Without knowing the reason(s) behind your decision to "surrender" your license (surrendering can be considered a permanent action by some boards of nursing as opposed to placing your license on inactive status) it's difficult to determine how much difficulty (i.e. "hoops" you'l have to jump through) in order to reinstate your license. If the reason for surrendering was due to something that potentially violates the Nurse Practice Act (NPA), you could be required to sign a consent agreement with specifications required for obtaining a full and hopefully unencumbered license. The practice of nursing, medicine, pharmacy, law, etc. are all determined by specific rules and regulations. Actions against licensure are determined by the laws of the state where the NPA is in force. Every state legislates their own NPA which means some things which are permitted for nurses in one state may not be permitted in another. An administrative law attorney with EXPERIENCE before the Texas BON is the expert in interpreting, counseling, and advising you on the subtleties of the Texas NPA. When your future abilities to practice nursing are at stake, I would seek the counsel of an experienced administrative law attorney. You can find the names of license defense attorneys in Texas by going to the American Association of Nurse Attorneys referral page
. Just type in "TX" in the state code box to get all the TAANA members listed. You do not have to live in the same city as the attorney to get effective representation. I work with a license defense attorney representing nurses in three states. 80 - 90% of the work necessary for effective representation can be done by mail, email, phone, Skype, and online meetings (like go to meeting).
One of the most important things to remember when working with an attorney is to be completely honest with them about your situation. Trying to keep some information "private" because of embarrassment, shame, whatever, makes it difficult (if not impossible) to obtain effective representation. Their job is to defend you to the best of their ability within the boundaries of the law, protecting your rights under the law. They can't do that if they don't have all your information.
When you weigh the cost of retaining an attorney with the potential income over your career, it doesn't seem quite as costly. There are those who will (and have) disagreed with me about retaining an attorney, but I have seen far too many nurses end up with permanent restrictions on their license which most likely wouldn't have been there had they retained a defense attorney before the "defecation hit the ventilation", not after.
Good luck! Let us know how things proceed.