Each state has a governing board responsible for ensuring those who provide medical services do so safely. Texas law tasks the Board of Nursing (BON) with monitoring those who hold a nursing license to ensure that they provide safe care to patients throughout the state.
When can the BON take away my nursing license?
Certain actions can result in the loss of an individual’s nursing license. Some common examples include:
- Criminal conviction. Certain criminal convictions can result in the TXBON’s refusal to renew or revocation of a one’s nursing license. These crimes fall into a category known as those of “moral turpitude” and can include allegations of fraud.
- Substance abuse. Depending on the details, the BON may take action against those who have been addicted to and treated for the use of alcohol or any other drugs.
- Previous disciplinary action. The TX BON will also likely review any action taken by boards in other states. As such these actions can impact the ability to practice nursing in Texas.
These are just a few of the eligibility questions that the TXBON will review when considering action against your nursing license.
What should I do if the BON is taking action against my nursing license?
Those who are under investigation are wise to act to protect their interests. Sanctions are serious and can include anything from a warning or reprimand to suspension or revocation of your license. The investigation process generally takes a couple of months to a year to conclude and may be followed by a settlement process. During this process, you can negotiate a resolution or challenge their findings.
It is important to move forward carefully and make sure you understand the options and their potential impact on your profession before agreeing to a proposed resolution. In some cases what may seem like a reasonable resolution may in reality have a long-lasting impact on your ability to continue practicing in your chosen profession.
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