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BON Goes Paperless on Publications

The Texas Board of Nursing (BON or Board) has been gradually eliminating paper processes within the agency for several years. Beginning this month, the Board is discontinuing the sale of printed publications, including: the Board Rules and Regulations for RNs and LVNs, the Nursing Practice Act, and the Differentiated Essential Competencies of Graduates of Texas Nursing Programs. All BON publications are now provided as free Adobe Acrobat downloads which can be printing from the BON website. BON publications already printed will be available for purchase until all remaining stock is sold. As inventory is depleted, publications will be removed from the Publication Order Form.

The BON first announced the intention to eliminate paper processes in the agency Strategic Plan submitted to the Texas Legislature on June 3, 2002. The BON paperless processes has included: electronic Board meeting documents, implementation of online licensure applications, the addition of an online complaint/reporting system, elimination of hard copy licenses, and transition to internal paperless processes for the day-to-day business of the Board.