Please be advised that the Oregon Board of Nursing has posted the following position statement requiring nurses to provide care to all patients, regardless of whether the care facility is compliant with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or World Health Organization – Person Protective Equipment (PPE) guidelines. As long as the facility is deemed in compliance with Oregon Health Authority PPE guidelines, a Licensee cannot refuse to provide care to any patient. If you are the subject of any disciplinary complaint related to this mandate and need assistance, feel free to contact our compliance and credentialing attorneys.
The following links may help you understand your rights:
- Workers’ Right to Refuse Dangerous Work https://www.osha.gov/right-to-refuse.html
- U. S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration: OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19