The Oregon State Board of Nursing shall elect annually from its number a president, a president-elect and a secretary, each of whom shall serve until a successor is elected and qualified. The board shall meet on the call of the president or as the board may require. Special meetings of the board may be called by the secretary upon the request of any three members. Five members constitute a quorum.
The board shall adopt a seal which shall be in the care of the executive director.
The board shall determine the qualifications of applicants for a license to practice nursing in this state and establish educational and professional standards for such applicants subject to laws of this state.
The board shall:
Exercise general supervision over the practice of nursing in this state.
Deny or withdraw approval from nursing education programs for failure to meet prescribed standards.
Examine, license and renew the licenses of duly qualified applicants.
Issue subpoenas for any records relevant to a board investigation, including patient and other medical records, personnel records applicable to nurses and nursing assistants, records of schools of nursing and nursing assistant training records and any other relevant records; issue subpoenas to persons for personal interviews relating to board investigations; compel the attendance of witnesses; and administer oaths or affirmations to persons giving testimony during an investigation or at hearings. In any proceeding under this subsection, when a subpoena is issued to an applicant, certificate holder or licensee of the board, a claim of nurse-patient privilege under ORS 40.240 (Rule 504-2) or of psychotherapist-patient privilege under ORS 40.230 (Rule 504) is not grounds for quashing the subpoena or for refusing to produce the material that is subject to the subpoena.
Standards for the delegation of patient care tasks by a registered nurse to a nursing assistant. The standards must specify that only a registered nurse may delegate the provision of nursing care. The standards must include rules governing the delegation of administration of medication, including of controlled substances, and other tasks ordered or prescribed by a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist or a physician licensed under ORS chapter 677.
Standards for the delegation by a registered nurse of procedures ordered or prescribed by a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist or a physician licensed under ORS chapter 677 to persons other than licensed nursing personnel in a community-based setting, as defined by the board. The rules must provide for the delegation of procedures related to administration of medication.
Notify licensees at least annually of changes in legislative or board rules that affect the licensees. Notice may be by newsletter or other appropriate means.
The board shall determine the scope of practice as delineated by the knowledge acquired through approved courses of education or through experience.(8)(a) The board shall adopt rules regarding the provision of nursing care and various tasks relating to the administration of medication, including the administration of controlled substances, for the community-based settings described in subsection (6) of this section.
The rules adopted under this subsection must:
Provide for the delegation, to other than licensed nursing personnel, of tasks relating to the administration of medication and patient care tasks that are ordered or prescribed by a physician licensed under ORS chapter 677, a clinical nurse specialist or a nurse practitioner.
Specify that the delegation must occur under the procedural guidance, initial direction and periodic inspection and evaluation of the physician, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner or registered nurse.
Specify that the provision of nursing care may be delegated only by a registered nurse.
Determine sites in addition to the facilities described in this subsection where the delegation of nursing tasks and administration of medication may occur.