Oregon State Board of Nursing RN/LPN Licensure Information
Practice: Endorsement applicants must practice as a nurse, at the level for which they are seeking a license, for at least 960 hours in the last five years. Graduation within the last five years, from a state approved nursing program, in preparation for the level of license sought, satisfies this requirement. Completion of an OSBN-approved re-entry program within the last two years, in preparation for the level of license sought, satisfies this requirement. Continuing education cannot be used to meet the practice requirement.
When is your license up for renewal and when did you complete the reentry program?
The hour requirement amounts to 4 hours per week over 5 years, your problem lies in the fact that you let your license lapse so you're working with a shorter time frame.
I've not heard that the OSBoN is making any kind of exception because the 960 hours over 5 years just isn't that hard to meet. There are jobs to be had out there, they may just not be the job or shift you want to work. Over the weekend the Oregonian online had 14 nursing home jobs listed.
I've looked alover the site and even logged into my last renewal to see if I could find anything that defines the acceptable sources for hours and they don't.
I do think any volunteer position would have to clearly define how the position constitutes the practice of nursing, what role and tasks the nurse volunteer performs and why the position requires a nurse and not a trained lay person.
You'll need to contact the OSBoN to ask them about what to do and what counts. They are actually pretty nice to deal with and unlike most State agencies a real live person answeres the phone and can usually give you the info you're looking for.