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Emergency Temporary Licensing Exception

The global spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is a rapidly evolving situation.  In response, Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency in Oregon on March 8, 2020.  During this state of emergency, per ORS 678.031(4), the Oregon Board of Nursing is allowing nurses and nursing assistants licensed in another state or US jurisdiction to provide care in Oregon under special provisions.  Applicants will be matched with employer requests; an applicant will not be placed on the registry unless we have an employer request for that applicant.
  • Out-of-state nurses or nursing assistants who wish to work temporarily in Oregon must complete this authorization application.  Approved nurses/nursing assistants will be listed on the OSBN emergency registry.
  • Employers who wish to hire nurses/nursing assistants in response to this state of emergency must complete the application below.  These requests must be completed by the facility Chief Nursing Officer.  Requests from credentialing companies/departments will not be processed.
    • A nurse or nursing assistant hired under this emergency declaration must be on the registry list maintained by OSBN prior to being placed on staff. 
    • The emergency authorization for a non-Oregon nurse or nursing assistant to practice will expire when the Governor of Oregon declares the emergency over
    • To view a non-Oregon RN or LPN license status, use the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Nursys quick confirm.
    • A nurse practicing in Oregon without authorization from OSBN shall be subject to a civil penalty for practicing nursing without a license in Oregon as indicated in OAR 851-045-0100.




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