The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction over all cases that may affect the LVN license. The strictness of the Board also ensures that nurses will only commit to the duties they are assigned to, in order to guarantee accurate and excellent performance in all hospitals throughout the state of Texas. If you are in such a situation, it is best to consult a nurse attorney to know what proper measures to take in facing cases.
At the time of the initial incident, RN was employed as a Family Nurse Practitioner at a hospital in Midland, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year.
On or about February 20, 2020, through June 2, 2020, while employed as a Family Nurse Practitioner at a hospital in Midland, Texas, RN failed to consult with a physician prior to prescribing Valium and Clonazepam to a patient in violation of the facility prescriptive authority agreement. Additionally, RN failed to document any nursing notes related to authorization of refills of the aforementioned medications in the patient’s medical record. RN’s conduct created an incomplete medical record and was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent caregivers would not have accurate and complete information on which to base their care decisions.
In response to the incident, RN states she educated the patient on the potential for valium abuse at their initial encounter. RN also states she only authorized two (2) prescriptions of valium for the patient, and then changed the prescription to Clonazepam.
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)(A),(1)(B),(1)(D),(1)(P)&(4) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C)&(4).
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing decided to place her RN license under disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a nurse attorney for assistance, knowing that she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she sought legal consultation from a Texas nurse attorney as well.
So, if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. He is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for 16 years and represented over 150 nurses before the Texas BON. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.