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Oregon Nursing License Attorney Mary Johnson

Attorney for Nurses in Oregon
Mary W. Johnson | Nurse Licensing Attorney

Do I Need A Nursing License Attorney?

Are you a nurse who has received a notice of investigation, or have you been arrested, or are you being accused of using drugs or is there another issue that affects your professional license? What should you do and what should be avoided? Can you trust the advice of your licensing board? Do you need a nursing license attorney? You need information and you need it now. Obtain general answers and hints to issues that frequently arise before licensing boards. The first step is to inform yourself.

The Oregon State Board of Nursing (“OSBN”) regulates nursing practice in the State of Oregon pursuant to the Oregon Nurse Practice Act, the Oregon Administrative Regulations, and the Board’s Nurse Practice and Disciplinary Policies. The practice of nursing encompasses 17 distinct licenses:

  • RN - Registered Nurses
  • LPN - Licensed Practical Nurses
  • NP - Nurse Practitioners
    • ACNP - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • ANP - Adult Nurse Practitioner
    • CHNP - College Health Nurse Practitioner
    • FNP - Family Nurse Practitioner
    • GNP - Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
    • NNP - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
    • NMNP - Nurse Midwife Nurse Practitioner
    • PNP - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
    • PMHNP - Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    • WHCNP - Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner
  • CRNA - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
  • CNS - Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • CAN - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • CMA - Certified Medication Aids

The Nursing Complaint Process is posted on the OSBN’s website. The OSBN website also posts disciplinary actions on their website monthly.

Top Ten Causes for Disciplinary Sanctions against Nurses

  • Making inconsistent or false statements.
  • Causing injury to a client.
  • Disrespecting a client.
  • Overreaching professional boundaries.
  • Neglecting the essential standards of practice.
  • Keeping inaccurate or incomplete records.
  • Ignoring the Board.
  • Working when intoxicated.
  • Working when ill.
  • Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor.

In order to manage the large number of nurses with drug and alcohol problems, the OSBN operates the Nurse Monitoring Program as a means of managing their rehabilitation to enable them to return to nursing. The NMP has saved many nurses’ careers.

Top Ten Ways to Complete the Nurse Monitoring Program

  • Journal compliance activities daily.
  • Retain documentation of compliance activities.
  • Abstain from intoxicants.
  • Comply with random drug screening.
  • Attend all support group meetings.
  • Attend all evaluations.
  • Follow recommended treatment.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed.
  • Obey work restrictions.
  • Cooperate with the Nurse Monitoring Program.
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