Facing any misdemeanor charges or allegations can affect your career and your nursing license. A Texas nurse attorney could provide you the best help. If you have any valid reasons, you may refer to a nurse attorney to provide further defense against your case.
At the time of the initial incident, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a medical facility in Georgetown, Texas, and had been in that position for approximately one (1) year.
On or about December 10, 2020, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the said RN misappropriated one (1) bottle of Alprazolam containing forty-three (43) pills, one (1) bottle of Acetaminophen with Codeine containing sixty (60) pills, and a bubble pack of Flexeril, belonging to the facility or patients thereof, or failed to take precautions to prevent such misappropriation. The RN’s action was likely to defraud the facility and patients of the cost of the medications.
It was on or about December 10, 2020, while employed as a Registered Nurse, the said RN engaged in the intemperate use of Morphine in that she produced a specimen for a urine drug screen that resulted positive for Morphine. Possession of Morphine. without a valid prescription, is prohibited by Chapter 481 of the Texas Health & Safety Code (Controlled Substances Act). The use of Morphine by a Registered Nurse, while subject to call or duty could impair the nurse’s ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care, thereby placing the patient in potential danger.
On or around December 10th, 2020, the RN became non-compliant with the Agreed Order issued to her by the Texas Board of Nursing on December 10, 2019. The said RN’s noncompliance is the result of her failure to comply with Stipulation Number Three (III.) of the Order, dated December 10, 2019, which reads:
“(III). In addition to any continuing education requirements the Board may require for license reactivation, APPLICANT SHALL successfully complete the following remedial education course(s) within one (1) year of the effective date of this Order, unless otherwise specifically indicated:
- A Board-approved course in Texas nursing jurisprudence and ethics… B. The course “Sharpening Critical Thinking Skills…”
On January 26, 2021. Motion 10 Proceed with Adjudication was filed, in relation to the RN’s February 6, 2017 probation for UNAUTHORIZED USE OF MOTOR VEHICLE, due to the RN violating the terms and conditions of her probation by admitting to daily use of Methamphetamines. On the 10th of February 2021, the RN was convicted of UNAUTHORIZED USE OF MOTOR VEHICLE, a State Jail Felony offense, committed on January 9, 2016, and was sentenced to twenty (20) months confinement in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
In response to the occurrence, the RN states that the allegations are false and she has not violated the Nurse Practice Act. According to the RN, on December 10, 2020, she arrived at work and was notified by her supervisor that a bottle of Hydrocodone and a bottle of Xanax were missing from the medication cart. The RN added that she never saw either, much less, any “bottles” of medication in the medication narcotic box since at that time all of the narcotics on the medication cart she listed were in blister packs, 101 bottles. It was also stated by the RN that her employer set up this incident based on her being on probation with the Board.
Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to hear her side. The said RN believes this was due to her supervisor failing to follow up on a legitimate complaint of resident abuse, continually being asked to work “off the clock” and she had multiple verbal altercations with her supervisor prior to her termination.
However, the lack of an experienced nurse attorney to help her led to the decision of Texas Board of Nursing to discipline and suspend the RN.
The Texas Board of Nursing subjected the RN and her license into disciplinary action. The assistance of a nurse attorney could have helped the case become better for the LVN. So if you ever encounter such an issue, it’s best to contact Nurse Attorney Yong J. An at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation.