If you are a nurse in Dallas and would like to check your license and see your current status, what are your options? You can contact the board of nursing in your state to check your license status. That can be done online or over the phone in some states. You may also have to submit a form and fax or email the request with a signature. The reason there are so many restrictions around trying to verify a license is because they don’t want the system to be abused where patients or just people who are curious take up a lot of time of state officials at the state board of nursing looking up information on nurses that will not necessarily be used. As a result, in the interest of saving time and money, there is a formal process in place to do registered nurse license verifications in an orderly manner so that people who want to lookup an RN license in Texas can do so in a manner that does not waste the tax payer resources, which can be channeled where it is most needed.
The lookup process is not just for nurses. If you live in Dallas and would like to verify the status of a particular nurse before you use their services, you are allowed to do that by verifying their license information with the board of nursing. You will need their name and probably their license number to do that. If you don’t know their license number, it becomes a bit harder to do, but that does not mean it’s impossible. But it helps tremendously if you have the nurse’s license number and status, because it narrows the search process.
You can also file a complaint regarding any nurse in Dallas metro area you don’t think is acting in an ethical manner or you suspect is breaking the law. There are a lot of cases reported of nurse abusing patients in the Dallas area and since most of the time, the abuse is against elderly people of people with disability or other people who cannot speak for themselves or fight back, these incidents go unreported or unnoticed. Change will not come if we don’t speak up. So, if you see abuse by a nurse towards a patient, you should report it to the board of nursing for investigation and possible prosecution. The board is pretty thorough in their investigation and nurses who are found guilty are either suspended or their license is revoked for a period or sometimes permanently. In some cases, nurses in the Dallas area have been referred to the states attorney general’s office for prosecution and imprisonment.