What You Can Do
During any sort of disaster, the most important thing to do is make sure that you are part of an organized response system. A sudden influx of unexpected, well-meaning individuals can cause more chaos than good. Unfortunately, almost 10% of people who show up for natural disasters are fraudulently claiming to be licensed nurses.
The Texas BON is waiving fees and quickly granting temporary nurse licensure. They are not seeking volunteers at this time but, if you’d like to help, obtaining temporary licensure is the first step. They have listed the steps on their website:
If individuals or employers are seeking to bring in nurses from other states, we will expedite temporary licenses by endorsement applications. Nurses from Compact states with current multi-state compact licenses need not apply and may come to Texas to practice without application. (https://www.ncsbn.org/NLC_Map.pdf) ). Nurses from non-compact states will need to follow this procedure: