Voluntary Surrender Of A Nursing License ~ Texas Board of Nursing (BON)
Before you take the extreme measure of voluntarily surrendering your nursing license in Texas, please call (512) 829-5619 to talk to a nurses attorney about your options. The initial consultation is free.
In accordance with the Nursing Practice Act (NPA), as a nurse, you are allowed to voluntarily surrender your nursing license at any time.
If you are being investigated by the Texas Board of Nursing – or even if you’re in the disciplinary phase – this might seem like the easiest thing to do, at the time. But, when you’re being investigated or disciplined, you might also be at one of the lowest points in your life, not necessarily able to make the best choices.
The Texas BON considers voluntary surrender an official nursing board disciplinary sanction, and as such, it becomes a matter of public record and could impact your career for years to come.
Disciplinary actions are published in the BON’s newsletter and available online. Voluntary surrenders become part of a permanent, public record, and are reported to national nursing databases. In addition, you’ll have to report the voluntary surrender of your nursing license to all future employers and disclose it on all nursing license applications (if you decide to practice as a nurse outside of Texas).
In addition, if you surrender your nursing license, you can’t apply for reinstatement until at least one year after the date of surrender. The nursing board will consider your license reinstatement based on the NPA rules that are in effect at the time.
If you have questions about voluntarily surrendering your nursing license, or if you would like to schedule a free legal consultation, please call (512) 829-5619, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please make note: Kevin Keaney has more than 30 years experience as an attorney. Before practicing law, he earned his BSN from UT Austin, and worked as a nurse for four years. He helps nurses in Texas with all types of disciplinary sanctions, including: warnings, reprimands, remedial education, limited license, license suspension and probation, enforced suspension, license revocation, license reinstatement, and denial of licensure.