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ONA Leaders Join OSBN Board

We are proud to announce that two ONA members have been appointed to serve on the Oregon State Board of Nursing’s (OSBN’s) board of directors. Kat Chinn, RN, FNP, and Bobbie Turnipseed, RN, began three-year terms on OSBN’s board on January 1, 2016.

You can learn more about these two nurse leaders through the questions and answers below.


Bobbie Turnipseed, RN, CCRN

Bobbie Turnipseed, RN, CCRN, is a staff nurse at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario where she serves on her bargaining unit’s negotiation committee, as grievance committee chair, as co-chair of the staffing committee, and on the professional nursing care committee (PNCC). She is one of two direct-care RNs on OSBN’s board.

What made you decide to apply for a position on OSBN’s board of directors?

At first I thought I wouldn’t. I had just finished a term on ONA’s Economic and General Welfare (E&GW) board and was planning to cut back on my committee work. I’m already on my bargaining unit’s leadership team and the PNCC and staffing committee at my hospital. However, the opportunity was a really good one that might not come around again.

As an older nurse, this may be one of the last times I’ll get involved. I’m in the mentoring stage of my life. I see serving on the board as a way to pass something on.

What type of work does the OSBN board do?

It’s different than the work I’ve experienced before. The perspective of the board of nursing is to ensure patient safety.

Before joining, I didn’t know the board had as much oversight as it does in some areas. The board discusses how we practice now and the future of nursing practice in our state. That includes reviewing our current rules and regulations and dealing with any issues that might impact nurses or nursing practice in the future.

What do you see as your role on the OSBN board?

I see myself representing the direct-care nurse’s practice. Direct-care nurses have a different view of practice than a nurse educator or an NP does. Direct-care nurses have an understanding about what’s possible and what’s practical for nurses working in acute care. That point-of-view is extremely valuable when the board is making decisions that impact RNs.

I think it’s also important to represent rural nurses and bring their perspective and experience to western Oregon. Out here nurses tend to have a broader practice with fewer specialty areas. We have to do everything from transporting patients to stocking and cleaning the units. That brings a very different perspective to the table.

What issues might come up at OSBN that nurses should be aware of?

OSBN has a role in a lot of big issues; how rules apply to electronic charting, how telemedicine should work across state lines, and the interstate compact for licensure are a few I am aware of. All of these issues will be interesting to talk about and for nurses to follow.

How do you see actions at OSBN impacting your practice?

The board affects how you delegate, what kind of medications you can manage, and what type of education and certifications you need to have. Interpreting the Nurse Practice Act and having a say in how it changes over time allows the board to shape the practice of nursing in Oregon.

Final thoughts?

It’s an honor to be asked to serve on the board as a direct-care RN. It can be intimidating for nurses at the bedside to stand up and be heard, but we have a valuable perspective and it’s important that we share it. Serving on the board is important work. I’m glad I was able to make the time to do this.


Kat Chinn, RN, FNP

Before becoming a family nurse practitioner, Kat Chinn, RN, FNP, spent eight years as an medical office assistant for a pediatrician before embarking on her nursing education to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. In the last year of her Master’s program, she was awarded a Fellowship to the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center. Her work concentrated on improving team-based care for chronically ill children, and it helped her transition into her current practice treating geriatric patients at PeaceHealth’s Senior Health and Wellness Center in Eugene.

Kat is Nurse Practitioners of Oregon’s (NPO’s) Chair Elect, South Willamette Valley/Mid-Coast Reginal Representative and is the only NP on the OSBN board.

What made you decide to apply for a position on OSBN’s board of directors?

I’ve always tried to be an advocate and leader for nurses and NPs but, prior to applying, I didn’t know much about OSBN’s process protecting patients and the public. Patient protection is something that’s very important to me and my team. It fits what I try to do every day in my practice.

Being able to serve on the board and concentrate on that type of work at the state level is extremely important.

What type of work does the OSBN board do?

The board considers all complaints and disciplinary action for licensees across the state. The Board has many roles besides disciplinary action, including evaluating education programs for nurses and certified nursing assistants, interpreting the Nurse Practice Act, and issuing licenses and renewals, among other work.

I’m eager to learn what issues NPs and other advanced practice nurses are running into most often. I want to make sure nurses are allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and training and make sure Oregon’s Nurse Practice Act is up-to-date.

We also need to find out what education the board can offer to help nurses avoid the disciplinary process altogether. Continuing to educate and reach out to all licensees about their role, scope and patient safety may prevent complaints that lead to disciplinary action.

What do you see as your role on the OSBN board?

As the only advanced nurse practitioner representative on the Board, I feel I have an important voice to add to many of the topics we’ll discuss. But, as a new board member, I’m looking forward to listening and learning.

What issues might come up at OSBN that nurses should be aware of?

Public safety is the board’s first priority and that’s important for all organizations, including ONA and NPO. I think we’ll discuss the possibility of changing language in the Nurse Practice Act to update and reflect licensees’ current and future practice.

I look forward to learning more about issues related to the Nurse Practice Act and helping guide the board in our decision-making process.

Final thoughts?

I’m honored to be asked to serve on the board. I hope I can be a role model for other NPs who want to do this type of work and be a resource for nurses who want to improve patient safety and education.
I think the work I’ve done with NPO over fourteen-or-so years has made me better prepared for this challenge. It’s going to be an exciting three years.

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