Notice of Disaster Declaration Effective September 14, 2018
On September 14, 2018 Governor Abbott declared a disaster in certain Texas coastal counties likely to be affected by a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico. For specific information related to the affected counties, please refer to: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-greg-abbott-issues-disaster-declaration-in-response-to-approaching-tropical-disturbance
The Board of Nursing is seeking exception to certain Board rules to allow nurses licensed in good standing and employed in another state to render nursing care in the counties affected. Nurses who hold a multistate license under the Nurse Licensure Compact may practice in Texas without prior authorization from the Board of Nursing.
The Board is not soliciting volunteers. Nurses wishing to volunteer should contact the Texas Department of State Health Services Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry at: https://www.texasdisastervolunteerregistry.org/
Nurses may also contact the American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/ Phone: (866)526-8300This page will be updated as additional information is available.
Welcome to the Texas Board of Nursing Website
We welcome you to the Texas Board of Nursing (BON or Board) website. The BON has been serving the public for more than 100 years since its establishment in 1909 by the Legislature to regulate the safe practice of nursing in Texas. The Board: protects the public from unsafe nursing practice, provides approval for more than 200 nursing education programs, issues licenses to more than 27,000 nurses per year by examination to new graduates and by endorsement to licensees from other states seeking a Texas license, as well as providing nursing practice and education guidance to more than 350,000 currently licensed nurses practicing in the State of Texas. We welcome your feedback as we fulfill our mission 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.
BON Responsibilities and Services
Licensing: The BON issues licenses to graduates of approved nursing education programs seeking licensure by exam and to nurses licensed in other states seeking Texas licensure by endorsement. All nurses are required to renew their licenses on a biennial basis with evidence of required continuing nursing education. The BON licenses qualified registered nurses to enter practice as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse midwives.