Category Archives: Nursing

Texas Board of Nursing Makes Some Technical Changes to the Educational Rules

The Texas Board of Nursing published some technical changes in the Texas Register on Friday.  The changes are advertised to be mostly cosmetic, but there are two areas that bear noting: The rule changes for both Vocational Nursing and Professional Nursing programs are purported to emphasize the importance of live, hands-on, faculty supervised clinical practice; and…

Fun at the Texas Board of Nursing Meeting #2: Areas of Practice are Back!

Last year, TBON made recommendations that nurse be required to obtain their continuing education in an “area of practice” that is essentially the setting in which the nurse is practicing.  Comments at the time addressed the issue of nurses who don’t have a “area of practice” because they are not practicing direct patient care or…

Fun at the Texas Board of Nursing Meeting #1: Guidelines for Requiring Psychological Evaluations

Yesterday at the quarterly meeting of the Texas Board of Nursing, the Board heard a report from the Advisory Committee on Eligilbility, Licensure and Discipline regarding HB 3961, which created Texas Occupations Code § 301.4521 (part of the Nurse Practice Act).  Previously, the Board had approved guidelines related to the qualifications for evaluators.  Now the…

Texas Board of Nursing meets this week

The Texas Board of Nursing is holding its scheduled quarterly meeting this week (link for agenda).  I plan on being at the meeting at least on Thursday, so if you are in Austin and would like to meet with me to discuss a case or otherwise engage my services, give me a call or drop…

New York Times Opinion Piece Highlights Nursing Staff Ratio Study

The study I highlighted last week in my blog, “Report: California Nurse Ratio Standards Decrease Mortality, Increase Nurses Job Satisfaction”, was highlighted yesterday in the New York Times Op Ed pages.  The writer, Teresa Brown, is an Oncology nurse (like my wife is by way of background) and author.  Ms. Brown also contributes to the…

Report: California Nurse Ratio Standards Decrease Mortality, Increase Nurses Job Satisfaction

A recent study published online in the journal Health Services Research has indicated that hospitals that meet the standards set forth by the State of California in mandating nurse/patient ratios have decreased mortality rates and burnout rates among nurses and increased levels of job satisfaction amongst nurses.  The study (link here), lead by Linda Aiken…

Don’t call the board every week . . .

Or even every two weeks.  LaTonia Denise Wright, my colleague practicing in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, points this out in her latest post on her blog, Nursing Law & Order.  Calling the board often is not going to expedite your case because there is a process and the Board of Nursing is going to follow…

Texas Board of Nursing jurisprudence course in Arlington less than one month away!

It is extremely common that a nurse who is facing disciplinary action by the Texas Board of Nursing will be required by the Board to take a 6 hours course in nursing jurisprudence that is approved by the board.  So if you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and facing this stipulation, the time has…

Just in case your thought information you provide to the Board of Nursing is confidential . . .

The Texas Third District Court of Appeals in Austin released a memorandum opinion in February related to a lawsuit between Greg Abbott, Texas Attorney General, and the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) (Abbott v. Texas Board of Nursing, No. 03-09-00154-CV, Tx. App. 3rd Dist. (Austin), Feb. 3, 2010). The case arose out of a request…

Sovereign Immunity and the Winkler County nurses

In this month’s Texas Nursing Voice, the Director of Government Affairs for the Texas Nurse Association, James Willmann, gives an introduction to the concept of sovereign immunity to nurses.  The basic concept is that Governmental entities may be immune from suits because the “Government” can do no wrong.  The concept is based on an old…