Texas and states throughout the country are in the midst of a nursing shortage. The problem is so serious, that the dean of the Texas A&M College of Nursing recently testified before a U.S. committee. The testimony included a discussion on innovations within academic nursing. Hospitals throughout the state are struggling to find nurses to provide quality care to patients. According to this educational leader, one potential answer to this shortage is increased reliance on technological innovations.
The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) recently released a statement warning nurses throughout the state of a current telephone scam. According to the group, fraudsters who are part of this scam will contact those who hold a nursing license and demand money. The demand, the fraudster will argue, is due to an impending investigation by the BON. The fraudster may then claim the nurse is required to make the payment cover the cost of the investigation or to pay a fine.
It is no surprise that the federal government is cracking down on medical professionals who fail to follow guidelines when it comes to the prescription of controlled substances like opioids. However, medical professionals may not be prepared for the increasingly aggressive stance of their local licensing board when it comes to allegations of violations.
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.