Did you know that there are many petitions entertained by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) every single day? The Board is the government agency that has the jurisdiction to hear and decide administrative cases involving nurses. Aside from this, all nursing graduates who want to obtain professional nursing licenses also fall within the jurisdiction of the Board. As a matter of fact, they need to file application forms before they can be allowed to take the board exam. Failure to do this can result to losing their privilege to complete the licensure exam.
As early as now, it is important to point out the fact that no one can practice professional nursing without a license. Doing so can make the person criminally liable. This is the reason why all applications for the board exam must be taken seriously. The common misconception about this is that only those who have no criminal records can have the chance to become LVN or RN nurses. Well, this is absolutely incorrect because any nursing graduate can file for an application, provided that he meets all other important requirements set by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
After passing the board examination, the RN nurse involved is expected to comply with the laws promulgated by the state as well as the administrative orders of the Texas BON. In one case filed against a RN nurse named Dhangelene, she was accused of committing acts that are unprofessional. In the complaint, it was alleged that On or about July 22, 2017, the RN nurse failed to ensure the proper performance of cardiopulmonary resucitation (CPR) on a patient, when the latter was found to be unresponsive.
It was alleged that the RN nurse did not speak out the bag connected to the patient’s tracheostomy for rescue breathing when it was determined that the patientwas no longer breathing. The act of the RN nurse was a clear violation of the Texas laws. It was alleged in the complaint that she is guilty of violating this provision:
Sec. 301.452 provides for the grounds for disciplinary action:
(a)In this section, intemperate use includes practicing nursing or being on duty or on call while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
(b) A person is subject to denial of a license or to disciplinary action under this subchapter for:
(1) a violation of this chapter, a rule or regulation not inconsistent with this chapter, or an order issued under this chapter;
(2) fraud or deceit in procuring or attempting to procure a license to practice professional nursing or vocational nursing;
(3) a conviction for, or placement on deferred adjudication community supervision or deferred disposition for, a felony or for a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;
(4) conduct that results in the revocation of probation imposed because of conviction for a felony or for a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;
(5) use of a nursing license, diploma, or permit, or the transcript of such a document, that has been fraudulently purchased, issued, counterfeited, or materially altered;
(6) impersonating or acting as a proxy for another person in the licensing examination required under Section 301.253 or 301.255;
(7) directly or indirectly aiding or abetting an unlicensed person in connection with the unauthorized practice of nursing;
(8) revocation, suspension, or denial of, or any other action relating to, the person’s license or privilege to practice nursing in another jurisdiction or under federal law;
(9) intemperate use of alcohol or drugs that the board determines endangers or could endanger a patient;
(10) unprofessional conduct in the practice of nursing that is likely to deceive, defraud, or injure a patient or the public;
(11) adjudication of mental incompetency;
(12) lack of fitness to practice because of a mental or physical health condition that could result in injury to a patient or the public; or
(13) failure to care adequately for a patient or to conform to the minimum standards of acceptable nursing practice in a manner that, in the board’s opinion, exposes a patient or other person unnecessarily to risk of harm.
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