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Texas Nurses Continuing Nursing Education Requirements Jurisprudence and Ethics

One of the latest requirements is for all Texas nurses to have jurisprudence and ethics continuing nursing education, this is in effect for licensure renewal cycles that begin after January 1st, 2014. The Texas Board of Nursing frequently updates the continuing nursing education (CNE) requirements for nurses licensed to practice in Texas. 

Continuing Education is often abbreviated as CE and may be used in reference to general continuing education in many different professions, rather than specific to the continuing education for nurses. Continuing Education (CE) is defined in Board Rules as programs beyond the basic preparation which are designed to promote and enrich knowledge, improve skills, and develop attitudes for the enhancement of nursing practice, thus improving health care to the public. While some continuing education may be nursing specific, use of the term continuing nursing education and the abbreviation CNE makes it clear that this is both continuing education and is specific to nursing. If delivered by an approved provider, the CNE could be used by a nurse to meet continuing competency requirements, if the CNE were applicable to the nurse's area of practice. Therefore, CNE is the appropriate phrase in relation to continuing nursing education.

The requirement to earn 20 contact hours per licensing period has not changed, but as of January 1, 2014 all nurses licensed in Texas are required to take a minimum of 2 hours of continuing nursing education in Jurisprudence & Ethics prior to the end of every third license renewal cycle. A nurse may consider this CNE requirement either as once every third renewal cycle or a once every six year requirement. The content must include information about the Texas Nursing Practice Act; the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) rules, including Board Rule 217.11; Standards of Nursing Practice; the Texas BON Position Statements; principles of nursing ethics; and professional boundaries.

To assist you in calculating when your Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics education will be due you may click here for an online calculator from the Texas Board of Nursing website: http://www.bne.state.tx.us/NJE_Calculator.asp


Pedagogy offers an online continuing nursing education, CNE, course Texas Jurisprudence and Ethics  that fulfills the requirements of the Texas BON. The Texas legislature grants power to the Texas Board of Nursing to enforce the rules and regulations set forth in the Texas Nurse Practice Act. The mission of the Texas Board of Nursing (BON or Board) is to protect and promote the welfare of the people of Texas by ensuring that each person holding a license as a nurse in this state is competent to practice safely. The Board fulfills this mission through the regulation of the practice of nursing and the approval of nursing educational programs. This mission is derived from the Nursing Practice Act and supersedes the interest of any individual, the nursing profession, or any special interest group. To accomplish its mission, the Board has determined that every nurse shall complete a directed course in the rules and regulations expressed in the Nurse Practice act related to jurisprudence and ethics.  This course provides 2 contact hours of continuing education.

Curriculum of Texas Jurisprudence and Ethics

Chapter 1: Introduction to Texas Jurisprudence and Ethics
  • Texas Board of Nursing continuing education requirements
  • Jurisprudence and Ethics requirement
  • The Texas Board of Nursing mission
  • The role of the Texas Legislature as it relates to the Nurse Practice Act
  • Differences between the Board of Nursing and other professional organizations
Chapter 2: Nursing Scope of Practice
  • Nursing Practice Act
  • Six-step Decision Algorithm
  • BON Definitions of Nursing Practice
Chapter 3: Nursing Ethics
  • Ethical Behavior
  • Good Professional Character
Chapter 4: Nursing Peer Review
  • Incident-based Peer Review
  • Peer Assistance Program
  • Safe Harbor Peer Review
  • Whistleblower Status
Chapter 5: Disciplinary Action
  • Impairment
  • Unprofessional Conduct

Objectives -
  1. Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
  2. Identify at least two ways in which the Texas Board of Nursing promotes patient safety
  3. Identify at least three rules and regulations included in the Nursing Practice Act that should be used to guide safe nursing practice
  4. Apply the principles of proper professional ethics
  5. Discuss the differences between incident-based peer review and safe harbor peer review
  6. Identify inappropriate nursing behavior that could lead to disciplinary action by the Board of Nursing
To register for this online CNE course click on the course title, register as a new member with Pedagogy (if you are not already a member) click the Buy Now button, make your secure online payment and in minutes you are off to fulfill your education requirement.

This course may also be purchased for all your staff by calling or emailing your facility information and required number of courses. Pedagogy can offer volume discounts for purchases of 10 or more.
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