Oregon Board of Nursing

Rule Rule 851-031-0080
Standards for Re-Entry Programs


(1)

Re-entry programs shall be approved by the Board before their implementation and at least every 5 years thereafter.

(a)

An application for program approval shall include:

(A)

The intended size and type of re-entry program;

(B)

A written program plan addressing the standards for approval in OAR 851-031-0080 (Standards for Re-Entry Programs)(2);

(C)

Projected number and type of faculty;

(D)

Description and availability of educational and clinical practice facilities and resources, as appropriate; and

(b)

Program changes requiring Board approval:

(A)

Change in program director;

(B)

Major change in curriculum or instructional design;

(C)

Intent to close or substantially reduce program enrollment.

(2)

Standards for Approval:

(a)

Faculty qualifications:

(A)

The program director, each instructor, clinical instructor, and clinical preceptor shall hold a current unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in Oregon.

(B)

The re-entry program director and all instructors newly appointed after January 2, 2007 shall have:

(i)

A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in nursing,

(ii)

No less than three years of registered nursing experience;

(iii)

Evidence of academic and/or experiential preparation for teaching.

(C)

Each clinical instructor shall have no less than three years of registered nursing experience and evidence of academic preparation or experience in education.

(D)

Each clinical preceptor shall:

(i)

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

(ii)

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;

(iii)

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

(b)

Faculty Responsibilities. The faculty shall:

(A)

Plan, implement, evaluate, and revise the educational program;

(B)

Select and evaluate clinical facilities for supervised clinical practice;

(C)

Develop and use written examinations and clinical performance measures based on the registered or practical nurse scope of practice to evaluate student achievement of program objectives/required competencies;

(D)

Develop, implement, and evaluate policies related to student admission, retention, and progression, and polices related to program operations;

(E)

Provide for student evaluation of the program.

(c)

Curriculum

(A)

Curriculum shall be consistent with the law governing the practice of nursing as defined in division 45 and division 47 of the Nurse Practice Act.

(B)

Curriculum plan shall identify:

(i)

Course length, methods of instruction, and planned learning experiences;

(ii)

Course content and practice requirements for completion of the program;

(iii)

Competencies achieved on completion of the program.

(C)

The curriculum shall include, but not be limited to, a minimum of 120 hours instruction in current nursing practice, encompassing:

(i)

The scope of nursing practice, legal/ethical perspectives, the current health care system, and working within interdisciplinary teams;

(ii)

The nursing process, critical thinking, prioritizing, decision-making, and cultural competence in nursing practice;

(iii)

The prescribing/directing, management, assignment, and supervision of nursing care;

(iv)

Nursing care of clients with alterations in body systems;

(v)

Current nursing procedures and processes including use of technology in patient management, nursing practice and documentation;

(vi)

Comprehensive nursing assessment;

(vii)

Documentation including legal aspects of documentation;

(viii)

Application of pharmacologic knowledge and administration of medications.

(d)

Supervised clinical practice:

(A)

The student shall hold a current full or limited license at the level for which the re-entry course is being taken prior to engaging in supervised clinical practice to meet competency requirements.

(B)

Supervised clinical practice shall be appropriate to the student’s level of licensure and plan for competency development;

(C)

Prior to required supervised clinical practice, the facility shall provide relevant orientation appropriate to the planned clinical experience;

(D)

Instructor-supervised clinical practice may be provided.

(E)

The faculty-to-student ratio for instructor-supervised clinical practice shall be no greater than 1:9. A lower ratio shall apply when dictated by student/client safety and learning effectiveness.

(e)

Documentation of successful completion of the re-entry program 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 the re-entry program director and the clinical preceptor.

(f)

The program shall notify the Board in writing on each student’s successful completion of the program, withdrawal from the program prior to completion, or failure to meet required objectives/competencies.
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