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Present Duties

The Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) was established in 1911 to regulate nursing practice and education in protection of the public’s health, safety and well-being. It oversees the licensure, certification, education and compliance of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants and advanced practice nurses in the state of Oregon.

The nine OSBN members are appointed by the governor and include two public members, four registered nurses (RN), one licensed practical nurse, one certified nursing assistant and one nurse practitioner. The four RN members represent various areas of nursing practice as follows: one nurse educator, one nurse administrator and two direct-care nonsupervisory nurses. They also represent a variety of geographic locations. Board members serve three-year terms.

The OSBN meets regularly throughout the year, holding five two-day, in person meetings and six teleconferenced meetings. It may hold special meetings if necessary. Board meetings are open to the public. The OSBN employs a staff of about 50 who provide customer service and assist the board in carrying out its mission.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd., Portland 97224-7012
Telephone: 971-673-0685
Fax: 971-673-0684
General Email:
Contact: Ruby R. Jason, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Peggy Lightfoot
Records Officer Email: Peggy Lightfoot
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