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- 1 Texas Board of Nursing
- 2 Anatomical Board of the State of Texas
- 3 Anatomical Board of the State of Texas
Texas Board of Nursing
Amends continuing education rules of APRNs and all nurses who provide direct patient care
CHAPTER 216. CONTINUING COMPETENCY22 TAC §216.3Introduction. The Texas Board of Nursing (Board) adopts amendments to §216.3. The amendments are adopted with changes to the proposed text published in the August 30, 2019, issue of the Texas Register (44 TexReg 4623). The amended rule will be republished.Changes to the Adopted Text. The Board received two written comments on the proposal. In response to the written comments on the published proposal, the Board has made changes to the text of the rule as adopted. None of these changes, however, materially alter issues raised in the proposal, introduce new subject matter, or affect persons other than those previously on notice. Further, the Board believes these changes address the commenters’ concerns.Background. The amendments are adopted under the authority of the Texas Occupations Code §§301.151, 157.0513 and 301.308, the Texas Health and Safety Code §481.0764 and §481.07635, and House Bills (HB) 2454, 2059, 3285, and 2174, enacted by the 86th Texas Legislature. Three of the bills, HB 2454, HB 2059, and HB 3285, apply only to advanced practice registered nurses (APRNS) who meet certain criteria. HB 2059 applies to all nurses, regardless of level of licensure, who provide direct patient care. The adopted amendments are necessary to implement these new statutory requirements.
Anatomical Board of the State of Texas
Reimbursement for travel by Board staff
CHAPTER 475. MEETINGS25 TAC §475.5INTRODUCTION:The Anatomical Board of the State of Texas (Board) adopts amendments to 25 TAC §475.5, related to operation of the Board, as well as Willed Body Programs in the State of Texas. The revision of §475.5 is needed in order to allow reimbursement of travel expenses to Board staff as well as Board members.The Board adopts amendments to §475.5, without changes to the proposed text as published in the May 3, 2019, issue of the Texas Register (44 TexReg 2253). The amended rules will not be republished.JUSTIFICATION FOR RULE ACTION25 TAC §475.5 Reimbursement for Travel to MeetingsThe Anatomical Board of the State of Texas amends 25 TAC §475.5 related to reimbursement for travel to meetings. The proposed rule adds staff members to the list of people who may be reimbursed for travel to board meetings. The proposed rule also requires the staff members to submit travel reimbursement requests that conform to the format and amounts claimed to similar requests of the staff member’s employing parent institution.HOW IT WILL FUNCTION:The amendment is necessary “because, currently, the board reimburses only board members for their travel cost, leaving the member institutions to reimburse their other respective staff members” The board employs no staff designated exclusively to board functions. Instead, the board members, who each represent a Texas health occupations school that participates in the board’s willed bodies program, will designate a staff person from one or more member institutions to carry out the administrative functions of the board. Among the staff’s administrative functions are the coordination and facilitation of the annual board meeting, which duties include setting up and closing out the meeting site, transporting and managing meeting materials at and equipment to the site, and carrying out clerical and administrative duties during the meeting to support the work of the board members.
Anatomical Board of the State of Texas
Facility standards for member institutions that directly accept Willed Body Program donations
CHAPTER 479. FACILITIES: STANDARDS AND INSPECTIONS25 TAC §479.3INTRODUCTION:The Anatomical Board of the State of Texas (Board) adopts amendments to 25 TAC §479.3, concerning the rules related to facility standards. The Board adopts these amendments without changes to the proposed text as published in the May 3, 2019, issue of the Texas Register (44 TexReg 2254). The amended rules will not be republished.JUSTIFICATION FOR RULE ACTION:25 TAC §479.3 Standards for FacilitiesThe Anatomical Board of the State of Texas amends 25 TAC §479.3 related to standards for facilities. The amendment adds a new subsection (b), which requires member institutions who directly accept Willed Body Program donations to employ or maintain contracts with a state licensed funeral director and state licensed embalmer. The amendment renumbers the remaining sections of the rule to accommodate the new subsection (b).HOW IT WILL FUNCTION:The amendments are necessary to ensure that individuals whom a member institution assigns to prepare a body or to embalm a body will comply with Texas law, which requires such activities to be carried out by a Texas licensed funeral director and a Texas licensed embalmer, respectively.