• Revisions to Mandatory Nurse Reporting and Peer Review Policies
  • October 10, 2007 | Author: Carla J. Cox
  • Law Firm: Jackson Walker L.L.P. - Austin Office
  • The 80th Texas Legislature revised a number of the provisions in the Texas Nursing Practice Act relating to nursing peer review and regulation of the practice of nursing. Health care providers that regularly employ, hire or contract for the services of ten (10) or more nurses are required to have a nurse peer review process:

    1) for vocational nurses; and

    2) for registered nurses if the entity regularly employs, hires, or contracts for the services of 10 or more nurses, at least 5 of whom are registered nurses.

    Health care providers that do not meet the threshold for providing peer review are still required to comply with the mandatory requirements for reporting nurses to the Texas Board of Nursing under certain conditions.

    In 2004, Jackson Walker drafted sample Mandatory Nurse Reporting and Peer Review Policies and Procedures. Due to the changes in the law that went into effect in 2007, those policies are no longer current. Therefore, we have revised the Mandatory Nurse Reporting and Peer Review Policies and Procedures.