Laws Governing Nursing Practice
As of September 2012, approximately 250,000 RNs, 15,000 APRNs and 96,000 LVNs practice nursing in the State of Texas in a variety of settings and roles (Source: Texas Board of Nursing). They all practice under the Texas Nursing Practice Act, Chapter 301 of the Texas Occupations Code.
The Board of Nursing (BON) is the administrative agency responsible for over-site of the Texas Nursing Practice Act. The BON's website is www.bon.state.tx.us . This site has a number of practice-related materials that may be of assistance to the RN or LVN. Texas Nurses Association (TNA) is providing the following outline of materials on the BON website to assist the nurse in locating topics of interest (click on links below):
Verification & Licensing: verify a license online, download renewal or other forms, information on the nurse licensure compact
Nursing Practice and Advanced Practice: information on scope of practice, safe harbor, peer review and advanced practice; interpretive guidelines and position statements about nursing practice
Nursing Education: faculty, student and program information; continuing education requirements
Texas Nursing Law and Rules: includes Nursing Practice Act and related rules and regulations
Disciplinary Action: action taken, sanction policies, disciplinary guidelines for criminal conduct, investigation and disciplinary process, what to do if you are under investigation, how to file a complaint, unprofessional conduct laws and rules
Nursing ...: includes current reports about nurses in Texas
About the Board: information on board members, meeting dates, news, newsletters and publications, and job openings
A number of other laws impact nursing practice in Texas. More information about Laws that Govern Nursing Practice.