Texas Jurisprudence and Ethics

This instructional course has been designed for those practicing nursing in the state of Texas. The Texas legislature grants power to the Texas Board of Nursing to enforce the rules and regulations set forth in the Texas Nurse Practice Act. The mission of the Texas Board of Nursing (BON or Board) is to protect and promote the welfare of the people of Texas by ensuring that each person holding a license as a nurse in this state is competent to practice safely. The Board fulfills this mission through the regulation of the practice of nursing and the approval of nursing educational programs. This mission is derived from the Nursing Practice Act and supersedes the interest of any individual, the nursing profession, or any special interest group. To accomplish its mission, the Board has determined that every nurse shall complete a directed course in the rules and regulations expressed in the Nurse Practice act related to jurisprudence and ethics.

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Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify at least two ways in which the Texas Board of Nursing  promotes patient safety.
  2. Identify the at least three rules and regulations included in the Nursing Practice Act that should be used to guide safe nursing practice.
  3. Apply the principles of proper professional ethics.
  4. Discuss the differences between incident-based peer review and safe harbor peer review.
  5. Identify inappropriate nursing behavior that could lead to disciplinary action by the Board of Nursing.


Chapter 1: Introduction to Texas Jurisprudence and Ethics

  • Texas Board of Nursing continuing education requirements
  • Jurisprudence and Ethics requirement
  • The Texas Board of Nursing mission
  • The role of the Texas Legislature as it relates to the Nurse Practice Act
  • Differences between the Board of Nursing and other professional organizations
Chapter 2: Nursing Scope of Practice
  • Nursing Practice Act
  • Six-step Decision Algorithm
  • BON Definitions of Nursing Practice
Chapter 3: Nursing Ethics
  • Ethical Behavior
  • Good Professional Character
Chapter 4: Nursing Peer Review
  • Incident-based Peer Review
  • Peer Assistance Program
  • Safe Harbor Peer Review
  • Whistleblower Status
Chapter 5: Disciplinary Action
  • Impairment
  • Unprofessional Conduct
  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $24.00

Contact Hours: 2

Course Author

Pamela Clark

Pamela Clark, CRNI, is an infusion nurse with the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. She has more than 35 years of experience in infusion therapy and infusion education with both licensed nurses and patients. Her experience spans multiple infusion settings including: acute care, long-term care, home infusion, and ambulatory infusion care. She also has experience in oncology and oncology research.

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