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When You Need to Report an Incident to the TBON

Texas nurses are required by the TBON to renew their nursing licenses every two (2) years after their initial licensure. Your nursing license will usually need to be renewed by the end of your birth month. When you renew your license, some of the questions you will be asked are:

Have you ever had any disciplinary action on a nursing license or a privilege to practice in any state, country, or province?

Do you have an investigation or complaint pending on a nursing license or a privilege to practice in any state, country, or province?

These questions can be unnerving in themselves especially if your nursing license is currently under investigation.

Fortunately, however, the TBON is usually already aware of your license being under investigation, therefore, answering this question is not too difficult.

The question that some nurses must grapple with that causes them the most concern is question number four (4). This question asks whether you have a criminal matter to report to the TBON. This criminal matter could be: 

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Every year until this one, you have been able to answer question four with a “no” and move onto the remainder of the renewal application.

This year is different. This year, you cannot answer “no” to question number four.

There are various reasons you might have to provide an explanation to the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) with your license renewal. Maybe you have been accused of a DUI, assault or family violence. A lot has happened in the two years since your last renewal.

No doubt, this will be a stressful time in your life. Not only do you have to contend with the criminal case, you must also now navigate the potential effect it could have on your nursing license. Your criminal law attorney is knowledgeable about how to handle your criminal matter; however, they are likely to be unfamiliar with what steps to take to protect your nursing license. 

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Depending on the facts and status of your criminal matter, you might be able to obtain an expunction, non-disclosure or seal your records.

Using these provisions, you usually may not be required to disclose your criminal matter to the TBON. However, your criminal matter might not qualify for or might be too early in time to utilize any of these provisions. If this is the case, you must disclose the criminal matter to the TBON.

While it is true that you must disclose your criminal matter if it is not expunged, sealed or under a non-disclosure order, you should not seek to disclose this information on your own. An experienced nurse license attorney has the expertise to know how to handle these matters to optimize the best results to protect your reputation, license and livelihood.

If you need to renew your nursing license and must disclose a criminal matter to the TBON, call the Nurse Defense Firm at 833-767-5867 or 833-RNS-LVNS for a free consultation or visit our blog page for more information. 

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