The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is investigating allegations nurses at a Texas hospital were abusing fentanyl. The investigation comes shortly after two nurses at UT Southwestern died from overdose related injuries while in the hospital.
Like any medical professional, becoming a registered nurse requires more than just dedication, countless hours of study and time spent gaining clinical experience. It also requires passing tests. Often standardized and impersonal, these tests are generally required to get your nursing license.
Texas nursing students are excelling when it comes time to take their exams and get their nursing license. The Texas Board of Nursing recently reported results on the National Council Licensure Examination taken in 2018. Two universities in the eastern portion of the state reported 100% passing rates while most others in the area were above 90%.
Perhaps a patient was unhappy with the care they received, a family member felt the medical community failed a loved one or a coworker was upset. Whatever the reason that may lead to a complaint, it is important for nurses to know that official complaints within the field are not uncommon.
Just like physicians, the nursing profession appears to be shifting away from one of a generalized nurse and towards one where nurses are trained and mentored to handle certain areas. There are many specialty options for those who are interested in the nursing profession, or who have already received their training and are looking to specialize.
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) can provide a wide range of services for patients. In many cases, NPs and other nursing professionals are not able to apply the full extent of their training due to the confines of federal and state regulations. Texas NPs are pushing back against these regulations and attempting to Full Practice Authority (FPA).
There are situations a nurse may need to travel across state lines to provide care. One common example is the position of a travel nurse. In order to cut down on the burden that comes with meeting the licensing requirements for each state, nurses in these situations may make use of the Nurse Licensing Compact.
A government investigation recently led to allegations a nursing assistant was involved in a multi-year scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid. The investigation resulted in enough evidence to support criminal charges.
Social media is a part of our everyday lives. It is important for nurses to remember that professional standards apply online. This means every post, tweet or Instagram photo could put your license at risk.
Those who choose to enter the profession of nursing must prepare to navigate a number of issues. Two examples currently spotlighted by the media include the various scopes of practice and problems with patient violence.