Standards for supervised clinical practice. The nurse shall obtain a limited license to practice prior to engaging in supervised clinical practice.
Supervised clinical practice for nursing re-entry shall be in the student role and unpaid.
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.
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.
Standards for the limited license for re-entry.
The limited license may be issued to a nurse who:
Meets all requirements for licensure except for completion of the re-entry requirement;
Submits verification of enrollment in an approved re-entry program; or
Received Board approval of an individualized re-entry plan.
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.
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.
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).
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:
Summary of nursing education and practice with rationale for use of an individualized plan for re-entry into nursing practice;
Anticipated timeframe for completing all required components, including acquisition/demonstration of current knowledge and required supervised clinical practice;
Clinical competencies/outcomes to be achieved and the mechanism for evaluating competence in nursing practice on completion of the plan;
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:
Learning objectives/outcomes for the re-entry experience;
Provisions for client and re-entry nurse safety;
Unit(s) on which the experience is to occur with the name of the preceptor on each unit, if applicable;
A provision allowing the agency to nullify the contact/agreement in the event of client safety issues.
The name and credentials of the registered nurse preceptor(s). Each nurse preceptor shall:
Hold a current unencumbered registered nursing license in Oregon.
Agree to directly supervise and evaluate the re-entry nurse;
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
Be recommended by the nurse executive or immediate supervisor in that setting.
Documentation of successful completion of the individualized re-entry plan shall be provided in writing, and shall include:
Completion of program objectives/outcomes;
Completion of required supervised clinical practice hours;
Achievement of predetermined competencies;
Recommendation for licensure by clinical preceptor and nurse manager.