A nurse is expected to give the best care to patients. Before becoming a nurse, there are factors and aspects to evaluate whether a person is fit to practice nursing. But if your capability is questioned whether you are fit to be a nurse due to impaired behavior during work, a nurse attorney is needed to help you face the Board.
At the time of the initial incident, the LVN was employed at a hospital in Brownsville, Texas, and had been in that position for eight (8) months.
On or about October 23, 2019, the LVN lacked the fitness to practice nursing in that she exhibited signs of impaired behavior while on duty, including, but not limited to: having difficulty standing, swaying and leaning to one side, staggering, holding on to the counters for stability, having slurred/garbled speech and hand tremors, complaining that her mouth was dry and she was emotional and sobbing.
In addition, the LVN had difficulty administering an intramuscular injection and attempted to discard multiple medications because she thought they were expired. Further, the LVN reported to fellow staff members that you brought Xanax to work and that she was prescribed Hydrocodone be taken daily for chronic pain. The LVN’s conduct could have affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in patient’s conditions, and could have affected his/her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patients in potential danger.
In response to the incident, the above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action and that formal charges were filed. As a result, the evidence presented causes the revocation of the LVN’s license and/or privileges to practice nursing. This had to happen as the LVN failed to hire a nurse attorney for the defense and has led to this decision by the Texas Board of Nursing. Hiring a nurse attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.
Do you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process? Contact The Law Office of Nurse Attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for nurse attorney Yong.