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Every year, many nurses face disciplinary action by the Texas Board of Nursing. Many of these nurses fail to consult an experienced Texas nurse attorney and as a result end up taking actions based only on instinct and at many times, ill-informed advice from outsiders. Many nurses also waive their rights to a hearing and do not realize that their chance of a more favorable outcome may increase by consulting an experienced nurse attorney before making any decisions.

On or about April 2019 through June 2019, while employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Grand Prairie, Texas, an RN misappropriated Fentanyl belonging to the facility and patients thereof for personal use in that she admitted to drinking the medication. The RN’s conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients thereof of the cost of the medications.

On or about June 2019 to the present. The RN may have lacked the fitness to practice nursing in that she was admitted for treatment. The RN’s condition could have affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in patient’s conditions, and could have affected her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patients in potential danger.

On or about June 26, 2019, the RN underwent a Chemical Dependency Evaluation. During her evaluation, the RN admitted to diverting medication from her current employer. A doctor recommended that the RN be referred to an outpatient program and therapy. The doctor also recommends the RN avoid working night shifts, rotating shifts, float assignments, on-call assignments, and overtime for the first year along with avoiding critical care units and avoiding access and administration to controlled substances. In addition, the RN should submit to random periodic screenings and attend weekly support group meetings. The doctor advised the RN warrants referral to the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN).

The RN’s compliance with the terms of a Board-approved peer assistance program should be sufficient to protect patients and the public.

The RN failed to properly present and defend her case against the court. She was disciplined warning to suspension of her LVN license by violating Texas Board of Nursing regulation.

Avoid a similar thing from happening on your end. Make sure to find the right nurse attorney in case a complaint will be filed against you before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).

Consult with Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An, today if you have any questions about your disciplinary process by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 day, night or on weekends.