Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Board of Nurse Examiners:

An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1909-2001



Overview

Creator: Texas. Board of Nurse Examiners.
Title: Records
Dates: 1909-2001
Abstract: These records consist of meeting minutes with attachments, policies and procedures manuals, lists of professional schools of nursing/nursing programs, and a final research report. They comprise records of the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners (a.k.a. Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas), dating 1909-2001.
Quantity: 2.13 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

In 1909 the legislature created the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners (a.k.a. Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas), to ensure the competent practice of nursing in Texas (Senate Bill 111, 31st Legislature, Regular Session, 1909). The board is responsible for licensing, regulating, and monitoring the status of more than 158,000 registered nurses (RNs) currently licensed in Texas, and for accrediting 81 schools of professional nursing.

The board is composed of nine members (originally five members, increased to six in 1931, and to nine in 1981), appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate for overlapping six-year terms (increased from two years in 1929). Six of the members must be registered nurses, and (beginning in 1981) three of these must be nurse faculty members (each representing a school of nursing offering a bachelor's degree, an associate degree, and a diploma program). The remaining three board members represent the general public (beginning in 1981). The members selected their own president until 1993, after which date the governor named the president.

The regulation of the practice of professional nursing and nursing education involves prescribing the minimum requirements and standards for preparatory study programs for nurse practitioners, accrediting schools of nursing and education programs that meet its requirements, and establishing rules for professional conduct. The board may recognize, prepare, or implement continuing education programs, and require participation in these programs as a condition of license renewal. The board issues licenses by examination, and also by endorsement from licensing authorities in other states. It disciplines registered nurses who violate the Nursing Practice Act. Use of the title Registered Nurse (or RN) is limited to those licensed by the board. Re-registration occurs every two years. Over 158,000 persons were licensed to practice professional nursing in Texas as of August 31, 1997.

In 1923, legislation added regulation of nursing education to the board's duties, and created the position of Educational Secretary (to be appointed by the board). And in 1981, the board was instructed and authorized to prescribe three programs of study to prepare professional nurse practitioners: the Baccalaureate Program, the Associate Degree Program, and the Diploma Program.

From 1909 to 1923, the board had the power to revoke any certificate for "gross incompetency, dishonesty, habitual intemperance, or any act derogatory to the morals or standing of the profession of nursing." Between 1923 and 1967, a certificate could be revoked only by a county court after a complaint had been filed by unanimous action of the board; appeal of this decision would then be to a district court, whose judgment would be final. Beginning in 1967 again, however, the board was granted a broad range of disciplinary powers, including: refusal to admit persons to its examinations, refusal to issue a license or certificate of registration or re-registration, refusal to issue temporary permits, issuance of warnings or reprimands, temporary suspension of licenses, and revocation of licenses. The board may exercise these sanctions for a variety of reasons, including: violations of nursing laws, regulations, or orders; fraud; felony convictions or moral turpitude; revocation, suspension, or denial of a nursing license in another jurisdiction; alcohol or drug abuse; unprofessional or dishonorable conduct; mental incompetence; and lack of fitness to practice. Appeal may still be made in district courts.

In March 1994, the agency contained three departments: Licensing, Practice and Compliance, and Education and Examination. However, a reorganization fully implemented in 1995 resulted in five divisions: Licensing/Human Resources, Nursing Education/Examination, Nursing Practice, Investigations/Legal, and Finance/Administrative Services. The agency staff consists of approximately 52 full-time equivalent employees.

Attached to the board were three Advisory Committees (as of FY 1994): the Nursing Practice Advisory Committee (15 members); the Advanced Nurse Practitioner Advisory Committee (16 members); and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Texas Department of Health and Board of Nurse Examiners Advisory Committee (12 members). These committees have subsequently been disbanded.


Scope and Contents of the Records

These records consist of meeting minutes, policies and procedures manuals, lists of professional schools of nursing/nursing programs, and a final research report. They comprise records of the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners (a.k.a. Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas), dating 1909-2001.

The minutes and attachments, which include narrative reports, monthly financial statements, position statements, cumulative statistical reports, comparative surveys, and significant correspondence, comprise the meeting minutes of the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, dating 1909-2001, including regular meetings, annual and semi-annual meetings, special meetings, planning sessions, retreats, and committee meetings. These minutes contain summaries of board discussions and actions, and reports of board officers and committees, plus attachments. The minutes cover the full range of board responsibilities, in varying formats over time. Minutes of committees, 1989-1996, include those for the following committees: Finance, Education, Legislative/Public Relations, Practice, Planning and Performance, Operations, Eligibility and Disciplinary, and Strategic Planning.

The policies and procedures manual, with periodic updates, dating 1995-1999, addresses the education, licensure, practice, investigation, and administration functions of the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners. The manual explains in detail the actual procedures used to accomplish the agency's various tasks (e.g., how to process an application).

The annual lists of professional schools of nursing/nursing programs accredited by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners date 1970-2000. The various types of programs are grouped separately in each list: diploma programs, associate degree programs, baccalaureate degree programs, and (beginning in 1988) master's degree programs. Beginning in 1978, lists of specialty programs accredited by the Board are also included. Information given includes the name of the program/school, including extension sites and extended campuses (now called Distance Education Initiatives); address; telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address; and name of director. Also indicated by codes is the state accreditation status: full accreditation, initial accreditation, conditional accreditation, and warning status.

The one final research report (172-pages) is titled An Evaluation of Quality Assurance Provisions for Nursing Practice in Texas: Mandatory Reporting, Peer Review, and Rules for Delegation of Nursing Care Activities to Unlicensed Personnel, dated 1989.

These records have been appraised and processed.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are organized into four series:
Meeting minutes, 1909-2001, 1.65 cubic ft.
Policies and procedures manuals, 1995-1999, 0.24 cubic ft.
Schools of nursing (lists), 1970-2000, 0.15 cubic ft.
Research report, 1989, fractional

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Nurses--Texas.
Administrative agencies--Texas.
Nursing--Texas.
Nursing schools--Accreditation--Texas.
Nurses--Licenses--Texas.
Nurses--Texas--Discipline.
Nurses--Certification--Texas.
Nurses--Ability testing--Texas.
Document Types:
Minutes--Texas--Nursing--1909-2001.
Manuals--Texas--Nursing--1909-2001.
Lists--Texas--Nursing--1909-2001.
Reports--Texas--Nursing--1909-2001.
Correspondence--Texas--Nursing--1909-2001.
Functions:
Regulating nurses.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas State Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners, Board member files, 1951-1989, 1 cubic ft.
Texas State Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners, Minutes, 1968-1999, 0.48 cubic ft.
Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Committee on Public Health, Records, 1985-1993, 3 cubic ft.
Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, Self-evaluation reports and decision materials, 1977-1991, 11.47 cubic ft. [Board of Nurse Examiners report for 1979]

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Records, Texas Board of Nurse Examiners. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1996/121, 1997/034, 1998/255, 1999/159, 2000/148, 2000/149, 2001/012

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners on October 31, 1996; August 10, 1998; May 27, 1999; May 2, 2000; and September 28, 2000.

Processing Information

Tony Black, September 1997

[The original finding aid included pending accessions, some of which were eventually transferred to the State Archives. Only actual holdings are included in the revision completed January 2002.]

Tony Black, June 1998, May 2000, November 2001

Accruals

Minutes are usually transferred to the State Archives on an annual basis.


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Meeting minutes, 1909-2001,
1.65 cubic ft.

These records consist of copies of minutes and attachments, which include narrative reports, monthly financial statements, position statements, cumulative statistical reports, comparative surveys, and significant correspondence. They comprise the meeting minutes of the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, dating 1909-2001, including regular meetings, annual and semi-annual meetings, special meetings, planning sessions, retreats, and committee meetings. These minutes contain summaries of board discussions and actions, and reports of board officers and committees, plus attachments. The minutes cover the full range of board responsibilities, in varying formats over time. Typical minutes of the 1920s, for example, contain summaries of letters read and acted upon, of exam questions accepted, of applications discussed, and of reports made. Between 1923 and 1928, the full monthly reports of the Educational Secretary are appended, including details of conferences and addresses, schools visited (with reports of inspections and recommendations), and expense accounts. Typical minutes of the 1940s and 1950s contain treasurer's reports, statistical reports of grades, and summary reports of the various committees (Budget, By-laws, Library, etc.). Minutes in the 1980s contain the following: summaries of hearings (disciplinary, revocations and suspensions of licenses, reinstatements, reactivations of licenses, licensure with stipulations, warnings against impostors, etc.); consent orders (for suspensions and reprimands); board actions on examinations; education reports (on survey visits, annual reports of nursing programs, curriculum changes, faculty petitions, requests for new programs, requests for clinical facilities, etc.); adoptions of rules; and miscellaneous other matters. Beginning in July 1993, the minutes are formatted into three columns, summarizing agenda item, discussion, and action.
Minutes of committees, 1989-1996, include those for the following committees: Finance, Education, Legislative/Public Relations, Practice, Planning and Performance, Operations, Eligibility and Disciplinary, and Strategic Planning. Between September 1989 and September 1990, each committee's minutes were printed on a different color of paper.
Attachments to the minutes include monthly financial statements, position statements, cumulative statistical reports, comparative surveys, significant correspondence, etc.
Minutes are created to document in a thorough but usually summary fashion the official actions of the board in its meetings.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Meeting minutes, Records, Texas Board of Nurse Examiners. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1997/034, 1998/255, 1999/159, 2000/148, 2000/149, 2001/012
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners on October 31, 1996; August 10, 1998; May 27, 1999; May 2, 2000; and September 28, 2000.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, September 1997, June 1998, May 2000, November 2001
box
1997/034-1 Minutes, 1909-1914
Minutes, 1915-1919
Minutes, 1920-1923
Minutes, 1923
Reports of Educational Secretary, 1923
Minutes, 1924
Reports of Educational Secretary, January-April 1924
Reports of Educational Secretary, July-December 1924
Minutes, 1925
Reports of Educational Secretary, 1925
Minutes, 1926
Reports of Educational Secretary, 1926
Minutes, 1927
Reports of Educational Secretary, 1927
Minutes, 1928
Reports of Educational Secretary, 1928
Minutes, 1929
Minutes, 1930
Minutes, 1931
Minutes, 1932
Minutes, 1933
Minutes, 1934
Minutes, 1935
Minutes, 1936
Minutes, 1937
Minutes, 1938
Minutes, 1939
Minutes, 1940
Minutes, 1941
Minutes, 1942
Minutes, 1943
Minutes, 1944
Minutes, 1945
Minutes, 1946
Minutes, 1947
Minutes, 1948
Minutes, 1949
Minutes, 1950
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1997/034-2 Minutes, 1951
Minutes, 1952
Minutes, 1953
Minutes, 1954
Minutes, 1955
Minutes, 1956
Minutes, 1957
Minutes, 1958
Minutes, January-June 1959
Minutes, November 1959
Minutes, 1960
Minutes, 1961
Minutes, 1962
Minutes, 1963
Minutes, 1964
Minutes, 1965
Minutes, 1966
Minutes, 1967
Minutes, 1968
Minutes, 1969
Minutes, 1970
Minutes, 1971
Minutes, 1972
Minutes, 1973
Minutes, 1974
Minutes, 1975
Minutes, 1976
Minutes, 1977
Minutes, 1978
Minutes, 1979
Minutes, 1980
Minutes, 1981
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1997/034-3 Minutes, 1982
Minutes, 1983
Minutes, 1984
Minutes, 1985
Minutes, 1986
Minutes, 1987
Minutes, January-July 1988
Minutes, September-November 1988
Minutes, January-July 1989
Minutes, September-November 1989
Minutes, January-July 1990
Minutes, September-November 1990
Minutes, January-March 1991
Minutes, May-July 1991
Minutes, September-November 1991
Minutes, 1992
Minutes, 1993
box
1997/034-4 Minutes, January-June 1994
Minutes, August-December 1994
Minutes, January-May 1995
Minutes, June-December 1995
Minutes, January-July 1996
(November 1996 missing)
Minutes, January, March, May 1997
Minutes, August 1997
Minutes, September 1997
Minutes, November 1997
Minutes, January 1998
Minutes, March 1998
Minutes, May 1998
Minutes, July 1998
Minutes, November 1998
Minutes, January 1999
Minutes, April 1999
Minutes, July 1999
Minutes, August 1999
Minutes, October 1999
Minutes, April 2000
Minutes, July 2000
Minutes, October 2000
Minutes, January 2001
Minutes, April 2001



 

Policies and procedures manuals, 1995-1999,
0.24 cubic ft.

These records consist of a manual, with periodic updates, describing the policies and procedures of the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, addressing the board's education, licensure, practice, investigation, and administration functions. The manual, as updated, dates 1995-1999. The manual explains in detail the actual procedures used to accomplish the agency's various tasks (e.g., how to process an application). The topics in the manual include the following: Advanced Practice Nurse, data processing, education, endorsement, initial licensure, financial affairs, general policies, compliance/disciplinary matters, licenses, mail, name and address changes, office equipment and supplies, permits, board statements, publications, verification, microfilming/printing, and interpretive statements. Each policy contains a general statement of policy, followed by an explanation of procedure, itemizing responsible staff and actions.
These records are created to establish guidelines for internal activities of the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners.
Arrangement
These records are arranged numerically by section.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Policies and procedures manuals, Records, Texas Board of Nurse Examiners. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2000/149
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners on May 2, 2000.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, May 2000
Policies and procedures, 1995-1999
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2000/149-1 Section 1: Advanced Practice Nurse
Section 2: Data Processing
Section 3: Education
Section 4: Endorsement
Section 5: Initial Licensure
Section 6: Financial Affairs
Section 7: General Policies
Section 8: Compliance/Disciplinary Matters
Section 9: Renewals, Verification, and Endorsement of Licenses
Sections 10-12: Mail; Name and Address Changes; Office Equipment and Supplies
Section 13: Permits
Section 15: Board Statements
Section 16: Publications
Section 17: Verification
Section 18: Microfilming/Printing
Section 22: Interpretative Statements



 

Schools of nursing (lists), 1970-2000,
0.15 cubic ft.

This series consists of annual lists of professional schools of nursing (referred to as professional nursing programs, beginning in 1986) accredited by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners. These lists date 1970-2000. The various types of programs are grouped separately in each list: diploma programs, associate degree programs, baccalaureate degree programs, and (beginning in 1988) master's degree programs. Beginning in 1978, lists of specialty programs accredited by the Board are also included (e.g., Advanced Nurse Practitioner programs, baccalaureate degree programs for Registered Nurses). Information given includes the name of the program/school, including extension sites and extended campuses (now called Distance Education Initiatives); address; telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address; and name of director. Also indicated by codes is the state accreditation status: full accreditation, initial accreditation, conditional accreditation, and warning status. Other codes indicate the following (the number and variety increasing practically each year): National League for Nursing (NLNAC) accreditation, Multiple entry/exit curriculum, Separate track for RNs approved by the Board, American Nurses' Association accreditation, LVN leveling course, MSN program, National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Reproductive Health, RN-BSN track, Re-education program, LVN transition/bridging course for advanced placement, Tech prep program, Post basic MSN program, LVN to ADN only, LVN-RN track, RN-BSN bridging course for advanced placement.
Lists of schools of nursing are created to provide an updated listing of accredited programs of nursing education in Texas, and are consulted by nursing schools, governmental bodies, and the general public.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically by fiscal year, then by type of program, then alphabetically by city.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Schools of nursing (lists), Records, Texas Board of Nurse Examiners. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2000/149
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners on May 2, 2000.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, May 2000
Lists of professional schools of nursing accredited by Board of Nurse Examiners, 1970-1986
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2000/149-2 1970-1971
1971-1972
1972-1973
1974-1975
1975-1976
1977-1978
1978-1979
1979-1980
1980-1981
1982-1983
1983-1984
1984-1985
1985-1986
Professional nursing programs accredited by Board of Nurse Examiners, 1986-2000
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2000/149-2 1986-1987
1987-1988
1988-1989
1989-1990
1990-1991
1991-1992
1992-1993
1993-1994
1995-1996
1996-1997
1997-1998
1998-1999
1999-2000



 

Research report, 1989,
fractional

This series consists of one single final research report, titled An Evaluation of Quality Assurance Provisions for Nursing Practice in Texas: Mandatory Reporting, Peer Review, and Rules for Delegation of Nursing Care Activities to Unlicensed Personnel, dated 1989. Main sections of the 172-page report include background to the evaluation, methods, results, and recommendations. Half of the report consists of eight appendices.
This report was created to comply with a legislative mandate, implementing two quality assurance mechanisms: mandatory reporting, and peer review (Senate Bill 1160, 70th Legislature, Regular Session, 1987).
Arrangement
Not applicable.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Research report, Records, Texas Board of Nurse Examiners. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2000/149
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners on May 2, 2000.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, May 2000
box
2000/149-2 An Evaluation of Quality Assurance Provisions for Nursing Practice in Texas: Mandatory Reporting, Peer Review, and Rules for Delegation of Nursing Care Activities to Unlicensed Personnel, 1989