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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 11TEXAS BOARD OF NURSING
CHAPTER 217LICENSURE, PEER ASSISTANCE AND PRACTICE
RULE §217.3Temporary Authorization to Practice/Temporary Permit

(a) A new graduate who completes an accredited basic nursing education program within the United States, its Territories or Possessions and who applies for initial licensure by examination in Texas may be temporarily authorized to practice nursing as a graduate nurse (GN) or graduate vocational nurse (GVN) pending the results of the licensing examination.

  (1) In order to receive temporary authorization to practice as a GN or GVN and obtain a Permit, the new graduate must:

    (A) file a completed application, including verification of completion of graduation requirements and the non-refundable application processing fee (see §217.2(a)(1)-(2) of this title relating to Licensure by Examination for Graduates of Basic Nursing Education Programs Within the United States, its Territories or Possessions);

    (B) have no outstanding eligibility issues (see §213.30 of this title (relating to Declaratory Order of Eligibility for Licensure), and Texas Occupations Code §301.257);

    (C) have never taken the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN. Temporary authorization to practice as a GN will not be issued to any applicant who has previously failed the licensing examination; and

    (D) have registered to take the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN with the examination administration service.

  (2) The temporary authorization to practice as a GN or GVN, which is not renewable, is valid for 75 days from the date of eligibility, receipt of permanent license, or upon receipt of a notice of failing the examination from the Board, whichever date is the earliest. The GN or GVN must immediately inform employers of receipt of notification of failing the examination and cease nursing practice.

  (3) The new graduate who has been authorized to practice nursing as a GN or GVN pending the results of the licensing examination must work under the direct supervision of either a licensed vocational or a registered professional nurse if a GVN or a registered professional nurse only if a GN, who is physically present in the facility or practice setting and who is readily available to the GN or GVN for consultation and assistance. If the facility is organized into multiple units that are geographically distanced from each other, then the supervising nurse must be working on the same unit to which the GN or GVN is assigned. The GN or GVN shall not be placed in supervisory or charge positions and shall not work in independent practice settings.

  (4) The nurse administrator of facilities that employ Graduate Nurses or Graduate Vocational Nurses must ensure that the GN or GVN has a valid temporary authorization to practice as a GN or GVN pending the results of the licensing examination, has scheduled a date to take the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN , and does not continue to practice after expiration of the 75 days of eligibility or receipt of a notice of failing the examination from the Board, whichever date is earlier.

(b) A nurse who has not practiced nursing for four or more years may be issued a temporary permit for the limited purpose of completing a refresher course, extensive orientation to the practice of professional or vocational nursing, whichever is applicable, or academic course. The permit is valid for six months and is nonrenewable.

(c) A nurse whose license has been suspended, revoked, or surrendered through action by the board, may be issued a temporary permit for the limited purpose of meeting any requirement(s) imposed by the board in order for the nurse's license to be reissued. The permit is valid for six months and is nonrenewable.


Source Note: The provisions of this §217.3 adopted to be effective September 1, 1999, 24 TexReg 4001; amended to be effective July 5, 2004, 29 TexReg 6296

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