ORS 678.375
Nurse practitioners

  • licenses
  • prohibitions
  • authority to sign reports of death
  • drug prescriptions


The Oregon State Board of Nursing is authorized to issue licenses to licensed registered nurses to practice as nurse practitioners if they meet the requirements of the board pursuant to ORS 678.380 (Rules for nurse practitioners).


A person may not practice as a nurse practitioner or hold oneself out to the public or to an employer, or use the initials, name, title, designation or abbreviation as a nurse practitioner until and unless the person is licensed by the board.


A registered nurse licensed as a nurse practitioner is authorized to complete and sign reports of death. Reports of death signed by a licensed nurse practitioner fulfill the requirements of the laws dealing with reports of death. A licensed nurse practitioner who completes a report of death shall comply with ORS 432.133 (Mandatory submission and registration of reports of death).


A registered nurse licensed as a nurse practitioner is authorized to prescribe drugs for the use of and administration to other persons if approval has been given under ORS 678.390 (Authority of nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist to write prescriptions or dispense drugs). The drugs that the nurse practitioner is authorized to prescribe shall be included within the licensed nurse practitioner’s scope of practice as defined by rules of the board.


A licensed pharmacist may fill and a licensed pharmacist or an employee of the licensed pharmacist may dispense medications prescribed by a nurse practitioner in accordance with the terms of the prescription. The filling of such a prescription does not constitute evidence of negligence on the part of the pharmacist if the prescription was dispensed within the reasonable and prudent practice of pharmacy.


As used in this section:


“Drug” means:


Articles recognized as drugs in the official United States Pharmacopoeia, official National Formulary, official Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia, other drug compendium or any supplement to any of them;


Articles intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in human beings;


Articles other than food that are intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of human beings; and


Articles intended for use as a component of any articles specified in subparagraph (A), (B) or (C) of this paragraph.


“Prescribe” means to direct, order or designate the preparation, use of or manner of using by spoken or written words or other means. [1975 c.205 §8; 1979 c.785 §1; 1993 c.469 §9; 1993 c.571 §28; 2001 c.357 §1; 2001 c.623 §5; 2008 c.4 §2; 2013 c.366 §77; 2019 c.358 §37]
Chapter 678

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Disclosure by Board of Nursing of names, business and home addresses of registered and licensed practical nurses, (1982) Vol. 42, p 382; licensing requirements for hospital technicians employed by state correctional facilities, (1987) Vol 45, p 188


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Jun. 26, 2021