The Board is authorized under the Occupations Code §301.4521 to require an individual to submit to an evaluation if the Board has probable cause to believe that the individual is unable to practice nursing safely because of a physical or mental impairment or due to chemical dependency or the abuse of drugs or alcohol. The Board may also request that an individual submit to an evaluation under the Occupations Code §301.4521 if an individual’s prior criminal history, unprofessional conduct, or lack of good professional character is relevant to the determination of the individual’s present fitness to practice nursing
On July 22, 2010, the Board adopted Guidelines for Physical and Psychological Evaluations in order to inform licensees, applicants, petitioners, and the public about the Board’s requirements and procedures regarding physical and psychological evaluations under the Nursing Practice Act (the Occupations Code Chapter 301), including the criteria for approving evaluators. Evaluators seeking approval to perform evaluations must complete and submit the Evaluator Approval Request Form.
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