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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.
  • No Longer Accepting Paper Endorsement Applications as of June 1
    As of June 1, 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 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. 
  • PDMP Registration Required for Prescribing APRNs with DEA Numbers by July 1

    Legislation passed during the 2018 legislative session (House Bill 4143) created a requirement for all prescribing healthcare practitioners who hold DEA numbers to register with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) by July 1, 2018.  This registration is mandatory.

    How to register:

    The PDMP program is administered by the Oregon Health Authority.  Any questions, concerns, or issues with the PDMP should be addressed to the PDMP helpdesk at 866-205-1222.

  • 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.

  • Social Security Numbers Now Required
    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 are required (per Oregon Revised Statute 25.785) for all applicants (including renewals).
    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. 
  • 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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