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RULE §214.2Definitions

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

  (1) Affidavit of Graduation--an official Board form required in the initial licensure process that is signed by the approved nursing program director/coordinator verifying that the applicant has successfully completed all requirements for graduation from an approved vocational nursing program that meets the requirements set forth in §214.9 of this chapter (relating to Program of Study).

  (2) Affiliating agency or clinical facility--a health care facility or agency providing clinical learning experiences for students.

  (3) Alternative practice settings--settings providing opportunities for clinical learning experiences, including those whose primary function is not the delivery of health care.

  (4) Approved vocational nursing education program--a Board-approved vocational nursing education program that meets the requirements set forth in §214.9 of this chapter and prepares graduates to provide safe nursing care using concepts identified in the Differentiated Essential Competencies (DECs).

  (5) Articulation--a planned process between two (2) or more educational systems to assist students in making a smooth transition from one (1) level of education to another without duplication in education.

  (6) Board--the Texas Board of Nursing composed of members appointed by the Governor for the State of Texas.

  (7) CANEP (Compliance Audit for Nursing Education Programs)--a document required by the Board to be submitted by the vocational nursing education program's director/coordinator that serves as verification of the program's adherence to the requirements of this chapter.

  (8) Career school or college--an educational entity as defined in Title 3, Texas Education Code, §132.001(1) as a "career school or college".

  (9) Classroom instruction hours--hours allocated to didactic instruction and testing in nursing and non-nursing Board-required courses and content.

  (10) Clinical learning experiences--faculty-planned and guided learning activities designed to assist students to meet the stated program and course outcomes and to safely apply knowledge and skills when providing nursing care to clients across the life span as appropriate to the role expectations of the graduates. These experiences occur in actual patient care clinical learning situations and in associated clinical conferences; in nursing skills and computer laboratories; and in simulated clinical settings, including high-fidelity, where the activities involve using planned objectives in a realistic patient scenario guided by trained faculty and followed by debriefing and evaluation of student performance. The clinical settings for faculty-supervised hands-on patient care include a variety of affiliating agencies or clinical practice settings, including, but not limited to: acute care and rehabilitation facilities; primary care settings; extended care facilities (long-term care and nursing homes); residential care settings; respite or day care facilities; community or public health agencies; and other settings where actual patients receive nursing care.

  (11) Clinical preceptor--a licensed nurse who meets the requirements in §214.10(i)(6) of this chapter (relating to Clinical Learning Experiences), who practices in the clinical setting, and who directly supervises clinical learning experiences for no more than two (2) students. A clinical preceptor assists in the evaluation of the student during the experiences and in acclimating the student to the role of nurse. A clinical preceptor facilitates student learning in a manner prescribed by a signed written agreement between the governing entity, preceptor, and affiliating agency (as applicable).

  (12) Conceptual framework--theories or concepts giving structure to the curriculum and guiding faculty in making decisions about curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation.

  (13) Correlated theory and clinical practice--didactic and clinical experiences that have a reciprocal relationship or mutually complement each other.

  (14) Course--organized subject content and related activities, that may include face-to-face and/or online didactic, laboratory, and/or clinical experiences, planned to achieve specific objectives within a given time period.

  (15) Curriculum--course offerings which, in aggregate, make up the total learning activities in a program of study.

  (16) Declaratory Order of Eligibility--an order issued by the Board pursuant to Texas Occupations Code §301.257, determining the eligibility of an individual for initial licensure as a vocational or registered nurse and setting forth both the basis for potential ineligibility and the Board's determination of disclosed eligibility issues.

  (17) Differentiated Essential Competencies (DECs)--the expected educational outcomes to be demonstrated by nursing students at the time of graduation, as published in the Differentiated Essential Competencies of Graduates of Texas Nursing Programs Evidenced by Knowledge, Clinical Judgment, and Behaviors: Vocational (VN), Diploma/Associate Degree (Diploma/ADN), Baccalaureate Degree (BSN), 2021 (DECs).

  (18) Director/coordinator--a registered nurse who is accountable for administering a pre-licensure vocational nursing education program, who meets the requirements as stated in §214.6(f) of this chapter (relating to Administration and Organization), and is approved by the Board.

  (19) Examination year--the period beginning January 1 and ending December 31 used for the purpose of determining a vocational nursing education program's annual NCLEX-PN® examination pass rate.

  (20) Extension site/campus--a location other than the program's main campus where a portion or all of the curriculum is provided.

  (21) Faculty member--an individual employed to teach in the vocational nursing education program who meets the requirements as stated in §214.7 of this chapter (relating to Faculty).

  (22) Faculty waiver--a waiver granted by a director or coordinator of a vocational nursing education program to an individual who meets the criteria specified in §214.7(e) of this chapter.

  (23) Governing entity--the body with administrative and operational authority over a Board-approved vocational nursing education program.

  (24) Health care professional--an individual other than a licensed nurse who holds at least a bachelor's degree in the health care field, including, but not limited to: a respiratory therapist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, pharmacist, physician, social worker, and psychologist.

