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OSBN Information Regarding COVID-19

The global spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is a rapidly evolving situation.  To help those nurses and nursing assistants on the frontlines, and to help those retirees who want to rejoin the effort, the Board of Nursing has implemented three emergency, temporary licensing changes:

  1. Expiration dates extensions.  As of March 24, all license expiration dates have been extended 60 days, so licensees don't need to worry about renewing their licenses during this stressful time.

  2. Retired RNs, LPNs, and CNAs who wish to reactivate their Oregon licenses or certificates may do so at no charge.  The normal fingerprint background checks for these applications have been waived during this period of crisis response.
    -- Click here for a RN or LPN reactivation application.  Applicants must complete the entire application and be able to meet the competency requirement of 960 hours within five years.  Applicants must not have a revocation or voluntary surrender on their previous license.
    -- Click here for a CNA reactivation application.  Applicants must complete the entire application and be able to meet the competency requirement of 400 hours within two years.  Applicants must not have a revocation or voluntary surrender on their previous certificate.

  3. Emergency authorizations.  Per ORS 678.031(4), the Board is allowing nurses and nursing assistants licensed in another state or US jurisdiction to provide care in Oregon under special provisions for the duration of the declared state of emergency.  Please visit our webpage containing the necessary forms for applicants and employers

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