nursing and nursing assistant licenses can be verified through the Board’s website: www.oregon.gov/osbn
and click on "License Verification." Licensees can be searched by name, city, or license number or type, free of charge. Once the search results appear, users can click on the desired name to view an easily printable PDF file bearing: the licensee’s name; license number; when the license was issued or last renewed; when it expires; and, whether the license has ever been disciplined.
Nursys® for Employers and the Public
At this time, the NCSBN’s online verification system, Nursys® (www.nursys.com
), only verifies RN and LPN licenses. The nursys.com
website contains data obtained directly from the licensure systems of boards of nursing across the country through frequent, secured updates.
Employers and the public can verify licenses and receive a report, free of charge, which contains the name, jurisdiction, license type, license number, license status, expiration date and any discipline against the license of the nurse being verified.
Nursys® for Nurses
When a nurse applies for licensure by endorsement into a state, verification of existing or previously held licenses may be required. A nurse can use Nursys.com to request verification of licensure from a Nursys® licensure participating board. A list of licensure participating nursing boards can be found at nursys.com.
Verifications can be processed by completing the online Nursys verification procedure. The fee for this service is $30 per license type for each state board of nursing where the nurse is applying. Nursys® license verification is sent to the endorsing board immediately. For more information, please visit www.nursys.com
, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
, or call 312.525.3780.