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Texas Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics

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CE1024 | Contact Hours: 2

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The purpose of this activity is to review the ethical principles and professional boundaries of nursing, the professional structures set forth by the Texas Nursing Practice Act (NPA), and the position statements of the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). By the end of this course, you will be able to:

1. Discuss the general scope of practice of different levels of nursing as outlined in the Texas Nursing Practice Act
2. Discuss standards of nursing practice
3. Review the BON’s position statements
4. Discuss the nine provisions of Ethics for Nurses
5. Discuss professional boundaries
6. Identify unprofessional conduct in nursing

*The material in this course is specific to Texas but this course is ANCC approved so any RN or LPN/LVN can complete this course and receive credit for it.

RELEASE DATE

10/12/2022

EXPIRATION DATE

10/12/2024

AUTHOR

Kimberly Goodrich, MSN, RN, CCRN

CRITERIA FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION

All learners must complete the entire activity and complete the evaluation to receive contact hours.

APPROVAL STATEMENT (ACCREDITATION INFORMATION)

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91).

In addition to states that accept American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) courses, CE Leaders is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing, and a registered provider with the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, District of Columbia Board of Nursing, Georgia Board of Nursing, Kentucky Board of Nursing, New Mexico Board of Nursing, South Carolina Board of Nursing and West Virginia Board of Registered Nurses (Provider # 50-33450).

INTRODUCTION

Jurisprudence is derived from the Latin term juris prudentia meaning the study, knowledge or science of law. In this context, nursing jurisprudence is the concept of applying and interpreting the regulations, laws, and principles laid forth by governing bodies of professional nursing. Having a working understanding of these rules is part of the responsibility of licensure and will guide the nurse in making prudent decisions in their day-to-day work.

Nursing ethics have grown and changed with the profession. Nursing is rooted in religious institutions and although the field is now largely secular, the general population has a somewhat higher standard for nurses as compared to the general population and views them as more honest and ethical than other career fields (4). Due to the often sensitive nature of the work, ethical standards must be maintained. Additionally, nurses often build relationships with those that they care for and it is important for these relationships to maintain professional boundaries.

REFERENCES

1. Haddad L, Geiger R. Nursing ethical considerations. Available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK526054/. Published 2021. Accessed September 5, 2022.

2. Hegge M. Preface. In: Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements. Silver Spring, MD: American Nurses Association; 2015:vii-ix.

3. NCSBN. A nurse’s guide to professional boundaries - NCSBN. Available at https://www.ncsbn.org/ProfessionalBoundaries_Complete.pdf. Accessed September 4, 2022.

4. Saad L. Military brass, judges among professions at New Image Lows. Gallup.com. Available at https://news.gallup.com/poll/388649/military-brass-judges-among-professions-new-image-lows.aspx. Published January 18, 2022. Accessed September 4, 2022.

5. Tex. Admin. Code. §217.11. Available at https://www.bon.texas.gov/rr_current/217-11.asp.html. Accessed September 4, 2022.

6. Texas Board of Nursing. 15.29 Professional Boundaries including Use of Social Media by Nurses. Texas Board of Nursing - Practice - Nursing Practice. Available at https://www.bon.texas.gov/practice_bon_position_statements_content.asp.html#15.29. Accessed September 4, 2022.

7. Texas Board of Nursing. History - Texas Board of Nursing. Texas Board of Nursing - History. Available at https://www.bon.texas.gov/history.asp.html. Published 2013. Accessed September 4, 2022.

8. Texas Board of Nursing. Practice - APRN Scope of Practice. Texas Board of Nursing - Practice - APRN Scope of Practice. Available at https://www.bon.texas.gov/practice_scope_of_practice_aprn.asp.html. Published 2005. Accessed September 4, 2022.

9. Texas Board of Nursing. Practice - Texas Board of Nursing Position statements. Texas Board of Nursing - Practice - Nursing Practice. Available at https://www.bon.texas.gov/practice_bon_position_statements_content.asp.html#15.29. Accessed September 4, 2022.

10. Texas Board of Nursing. Substance Use Disorders and Other Alcohol and Drug Related Conduct. Available at https://www.bon.texas.gov/pdfs/disciplinary_sanction_policies_pdfs/Substance-Use-Disorders.pdf. Accessed September 4, 2022.

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