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GA-0102
Greg Abbott

Applications for renewal of medical staff membership or privileges for doctors, podiatrists and dentists, a hospital district board, as the governing body of a hospital, may not delegate its duty to take final action on|Credentialing, a hospital district board may delegate the credentialing of its allied health professionals such as advanced practice nurses, physicians assistants, and perfusionists or autotransfusionists|Credentialing, a hospital district board, as the governing body of a hospital, may not delegate its duty to take final action on applications for renewal of medical staff membership or privileges for doctors, podiatrists and dentists|Credentialing of its allied health professionals such as advance practice nurses, physicians assistants, and perfusionists or autotransfusionists, hospital district board may delegate the

JC-0117
John Cornyn

Anesthesia, selection and administration of by certified registered nurse anesthetist is within scope of professional nursing if task delegated by physician and subject to regulation by Board of Nurse Examiners|Anesthesia, selection and administration of by certified registered nurse anesthetist is within scope of professional nursing if task delegated by physician and subject to regulation by Board|Delegate

KP-0260
Ken Paxton

Under subsection 301.161 S(b) of the Occupations Code, the Texas Board of Nursing may not disclose the criminal history record information of its license applicants or holders to any person except to another nursing board or by court order.

When the Department of Public Safety provides the Board with a nondisclosure order or the order's contents, subsection 411.075(d) of the Government Code requires the Board to seal criminal history record information it maintains that is subject to the nondisclosure order. The Board has a duty to seal and maintain such information as confidential even when the Board learns of a nondisclosure order after issuing a final disciplinary action.

KP-0266
Ken Paxton

The practice of medicine includes the provision of anesthesia by a licensed physician.  However, pursuant to subsection 301.002(2)(G) of the Occupations Code, when a certified registered nurse anesthetist administers anesthesia pursuant to a physician’s delegation, such act falls within the scope of professional nursing.

The Legislature authorized the Texas Medical Board to take disciplinary action against a physician who delegates professional medical acts to a person whom the physician knows or should know is unqualified to perform the acts.  Thus, the Board possesses regulatory authority over a physician’s decision to delegate the providing and administration of anesthesia to a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

A certified registered nurse anesthetist does not possess independent authority to administer anesthesia without delegation by a physician.