Alcohol abuse while at work is a serious case, which is why an effective nurse attorney is needed if you get accused of this kind of scenario. However, some who thought they were guilty of the charges failed to hire a nurse attorney just because they thought it’s the doom for their RN or LVN license already. But that is not entirely the case as there is still hope.
This is the incident that happened to an LVN in 2018. At the time of the incident, she was employed as an LVN at a nursing home in Denton, Texas, and had been in that position for two (2) years and three (3) months.
On or about October 13, 2018, and October 14, 2018, while employed as an LVN at a nursing home in Denton, Texas, LVN lacked the fitness to practice nursing in that she exhibited signs of impaired behavior while on duty, including, but not limited to: crying, sleeping in the lobby, unsteady gait, and admitting to her supervisor that she has a substance abuse problem. LVN’s conduct was likely to injure patients in that it adversely 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 patients in potential danger.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(B)&(1)(T) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(E),(4)&(5).
On or about October 14, 2018, LVN left her nursing assignment without notifying a supervisor. LVN’s conduct exposed patients unnecessarily to risk of harm in that leaving the nursing assignment could have resulted in the patients not getting the care needed.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and are a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B)&(1)(I) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(4)&(12).
Those were the reasons why the Texas Board of Nursing disciplined the LVN and her license to practice nursing in the State of Texas was revoked.
Any RN or LVN should never use any substance in and out of work as it may affect their performance, which may lead to further issues to the patients they are taking care of. Additionally, if you ever undergo cases such as this, it’s best to seek the assistance of a good nurse attorney as it could make the case better in your favor. Be sure to find a nurse attorney who’s experienced and knowledgeable in several nurse cases to ensure the best assistance possible.
If you also received a letter from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding a case or complaint filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who represented over 150 various nurses in their cases for the past 16 years. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.