There are many requirements before one can become a professional nurse in the state of Texas. The first step is to finish college and get a degree in nursing. Thereafter, the graduate needs to study again for around six months in order to prepare himself for the licensure exam. When this is completed, the next step is to take the exam administered by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Before one can apply for eligibility to take the licensure examination, it is mandatory that the applicant shall submit a petition before the Board.
Everyone is reminded to be honest in the applications filed before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). When the members of the Board discover any fraud or irregularity in the application, they have the authority to prevent a particular nursing graduate from taking the licensure examination. Once a nurse passes the board exam, she is already allowed to practice her profession in Texas. However, this does not mean that she can already do anything she wants.
Take note that the Texas BON remains to have jurisdiction over the nurses in Texas. Unfortunately for a nurse named Brizza, she failed to comply with the rules and regulations of the Board. On or about January 1, 2015, while employed as a LVN nurse, she submitted a Weekly Time Report indicating she worked a twelve (12) hour assignment in Post Partum at a medical center.
Additionally, on or about January 10, 2015, the LVN nurse accepted payment for the twelve (12) hour shift, even though she had not worked the shift. On February 6, 2017, this LVN nurse returned the overpayment to the establishment where she works. However, it was already too late because an administrative case was already filed against her. The conduct of the LVN nurse was deceptive and likely to defraud the facility of the cost of nursing care. In response to finding of fact, she merely said “I was over paid and made a serious mistakes by not returning the overpayment sooner. I am at fault and compounded the problem by trying to avoid the situation.”
Unfortunately for Brizza, she was not able to get the right lawyer to help him defend his case. It was one of the reasons why the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) did not allow him to take the licensure examination. However, this does not mean that she is already barred for life to take the exam. She can still appeal the decision.
Do you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process? Contact The Law Office of Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for attorney Yong.