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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. 
Therefore, any out-of-state nurse with a license in good standing* is not required to hold a Texas license in order to practice nursing in a disaster relief effort operation setting. 

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.

Send notifications by:
     Email to:  Mark.Majek@bon.texas.gov  OR  Fax to:  512-305-7401

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:

  1. Texas Department of State Health Services Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry at:
    https://www.texasdisastervolunteerregistry.org/
  2. The American Red Cross,  http://www.redcross.org/ Phone: (866)526-8300
  3. Volunteer Houston,  http://volunteerhouston.org  Phone: (281)656-1533
  4. Texas Gulf Coast Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster(VOAD)
    http://txgulfcoastvoad.org/

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:

  1. PROCEDURE TO APPLY FOR TEMPORARY LICENSURE FOR LVNs and RNs:

  2. PROCEDURE TO APPLY FOR INTERIM APPROVAL to PRACTICE as an ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE (APRN):

  3. WRITE “HARVEY/[INSERT NAME OF EMPLOYING FACILITY or AGENCY]” IN CAPS AT TOP OF APPLICATION

  4. Complete the appropriate application form(s) and submit the completed PDF form(s) to the BON: 

  5. Application fees are waived for this emergency process.  Applications will be reviewed and if applicant has no current discipline or other eligibility issue, they will be issued a temporary license (LVN, RN) to practice or interim approval (APRN) for the purpose of responding to the declared emergency.

  6. This license/interim approval is valid until the BON waiver issued by the Office of the Governor is terminated or until the Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration is lifted or expires. 

  7. A list of all approved temporary licenses/interim approvals issued for this purpose will be maintained by the BON.

 

updated 9/2/2017