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The use of social media can be of tremendous benefit to nurses and patients alike. However, nurses must be aware of the potential consequences of disclosing patient-related information via social media. Nurses must always maintain professional standards, boundaries, and compliance with state and federal laws as stated in 22 TAC §217.11(1)(A). All nurses have an obligation to protect their patient’s privacy and confidentiality (as required by 22 TAC §217.11(1)(E)) which extends to all environments, including the social media environment.
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While some complementary therapies, such as massage, have long been within the realm of nursing, there is a much broader connotation applied when an LVN or RN holds himself/herself out as a registered or certified practitioner of such a therapy. "Registered" or "certified" titles, in relation to a complementary modality, imply a degree of mastery above those basic skills acquired through a pre-licensure nursing program. The LVN or RN is accountable to hold the proper credentials (e.g., license, registration, certificate, etc.) to safely engage in the specific practice. The Six-Step Decision-Making Model (accessible on the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) web page) may be a useful tool for the LVN or RN who is uncertain whether a given modality is within his/her scope of practice. The nurse who wishes to integrate complementary modalities when engaging in the practice of nursing should be familiar with not only the NPA, BON rules, and any applicable Federal or State regulations, but also any prevailing standards published by national associations, credentialing bodies, and nursing organizations related to the LVN’s or RN’s area of practice.
A proposal to establish a new vocational nursing education program or a new professional nursing education program must follow Texas BON Rules & Regulations in Chapter 214 for Vocational Nursing Education or Chapter 215 for Professional Nursing Education. The entity seeking to establish the new program must have the appropriate accreditation/approval and the proposal must be prepared by a registered nurse with educational credentials and experience as outlined in the above mentioned rules. The proposal should include, but not be limited to, extensive rationale which supports establishing the new program with demographic and community data, employment needs for nurses in the area, evidence of support from stakeholders, established agreements with clinical affiliating agencies, adequate qualified nursing administrator and faculty to begin the program, and an acceptable curriculum as identified in the guidelines. The Texas BON Education Guidelines for developing a proposal to establish a new program are available on the Texas BON web site under the Nursing Education link. An initial approval fee shall be submitted with the proposal [Rule 223.1(a)(9)].
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Completion of on-going, informal continuing nursing education offerings and on-the-job trainings in a RN’s area of practice serves to develop, maintain, and expand competency. Because the RN scope of practice is based upon the educational preparation in the RN program of study, there are limits to the expansion of the scope. The Board believes that for a nurse to successfully make a transition from one level of nursing practice to the next requires the completion of a formal program of education. 4
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Every nursing educational program in the state of Texas is required to ensure that their graduates exhibit competencies outlined in the Board’s .3 These competencies are included in the program of study so that every graduate has the knowledge, clinical behaviors and judgment necessary for RN entry into safe, competent and compassionate nursing care. The DECs serve as a guideline for employers to assist RNs as they transition from the educational environment into nursing practice. As RNs enter the workplace, the DECs serve as the foundation for the development of the RN scope of practice.
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The purpose of this position statement is to provide direction and recommendations for nurses and their employers regarding the safe and legal scope of practice for RNs and to promote an understanding of the differences in the RN education programs of study and between the RN and LVN levels of licensure. The LVN scope of practice is interpreted in Position Statement 15.27.