Texas Court Of Appeals ~ Nursing License Defense Texas
The Texas Board of Nursing licenses and regulates all nurses in the state of Texas. The BON also investigates all complaints and allegations filed against nurses and attempts to impose disciplinary actions and sanctions.
But the board of nursing does not have the final say!
If you don't agree with the “Agreed Order” (discipline) that the nursing board imposes, you have the right to an administrative hearing. In this hearing, an Administrative Law Judge will listen to the BON’s side of the case and your side of the case and render a decision.
But the Administrative Law Judge doesn’t have the final say either.
If you do not agree with the Administrative Law Judge’s decision, you have the right to appeal your case to the Texas Court of Appeals, and even to the Texas Supreme Court.
If you decide to go this route, we can represent you in your case against the nursing board.
In most nursing license defense cases, we’re brought in at an earlier stage in the process – often as soon as a nurse gets a notice from the nursing board that someone has filed an allegation or complaint. And we’re happy to help with all aspects of the license defense process, including: complaint, investigation, review of Agreed Orders, informal settlement conferences and negotiations, and administrative hearings.
But if you have reached this stage, without the help of an experienced nurses attorney, it’s not too late to get help. The disciplines and sanctions imposed by the Texas Board of Nursing, if you agree to them, become part of your permanent record and can follow you throughout your entire career. Nursing cases in which formal charges have been filed become public record at the time of the filing and continue to be public information throughout the disciplinary process. Actual disciplinary actions taken against a nurse’s license are printed in the board of nursing newsletter. Even if you decide to practice nursing in another state, your career and livelihood could be impacted by the nursing board’s actions, which are reported to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB).
Is it worth it to spend the time and money appealing your case? That depends, on you and your situation, but we’d be happy to go over your options in a free consultation.
To schedule your free consultation, call (512) 584-8299, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please make note: Kevin Keaney a member of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) and has more than 30 years’ experience. Prior to becoming an attorney, he earned his BSN degree from the School of Nursing UT Austin and practiced as a nurse for four years.