Licensed nurses rely on their accreditation for their living. If your license is revoked, Texas has a lengthy reinstatement process for you to undergo before you can work as a nurse again.
The reinstatement process includes these steps before you’re able to work as a nurse again:
Wait the required amount of time
Even though you may be eager to resume your work as a nurse, the state of Texas has other plans. After a license revocation, you must wait at least a full calendar year before applying for reinstatement. While the reinstatement process itself can be lengthy, it cannot begin until a year has passed.
Supply support documentation
To increase the chances of success for your petition, you can submit support documentation with your request. These can include things like a letter from a therapist or counselor voicing support. Support documentation can also include any references written by former co-workers or supervisors. Documentation of attendance for a support group is also allowed.
Continue your nursing education
The Texas Board of Nursing requires continued education throughout your revocation. You must complete and document at least 20 hours of continuing education each year. It’s important that you keep documentation of your continued education and get the necessary 20 hours.
Appear before a nursing panel
Before reinstatement, you will need to appear before a panel of the Board of Nursing to review your petition. They will ask you questions about your legal activity for the past year. They may also explore any substance issues you may be facing and how you have addressed them.
Defend your right to work
If you’re facing a disciplinary action against your license, it’s important to give yourself the best chance to keep your nursing license. As you can see, the process for reinstatement can be a lengthy and difficult one.
When facing disciplinary action as a nurse, a skilled attorney can be a valuable resource. They can help you defend your license and your ability to work.