Oregon Board of Nursing

Rule Rule 851-031-0070
Re-entry into Nursing


(1)

An applicant who has worked as a licensed or credentialed nurse and meets all standards of eligibility established in OAR 851-031-0006 (General Eligibility, Limits on Eligibility, and Requirements)(1), (2) & (3) except 851-031-0006 (General Eligibility, Limits on Eligibility, and Requirements)(3)(d) must complete an approved re-entry program or individualized plan and provide evidence of successful completion of the licensing examination, prior to issuance of a license to practice. The applicant shall:

(a)

Provide documentation of having successfully completed within the two years preceding issuance of the license:

(A)

A Board-approved re-entry program (as specified in OAR 851-031-0045 (Limited License for Certain Students in Oregon Educational Programs), 851-031-0080 (Standards for Re-Entry Programs)), or

(B)

An individualized re-entry plan as specified in OAR 851-031-0070 (Re-entry into Nursing)(4).

(b)

Satisfactorily complete required supervised clinical practice as specified in OAR 851-031-0070 (Re-entry into Nursing)(2).

(c)

Provide documentation of successful completion of the licensing examination as defined in 851-031-0006 (General Eligibility, Limits on Eligibility, and Requirements)(3)(c).

(2)

Standards for supervised clinical practice. The nurse shall obtain a limited license to practice prior to engaging in supervised clinical practice.

(a)

Supervised clinical practice for nursing re-entry shall be in the student role and unpaid.

(b)

A nurse who has less than 960 hours of nursing practice in the five-year period immediately preceding application for licensure shall complete a re-entry program or individualized plan that includes a minimum of 160 hours of supervised clinical practice.

(c)

Up to 160 additional hours of supervised clinical practice may be required when recommended to the Board by the re-entry program director, nurse preceptor or nurse manager/supervisor. Additional required supervised clinical practice is subject to the availability of a qualified preceptor, willingness of the facility to provide the experience, and availability of the program director to supervise/coordinate the experience.

(3)

Standards for the limited license for re-entry.

(a)

The limited license may be issued to a nurse who:

(A)

Meets all requirements for licensure except for completion of the re-entry requirement;

(B)

Submits verification of enrollment in an approved re-entry program; or

(C)

Received Board approval of an individualized re-entry plan.

(b)

A limited license issued under these rules is to be used only for completion of an approved re-entry program or individualized re-entry plan, and required supervised clinical practice for re-entry.

(c)

The limited license expires on successful completion of the re-entry program or individualized plan, on withdrawal from an approved re-entry program or individualized plan, or in one year, whichever comes first. At the discretion of the Board, a one-year extension of the limited license may be granted on written request and submission of a fee.

(d)

An applicant who fails to successfully complete the re-entry program or individualized re-entry plan and required supervised clinical experience may reapply for licensure, re-entry, and a limited license. The applicant is required to complete all requirements set forth in OAR 851-031-0070 (Re-entry into Nursing)(1), (2).

(4)

Standards for individualized re-entry plans. The nurse choosing to complete an individualized plan for re-entry shall submit, in writing, the following for Board approval:

(a)

Summary of nursing education and practice with rationale for use of an individualized plan for re-entry into nursing practice;

(b)

Anticipated timeframe for completing all required components, including acquisition/demonstration of current knowledge and required supervised clinical practice;

(c)

Clinical competencies/outcomes to be achieved and the mechanism for evaluating competence in nursing practice on completion of the plan;

(d)

Plan for obtaining and demonstrating knowledge/competence in nursing, as identified in OAR 851-031-0080 (Standards for Re-Entry Programs)(2)(c);

(e)

Plan for obtaining required hours of supervised clinical practice as specified in OAR 851-031-0070 (Re-entry into Nursing)(2). The plan shall identify:

(A)

The agency or agencies and contact person(s) where required supervised clinical experience will be obtained. A signed contract/agreement with each agency is required. The contract/agreement shall include but is not limited to:

(i)

Learning objectives/outcomes for the re-entry experience;

(ii)

Provisions for client and re-entry nurse safety;

(iii)

Unit(s) on which the experience is to occur with the name of the preceptor on each unit, if applicable;

(iv)

A provision allowing the agency to nullify the contact/agreement in the event of client safety issues.

(B)

The name and credentials of the registered nurse preceptor(s). Each nurse preceptor shall:

(i)

Hold a current unencumbered registered nursing license in Oregon.

(ii)

Agree to directly supervise and evaluate the re-entry nurse;

(iii)

Have no less than two years of registered nursing experience, of which at least six months shall be in the setting in which the clinical experience is to occur; and

(iv)

Be recommended by the nurse executive or immediate supervisor in that setting.

(f)

Documentation of successful completion of the individualized re-entry plan shall be provided in writing, and shall include:

(A)

Completion of program objectives/outcomes;

(B)

Completion of required supervised clinical practice hours;

(C)

Achievement of predetermined competencies;

(D)

Recommendation for licensure by clinical preceptor and nurse manager.
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