Accusations are stressful issues for an RN or LVN, except when a nurse attorney will assists you against the case. The Texas Board of Nurses is responsible for all hearings against RNs and LVNs undergoing a case that may revoke suspend or only discipline their license. Take note that nurse attorneys can also defend a nurse’s license against accusations.
On or about May 7, 2015, while employed as a Registered Nurse in San Antonio, Texas, the RN misappropriated point six milligrams of Dilaudid, belonging to the patient, or failed to take precautions to prevent such misappropriation in that they were found on her person. Her conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients thereof of the cost of the medications.
On the said day, the RN was also observed to engaged in the intemperate and unlawful use of Morphine, Hydromorphone, Hydrocodone, Clonazepam, Oxazepam, and Temazepam in that she produced a specimen for a reasonable suspicion drug screen that resulted positive for Morphine, Hydromorphone, Hydrocodone, Clonazepam, Oxazepam, and Temazepam.
Unlawful possession of Morphine, Hydromorphone, Hydrocodone, Clonazepam, Oxazepam, and Temazepam is prohibited by Chapter 481 (Controlled Substances Act) of the Texas Health & Safety Code. The use of Morphine, Hydromorphone, Hydrocodone, Clonazepam, Oxazepam, and Temazepam by a Nurse, 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 the nurse’s ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing a patient in potential danger.
This issue was filed as a complaint and sent to the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction in all cases that may affect the status of an RN or LVN’s license in the future. But they advise nurses to attend a hearing first before placing the sentence, which the RN attended for her career’s security.
As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license to 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 actually 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. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.