Oregon Statutes - Chapter 678 - Nurses; Nursing Home Administrators - Section 678.140 - Oregon State Board of Nursing; term; appointment; qualifications; confirmation.

(1) There is created an Oregon State Board of Nursing composed of nine members, five of whom shall be registered nurses, two of whom shall be licensed practical nurses and two of whom shall be members of the public who are otherwise not eligible for appointment to the board.

(2) In making appointments of registered nurses, the Governor shall consider geographic balance in making the appointments and shall ensure that the following areas of practice are represented on the board:

(a) One nursing educator;

(b) One nursing administrator;

(c) Two nonsupervisory nurses involved in direct patient care; and

(d) One nurse practitioner.

(3) The members of the board shall be appointed by the Governor for terms of three years, beginning on January 1. No member shall be eligible to appointment for more than two consecutive terms. An unexpired term of a board member shall be filled in the same manner as an original appointment is made. The appointment shall be for the remainder of the unexpired term. All appointments of members of the board by the Governor are subject to confirmation by the Senate pursuant to section 4, Article III of the Oregon Constitution.

(4) Two months before the expiration of the term of office of a nurse member of the board, or when a vacancy occurs in the office of a nurse member, the Oregon Nurses Association or any other organization representing registered nurses, if the vacancy is in a registered nurse position, or the Oregon Licensed Practical Nurses Association or any other organization representing licensed practical nurses, if the vacancy is in a licensed practical nurse position, may submit a list of three names of persons qualified for the appointment. The appointment of nurse members or practical nurse members may be made from the respective lists.

(5) At the time of appointment, each member of the board must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of Oregon. Each nurse member must be currently licensed and not under disciplinary status with the board in the category for which appointed with at least five years’ experience therein, three of which were immediately prior to appointment. The public members and any person in the immediate family of the public members shall not be employed as a health professional or in any health-related industry.

(6) The Governor may remove a member of the board for cause. [Amended by 1953 c.254 §16; 1957 c.316 §26; 1971 c.650 §27; 1973 c.584 §12; 1973 c.792 §34; 1981 c.206 §1; 1983 c.113 §1; 1995 c.79 §342; 1997 c.141 §1]

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