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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.
  • 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 
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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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