Probation for Nurses

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As one of the disciplinary sanctions imposed by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN), nurses can be put on probation.

Probation from the nursing board can happen to all types of nurses, at any and all levels of experience – from new nurses to highly experienced nurses. After the OSBN receives an allegation of a nursing violation and investigates, the nursing board may deem that probation is the best course of action to take.

If you are put on probation, your nursing license will still be valid, you’ll be able to continue to practice as a nurse, but you will be monitored and required to make reports to the OSBN. Also, there will be restrictions or conditions placed by the nursing board on how you can practice. These restrictions could include where you’re allowed to work and what type of work you’re allowed to do.

Probation for nurses is for a defined period and typically lasts for around 1-2 years.

If you violate the conditions and restrictions of your probation, or if you engage in another violation of the Nurse Practice Act, the OSBN might move to suspend or revoke your nursing license.

Nurses can be put on probation from the state board of nursing for a variety of reasons, including: gross negligence, incompetence, substance abuse (alcohol or legal or illegal drugs), criminal convictions (such as DUI), dishonesty, or fraud.

If you’re facing the prospect of probation by the board of nursing, please contact us. As an experienced nurse’s attorney, Kevin Keaney can help negotiate the terms of your probation. For a free legal consultation, please call (503) 232-9280, or e-mail .

Please note that at Kevin Keaney, P.C., we provide legal counsel for nurses on all aspects of discipline and sanctions from the nursing board. Kevin Keaney is an attorney who helps nurses defend their license in Texas, as well as Oregon and Washington.