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Present Duties

The Oregon State Board of Nursing was established in 1911 to regulate nursing practice and education to protect the public’s health, safety and well-being. The board examines, licenses and renews licenses of qualified Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses; certifies nursing assistants and establishes standards for their training and certification; licenses nurse practitioners and grants prescriptive and dispensing authority to qualified nurse practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists; licenses Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Clinical Nurse Specialists; prescribes essential curricula and standards for nursing education programs; surveys and approves nursing education programs which meet board standards; and investigates complaints about nurses and nursing assistants to determine if there have been violations to laws or standards.

Members are appointed by the governor for three-year terms. License fees finance all board programs.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd, Portland 97224
Telephone: 971-673-0685
Fax: 971-673-0684
General E-mail:
Contact: Ruby R. Jason, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator E-mail: Peggy Lightfoot
Records Officer E-mail: Becky Hedges
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 678.010–678.445
Budget Analysis (pdf) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog