Thursday, April 24, 2008

New Jurisprudence Online Course

The Texas Board of Nursing posted this on their BNE news: The BON wishes to contract with a vendor approved to conduct business with the State of Texas, to transform the case content of the BON’s Jurisprudence and Ethics workshop content into an interactive, online format that utilizes the principles of adult learning for the target audience. Content will need to vary in the levels of complexity based on educational preparation i.e. (LVN, RN, APN/APRN).

Proposals will be accepted until the end of day, May 7, 2008.

This is interesting because currently if a nurse is required to take a Jurisprudence Course (for disciplinary reasons), the nurse must take the course in person.


Anonymous said...

I am a lifelong Texas resident and nurse currently living in California (since 2002). I have been a nurse for 18 years (LVN 4 + RN 14), and a nurse manager or house supervisor for the past 11 yrs. Nursing is something I have strived to be a good representative for; I will receive my MSN this September.

I received a DUI in 1994 when I was 27, and at the time I was about to sit for my boards. At the time, I asked my attorney and the Director of my nursing program if I need to report anything. They all said no, because it was "only" a Class B misdemeanor. At the time the board application said to report anything other than minor traffic violations. My attorney and instructors both said mine met the "minor traffic violation" criteria - so I didn't list it.

Flash forward to 2007: Realizing that this incident needed to be reported, I sent in a lengthy explanation and hoped to set the record straight, and to offer my mea culpa for following some dumb advice. I called someone at the Board office to explain, and they said to just send in the explanation, and that it would probably be tossed because it was so old.

Flash forward again to May 2008, 14 months AFTER I sent the letter: I receive by certified mail a notice that I am being charged with "failure to disclose". I have argued with the board up and down on this to no avail - they obviously don't care that this was 14 YEARS AGO. I am having to pay a $250 fine, and will have my name listed in the quarterly bulletin next to every drug divertor and incompetent in the state.In addition, they expect me to fly from California to Texas to take the 6 hour jurisprudence class! Do you have any idea when the online one will be available?

I am sincerely not bragging, but I have been an exemplary nurse, and the thought of being in that newsletter has literally kept me from sleeping or eating much of this past week. Do I have any recourse on that?

As a nurse manager, I have always promised my employees that they could feel free to admit mistakes without any punitive result as long as they learned from them. What a shame that our governing body does not practice this as well. I am in awe that a really stupid thing I did 14 years ago is going to impact me today.

Taralynn Mackay said...


Yours is a common event and it is frustrating when the cause was innocent. The reason for disclosing criminal incidents is to alert the Board to potential problems that may require regulation. I do not think that requiring you to take the course and pay a fine protects the public. It does not serve a reminder to other nurses to be sure to disclose, so one can't argue that the benefit is one of detriment. I have always thought that in cases such as yours, no action should occur except for a stern warning that any further actions of no disclosure will result in disciplinary action.

Since the Board is just now taking bids, it will be a while before an online course is available. You want to take the course as soon as possible because there are only a few offered throughout the year.