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to be reviewed by the committee, or approved by the committee, shall
immediately disclose the nature and extent of such interest in writing
to the THSA Coordinator [Program Director] as soon as he or she has
knowledge of such actual or prospective interest. Upon such disclo-
sure, this member shall not participate in any deliberations or actions
by the committee that directly or indirectly affects that transaction or
(d) In the event of a tie vote, the THSA Coordinator will cast
the deciding vote.
This agency hereby certifies that the proposal has been reviewed
by legal counsel and found to be within the agency's legal author-
ity to adopt.
Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on August 6, 2012.
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TITLE 22. EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 11. TEXAS BOARD OF NURSING
CHAPTER 214. VOCATIONAL NURSING
22 TAC 214.1 - 214.13
Introduction. The Texas Board of Nursing (Board) proposes
amendments to Chapter 214, 214.1 - 214.13, relating to Voca-
tional Nursing Education. The amendments are proposed under
the Occupations Code 301.151, 301.155(a), 301.157, and
301.257 and are necessary to: (i) clarify existing requirements
within the chapter; (ii) strengthen the qualifications/requirements
for authors of new nursing education program proposals and
proposed nursing education program directors; (iii) provide
for additional oversight over the establishment of extension
sites/campuses; (iv) provide for additional monitoring of pro-
grams that may be categorized as high-risk; and (v) eliminate
outdated and redundant references from the chapter.
As part of its regular review of Board rules, Staff reviewed Chap-
ter 214 and presented recommendations to the Board at its Oc-
tober, 2011, meeting. Following Staffs presentation, the Board
issued a charge to the Advisory Committee on Education (Com-
mittee) to consider several potential rule amendments to Chap-
ter 214. On March 7, 2012, the Committee met to discuss the
Board's charge. Following its discussions, the Committee voted
to recommend several rule amendments to the Board, including
amendments related to the use of preceptors in nursing edu-
cation; petitions for waiver of director and faculty qualifications;
qualifications/requirements for program authors and directors;
and requirements for extension sites/campuses and online in-
struction. The Board considered the Committee's recommen-
dations at its July, 2012, meeting. In addition to the Commit-
tee's recommendations, Staff recommended the proposal of ad-
ditional amendments to clarify portions of the chapter's existing
requirements and to provide for additional oversight of high-risk
programs. The Board approved all of the proposed amendments
for publication in the Texas Register. The following paragraphs
provide a general overview of the proposed amendments.
The Board is proposing several amendments to 214.2. The
majority of the proposed amendments to this section are edi-
torial in nature and remove outdated/obsolete references and
terminology from the section, correct grammatical errors within
the section, and eliminate redundant phrasing and terminology.
The proposed amendments also add three new definitions to the
section, including definitions for the terms "CANEP", "declaratory
order of eligibility", and "NEPIS". Overall, the proposed amend-
ments to 214.2 result in clear, concise definitions for use within
The Board is also proposing amendments to 214.3. Many of
the proposed changes to this section are editorial in nature and
are intended to clarify, but not substantively alter, the existing
requirements of the section. For example, the existing text of
the rule refers to the Board's educational guidelines in several
areas, and vocational nursing education programs are currently
required to comply with these guidelines. However, in an effort to
better clarify the applicability of the guidelines, the specific name
and number of each education guideline has been identified and
specified throughout the section.
The proposal also contains a few changes that are more
substantive in nature. First, the proposed amendment to
214.3(a)(2)(D) requires the author of a nursing education pro-
gram proposal to hold a current license or privilege to practice
as a registered nurse in Texas and meet the criteria specified in
214.6(f) of the chapter. Section 214.6(f) requires an individual,
among other things, to have been actively employed in nursing
for the past five years, with a minimum of one year teaching
experience in a nursing education program, or have advanced
preparation in nursing, nursing education, or nursing administra-
tion, as well as prior relevant nursing employment experience.
The proposed amendment is necessary to ensure that qualified
individuals author new nursing education program proposals.
The development of a successful nursing education program
proposal is a complex and time consuming process. Even
proposals that are well conceived and written by individuals with
extensive experience in nursing administration and education
often require several revisions in order to meet the Board's
requirements for approval. The proposed amendments are in-
tended to ensure that program authors are properly credentialed
and qualified to produce quality nursing education program
proposals that are capable of meeting Board requirements for
Second, the proposed amendments to 214.3(a)(2)(D)(ii) spec-
ify that a qualified director or coordinator must be employed by
the program early in the development of the program proposal
and, in no event, later than six months prior to the submission
of the program proposal to the Board. This proposed amend-
ment is designed to facilitate successful program development
and implementation. Directors/coordinators are responsible for
the administration of the program. As such, these individuals
must be involved in the development of the program proposal
early enough to review the proposal, identify potential problems,
elicit input from necessary parties, and make appropriate modi-
fications. Further, direct involvement of the director/coordinator
throughout the development of the program proposal promotes
continuity of leadership and unity throughout the program, which
supports program success.
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