Nurse Practice Act

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Nursing Practice Act

Nursing Practice Act

The Texas Nursing Practice Act (NPA) governs the practice of nursing in the state of Texas. It is implemented by the Board of Nursing (BON) to ensure that each person holding license as a nurse in Texas is competent to practice nursing safely. As such, nurses wanting to work in Texas are subject to the regulation and standards stipulated in the NPA and implemented by the BON. The primary requirement for nursing practice is the license. Any person practicing or offering to practice nursing in Texas must have a license. Licensed nurses are expected to renew their license every two years and are required to identify themselves either as Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) while performing their duties.

According to the NPA, professional nursing involves: (A) the observation, assessment, intervention, evaluation, rehabilitation, care and counsel, or health teachings of a person who is ill, injured, infirm, or experiencing a change in normal health processes; (B) the maintenance of health or prevention of illness; (C) the administration of a medication or treatment as ordered by a physician, podiatrist, or dentist; (D) the supervision or teaching of nursing;(E) the administration, supervision, and evaluation of nursing practices, policies, and procedures; (F) the requesting, receiving, signing for, and distribution of prescription drug samples to patients at sites in which a registered nurse is authorized to sign prescription drug orders as provided by Subchapter B, Chapter 157; (G) the performance of an act delegated by a physician; and (H) the development of the nursing care plan (Sec 301.002).

In line with their duties as specified in the NPA, nurses are expected to perform their task professionally and competently. In addition, nurses are expected to peer-review their colleagues. Nurses are mandated to report colleagues who may...