Course Summary

Jurisprudence is the science of law. Ethics comprises rules of behavior that are based on morals. Law and ethics affect nursing by defining nursing roles and determining the scope of nursing practice. In addition, law and ethics guide regulatory authorities to determine educational standards and licensing requirements for nurses. They define legal and illegal conduct, define ethical and unethical conduct, and establish and enforce disciplinary procedures. Professional nurses should understand the influence of law and ethics on their daily practice. Section 301.305 of the Nursing Practice Act, the Texas Board of Nursing requires that continuing education in nursing jurisprudence and ethics must inform nurses about the Texas Nursing Practice Act, Board of Nursing’s Rules and Regulations, including Section 217.11, Board of Nursing’s position statements, principles of nursing ethics, and of professional boundaries.

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Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Nurse Practice Act of Texas
  • Nurse Practice Act: Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics
    • Subchapter D: General Powers and Duties of the Board
    • Subchapter D, Section 301.1583, Disciplinary Action
    • Subchapter E: Public Interest Information and Complaint Procedures
    • Subchapter F: License Requirements
    • Subchapter G: License Renewal
    • Subchapter H: Practice by License Holder
    • Subchapter I: Reporting Violations and Patient Care Concerns
    • Section 301.402: Mandatory Report by Nurse
    • Sec. 301.410. Report Regarding Impairment by Chemical Dependency, Mental Illness, or Diminished Mental Capacity.
    • Section 301.410: Report Regarding Impairment by Chemical Dependency, Mental Illness, or Diminished Mental Capacity
    • Section 301.4105: Board Responsibility Following Report
    • Section 301.4521: Physical and Psychological Evaluation
    • Section 301.4106: Peer Assistance Programs
    • Section 467.005: Reports
    • Section 467.006: Assistance to Impaired Professionals
    • Section 301.411: Effect of Failure to Report
    • Subchapter J: Prohibited Practices and Disciplinary Actions
    • The Nursing Practice Act, Section 301.451, Certain Prohibited Practices, and Section 301.452
    • Section 301.452: Grounds for Disciplinary Action
    • Section 301.4535: Required Suspension, Revocation, or Refusal of License for Certain Offenses
    • Section 301:453:  Disciplinary Authority of Board: Methods of Discipline
    • Subchapter K: Administrative Penalty
  • Nursing Peer Review
    • Definition: Chapter 303, Section 303.001
    • Purposes and goals: Chapter 303, Section 303.001
    • Establishment of a nursing peer review committee: Chapter 303, Section 303:0015
  • Nursing Licensure Compact
  • Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Administrative Code
    • Section 213.28: Licensure of Persons with Criminal Offenses
    • Section 213.29: Fitness to Practice
  • Chapter 216: Nursing Continuing Competency
    • Section 216.3: Continuing Competency Requirements
  • Standards of Nursing Practice
    • 217.12: Unprofessional Conduct
    • 217.13: Peer Assistance Program
    • 217.20: Safe Harbor Peer Review for Nurses and Whistleblower Protections
    • Section 217.21: Remedial Education Course Providers and Remedial Education Courses
    • Texas BON Rules and Regulations, Chapter 224: Delegation of Nursing Tasks by Registered Professional Nurses to Unlicensed Personnel for Clients with Acute Conditions or in Acute Care Environments
    • Section Chapter 225: RN Delegation to Unlicensed Personnel and Tasks not Requiring Delegation in Independent Living Environments for Clients with Stable and Predictable Conditions
    • Section 228. Pain Management
  • Principles of Nursing Ethics
  • Nursing Position Statements
    • Professional Boundaries
  • Case Studies: Failure to Document and Wrong Documentation
    • Documenting Assessments Not Done
    • Discussion
  • Summary


Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Dana Bartlett is a professional nurse and author. His clinical experience includes 16 years of ICU and ER experience and over 27 years as a poison control center information specialist. Dana has published numerous CE and journal articles, written NCLEX material, textbook chapters, and more than 100 online CE articles, and done editing and reviewing for publishers such as Elsevier, Lippincott, and Thieme. He has written widely on the subject of toxicology and was a contributing editor, toxicology section, for Critical Care Nurse journal. He is currently employed at the Connecticut Poison Control Center. He lives in Wappingers Falls, NY.

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