This article describes the results of strategies to elicit views of practicing nurses by the Texas Board of Nursing regarding competencies expected of new graduate licensed vocational nursing/LPN, associate degree/diploma, and baccalaureate nurses. The implications of these perceptions regarding the competencies expected of new graduates in Texas are considered, with questions posed for future exploration.
Author Affiliations: Director, Academic Consulting Services, Nursing and Health Professions, Elsevier Publishing, Forestburg, Texas (Dr Sportsman); Dean, College of Nursing, University of Texas at Arlington (Dr Poster); Chair, JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas (Dr Curl); Nursing Education Consultant, Texas Board of Nursing, Austin (Drs Waller and Hooper).
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Correspondence: Dr Sportsman, Elsevier Publishing, 3251 Riverport Ln, Maryland Heights, MO 63043 (firstname.lastname@example.org).