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RULE §184.16Discipline of Surgical Assistants

(a) The board, upon finding a surgical assistant has committed any of the acts set forth in §184.15 of this title (relating to Grounds for Denial of Licensure and for Disciplinary Action), may enter an order imposing one or more of the following:

  (1) deny the person's application for a license or other authorization to practice as a surgical assistant;

  (2) administer a public reprimand;

  (3) order revocation, suspension, limitation, or restriction of a surgical assistant's license, or other authorization to practice as a surgical assistant, including limiting the practice of the person to, or excluding from the practice, one or more specified activities of the practice as a surgical assistant or stipulating periodic board review;

  (4) require a surgical assistant to submit to care, counseling, or treatment by a health care practitioner designated by the board;

  (5) order the surgical assistant to perform public service;

  (6) require the surgical assistant to complete additional training;

  (7) require the surgical assistant to participate in continuing education programs; or

  (8) assess an administrative penalty against the surgical assistant.

(b) The board may stay enforcement of any order and place the surgical assistant on probation. The board shall retain the right to vacate the probationary stay and enforce the original order for noncompliance with the terms of probation or to impose any other remedial measures or sanctions authorized by subsection (a) of this section in addition to or instead of enforcing the original order.

(c) The time period of an order shall be extended for any period of time in which the person subject to an order subsequently resides or practices outside this state or for any period during which the person's license is subsequently cancelled for nonpayment of licensure fees.

Source Note: The provisions of this §184.16 adopted to be effective April 28, 2002, 27 TexReg 3355; amended to be effective August 3, 2014, 39 TexReg 5749

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