The frequency of disciplinary actions can fluctuate, often reflecting changes in laws, societal expectations, and reporting mechanisms. The Texas Board of Nursing is responsible for ensuring that those who serve patients in the state can provide quality care and will take prompt action if it believes an individual is not up to this task.
This year, the Board stepped forward and revoked the nursing license in the state of Texas for multiple nurses for various allegations of wrongdoing including instances of criminal charges for violent acts and animal cruelty as well as failure to properly document prescriptions taken and provide care without proper supervision.
These are just a few examples of the cases the Board reviewed and found warranted some of the most extreme measures available: revocation. Those who wish to avoid a similar fate can take proactive steps to protect their license. Prevention is the best defense against disciplinary actions such as these.
Nurses can protect their licenses by following these best practices:
#1: Keep up to date with changes to regulations and standards of care
It is important to continuously update your knowledge on nursing laws, ethics, and Board regulations. You can better ensure you are up to date on such matters by regularly attending workshops, seminars, and continuing education courses.
#2: Maintain professionalism
It is also helpful to uphold the highest standards of patient care and professional conduct both within the workplace and within your personal life. Document patient interactions thoroughly and accurately. Refrain from posting about patient interactions on social media.
#3: Build a support team
Everyone needs support. Whether in the form of friends, family members, co-workers, or mentors, find a mix of individuals who help you navigate the complicated issues that come with this demanding profession. This can range from a safe place to vent frustrations to someone with experience to provide guidance on how to manage shifts or scheduling frustrations.
If you are subject to disciplinary action, consider obtaining legal counsel who specializes in nurse licensing defense. They can guide you through the process and help protect your rights.
Attorney John Rivas is responsible for this communication.