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RULE §221.8Maintaining Active Authorization as an Advanced Practice Nurse

(a) In conjunction with RN license renewal, the advanced practice nurse seeking to maintain active advanced practice authorization(s) shall:

  (1) attest on forms provided by the board to maintaining current national certification by the appropriate certifying body recognized by the board. This requirement shall apply to advanced practice nurses who:

    (A) completed an advanced educational program on or after January 1, 1996, or

    (B) were authorized as advanced practice nurses based upon obtaining national certification.

  (2) attest, on forms provided by the board, to having a minimum of 400 hours of current practice within the preceding biennium;

  (3) attest, on forms provided by the board, to having obtained 20 contact hours of continuing education in the advanced specialty area and role within the preceding biennium. Continuing education in the advanced practice specialty and role must meet 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

  (4) submit the required fee, which is not refundable.

(b) Failure to renew the registered nurse license or to provide the required fee and documentation for maintaining authorization shall result in expiration of the board's authorization as an advanced practice nurse and limited prescriptive authority where applicable. The individual whose advanced practice authorization has expired may not practice as or use titles to imply that he/she is an advanced practice nurse.

Source Note: The provisions of this §221.8 adopted to be effective February 25, 2001, 26 TexReg 1509

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