Becoming a Nurse Investigator

Danielle Green, RN, MSCJ


Am Nurs Today. 2019;14(4):66-67. 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


As a board of nursing investigator, you protect patients and the public.

WHEN I was in nursing school, I didn't have a clear understanding of what the board of nursing (BON) did in my state, but I vividly remember an instructor telling our class, "The Board is not your friend." We then had a cursory overview of the nurse practice act (NPA) and called it a day. I didn't realize the impact these administrative laws have on my practice or how nursing regulation affects nurses and patients all over the state. I never imagined that my nursing career would take me into investigations and regulation, but here I am, a nurse investigator for the Texas Board of Nursing.

To be a nurse investigator, you have to shift your focus from a personal, professional duty to individual patients, to a broader regulatory duty to the public. Investigating complaints against nurses and identifying state NPA violations is a challenging and meaningful way to be an advocate for safe nursing care in your home state.