The practice of the nursing profession, LVN or RN license nurse can become challenging and demanding all at the same time. An RN in Texas needs to follow several rules and regulations in order to prevent revocation of her RN license. In the past, several cases were filed against different nurses for misconduct and gross negligence which may have put their RN license in danger.
On or about January 5, 2013, and January 6, 2013, while employed in a medical facility in San Antonio, Texas, the RN failed to complete shift assessments and nurse notes for several patients. The RN ‘s conduct resulted in an incomplete medical record, and was likely to injure the patients in that subsequent caregivers did not have accurate information on which to base their decisions for further care.
On or about January 6, 2013, while still employed in the same medical facility, the RN lacked fitness to practice professional nursing in that she was observed having slurred and garbled speech, seemed confused and sleepy, and was unsteady on her feet.
Additionally, the patient and the patient’s family requested that she not provide care again due to her “odd” behavior. The RN’s condition could have affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms or changes in patients’ 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.
The Texas BON found the RN license nurse guilty and her RN license was disciplined.
On or about September 20, 2015, while employed as an RN in San Antonio, Texas, the RN did the following misdemeanor:
- misappropriated Tylenol #3 belonging to the facility and patients thereof, or failed to take precautions to prevent such misappropriation. Her conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients thereof of the cost of the medications,
- engaged in the intemperate use of Opiates in that she produced a specimen for a for cause drug screen that resulted positive for Opiates. Unlawful possession of Opiates is prohibited by Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health & Safety Code. The use of Opiates by the RN, while subject to call or duty, could impair the nurse’s ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in a patient’s condition, and could impair her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing a patient in potential danger,
- failed to take precautions to secure medications belonging to the facility and patients thereof, in that she admitted to leaving her medication cart unlocked at all times. The RN’s conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients thereof of the cost of the medications.
The RN eventually lost the case against her. The events led to the finding of guilty on the RN’s part. Thus, her RN license was disciplined and suspended.
Avoid the same thing from happening in your case. Make sure to take the necessary steps in dealing with a complaint filed before the Board against you or else, your RN license may be put in danger.
Some criminal offense may be mitigated and some criminal offense may not be mitigated to retain your RN license. If you ever get arrest for any criminal offense, please contract LVN license and RN license nurse attorney for a consultation. The attorney is practice in criminal defense having been a 9-year federal prosecutor and 3-year state prosecutor.
You need an attorney who can both handle criminal and nurse license at the same time. Do not assume a criminal attorney knows the nurse law in Texas. Attorney Yong J. An, has been dealing with the Texas Board of Nursing for over 13 years and handled many cases. You need both knowledge in nursing as well as criminal.
Contact a RN license nurse attorney today who can provide you with a confidential consultation and evaluate your case and counsel you on the best steps to take. Contact Mr. Yong An by calling or texting him 24/7 directly at (832) 428-5679.