Tuesday, July 28, 2009

How to Explain past Board Orders to Employers

If a nurse receives an Agreed Order from the Texas Board of Nursing it is a disciplinary action and will forever be on the nurse's license (unless some future legislation allows for this to be changed). Even though the nurse has completed the probation/restrictions/stipulations and the nurse's license is now active and clear, the nurse will have a disciplinary history. This means that if the nurse is applying for a job and on the application is a question - "Has your license ever been sanctioned, disciplined, revoked, suspended or otherwise had action taken against it?"(or some similar type of question), the nurse will have to answer "yes."

The nurse should keep a copy of the Order and of the letter from the Board indicating that the Order has been completed and be prepared to present this to the employer.