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What is an Agreed Order? – Texas Board of Nursing

An Agreed Order is a legal settlement issued by the state Board of Nursing that resolves all outstanding allegations against a nurse. In exchange, a set of requirements or other disciplinary actions are imposed on the nurse. Agreed Orders may include provisions for voluntarily surrendering one’s nursing license, submitting to years of random drug testing, restrictions on when and where a nurse can work, supervision requirements, fines, and mandatory continuing education courses.

Nurses should never sign an Agreed or Voluntary Surrender Order without seeking experienced legal council as many of these orders are not legally justifiable or backed up by sufficient evidence. Though it is possible to petition the Nursing Board’s Eligibility and Disciplinary Committee to modify the order, it is extremely difficult to back out of the requirements of an Agreed Order once it is signed.