Category Archives: Nursing

Public Hearing on Changes to Texas Nursing Board Rules

Earlier, I had posted an excerpt from the Texas Register regarding a proposed change to the Rules of the Texas Board of Nursing.  On June 13th, the Board posted notice of a Public Hearing on the matter (The notice is after the jump). The timing of this is interesting, because as the President-elect of The…

And the Texas Board of Nursing Strikes Back

On May 18th, the Texas Board of Nursing will publish proposed changes (after the jump) to section 213.26 of the Texas Administrative Code. The changes, if approved in their entirety, will essentially neuter the State Office of Administrative Hearings and render formal hearings before SOAH almost superfluous by removing the ability of the Administrative Law…

New York to Consider Proposal to Require BSN . . . Eventually

This is an interesting proposal from New York State regarding a possible requirement for a BSN degree for RN’s.  It will only apply to future RN graduates and gives a RN graduate from a ADN school 10 years to get a BSN to remain in practice.  I will have to follow this as a development…

Other Victims of Medical Errors

As a nurse and an attorney who represents nurses before the Texas Board of Nursing, this story really hits home.  It is the story of a nurse who made a critical error, although whether the death of the child she was treating was directly related to the error is open to question.  But the aftermath…

Hospice Care Not Coorelated With Earlier Death

At least in Korea, as reported by Reuters.  Korean medical researchers looked at patients with terminal cancer diagnoses and placed them in two groups – those that received hospice care for palliative care and those that received a full range of medical care.  After controlling for other factors, there was no statistical difference in the…

Will Consolidation of Licensing Boards Save Money?

Whoa, it pays to open emails occasionally!  I missed this discussion from the Texas Nurses Association NurseWatch email newsletter from the TNA Governmental Affairs department.  Basically, Governor Perry proposed consolidation of nine (9) healthcare related licensing boards in order to save $7M per biennium.  This would have included both the Medical Board and TBON.  Needless…

Governor Perry Appoints Two New and Reappoints Two Members to Board of Nursing; Appoints Kristin Benton as Board Chair

Governor Perry reappointed one LVN  member and one consumer member of the Texas Board of Nursing.  Beverly Nutall of Bryan is the LVN reappointee and Deborah Bell of Abeline is the consumer reappointee.  The Governor also appointed two new nursing memebers:  Kathy Shipp of Lubbock, a Nurse Practitioner and Mary LeBeck of Weatherford, an ADN…

TBON pushing new default rule

The Texas Board of Nursing is updating some practice related to default proceedings.  Basically, these are the cases where a licensee does not show up for a SOAH administrative hearing.  In that case, the Board feels that the licensee in likely not a good candidate for completing the stipulations placed on licensees with disciplinary action…

Live Blogging the Texas Board of Nursing Meeting – Day 2

I didn’t want to blog about the hearings this morning during the hearings because of possible ethical concerns of mine.  But now that the Board has rendered decisions, I will make some comments after the jump.

Institue of Medicine Report on Nursing and Healthcare Leadership Highlighted in New York Times Article

Pauline Chen, MD, a contributor to the New York Times Well blog, has published an article in yesterday’s New York Times highlighting a recent report from the Institute of Medicine that promotes the idea that nurses should be included in the current debate of healthcare reform as leaders in the movement towards healthcare reform.  I…