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RULE §221.1Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

  (1) Accredited program--A program which has been deemed to have met certain standards set by the board or by a national accrediting body recognized by the board.

  (2) Advanced educational program--A post-basic advanced practice nurse program at the certificate, master's degree, or higher level. Beginning January 1, 2003, a minimum of a master's degree in the advanced practice role and population focus area will be required for recognition as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.

  (3) Advanced practice nurse--A registered nurse approved by the board to practice as an advanced practice nurse based on completing an advanced educational program acceptable to the board. The term includes a nurse practitioner, nurse-midwife, nurse anesthetist, and a clinical nurse specialist. The advanced practice nurse is prepared to practice in an expanded role to provide health care to individuals, families, and/or groups in a variety of settings including but not limited to homes, hospitals, institutions, offices, industry, schools, community agencies, public and private clinics, and private practice. The advanced practice nurse acts independently and/or in collaboration with other health care professionals in the delivery of health care services.

  (4) Authorization to practice--The process of reviewing the educational, licensing, certification and other credentials of the registered nurse to determine compliance with the board's requirements for approval as an advanced practice nurse.

  (5) Board--The Texas Board of Nursing.

  (6) Current certification--Initial certification and maintenance of certification by national certifying bodies recognized by the board.

  (7) Current practice--Maintaining competence as an advanced practice nurse by practicing in the advanced role and specialty in the clinical setting, practicing as an educator in the clinical and/or didactic portion of an advanced educational program of study, or practicing as a consultant or an administrator within the advanced specialty and role.

  (8) Graduate advanced practice nurse--A registered nurse who has completed an advanced educational program of study and has been granted provisional or interim authorization by the board to practice in the advanced specialty and role.

  (9) Monitored anesthesia care--Refers to situations where a patient undergoing a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure receive doses of medication that create a risk of loss of normal protective reflexes or loss of consciousness and the patient remains able to protect the airway for the majority of the procedure. If, for an extended period of time, the patient is rendered unconscious and/or loses normal protective reflexes, then anesthesia care shall be considered a general anesthetic.

  (10) Outpatient setting--Any facility, clinic, center, office, or other setting that is not a part of a licensed hospital or a licensed ambulatory surgical center with the exception of all of the following:

    (A) clinic located on land recognized as tribal land by the federal government and maintained or operated by a federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization as listed under 25 U.S.C. Section 479-1 or as listed under a successor federal statute or regulation;

    (B) a facility maintained or operated by a state or governmental entity;

    (C) a clinic directly maintained or operated by the United States or by any of its departments, officers, or agencies; and

    (D) an outpatient setting accredited by either the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations relating to ambulatory surgical centers, the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, or the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

  (11) Party state--Any state that has entered into the Nurse Licensure Compact.

  (12) Protocols or other written authorization--Written authorization to provide medical aspects of patient care which are agreed upon and signed by the advanced practice nurse and the physician, reviewed and signed at least annually, and maintained in the practice setting of the advanced practice nurse. Protocols or other written authorization shall be defined to promote the exercise of professional judgment by the advanced practice nurse commensurate with his/her education and experience. Such protocols or other written authorization need not describe the exact steps that the advanced practice nurse must take with respect to each specific condition, disease, or symptom and may state types or categories of drugs which may be prescribed rather that just list specific drugs.

  (13) Shall and must--Mandatory requirements.

  (14) Should--A recommendation.

  (15) Unencumbered--A license to practice registered nursing which does not have stipulations against the license.

Source Note: The provisions of this §221.1 adopted to be effective February 25, 2001, 26 TexReg 1509; amended to be effective June 29, 2010, 35 TexReg 5561

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