Are Texas nurses required to initiate CPR?


Many adults in Texas have likely learned the basics of CPR, or cardiopulmonary
resuscitation, at some point in their lives. While not everyone may remember
exactly what to do, the basics are likely ingrained in many locals’
memories. Most Texans will probably never have to use CPR, but those who
work in healthcare have different legal responsibilities than do laypersons,
especially when it comes to initiating lifesaving measures.

In Texas, registered nurses are required to initiate CPR for patients who
require resuscitation. In the absence of a do-not-resuscitate order, a
nurse must initiate CPR for a patient who needs it. Typically, it is outside
the scope of a nurse’s practice to determine that a patient does not
require CPR. The Texas State Board of Nursing has important rules for
nurses regarding the immediate initiation of CPR as part of their duties
towards patients.

Unfortunately, nursing errors brought about by nursing negligence, overworked
nurses or hospital negligence can have a dramatic effect on patients’
well-being. If CPR is not initiated right away when it is needed, or if
it is performed incorrectly, a patient’s life could be on the line.
The reality of a healthcare worker’s job is that life-threatening
mistakes are a daily threat; workers, nurses and physicians must be constantly
vigilant in order to avoid these damaging errors. In the case of nurses,
this includes knowing how to perform one of the most basic yet vital lifesaving

Interestingly, the Texas State Board of Nursing does not require nurses
have a current CPR card in order to work. However, specific employers
may have different requirements. In any event, a Houston nursing negligence
attorney can help patients who are concerned that a loved one’s life
could have been saved in a healthcare setting.

Source: The Texas State Board of Nursing, “Initiation of CPR – A nurse’s duty to initiate,” accessed Oct. 19, 2015