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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.
  • You've Graduated From Your Nursing Program--Now What?

    Congratulations on completing your journey to become a nurse! There is just one more thing to do: get your Oregon RN or LPN license. 

    We've recently updated our webpage to give you a step-by-step plan on how to apply for your Oregon nursing license and take the national nurse licensure exam (NCLEX).

    Click here for more information.

  • 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

  • Amended RN/LPN Scope of Practice Rules Effective Now
    Personal accountability for one’s nursing practice is the theme repeated throughout the amended Nurse Practice Act rules (OAR Chapter 851 Division 45), which went into effect August 1, 2017. These are the administrative rules that contain the standards and scope of practice to which each individual Oregon licensed nurse must adhere; this means the LPN, the RN, and the advanced practice RN.  
    The amendments are the product of a two-year process of stakeholder input and deliberation, and were approved by Board Members during the June 15 Board meeting. Amendments include newly defined terms, brand new standards, and reorganization of the standards. The new rules are available on the Secretary of State's website (click here).
    Click here for an Overview of Changes in the New Division 45 Rules.
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