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Maintaining the integrity of medications within a healthcare facility is a fundamental responsibility for nurses. Any deviation from established protocols and the mishandling of controlled substances can have serious legal and ethical implications. When facing accusations such as this, a nurse attorney can provide essential guidance and support. A nurse attorney can represent the LVN in legal proceedings and advocate for their rights if disciplinary or legal actions are initiated. 

At the time of the initial incident, he was employed as an LVN at a health care facility in San Angelo, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and two (2) months.

On or about October 2, 2021, while employed as an LVN at a health care facility in San Angelo, Texas, LVN failed to secure Hydrocodone belonging to the facility and a patient thereof. In addition, LVN reported that he removed the medication and the corresponding count sheet from the facility and threw them in a dumpster. LVN’s conduct was likely to defraud the facility and patients thereof of the cost of the medications.

In response, LVN admits he threw the bottle of hydrocodone in the dumpster due to panic since the count was short several pills.

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)(E) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A), (1)(B),(1)(C)&(4).

The Texas Board of Nursing then subjected the LVN and his license into disciplinary action. The accusation would have been defended by an experienced and skilled Texas Nurse Attorney, had the LVN hired one. Hiring a Texas Nurse Attorney for defense is applicable for any kind of accusation laid against an RN or LVN.

For more details and to schedule a confidential consultation, you must approach one of the most experienced Texas Nurse Attorneys, Yong J. An. He is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 500 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 17 years. You can call him at (832) 428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.