|(a) Advanced practice registered nurse licensure is issued for the purpose of authorizing a registered nurse to practice in a specific advanced practice role and population-focus area. (b) The applicant for licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse shall: (1) Hold a current, valid, unencumbered license or privilege to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Texas; (2) Submit to the board such evidence as required by the board to insure compliance with the advanced practice educational requirements set forth in this chapter. Such evidence shall include official documentation verifying graduation from a graduate level advanced practice registered nurse educational program accredited by a national nursing education accrediting body that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Board. This documentation shall verify the date of graduation, credential conferred and provide evidence of meeting the standards of advanced practice registered nursing education in this state as described in this chapter. All applicants, including those seeking licensure by endorsement, must demonstrate that the educational requirements set forth in this chapter have been met. A transcript is required prior to the issuance of a permanent license. (3) Attest, on forms provided by the board, to having completed a minimum of 400 hours of current practice within the last 24 calendar months in the advanced practice role and population-focus area for which the applicant is applying unless the applicant has completed an advanced practice registered nursing educational program in this advanced practice role and population-focus area within the last 24 calendar months. (A) If less than four years but more than two years have lapsed since completion of the advanced practice nursing educational program and/or the applicant does not have 400 hours of current practice in the advanced practice role and population focus area during the previous 24 calendar months, the advanced practice registered nurse shall be required to demonstrate proof of completion of 400 hours of current practice obtained under the direct supervision of an advanced practice registered nurse licensed by the board in the same role and population focus area or by a physician in the same specialty. (B) If more than four years have lapsed since completion of the advanced practice nursing educational program and/or the applicant has not practiced in the advanced practice role during the previous four years, the applicant shall successfully complete a refresher course or extensive orientation in the appropriate advanced practice role and population focus area that includes a supervised clinical component by a qualified instructor/sponsor. (i) The course(s)/orientation shall be of sufficient length to satisfy the learning needs of the applicant and to assure that he/she meets the minimum standard for safe, competent care and include a minimum of 400 hours of current practice as described in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph. The course(s)/orientation shall cover the entire scope of the authorized advanced practice role and population focus area. Content shall include, but not be limited to that which is specified in board guidelines. (ii) The instructor/sponsor must provide written verification of satisfactory completion of the refresher course/extensive orientation on forms provided by the board and assurance that the individual has reviewed current practice-related information pertinent to his/her advanced practice role and population focus area. (4) Attest, on forms provided by the board, to having obtained 20 contact hours of continuing education within the last 24 calendar months appropriate for the advanced practice role and population-focus area for which the applicant is applying. Continuing education in the advanced practice role and population-focus area must meet the requirements of Chapter 216 of this title (relating to Continuing Education). The 20 contact hours required for RN licensure may be met by the 20 hours required by this subsection; and (5) Respond to questions regarding personal background, including, but not limited to, information relating to: (A) Disciplinary action or investigation regarding any professional license or credential; (B) Criminal offenses, including those pending appeal; (C) Current investigation by a grand jury or governmental agency; (D) Any chemical, physical or mental impairment and/or disability or treatment for such that impacts the advanced practice registered nurse's ability to practice nursing safely, and a description of accommodations and/or practice limitations needed, if any; (E) Any current substance use, misuse, or abuse; and, (F) A detailed explanation and supporting documentation regarding any background information disclosed. (6) Submit the required, non-refundable application fee. (c) Applicants who completed their advanced practice nursing educational programs on or after January 1, 1996 must submit evidence of current certification in an advanced practice role and population focus area recognized by the Board that is congruent with the advanced practice nursing educational preparation. The certification examination shall be recognized by the Board for the role and population-focus area. If a specific certification examination does not exist for the role and population focus area, the board reserves the right to designate a national certification examination in a closely related population focus area. If the Board has not designated an alternate examination, the applicant may petition the board for waiver from the certification requirement, according to the exceptions specified in this chapter. (d) Advanced practice registered nurse applicants who wish to practice in more than one role and/or population-focus area shall complete additional education in the desired area(s) of licensure in compliance with the educational requirements set forth in this chapter and meet all requirements for licensure in each additional role or population-focus area. To apply for licensure for more than one title, the applicant shall submit a separate application and fee for each desired title. Additional licensure is required for those licensed advanced practice registered nurses seeking to include an additional: (1) Advanced practice role and population-focus area, (2) Population-focus area within the same advanced practice role, or (3) Advanced practice role within the same population focus area. (e) After review by the board and verification that all requirements have been met, a certificate verifying licensure shall be sent to the advanced practice registered nurse.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §221.4 adopted to be effective February 25, 2001, 26 TexReg 1509; amended to be effective March 14, 2002, 27 TexReg 1736; amended to be effective February 20, 2003, 28 TexReg 1383; amended to be effective November 23, 2008, 33 TexReg 9237