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The fitness and competence of nursing professionals are foundational to ensuring patient safety and quality care. Nurses are entrusted with the well-being of their patients, and any signs of impairment or compromised judgment can have serious consequences. In situations where a nurse’s fitness to practice is called into question due to behaviors indicating potential impairment, the guidance of a nurse attorney becomes essential. A nurse attorney acts as a strong advocate for the nurse’s rights and interests, ensuring that due process is followed and that the nurse receives a fair evaluation of the situation. If necessary, the nurse attorney can guide the nurse toward rehabilitation and support programs to address the underlying issues contributing to impairment. The nurse attorney can assist the nurse in complying with any regulatory requirements or actions that may be necessary to continue practicing nursing safely.

At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as an RN at a hospital in Lewisville, Texas, and had been in that position for nine (9) months.

On or about October 29, 2021, while employed as an RN at a hospital in Lewisville, Texas, and assigned to the Post Surgical Unit, RN lacked fitness to practice nursing in that she exhibited signs of impaired behavior, including, but not limited to shaking and an emotional outburst when her friend was removed from the floor. 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 above actions constitute 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)(C),(1)(N),(1)(T)&(3) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12 (1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(E),(4),(5),(6)(A),(6)(H),(6)(I)&(11)(B).

Unfortunately, the Texas Board of Nursing found her guilty of her deeds. Her RN license was subjected to disciplinary action. She did not hire a skilled Texas nurse attorney to fully defend her case which led to this decision by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Do you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process? Contact The Law Office of Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 500 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 17 years.