Occ. Code Section 301.352
Protection for Refusal to Engage in Certain Conduct
(a)A person may not suspend, terminate, or otherwise discipline, discriminate against, or retaliate against:
(1)a nurse who refuses to engage in an act or omission as provided by Subsection (a-1); or
(2)a person who advises a nurse of the nurse’s rights under this section.
(a-1)A nurse may refuse to engage in an act or omission relating to patient care that would constitute grounds for reporting the nurse to the board under Subchapter I, that constitutes a minor incident, or that violates this chapter or a board rule if the nurse notifies the person at the time of the refusal that the reason for refusing is that the act or omission:
(1)constitutes grounds for reporting the nurse to the board; or
(2)is a violation of this chapter or a rule of the board.
(b)An act by a person under Subsection (a) does not constitute a violation of this section if a nursing peer review committee under Chapter 303 (Nursing Peer Review) determines:
(1)that the act or omission the nurse refused to engage in was not:
(A)conduct reportable to the board under Section 301.403 (Duty of Peer Review Committee to Report);
(B)a minor incident; or
(C)a violation of this chapter or a board rule; or
(A)the act or omission in which the nurse refused to engage was conduct reportable to the board, a minor incident, or a violation of this chapter or a board rule; and
(i)rescinds any disciplinary or discriminatory action taken against the nurse;
(ii)compensates the nurse for lost wages; and
(iii)restores to the nurse any lost benefits.
(c)A nurse’s rights under this section may not be nullified by a contract.
(d)An appropriate licensing agency may take action against a person who violates this section.
(e)Repealed by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 803, Sec. 21(2), eff. September 1, 2007.
(f)A violation of this section is subject to Section 301.413 (Retaliatory Action).
Section 301.352 — Protection for Refusal to Engage in Certain Conduct,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/OC/htm/OC.301.htm#301.352 (accessed Nov. 25, 2023).