Disciplinary Sanctions ~ Texas Board of Nursing (BON)
Anyone can file a complaint or an allegation against a nurse in Texas, and their identity remains confidential throughout the entire process. This includes not only patients, but also family members of patients, employers, co-workers, and other healthcare professionals.
As a nurse, this puts you at risk every time you go into work and perform your duties. And if you have been notified by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON), that someone has filed a complaint against you, that may feel terrifying.
Perhaps you have known that you made a mistake, or maybe not. You might have suspected that you could be hearing from the BON, or the notice could have come by surprise. Whatever the circumstances, a notice from the BON is nothing to take lightly, even if the allegation seems minor.
Once an allegation is made, the board of nursing is compelled to investigate it, and the investigation itself is confidential while it’s ongoing. Texas nursing board investigations typically take from six to twelve months.
If the nursing board determines that there have been one or more violations of the Nurse Practice Act (NPA), the board can impose disciplinary sanctions beginning with an informal settlement proposal and possibly progressing into a formal settlement.
Disciplinary sanctions from the nursing board become public record, which means they could impact your employment opportunities, and follow you throughout your entire nursing career.
Disciplinary sanctions against nurses can include:
- warnings (with or without stipulations and fines)
- reprimands (with or without stipulations and fines)
- remedial education (with or without fines)
- limited licenses
- license suspensions or probations
- enforced suspensions
- voluntary surrenders
- license revocations
As your legal representative, we can advocate for you, possibly mitigating or eliminating the discipline from the board.
And if you are not satisfied with the final disciplinary settlement that the board imposes, you have the right to appeal the board’s decision, and we can take care of that for you, as well.
If you have questions about disciplinary sanctions imposed by the nursing board, are looking into license reinstatement, or if you would like to schedule a free legal consultation, please call (512) 584-8299, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Kevin Keaney is a member of TAANA (The American Association of Nurse Attorneys). He earned his BSN from UT Austin and practiced as a nurse for four years before becoming a lawyer. He has more than 30 years experience as an attorney and is licensed to practice law in Texas, Oregon, and Washington.