Disciplines:
  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Leanna Marchand, BSN, RN, JD
Peer Reviewer(s): Mable H. Smith, RN, MSN, JD, PhD
Item#: N1540
Contents: 1 Course Book (32 pages)

Texas Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics




Price $19.95
Item # N1540
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Available in NEW AUDIO BOOK course format. 

When you purchase the audio book format, you will also automatically receive the online version, enabling you to complete the exam and receive credit.

Expiration Date: October 31, 2017

In Texas, formal nursing education began in 1890 followed by the first Texas college degree program in 1923 (Crowder, 2010). In 1909, the Texas legislature enacted the first Nurse Practice Act (NPA). Today, nursing is a tightly regulated profession of well-educated, organized, and dedicated nursing professionals who provide a variety of nursing services in numerous health care settings (Whelan, 2014). A nurse is required to know and abide by the laws and rules pertaining to the nursing profession. This course is specific to nursing jurisprudence and nursing ethics in the state of Texas. In 2013, the 83rd Regular Session of the Texas legislature amended the NPA to require every nurse licensed in Texas to complete at least two hours of continuing education related to nursing jurisprudence and nursing ethics before the end of every third two-year licensing period (Tex. Occ. Code §301.305). The Texas Board of Nursing (hereinafter termed the “Board”) amended its rules and regulations to comply with these requirements (22 Tex. Admin. Code §216). The requirement is applicable to the licensing period that begins on or after January 1, 2014.

This course will include information regarding the Texas NPA, nursing peer review, the nurse licensure compact, Board rules and regulations, including sections 217.11 (Standards of Nursing Practice) and 217.12 (Unprofessional Conduct), Board position statements, as well as principles of nursing ethics and professional boundaries. This course is not a comprehensive review of all laws and regulations that may affect the practice of nursing and is not to be construed as legal advice. The laws and regulations are always changing so it is imperative that nurses know and comply with all applicable current laws and regulations. Nurses should be familiar with the Board's website and other sources that can assist the nurse in safe practice.

Texas - This course fulfills your jurisprudence & ethics requirement.

Course Objectives
  • Describe the types of laws that regulate the practice of nursing.
  • Identify criminal offenses that require Board review.
  • Define the purpose and functions of the Board the purpose of position statements as well as resources that provide current information concerning Board rules and regulations.
  • Distinguish between the Board and nursing associations.
  • Identify the levels of nursing practice.
  • Define the requirements of a badge or insignia and of continuing competency along with the requirements of license renewal.
  • Describe the duties of a nurse and the scope of nursing practice for each level of nursing in Texas.
  • List the factors utilized in the delegation process.
  • Describe the Six-Step Decision Making Model for Determining Nursing Scope.
  • Differentiate between incident-based peer review, safe harbor peer review, and the whistleblower and a minor incident and a reportable incident.
  • Describe the requirements necessary to invoke safe harbor.
  • Identify the actions that constitute unprofessional conduct and the disciplinary process of the Board.
Leanna Marchand, BSN, RN, JD, is a partner in Marchand & Rossi, LLP in Dallas, Texas. She handles civil litigation, including healthcare, personal injury and guardianship law. Mrs. Marchand represents healthcare providers before their respective Board’s and in peer review matters. She is an author and has presented nationally on topic related to healthcare. Mrs. Marchand is member of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys, The Texas and American Nurses Association and serves as Director on the Board of Team Connor Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Mable H. Smith, RN, MSN, JD, PhD. Dr. Mable Smith is the founding Dean of Nursing of the Colleges of Nursing at Roseman University of Health Sciences (formerly the University of Southern Nevada), in Nevada (BSN, ABSN) and in Utah (BSN). She has extensive experience in undergraduate and graduate nursing education. Dr. Smith has published and presented in numerous arenas on legal and ethical issues in nursing education and in nursing/health care. Her publications have appeared in leading referred journals, and she authored the book, The Legal, Ethical and Professional Dimensions of Nursing Education and is currently co-authoring a Fundamentals of Nursing textbook.

Dr. Smith earned a BSN from Florida State University, a MN from Emory University, a JD, and PhD in Higher Education Administration. Dr. Smith has served on the faculties of several postsecondary institutions. She holds memberships in several professional organizations, including The American Association of Nurse Attorneys. She is a licensed attorney in Florida and in Virginia. She has several honors, including Woman of Distinction and Healthcare Headliner by In Business Las Vegas. Dr. Smith is also a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow alumnus and a Lt Col in the United States Air Force Reserve, Nurse Corp.

  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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