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  • RN Title Protection Law
  • DR Title Protection Law
  • Workplace Violence Laws
  • RN Procedural Sedation Rules
  • RN Safe Staffing Laws

  • RN Title Protection Law


    Statute/Regulation:

    TX Occupations Code § 301.251

     

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    AA Unless the person holds a license under this chapter, a person may not use, in connection with the person ’s name: (1) the title "Registered Nurse," "Professional Nurse," "Licensed Vocational Nurse," "Vocational Nurse," "Licensed Practical Nurse," "Practical Nurse," or "Graduate Nurse"; (2) the abbreviation "R.N.," "L.V.N.," "V.N.," "L.P.N.," or "P.N."

     

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    Effective

     

    DR Title Protection Law

    Statute/Regulation:

    TX Occupations Code § 104.004

     

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    In using the title "doctor" as a trade or professional asset or on any manner of professional identification, including a sign, pamphlet, stationery, or letterhead, or as a part of a signature, a person other than a person described by Section 104.003 shall designate the authority under which the title is used or the college or honorary degree that gives rise to the use of the title.

     

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    Effective

     

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    Workplace Violence Laws


     

    Statute/Regulation:

    TX PENAL CODE § 22.01

     

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    A person commits assault if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another, including the person ’s spouse. The offense is a felony of the third degree if the offense is committed against a person the actor knows is emergency services personnel while the person is providing emergency services. "Emergency services personnel" includes firefighters, emergency medical services personnel as defined by Section 773.003, Health and Safety Code, emergency room personnel, and other individuals who, in the course and scope of employment or as a volunteer, provide services for the benefit of the general public during emergency situations.

     

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    Effective

     

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    Statute/Regulation:

    TX HB 705

     

    Relevant Text: 

    Amends Texas Penal Code to raise assault against "emergency room personnel" to a felony of the third degree

     

    Status:

    Effective 09/01/13

     

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    RN Procedural Sedation Rules


     

     

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    All licensed nurses practicing in Texas are required to "know and comply" with the Nursing Practice Act (NPA) and Board Rules. 22 TAC §217.11(1)(B) requires the nurse to "promote a safe environment for clients and others." This standard establishes the nurse's duty to the patient/client, which supersedes any physician order or any facility policy. This "duty" to the patient requires the nurse to use informed professional judgment when choosing to assist or engage in a given procedure.

    As the NPA and rules are not prescriptive to specific tasks a nurse may or may not perform, a RN or non-CRNA advanced practice registered nurse should consider evidence-based practice guidelines put forth by professional organizations with clinical expertise in the administration of pharmacologic agents used for sedation/anesthesia as well as advanced airway management and cardiovascular support.

    "Use of Specific Pharmacologic Agents It is up to facilities and physicians to determine specific pharmacologic agents to be used to induce moderate sedation. The Board advises the RN or non-CRNA advanced practice registered nurse use caution, however, in deciding whether or not s/he has the competency to administer the specific pharmacologic agents ordered by the physician. What is within the scope of practice for one RN is not necessarily within the scope of practice for another RN. "


     

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    Texas Board of Nursing

     

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    RN Safe Staffing Laws

     

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    "TX Health and Safety Code § 257.004"

     

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    "A hospital shall establish a nurse committee as a standing committee of the hospital.
    (b) The committee shall be composed of members who are representative of the types of nursing services provided in the hospital.
    (c) The chief nursing officer of the hospital is a voting member of the committee.
    (d) At least 60 percent of the members of the committee must be registered nurses who:
    (1) provide direct patient care during at least 50 percent of their work time; and
    (2) are selected by their peers who provide direct patient care during at least 50 percent of their work time.
    The committee shall:
    (1) develop and recommend to the hospital's governing body a nurse Previous HitstaffingNext Hit plan that meets the requirements of Section 257.003"
     

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    Enacted

     

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