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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.
  • Apply Now for Board Member Openings

    Interested in helping to protect the public's safety?  The Oregon State Board of Nursing is seeking two public board members for terms that begin in January 2019. 

    All board members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate.  To apply, click here to visit the Governor's Boards and Commissions webpage.  For more information on the specific duties of an OSBN board member, visit the board's About Us page, or contact OSBN Communications Manager Barbara Holtry at barbara.holtry@state.or.us.

  • New Website Coming Soon
    Our website is getting a new look.  The design will highlight the most looked-for items, and make it much easier to locate what you need. Watch for the change next month.
  • Standing Orders and Protocols

    Executive Director Ruby Jason and RN/LPN Policy Analyst Gretchen Koch presented information on the use of standing orders and protocols to a group at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center on December 20, 2018. 

    Click here for a copy of the presentation materials.

  • Seeking a CNA Volunteer for the OSBN CNA/CMA Advisory Group
    The Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) is accepting applications for a CNA on the CNA/CMA Advisory Group.  
    The advisory group focuses on topics relevant to CNAs and CMAs such as adequacy of training faculty, adequacy of clinical placement sites, authorized duties, curriculum content and examination pass rate trends.   The group also provides input on revisions of the Division 61, 62, or 63 sections of Oregon Administrative Rule. 
    Meetings are held ad hoc.  Appointed members are expected to attend meetings regularly to keep the work moving forward.  These meetings are public and subject to public meeting law.  Future meeting dates are found at http://www.oregon.gov/OSBN/pages/meetings.aspx .  The meetings are held at the Board offices or a nearby location from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Attendance via phone with computer sharing of documents is available.  The commitment to work outside the meetings is not quantifiable, although all members are expected to take on assignments, as needed, and report back to the group.  Term length is three years.
    If you are interested in applying for appointment to the CNA/CMA Advisory Group, please contact Debra Buck at debra.buck@state.or.us or John Goodine at john.goodine@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. 
  • 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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