UPDATE REGARDING OUT-OF-STATE NURSES SEEKING TO PRACTICE IN DISASTER AREAS
Since the onset of the devastation brought to Texas by Hurricane Harvey, the heroic response of nurses in Texas and beyond has been outstanding. From 8/26/17 through 9/1/17, the Board has issued over 600 temporary licenses to out-of-state nurses. This does not account for many other nurses with compact licensure who have come to render aid. Thank you to all nurses who have come to help!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In accordance with Section 418.171 of Texas Government Code, any out-of-state nurse may practice in Texas for the purpose of rendering aid, provided the nurse holds a current license in good standing* in his/her home state.
Each employer planning to employ nurses practicing under this exception should notify the Texas Board of Nursing. Please include: nurse’s name, home state, licensure type and number, and the employing facility name and location. This can be submitted after the nurse is employed.
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If prior to this update you have submitted an application for a temporary license for disaster purposes, and your home state license is in good standing*, you may begin practice to provide disaster related services in Texas. Your application will still be processed and your will be notified when it is completed.
*Good standing means there is not current disciplinary action on your state nursing license(s).
The BON is not soliciting volunteers. Nurses wishing to volunteer may contact the following to inquire about volunteer needs:
A nurse with current disciplinary action on his/her state nursing license who wishes to practice nursing in a disaster relief effort operation setting in Texas should follow the procedure below: