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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Minutes, 1951-2003,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas State Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners:

An Inventory of Minutes at the Texas State Archives, 1951-2003



Overview

Creator: Texas. State Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners.
Title: Minutes
Dates: 1951-2003
Abstract: These records contain minutes, orders, reports, agenda, correspondence, and memoranda. They comprise the minutes (with some supporting documentation) for meetings of the Texas State Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners, dating 1951-2003. They document the work accomplished at each board meeting (and some committee meetings in the early years), including examining and licensing applicants, accrediting educational programs, and disciplining violators.
Quantity: 2.83 cubic ft.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas State Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners, established in 1951 after the passage of the Vocational Nurse Act (House Bill 47, 52nd Legislature, Regular Session), examines and issues licenses to vocational nurses, establishes minimum educational standards for such nurses, issues licenses by endorsement and examination, renews licenses, and approves vocational nursing programs in hospitals and institutions. A nurse consultant surveys programs biennially to ensure that curricula are educationally sound and that appropriate clinical experiences are being provided to the students. The board also consults with those individuals and institutions initiating new programs for approval, examines qualifications of applicants seeking licensing by examination and by endorsement, and distributes information regarding vocational nurse education.

The board issues licenses to applicants who pass the national licensure examination (approximately 74,000 LVNs in Texas as of January 1, 2000), and renews licenses biennially (for which the board requires 20 hours of continuing education). The board regulates programs in approximately 120 schools in Texas that offer vocational nurse education (community colleges, hospitals, proprietary (private), and military schools). In addition, the board meets four times per year to review complaints and cases as part of its disciplinary role.

The policy-making body of the agency is a 15-member board (raised from 12 members in 1993), appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate for overlapping six-year terms. Seven members must be licensed vocational nurses who have been practicing in Texas for at least five years before appointment. Three others must be health professionals with the following credentials: one, a registered nurse actively teaching, administrating, or supervising in a state-approved vocational nursing program; one, a licensed physician who has practiced medicine in Texas for at least five years but is not a hospital administrator; and one, a hospital administrator who has at least five years' experience at a general hospital but who is neither a licensed nurse nor a physician. Five members must represent the general public.

In 2003 the agency was organized into four divisions: Administration, Education, Licensing, and Enforcement. At that time it had a staff of 24 FTE employees.

As a result of legislation passed in 2003 (House Bill 1483, 78th Legislature, Regular Session), the Texas Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners is abolished, and its functions will be absorbed by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, effective February 2004. This new Texas Board of Nurse Examiners will be expanded to thirteen members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, including: six nurses (one advanced practice nurse, two registered nurses, and three vocational nurses), three nurse faculty members of schools of nursing (one each from schools offering a bachelor's degree, an associate degree, and a vocational nursing program), and four public members.

(Sources of information: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition; agency website)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

These records contain minutes, orders, reports, agenda, correspondence, memoranda, and other documents. They comprise the minutes (with some supporting documentation) for meetings of the Texas State Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners, dating 1951-2003. Some are photocopies, but most are the original minutes of the board, and usually contain the original signature of either the Secretary-Treasurer or the Executive Secretary (later the Executive Director).

Minutes document the work accomplished at each board meeting (and a few committee meetings in the early years), including examining and issuing licenses to vocational nurses, establishing minimum educational standards for such nurses, approving vocational nursing programs in hospitals and institutions, and enforcing the Texas Vocational Nurse Law by reprimanding, suspending, and revoking licenses of LVNs.

Content of the minutes varies over time, but typically minutes document the following: the Executive Director's report, the Division of Education report (examination results, accreditation, list of schools, reports on "30% failure" visits, etc.), site surveys to schools with vocational nursing programs (both annual surveys and consultation meetings), meetings/conferences attended, actions on rules, licensure problems, etc. Minutes of the 1950s and 1960s contain Committee reports (from the Examination Committee, Waiver Committee, Reciprocity Committee, Promotional Committee, plus various ad hoc committees). In fact, some of the minutes (dating 1955-1968) are actually from committee meetings, especially the Examination Committee, but also the Budget Committee, Procedure Manual Committee, Screening Committee, Curriculum Committee, and Forms, Personnel and Policies Committee.

For the years 1951-1958, each fiscal year's minutes are preceded by a folder containing lists of members of the board, officers of the board, committees, office personnel, and attendance reports. For a limited time period (February 1982-December 1984), the files also contain supporting documentation. These include the following: Division of Education agenda, reports of visits to schools with vocational nursing programs, reports of conferences and conventions, memoranda, correspondence (mainly between nursing schools and the board), proposed rule changes, petitions for amendment of board rules, an education update, statistical reports on exam results, a case summary of an applicant for examination, summaries of comments on public hearings, resolutions from the National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses, Inc., amendments to the Texas Vocational Nurse Act, newspaper clippings, etc.

The results of administrative hearings take up the majority of space in the minutes from the beginning. And for the past decade, a list of Agreed Orders/Voluntary Surrenders for Board Endorsement is placed after each meeting's minutes (September 1991-December 2001). These orders give the name, LVN number, and case number of the respondent/applicant, the nature of the informal disposition, and the details of the action of the board (e.g. "Suspended, suspension stayed and placed on probation for a period of 18 months," with stipulations listed; or "Reprimanded;" or "Revoked/voluntary surrender;" or "Allowed to write the examination for licensure; upon obtaining a passing score, applicant shall be issued a license with said license suspended, suspension stayed and placed on probation for a period of 2 years").

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.

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Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged chronologically by meeting date.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.

Technical Requirements

None.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Licenses--Texas.
Practical nurses--Texas.
Practical nurses--Education--Texas.
Document Types:
Minutes--Texas--Practical nurses--1951-2003.
Agenda--Texas--Practical nurses--1982-1984.
Correspondence--Texas--Practical nurses--1982-1984.
Memorandums--Texas--Practical nurses--1982-1984.
Reports--Texas--Practical nurses--1982-1984.
Administrative regulations--Texas--Practical nurses--1991-2001.
Functions:
Regulating practical nurses.

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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, 1951-1994, 1.1 cubic ft. (restricted)
Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, Records, 1909-2002, 2.37 cubic ft.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1998/203, 1999/017, 2000/138, 2001/119, 2002/128, 2003/116, 2004/067, 2004/068

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners on July 7, 1998; September 29, 1998; April 11, 2000; April 5, 2001; April 11, 2002; January 31, 2003; and November 24, 2003; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on November 25, 2003.

Processing Information

Tony Black, August 2001, December 2003

Other Formats for the Records

The Texas Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners has imaged their minutes, which are available to the public for viewing in that format at the agency's offices. Presumably they will be available at the offices of the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners after the merger.

As of December 2003, minutes of the past five board meetings were mounted on the agency's web site, at http://www.bvne.state.tx.us/BoardMinutes.htm.

Location of Originals

Although the Texas Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners considers the imaged minutes the record copy, most (but not all) of the minutes in the Texas State Archives (described in this finding aid) are the paper originals, with original signatures.

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Minutes, 1951-2003,
2.83 cubic ft.

Box
2004/067-1 Table of contents, 1951-1957
Board minutes, July 14, 1951
Meetings, FY 1952:
Members of board, officers of board, committees, office personnel, attendance report, 1951-1952
Board minutes and exhibits, September 8, 1951
Board minutes, October 20, 1951
Board minutes, November 24, 1951
Board minutes, January 19, 1952
Board minutes, March 15, 1952
Board minutes, April 25, 1952
Board minutes, May 27, 1952
Meetings, FY 1953:
Members of board, officers of board, committees, office personnel, attendance report, 1952-1953
Board minutes, September 26, 1952
Board minutes, November 7, 1952
Board minutes, January 24, 1953
Board minutes, April 17, 1953
Board minutes, July 31, 1953
Meetings, FY 1954:
Attendance report, 1954
Board minutes, January 12, 1954
Board minutes, March 31, 1954
Board minutes, August 15, 1954
Meetings, FY 1955:
Members of board, officers of board, committees, office personnel, attendance report, 1955
Board minutes, January 28, 1955
Examination Committee minutes, January 8 and May 14, 1955
Board minutes, June 12, 1955
Meetings, FY 1956:
Members of board, officers of board, committees, office personnel, attendance report, 1955-1956
Examination Committee minutes, September 17-18, 1955
Board minutes, October 9, 1955
Examination Committee minutes, January 7-8, 1956
Board minutes, January 29, 1956
Board minutes, March 25, 1956
Board minutes, May 24, 1956
Board minutes, August 20, 1956
Meetings, FY 1957:
Members of board, officers of board, committees, office personnel, attendance report, 1956-1957
Board minutes, October 20, 1956
Examination Committee minutes, December 15-16, 1956
Board minutes, March 2, 1957
Examination Committee minutes, July 6-7, 1957
Board minutes, August 3, 1957
Meetings, FY 1958:
Members of board, officers of board, committees, office personnel, attendance report, 1957-1958
Board minutes, November 1, 1957
Board minutes, March 22, 1958
Budget and Examination Committees (joint meeting) minutes, June 15-16, 1958
Board minutes, August 23, 1958
Meetings, FY 1959:
Examination Committee minutes, September 20, 1958
Board minutes, October 25, 1958
Board minutes, March 21, 1959
Examination Committee minutes, August 6, 1959
Board minutes, August 7 [or 8?], 1959
Meetings, FY 1960:
Board minutes, October 31, 1959
Board minutes, March 25, 1960
Board minutes, July 23, 1960
Meetings, FY 1961:
Board minutes, October 21, 1960
Board minutes, March 24, 1961
Board minutes, July 29, 1961
Meetings, FY 1962:
Procedure Manual Committee minutes, October 19, 1961
Board minutes, October 20, 1961
Board minutes, March 23, 1962
Board minutes, July 21, 1962
Meetings, FY 1963:
Examination Committee minutes, October 6 and October 26, 1962
Board minutes, October 29, 1962
Examination Committee minutes, January 5, 1963
Board minutes, March 22, 1963
Board minutes, July 26-27, 1963
Meetings, FY 1964:
Board minutes, October 18, 1963
Board minutes, March 27, 1964
Board minutes, July 24, 1964
Meetings, FY 1965:
Board minutes, October 22, 1964
Examination Committee minutes, October 24, 1964
Board minutes, March 19, 1965
Board minutes, July 30, 1965
Examination Committee minutes, July 29, 1965
Meetings, FY 1966:
Screening Committee minutes, September 24, 1965
Board minutes, October 27, 1965
Board minutes, March 25, 1966
Board minutes, July 29, 1966
Meetings, FY 1967:
Board minutes, October 20, 1966
Board minutes, March 23, 1967
Curriculum Committee and Examination Committee minutes, April 21, 1967
Board minutes, April 22, 1967
Examination Committee minutes, April 22, 1967
Board minutes, July 28, 1967
Meetings, FY 1968:
Board minutes, October 19-20, 1967
Board minutes, March 21-22, 1968
Forms, Personnel and Policies Committee minutes, July 25, 1968
Board minutes, July 26, 1968
Meetings, FY 1969:
Board minutes, October 20-22, 1968
Board minutes (called meeting), November 15, 1968
Board minutes, March 20-21, 1969
Board minutes, July 25, 1969
Meetings, FY 1970:
Board minutes (called meeting), September 13, 1969
Board minutes (special meeting), October 10-11, 1969
Board minutes, October 26-28, 1969
Board minutes (called meeting), December 6, 1969
Board minutes (called meeting), January 10, 1970
Board minutes, March 26, 1970
Board minutes, July 22-24, 1970
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2004/067-2 Meetings, FY 1971:
Board minutes (called meeting), September 12, 1970
Board minutes, October 18-21, 1970
Board minutes (special meeting), November 21-22, 1970
Board minutes, March 25-27, 1971
Board minutes (special meeting), May 22-23, 1971
Board minutes, July 22-24, 1971
Meetings, FY 1972:
Board minutes (special meeting), September 16-18, 1971
Board minutes (special meeting), October 6-7, 1971
Board minutes, October 25-27, 1971
Board minutes (special meeting), November 19-20, 1971
Board minutes, April 10-11, 1972
Board minutes, July 24-26, 1972
Meetings, FY 1973:
Board minutes (special meeting), September 21-23, 1972
Board minutes, October 15-18, 1972
Board minutes (special meeting), November 8-10, 1972
Board minutes, February 8-9, 1973
Board minutes, April 18-20, 1973
Board minutes, July 18-20, 1973
Meetings, FY 1974:
Board minutes, October 17, 1973
Board minutes, November 5-7, 1973
Board minutes, January 22-23, 1974
Board minutes, March 20-22, 1974
Board minutes, April 10, 1974
Board minutes, July 23-25, 1974
Meetings, FY 1975:
Board minutes (special called meeting), October 17, 1974
Board minutes, October 28-30, 1974
Board minutes, January 14-16, 1975
Board minutes, April 14-16, 1975
Board minutes, July 29-31, 1975
Meetings, FY 1976:
Board minutes, October 22-24, 1975
Board minutes, November 21, 1975
Board minutes, January 20-22, 1976
Board minutes, April 19-22, 1976
Board minutes, May 26, 1976
Board minutes, July 14-15, 1976
Meetings, FY 1977:
Board minutes, October 19-21, 1976
Board minutes, November 29-30 and December 1, 1976
Board minutes, February 8-10, 1977
Board minutes, April 18-20, 1977
Board minutes, July 26-28, 1977
Meetings, FY 1978:
Board minutes, October 17-19, 1977
Board minutes, November 29-30 and December 1, 1977
Board minutes, February 6-8, 1978
Board minutes, April 17-19, 1978
Board minutes, May 31, 1978
Board minutes, July 6-8, 1978
Meetings, FY 1979:
Board minutes, October 17-18, 1978
Board minutes, November 28-30, 1978
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2004/067-3 Board minutes, January 16-18, 1979
Board minutes, February 26-27, 1979
Board minutes, April 9-11, 1979
Board minutes, June 25-27, 1979
Board minutes, August 27-29, 1979
Meetings, FY 1980:
Board minutes, October 15-17, 1979
Board minutes, December 3-5, 1979
Board minutes, February 4-6, 1980
Board minutes, April 14-16, 1980
Board minutes, May 20-22, 1980
Board minutes, June 10-12, 1980
Board minutes, August 4-6, 1980
Meetings, FY 1981:
Board minutes, October 20-22, 1980
Board minutes, December 1-3, 1980
Board minutes, February 9-11, 1981
Board minutes, April 13-15, 1981
Board minutes, June 1-2, 1981
Board minutes, July 15-17, 1981
Meetings, FY 1982:
Board minutes, October 26-27, 1981
Board minutes, December 7-9, 1981
Board minutes, February 17-19, 1982
Supporting documentation, February 1982
Board minutes, May 10-12, 1982
Supporting documentation, May 1982
Board minutes, July 12-13, 1982
Supporting documentation, July 1982
Meetings, FY 1983:
Board minutes, September 13-14, 1982
Board minutes, September 28, 1982
Supporting documentation, September 1982
Board minutes, November 29-30 and December 1, 1982
Supporting documentation, November 1982
Board minutes, January 31-February 2, 1983
Supporting documentation, January 1983
Board minutes, April 6-8, 1983
Supporting documentation, April 1983
Board minutes, June 13-14, 1983
Supporting documentation, June 1983
Meetings, FY 1984:
Board minutes, September 19-21, 1983
Supporting documentation, September 1983
Board minutes, November 14-16, 1983
Supporting documentation, November 1983
Board minutes, December 1, 1983
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2004/067-4 Board minutes, January 30-February 1, 1984
Supporting documentation, January 1984
Board minutes, April 2-4, 1984
Supporting documentation, April 1984
Board minutes, May 21-22, 1984
Supporting documentation, May 1984
Board minutes, July 16-18, 1984
Supporting documentation, July 1984
Meetings, FY 1985:
Board minutes, September 17-19, 1984
Supporting documentation, September 1984
Board minutes, December 3-5, 1984
Supporting documentation, December 1984
Board minutes, April 20-May 1, 1985
Board minutes, July 15-17, 1985
Meetings, FY 1986:
Board minutes, September 16-18, 1985
Board minutes, November 18-20, 1985
Board minutes, January 20-22, 1986
Board minutes, March 17-18, 1986
Board minutes, May 19-21, 1986
Board minutes, July 21-23, 1986
Meetings, FY 1987:
Board minutes, September 15-17, 1986
Board minutes, November 17-19, 1986
Board minutes, March 2-4, 1987
Board minutes, May 18-20, 1987
Board minutes, July 20-22, 1987
Meetings, FY 1988:
Board minutes, September 21-23, 1987
Board minutes, November 16-18, 1987
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2004/067-5 Board minutes, February 8-10, 1988
Board minutes, April 25-27, 1988
Board minutes, July 11-13, 1988
Meetings, FY 1989:
Board minutes, September 19-21, 1988
Board minutes, November 14-16, 1988
Board minutes, January 25, 1989
Board minutes, February 13-15, 1989
Board minutes, March 13, 1989
Board minutes, May 1-3, 1989
Board minutes, July 10-12, 1989
Meetings, FY 1990:
Board minutes, September 18-20, 1989
Board minutes, December 4-6, 1989
Board minutes, March 5-7, 1990
Board minutes, May 14-16, 1990
Board minutes, July 9-11, 1990
Meetings, FY 1991:
Board minutes, September 17-18, 1990
Board minutes, November 12-13, 1990
Board minutes, February 18-19, 1991
Board minutes, May 20-22, 1991
Board minutes, July 8-9, 1991
Meetings, FY 1992:
Board minutes, September 16-17, 1991
Board minutes, November 18-19, 1991
Board minutes, January 27-28, 1992
Board minutes, June 15-16, 1992
Meetings, FY 1993:
Board minutes, September 14-15, 1992
Board minutes, November 30-December 1, 1992
Board minutes, March 8-9, 1993
Board minutes, June 21-22, 1993
Meetings, FY 1994:
Board minutes, September 13-14, 1993
Board minutes, December 6-7, 1993
Board minutes, March 14-15, 1994
Board minutes, June 20-21, 1994
Meetings, FY 1995:
Board minutes, September 12-13, 1994
Board minutes, December 5-6, 1994
Board minutes, March 13-14, 1995
Board minutes, June 12-13, 1995
Meetings, FY 1996:
Board minutes, September 11-12, 1995
Board minutes, December 4-5, 1995
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2004/067-6 Board minutes, March 11-12, 1996
Board minutes, June 10-11, 1996
Meetings, FY 1997:
Board minutes, September 16-17, 1996
Board minutes, December 9-10, 1996
Board minutes, March 10-11, 1997
Board minutes, June 9-10, 1997
Meetings, FY 1998:
Board minutes, September 15-16, 1997
Board minutes, December 8-9, 1997
Board minutes, March 9-10, 1998
Board minutes, June 8-9, 1998
Meetings, FY 1999:
Board minutes, September 14-15, 1998
Board minutes, December 7-8, 1998
Board minutes, March 8-9, 1999
Board minutes, June 7-8, 1999
Meetings, FY 2000:
Board minutes, September 13-14, 1999
Board minutes, December 6-7, 1999
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2004/067-7 Board minutes, March 6-7, 2000
Board minutes, June 5-6, 2000
Meetings, FY 2001:
Board minutes, September 11-12, 2000
Board minutes, December 4-5, 2000
Board minutes, March 5-6, 2001
Board minutes, June 11-12, 2001
Meetings, FY 2002:
Board minutes, September 10-11, 2001
Board minutes, October 29, 2001
Board minutes, December 3-4, 2001
Board minutes, March 11-12, 2002
Board minutes, June 10-11, 2002
Meetings, FY 2003:
Board minutes, September 9-10, 2002
Board minutes, December 2-3, 2002
Board minutes, March 3-4, 2003

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