What should I do if I cannot complete my clinical or practicum hours on site due to facility limitations on student placement?
According to the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) March 27, 2020 statement, your particular nursing program has the leeway to decide if clinicals that take the form of something other than face-to-face, if that is what is best for students. This will likely mean virtual clinicals to meet the remaining hours that you may have to meet.
We encourage you to reach out to your faculty and program administrator to find out exactly what you need to do to graduate.
Can I still take my NCLEX exam?
Yes, there was an initial closure of testing sites, but as of March 31, 2020 there are 130 sites open for testing across the country, including sites in Oregon. These sites are providing NCLEX testing to limited numbers in order to maintain social distancing requirements.
ONA and OSBN recommend that you schedule your NCLEX testing date and time as soon as possible to ensure you can complete your test.
What happens if the Covid-19 crisis continues into the summer?
OSBN staff is monitoring any delays for testing in real-time and is considering issuing Graduate Nurse Permits should delays increase to the point where testing is significantly delayed when there is an influx of nurses graduating from programs this summer. Due to the majority of staff working remotely during this time, the OSBN Executive Director requests that you email her directly if you are experiencing extended testing delays at Ruby.Jason@state.or.us.