Texas Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics
The Nursing Practice Act, Chapter 301 of the Texas Occupations Code, includes laws and rules regulating nursing education, licensure, and practice. In addition to Chapter 301 (the Nursing Practice Act), the Board of Nursing stipulates that Texas nurses are required to be familiar with Chapter 303 (Nursing Peer Review) and Chapter 304 (the Nurse Licensure Compact). Advanced practice registered nurses must also be familiar with Chapter 305 (the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact). Several chapters of the Texas Administrative Code, which is a collection of all state agency rules, also pertain to nursing education, licensure, practice, and discipline. Together, these laws and rules form the basis for the legal practice of nursing and the regulation of nursing in the state of Texas. Although they are not technically laws, Texas Board of Nursing Position Statements provide guidance regarding patient safety, scope of practice, and other important issues; the Board strongly encourages that nurses read all Position Statements or, at the very least, the Summary of Position Statements. Texas nurses should also be familiar with the principles of nursing ethics and professional boundaries. This course fulfills the continuing education requirement on the laws, rules, and ethics related to the practice of nursing in Texas for all levels of nursing, including registered nurse (RN), licensed vocational nurse (LVN), registered nurse first assistant (RNFA), and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). While this course will provide an overview of the pertinent sections of the laws and rules, all nurses are encouraged to review them in their entirety in order to ensure compliance.
The purpose of this course is to provide basic knowledge of the laws and rules governing the practice of nursing in Texas in order to increase compliance and improve patient care. Texas nurses are legally obligated to be aware of standards that govern professional accountability. Information contained in this course is not intended to be used in lieu of lawful guidelines, but as a learning tool that increases the understanding of some regulations as they apply to nurses who are licensed within the state of Texas.
This course is designed for all nurses licensed in Texas.
- Outline the pertinent levels of nursing practice in Texas and the general scope of practice of each.
- Identify specific laws and rules related to the practice of nursing in Texas.
- Differentiate between ethical and legal practice.
- Discuss the legal and ethical requirements related to professional boundaries and unprofessional conduct in nursing.
Jane C. Norman, RN, MSN, CNE, PhD, received her undergraduate education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus. There she completed a double major in Sociology and English. She completed an Associate of Science in Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Nashville campus and began her nursing career at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Jane received her Masters in Medical-Surgical Nursing from Vanderbilt University. In 1978, she took her first faculty position and served as program director for an associate degree program. In 1982, she received her PhD in Higher Education Administration from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. In 1988, Dr. Norman took a position at Tennessee State University. There she has achieved tenure and full professor status. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honors Society. In 2005, she began her current position as Director of the Masters of Science in Nursing Program.
Contributing faculty, Jane C. Norman, RN, MSN, CNE, PhD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.
Sharon Cannon, RN, EdD, ANEF
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In support of improving patient care, NetCE is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.NetCE is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). NetCE complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, NetCE is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.
NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 2 ANCC contact hour(s). NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 2.4 hours for Alabama nurses. NetCE is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 CEU(s) for this program. AACN Synergy CERP Category B.
In addition to states that accept ANCC, NetCE is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by: Alabama, Provider #ABNP0353, (valid through July 29, 2025); Arkansas, Provider #50-2405; California, BRN Provider #CEP9784; California, LVN Provider #V10662; California, PT Provider #V10842; District of Columbia, Provider #50-2405; Florida, Provider #50-2405; Georgia, Provider #50-2405; Kentucky, Provider #7-0054 through 12/31/2023; South Carolina, Provider #50-2405; West Virginia RN and APRN, Provider #50-2405.
This course fulfills the Texas requirement for 2 hours of education on Jurisprudence and Ethics.
- 4.00 ANCC
This course is offered through NetCE.
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