Any RN or LVN in Texas may be subjected to a disciplinary proceeding before the Texas Board of Nursing. Whenever an LVN or an RN finds herself in such a situation, she will need to find the best nurse attorney in the country. This is important, as it is her only chance to protect her LVN / RN license. Otherwise, the BON may find her guilty in the administrative case and order for the suspension or revocation of her RN / LVN license.
At the time of the incident, she was employed as an RN with a healthcare services facility in San Angelo, Texas, and had been in that position for three (3) months.
On or about September 17, 2015, while employed as an RN with a healthcare services facility in San Angelo, Texas, and assigned to a patient, RN lacked the fitness to practice nursing in that she exhibited signs of impairment while on duty, including, but not limited to acting confused and dizzy, having trouble speaking and staying awake, and being found asleep by the patient’s family member. In addition, RN admitted to falling asleep. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that it adversely affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in the patient’s condition, and could have affected her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patient in potential danger.
In response, RN states that she had been working long hours around the time of this incident and was recovering from illness; as a result, and despite her best efforts, she fell asleep for a few minutes. RN states that this was an isolated incident.
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)(C)&(1)(T) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(E)&(4).
However, the Texas Board of Nursing found the RN guilty, and her license was placed under disciplinary action by the Texas BON.
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