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Being a nurse, there are lots of factors to consider if you are fit to practice professional nursing. The cognitive, physical, psychological, or emotional condition is considered if you have the abilities and capabilities to do the job properly. RN’s who are facing such issues needs the help of a nurse lawyer.

Such incident happened on or about June 4, 2015, while an RN was employed at a hospital in Tyler, Texas, the RN lacked the fitness to practice professional nursing in that she exhibited signs of impaired behavior while on duty, including, but not limited to: very flat affect, slow and slurred speech, pausing frequently, as well as swaying and being slightly unsteady. The RN’s condition could have affected her ability to recognize subtle signs, symptoms, or changes in patient’s conditions, and could have affected her ability to make rational, accurate, and appropriate assessments, judgments, and decisions regarding patient care.

In response to the above incident, the RN was not scheduled to work on June 4, 2015, as it was her scheduled day off. She came in anyways to perform her role as an Education Specialist for the Pressure Ulcer Prevalence study. It was not part of the RN’s role as an Education Specialist to see patients, nor did the RN see patients on June 4, 2015, as corroborated by the staff testimony and documentation.

The RN states she was not feeling well shortly after arriving at work on June 4, 2015, that she was experiencing some nausea, and at some point in the early afternoon took a Zofran tablet. The RN was told that she needed to go to Occupational Health for an evaluation. She explains that when she arrived at Occupational Health, she was feeling lightheaded, faint, and emotionally distressed/overwhelmed. The RN was then discharged on June 4, 2015, and was not paid for hours worked on said date or any day thereafter.

As a result of the RN’s behavior, her license was put at risk. Given that the Board has jurisdiction about this matter. The Board has decided to put the RN in disciplinary action. It is best to seek the help of a nurse lawyer but she has failed to hire a nurse lawyer to fully defend her case and that has 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 RN License Attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for attorney Yong.