(a) Each applicant for a registered nurse license or a vocational nurse license must
submit to the board a sworn application that demonstrates the applicant's qualifications
under this chapter, accompanied by evidence that the applicant:
(1) has good professional character related to the practice of nursing;
(2) has successfully completed a program of professional or vocational nursing education
approved under Section 301.157(d); and
(3) has passed the jurisprudence examination approved by the board as provided by
(a-1) The jurisprudence examination shall be conducted on the licensing requirements
under this chapter and board rules and other laws, rules, or regulations applicable
to the nursing profession in this state. The board shall adopt rules for the jurisprudence examination under Subsection (a)(3)
(1) the development of the examination;
(2) applicable fees;
(3) administration of the examination;
(4) reexamination procedures;
(5) grading procedures; and
(6) notice of results.
(a-2) An applicant who provides satisfactory evidence that the applicant has not committed
a violation of this chapter or a rule adopted under this chapter is considered to
have good professional character related to the practice of nursing. A determination by the board that an applicant does not have good professional character
related to the practice of nursing must be based on a showing by the board of a clear
and rational connection between a violation of this chapter or a rule adopted under
this chapter and the applicant's ability to effectively practice nursing.
(b) The board may waive the requirement of Subsection (a)(2) for a vocational nurse
applicant if the applicant provides satisfactory sworn evidence that the applicant
has completed an acceptable level of education in:
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