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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.
  • Waiting to be Licensed? Monitor the Application Status Wizard
    Graduation season is the busiest time for the Board. There are more than 30 nursing programs in Oregon, all graduating within a few weeks of each other. Hundreds of applications arrive in the Board office daily. Board staff strives to process applications quickly while maintaining its mission of public safety.  Licensing is the final and most important step to ensure that all who apply for an Oregon license are duly qualified.
     
    By law, the Board processes applications in the order of receipt. This means applications that are received first will be worked first, and schools that quickly send in candidate lists and release transcripts aid that process. The volume of documents received means it could take weeks to reach a specific application.  Staff cannot expedite an application for someone with a pending job offer. 
     
    Graduation is the culmination of years of hard work, and applicants for exam are understandably excited to begin their careers.  Please remember that the same staff who process licensing applications also answer the agency phone lines.  Every phone call takes away from processing time.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the online License Application Status Wizard to monitor the status of their applications.  The Wizard is updated in real-time and is the best way keep informed.
  • 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.

  • No More Paper RN/LPN Exam Applications Accepted After September 4
    As of September 4, 2018, the Oregon State Board of Nursing will no longer accept paper applications from US graduates who are applying for RN or LPN licensure by exam.  Any nurses who have graduated from a US school of nursing and wish to practice in Oregon will be required to apply for licensure via our online application process. 
  • No Longer Accepting Paper Endorsement Applications from US Grads
    As of June 1, 2018, the Oregon State Board of Nursing is no longer accepting paper applications from US graduates who are applying for RN or LPN licensure by endorsement.  Any nurses who have graduated from a US school of nursing and wish to practice in Oregon will be required to apply for licensure via our online application process. 
     
  • Apply Now for Board Member Openings

    Interested in helping to protect the public's safety?  The following positions on the Oregon State Board of Nursing will be available beginning in January 2019:

    • Licensed practical nurse
    • Two public members 

    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.

  • 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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