The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) is the regulatory agency for the practice of nursing in Texas. BON was created and given authority by state statute. The mission of BON is “to protect and promote the welfare of the people of Texas by ensuring that each person holding a license as a nurse in the State of Texas is competent to practice safely.”
Texas Board of Nursing Responsibilities and Services
BON is responsible for regulating nursing practice and nursing education.
- Licensure: The Board issues licenses to graduates of an approved nursing education program seeking licensure by exam, and who are otherwise qualified, and to nurses licensed in other states seeking licensure in Texas.
- The Board issues the following: Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Registered Nurse (RN), and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), including nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse midwives.
- All nurses are required to renew their licenses every two years and complete required continuing nursing education.
- Enforcement: The Board is tasked with enforcing the Texas Nursing Practice Act and the BON Rules and Regulations by setting minimum standards for nursing practice and nursing education, conducting investigations of complaints against nurses, and adjudicating complaints.
- BON has the authority to take disciplinary action against nurses found to have violated the Nursing Practice Act, a BON Rule, or other law pertaining to the practice of nursing.
- Disciplinary actions include remedial education, fines, warning, reprimand, suspension, probation, or license revocation.
- School Approval: BON sets standards for nursing education and approves schools of nursing.
- Information: The Board functions for the purpose of protecting the public. As such, it provides a variety of information to customers (patients) verbally, in writing, and electronically.
- The BON’s website publishes information on nurses who have been disciplined for malfeasance, including licensure suspensions and revocations.
- The website also offers information on the Nursing Practice Act, BON Rules, BON Position Statements, the Board’s location and contact information, how to file a complaint against a licensed nurse, and the enforcement process when a complaint is filed.
If you are a licensed nurse or a candidate seeking licensure, it is important to remember that the BON’s function is not to serve you or your interests. The BON’s number one purpose and function is to protect the public. If you are facing a licensure issue with the Texas Board of Nursing, understand that the Board is not on your side.
When Your Nursing License is at Risk
If you are under investigation by the Texas BON in response to a complaint, or there is an issue with obtaining or renewing your license, it is critical that you consult with a Nurse License Defense Attorney immediately. Make no mistake – your license, reputation, and career are on the line. Take the complaint seriously from the start. Address nurse licensure issues head-on. Hire an advocate to protect your rights, your license, and your career.
Our law firm helps professionals, like you, keep their licenses when those licenses are under attack by a state agency or board.
If you have received a licensing complaint, BERTOLINO LLP can help. We represent licensed professionals across the entire State of Texas. Our honest, experienced attorneys will fight aggressively on behalf of your license and reputation.
Contact us today or call (512) 476-5757 to schedule a case evaluation.