KSTAR Program For Nurses In Texas

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If you have questions or concerns about TPAPN or other disciplinary sanctions proposed by the BON, call to schedule a free consultation with a nurses attorney, (512) 829-5619.

The KSTAR Nursing program for nurses in Texas helps ensure nurse competency. Modeled after a similar program for physicians, the pillars of KSTAR Nursing are knowledge, skills, training, assessment, and research. Through the program, the competency of nurses can be assessed, and individualized remediation can be provided.

KSTAR Nursing began as a pilot program in 2013, through the A&M Rural and Community Health Institute (ARCHI) and the College of Nursing at Texas A&M University.

In 2017, the Texas Board of Nursing approved KSTAR Nursing as one of the disciplinary sanctions for nurses who have violated the NPA (Nursing Practice Act). The goal of the KSTAR Nursing program is to keep nurses practicing safely and competently. KSTAR Nursing is one of the most unique remediation programs for nurses in the U.S.

The KSTAR Nursing program includes:

  • assessments of a nurse’s competency
  • targeted remediation and education to ensure the nurse’s competency
  • recommendations and reports back to the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) as to whether benchmarks have been met by the nurse

Because of the individualized nature of the KSTAR Nursing program, each nurse who participates is assessed objectively, with a goal of identifying and closing gaps, so that the nurse can practice safely.

To be accepted into the KSTAR Nursing program, nurses must have a board order against their nursing license and receive approval from the Texas Board of Nursing. Nurses who have violated the Nursing Practice Act by committing medication, documentation, or communication errors are eligible for KSTAR. Nurses with criminal arrests and/or substance abuse issues aren't eligible for KSTAR Nursing. However,  nurses with substance abuse violations may be eligible for TPAPN (a peer assistance program).

For more information about the KSTAR Nurse program, or to schedule a free consultation with a nurses attorney, please call (512) 829-5619, or e-mail contact@nursesattorneytexas.com.

Please note: Licensed to practice in Texas, Oregon, and Washington, Kevin Keaney has more than 30 years experience as an attorney. He’s a member of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA). Prior to becoming an attorney, Kevin earned his BSN from UT Austin and practiced as a nurse for four years.