  (25) MEEP (Multiple Entry-Exit Program)--an exit option which is a part of a professional nursing education program designed for students to complete course work and apply to take the NCLEX-PN® examination after they have successfully met all requirements needed for the examination.

  (26) Mobility--the ability to advance without educational barriers.

  (27) NEPIS (Nursing Education Program Information Survey)--a document required by the Board to be submitted by the vocational nursing education program director/coordinator to provide annual workforce data.

  (28) Non-nursing faculty--instructors who teach non-nursing content, such as pharmacology, pathophysiology, anatomy and physiology, growth and development, and nutrition, and who have educational preparation appropriate to the assigned teaching responsibilities.

  (29) Nursing Clinical Judgment--the observed outcome of critical thinking and decision-making that uses nursing knowledge to observe and access presenting situations, identify a prioritized client concern, and generate the best possible evidence-based solutions in order to deliver safe client care. It is a decision-making model that is consistent with the nursing process model where the nurse determines and implements nursing interventions based on recognizing and analyzing patient cues (assessment and analysis), prioritizing hypotheses and generating solutions (planning), taking action (implementation), and evaluating outcomes.

  (30) Objectives/Outcomes--expected student behaviors that are attainable and measurable.

    (A) Program Objectives/Outcomes--broad statements describing student learning outcomes achieved upon graduation.

    (B) Clinical Objectives/Outcomes--expected student behaviors for clinical learning experiences that provide evidence of progression of students' cognitive, affective, and psychomotor achievement in clinical practice across the curriculum.

    (C) Course Objectives/Outcomes--expected student outcomes upon successful completion of specific course content serving as a mechanism for the evaluation of student progression.

  (31) Observation experience--a clinical learning experience where a student is assigned to follow a health care professional in a facility or unit and to observe activities within the facility/unit and/or the role of nursing within the facility/unit, but where the student does not participate in hands-on patient/client care.

  (32) Pass rate--the percentage of first-time candidates within the examination year, as that term is defined in paragraph (19) of this section, who pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Vocational Nurses (NCLEX-PN®).

  (33) Philosophy/Mission--statement of concepts expressing fundamental values and beliefs as they apply to nursing education and practice and upon which the curriculum is based.

  (34) Program of study--the courses and learning experiences that constitute the requirements for completion of a vocational nursing education program.

  (35) Recommendation--a specific suggestion based upon program assessment that is indirectly related to the rules to which the program must respond but in a method of their choosing.

  (36) Requirement--mandatory criterion based on program assessment that is directly related to the rules that must be addressed in the manner prescribed.

  (37) Shall--denotes mandatory requirements.

  (38) Simulation--activities that mimic the reality of a clinical environment and are designed to demonstrate procedures, decision-making, and critical thinking. A simulation may be very detailed and closely imitate reality, or it can be a grouping of components that are combined to provide some semblance of reality. Components of simulated clinical experiences include providing a scenario where the nursing student can engage in a realistic patient situation guided by trained faculty and followed by a debriefing and evaluation of student performance. Simulation provides a teaching strategy to prepare nursing students for safe, competent, hands-on practice.

  (39) Staff--employees of the Texas Board of Nursing.

  (40) Supervision--immediate availability of a faculty member or clinical preceptor to coordinate, direct, and observe first-hand the practice of students.

  (41) Survey visit--a virtual or on-site visit to a vocational nursing education program by a Board representative. The purpose of the visit is to evaluate the program of study by gathering data to determine whether the program is in compliance with Board requirements. A visit to a program with an approval status other than full approval focuses on examining factors that may have contributed to the changed approval status and implementation of corrective measures.

  (42) Systematic approach--the organized nursing process approach that provides individualized, goal-directed nursing care whereby the licensed vocational nurse role engages in:

    (A) collecting data and performing focused nursing assessments of the health status of an individual;

    (B) participating in the planning of the nursing care needs of an individual based upon analyzing patient cues;

    (C) participating in the development and modification of the nursing care plan based on the vocational nurse's nursing clinical judgment;

    (D) participating in health teaching and counseling to promote, attain, and maintain the optimum health level of an individual; and

    (E) assisting in the evaluation of an individual's response to a nursing intervention and the identification of an individual's needs.

  (43) Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)--the state agency described in Texas Education Code, Title 3, Subtitle B, Chapter 61.

  (44) Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)--the state agency described in Texas Labor Code, Title 4, Subtitle B, Chapter 301.

  (45) Vocational nursing education program--an educational unit within the structure of a school, including a college, university, or career school or college or a hospital or military setting that provides a program of nursing study preparing graduates who are competent to practice safely and who are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN® examination.

Source Note: The provisions of this §214.2 adopted to be effective February 13, 2005, 30 TexReg 545; amended to be effective July 10, 2005, 30 TexReg 3996; amended to be effective February 19, 2008, 33 TexReg 1326; amended to be effective October 19, 2008, 33 TexReg 8501; amended to be effective December 27, 2010, 35 TexReg 11662; amended to be effective October 21, 2012, 37 TexReg 8294; amended to be effective August 9, 2018, 43 TexReg 5072; amended to be effective November 30, 2023, 48 TexReg 6906

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