2015 ORS 678.010¹
Definitions for ORS 678.010 to 678.410

As used in ORS 678.010 (Definitions for ORS 678.010 to 678.410) to 678.410 (Fees), unless the context requires otherwise:

(1) "Board" means the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

(2) "Clinical nurse specialist" means a licensed registered nurse who has been certified by the board as qualified to practice the expanded clinical specialty nursing role.

(3) "Diagnosing" in the context of the practice of nursing means identification of and discrimination between physical and psychosocial signs and symptoms essential to effective execution and management of the nursing care.

(4) "Human responses" means those signs, symptoms and processes which denote the person’s interaction with an actual or potential health problem.

(5) "Long term care facility" means a licensed skilled nursing facility or intermediate care facility as those terms are used in ORS 442.015 (Definitions), an adult foster home as defined in ORS 443.705 (Definitions for ORS 443.705 to 443.825) that has residents over 60 years of age, a residential care facility as defined in ORS 443.400 (Definitions for ORS 443.400 to 443.455) or an assisted living facility.

(6) "Nurse practitioner" means a registered nurse who has been certified by the board as qualified to practice in an expanded specialty role within the practice of nursing.

(7) "Physician" means a person licensed to practice under ORS chapter 677.

(8) "Practice of nursing" means diagnosing and treating human responses to actual or potential health problems through such services as identification thereof, health teaching, health counseling and providing care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being and including the performance of such additional services requiring education and training which are recognized by the nursing profession as proper to be performed by nurses licensed under ORS 678.010 (Definitions for ORS 678.010 to 678.410) to 678.410 (Fees) and which are recognized by rules of the board. "Practice of nursing" includes executing medical orders as prescribed by a physician or dentist but does not include such execution by a member of the immediate family for another member or execution by a person designated by or on behalf of a person requiring care as provided by board rule where the person executing the care is not licensed under ORS 678.010 (Definitions for ORS 678.010 to 678.410) to 678.410 (Fees). The practice of nursing includes providing supervision of nursing assistants.

(9) "Practice of practical nursing" means the application of knowledge drawn from basic education in the social and physical sciences in planning and giving nursing care and in assisting persons toward achieving of health and well-being.

(10) "Practice of registered nursing" means the application of knowledge drawn from broad in-depth education in the social and physical sciences in assessing, planning, ordering, giving, delegating, teaching and supervising care which promotes the person’s optimum health and independence.

(11) "Treating" means selection and performance of those therapeutic measures essential to the effective execution and management of the nursing care and execution of the prescribed medical orders. [Amended by 1957 c.316 §2; 1973 c.584 §1; 1975 c.205 §1; 1975 c.659 §1; 1995 c.763 §3; 1997 c.204 §1; 1999 c.498 §4; 2001 c.465 §1]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Administra­tion of medica­tion by psychiatric aide, (1975) Vol 37, p 478

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


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 678—Nurses; Nursing Home Administrators, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors678.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 678, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano678.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.